Information for International Students and Researchers
[as of 26.08.2021]
As a general rule, it is imperative to register online at einreiseanmeldung.de prior to entry, when traveling to Germany from high-risk and virus variant areas. If the registration is missing, permission to enter the country will be denied. (The risk status of countries is determined by the RKI)
Obligation to provide proof
Additionally, all persons over the age of 12 entering Germany must present a negative corona test, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery upon entry. An antigen test may not be older than 48 hours at the time of entry, a PCR test not older than 72 hours. Proof of vaccination is only valid, if the vaccine is recognized by the German Paul-Ehrlich-Insitute. Proof has to be presented in written or digital form and in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish language. This applies regardless of the risk status of the country of departure.
However, special further proof requirements must be observed for those entering from virus variant areas:
If you are entering from a virus variant area, similar requirements of proof apply upon entry. The regulation states that an antigen test may not be older than 24 hours at the time of entry, a PCR test not older than 72 hours. Proof of vaccination or proof of recovery will not be accepted in this case. It is also important to note that a transport ban is currently in place for people entering the country from virus variant areas. The Federal Department of the Interior informs about current travel restricitions, transport bans and the applying exceptions.
For up-to-date information, please visit the website of the Federal Ministry of Health (here you will find general information about entry, burden of proof, quarantine, etc.), the website of the Federal Foreign Office or read Bremen's most recent regulations in the Corona-Gazette (§20 for inbound and returning travelers).
[as of 02.08.2021]
Persons entering from high-risk areas are obliged to immediately undergo a 10-day domestic quarantine. If entering from virus variant areas, a 14-day domestic quarantine is obligatory. A constantly updated list of areas can be found on the RKI website.
Travellers from virus variant areas cannot shorten the 14-day quarantine.
Travellers from high-risk areas can shorten the quarantine period after 5 days at the earliest if they submit a (additional) negative Corona test to the responsible authorities via the entry portal. If proof of vaccination or recovery is available, the quarantine can be terminated from the time the proof is transmitted, meaning from the first day of quarantine on.
Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.
Please check with your landlord/landlady in advance if you are allowed to spend the quarantine in the apartment you have rented. If you do not have your own apartment when you arrive in Bremen, you can also spend your quarantine in a hotel or hostel. This must be indicated before in the online registration and be clarified with the hotel/hostel.
If you are in quarantine and develop symptoms, it is your duty to report to the Bremen public health department. Please use the corona hotline +49 (0)421 115 for this purpose.
[as of 17.05.2021]
You can be tested with PCR tests at the following locations, among others: At the CovidZentrum Bremen or at the Corona Walk-In Bremen-Mitte. Please note, however, that this test is usually subject to a charge.
Bremen residents have access to a free Corona rapid test at least once a week. This can be carried out at different test centers. On the page of the city of Bremen you will find the different test centers. Please note in each case whether an appointment must be made! Among other test centers, you will find the "Schnelltestcenter Bremen" (Rapid test center) with various locations or the test center at the Bremen Airport. No appointment is required here.
On campus, the test centre at Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 1b is open to everyone and the university's own test centre is open to employees of the University of Bremen. More information is available on the Corona page of the University of Bremen.
This Corona rapid test does not replace a PCR test! If your rapid test is positive, a PCR test will follow, which is also free of charge. Until the result of this PCR test you have to go into quarantine!
It is also possible to do self-tests. These are for private use only and can usually be purchased in drugstores, supermarkets and pharmacies. There is no obligation to report positive self-tests, but it is strongly recommended to confirm the result with a PCR test and to go into self-isolation for the time being.
[as of 24.04.2021]
If you are experiencing symptoms, please call your general practitioner. The "Weisse Liste" lists all general practitioners in Bremen. If you are looking for a foreign-language practitioner, please visit the website of KVHB.
On weekends and public holidays, you can contact the medical on-call service under this number: 116 117.
They can advise you about the possibility of taking a corona test.
Please isolate yourself immediately if you experience any symptoms of a corona infection.
If you have had contact with a person who has tested positive for the Corona virus, you must immediately go into quarantine. The exact regulations on the various contact categories and the duration of quarantine are laid down by the Bremen Public Health Department and can be read at buten un binnen, among other places. Please also note that stricter rules apply to contact persons of people infected with a variant of the virus.
For further information, please contact the public health department.
[as of 26.08.2021]
For general information on the effects of the corona virus on campus life and current regulations, please visit the official website of the University of Bremen. Further general information and an FAQ from the University of Bremen on the corona virus can be found here.
The university library and the Student Service Organisation (Mensa cafeteria, student residences, BaföG student loan, counselling) provide information on their respective websites about current opening hours and regulations.
Information for Students
For general information on financing and various options for financial support, please visit the website of the University of Bremen on students finances for international students.
[as of 26.01.2021]
Students who can prove that they are in acute distress due to the corona pandemic can apply for interim financial aid of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) until September 2021. Have a look at the application for interim financial aid of the BMBF and all important information about the application process.
Further information of the "Studierendenwerk Bremen" about the interim financial aid for international students is available here.
[As of 26.02.2021]
Students at the University of Bremen are required to have health insurance. This applies from the beginning of the semester. On the website "Formalities for International Students" of the University of Bremen you will find a selection of different health insurance companies and further information under the item "Health insurance".
If you are unable to come to Bremen at the beginning of the semester due to corona, please contact the student office. If you have questions about health insurance contributions when studying online from abroad, please contact your health insurance company.
If you need a letter of confirmation of your participation at your studies in Bremen, please contact the Student Office of the University of Bremen.