The Federal Foreign Office has warned against undertaking any touristic, unnecessary travel to non-European countries: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/covid-19/2296762 (only in German)
If you return from abroad, different rules apply, depending on the country of you stayed:
If you have spent time within the past 10 days in a risk region, the following applies:
- Please immediately return, by direct means, to your “own home or another suitable accommodation option,” after your return.
- You must now self-isolate for 10 days (starting from entry into Germany).
- It is not allowed that people who do not live in your household visit you in this time.
- Please inform your superiors (deans, administrative department heads, heads of the administrative units, administrative heads, institute directors, and other relevant superiors) by email or telephone. Please fill out the linked form and email it to the Administrative Department for Human Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Please inform the responsible local authority and register via https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de/#/.
- For further information on digital registration on entry visit www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/merkblatt-dea/faq-dea.html.
- Should you develop symptoms that point towards COVID-19 during your 10-day isolation, please contact your doctor by phone. He/she will explain the next steps to you.
- Only the Health Department can exempt you from isolation or shorten it. Only the Health Department can provide information on this. You will need to provide a test result to the Health Department for this, which must fulfill certain requirements.
Additional information and information on testing options for Bremen citizens can be found here .
Here , you can find out which Health Department is responsible for you. Should you take a corona test after entry, in terms of labor law/staff regulations it is obligatory that the test may only be carried out five days after entry into Germany, at the earliest.
If the test result is negative, the Health Department may terminate the isolation prematurely.
You do not need to submit a negative test result to the university, for example to the faculty administration or the Administrative Department for Human Resources, as only the Health Department has the authority to end the isolation period earlier than planned.
The regulations for returning from a risk region apply whether you have travelled to Germany on land, by air, or by boat.
Traveling through a risk area without staying there is uncritical.
Should you need to isolate based on the above regulations, you will be granted special leave with a right to continuation of payment if there is no fault on your part. If you travel abroad, despite the recommendations made by the Robert Koch Institute (especially to risk areas) and the Federal Foreign Office, you run the risk of having to self-isolate upon your return. You must then use recreational leave, unpaid special leave, or overtime for the isolation period. Due to the special legal situation for civil servants, disciplinary measures cannot be ruled out.
It may be the case that you are planning to no longer take already authorized holiday or are intending to end said already authorized holiday early because you will now receive special leave. The university can only accept such a change if you can then complete your work tasks at the university. Thus, holiday cannot be canceled due to special leave becoming possible. It is unfortunately not possible for the University of Bremen to deviate from the regulations made by the senator for finance.
As it is not foreseeable when the restrictions on daily life, including the possibility to travel, will be removed, leave days for the year 2019 can be carried forward until 31 December 2020.
There are no isolation requirements when returning from areas that are not risk areas.