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Information for International Students and Researchers

Here you can find a short overview of the latest important information in regards to the corona virus and the accompanying regulations. Please check when the information was last updated and obtain additional information if necessary.

Some linked websites are unfortunately only available in German. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the respective contacts listed in the right column.

Up-to-Date Information

General Information

[as of 19.05.2021]

As a general rule, all persons entering the country must register online at before entering the country.

In addition, there is now a burden of proof for all air travellers, regardless of the risk status of the country of origin. This means, that all passengers must present either a negative corona test, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery before boarding. An antigen test may not be older than 48 hours at the time of entry, a PCR test not older than 72 hours.
Irrespective of the proof required, the relevant quarantine regulations must be complied with after entry! 

If you are coming from a virus variant area (defined by the RKI), there are a few exceptions. In this case, you may only enter the country with a negative Corona test, whereby an antigen test must not be older than 24 hours at the time of entry and a PCR test must not be older than 72 hours. Any other documents mentioned above will not suffice.
In principle, however, there is currently a ban on travel by train, bus, ship and air from virus-variant areas.

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.) or read Bremen's most recent regulations in the Corona-Gazette (§20 for inbound and returning travelers).

[as of 21.05.2021]

Inbound travelers from high-risk and high incidence areas are obliged to go into a 10-day domestic quarantine directly after their arrival. You can find a regularly updated list of all relevant areas on the website of the RKI. Inbound travelers from an area of variant of concern are obliged to go into a 14-day domestic quarantine directly after their arrival.

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 enter 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.

As an inbound traveler from an high-risk or high incidence area, you can shorten your quarantine after 5 days by doing another PCR corona test. This test is subject to a charge. You can get tested at various locations, such as the CovidZentrum Bremen or the Corona Walk-In Bremen-Mitte
As an inbound traveler from an area of variant of concern you are not able to shorten the 14-day quarantine.

Convalescent and vaccinated persons coming from high-risk and high-incidence areas can end quarantine early once proof of vaccination or convalescence has been submitted via If this has already been done before entry, the quarantine obligation does not arise. This does not apply to persons entering the country from virus-variant areas.
Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

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.

You can find the most recent regulations for Bremen on the official corona-website (in German) of the city of Bremen. Here is an overview of all current regulations in English. Please note: This document is updated regularly, so please check when the information was last updated.

[as of 26.01.2021]

Visit the official website of the University of Bremen for information on the corona virus. Further general information and an FAQ from the University of Bremen on the corona virus can be found here.

Information for students/applicants and for staff is also linked.

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

Visit the website of the University of Bremen on students finances for international students for general information on financing and various options for financial support.

[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 13.05.2021]

You can be exempted from the semester ticket (all applications for this must be submitted by May 31!) if you have mainly stayed outside the area of validity (Corona special case). In this case, the ticket cannot be used afterwards. (There is only a german version on their website).

In addition, under certain circumstances, you can currently get the costs for the semester ticket reimbursed, if you file a hardship application (in case of financial emergencies) available from the AStA Students' Union. The ticket can still be used in this case. (English version below on their website).

[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.

On the "HIST Bremen" website, you can find information and contacts about support in financial emergencies, advice on legal issues, community events, and mental health counseling.

If you are an international researcher or PhD student, please contact the Welcome Center, if you have any further questions.

Incoming exchange students please contact the Newcomer Service. Outgoing exchange students can find further information on the website "Studying Abroad" of the University of Bremen. 

Other international students please contact the kompass team for any further questions.


International Office

Newcomer Service - Exchange Students

Cornelia Krain

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kompass - International Students

Dr. Jutta Paal

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Welcome Center - Researchers and PhD students

Julia Holz, Janna Wilbers & Franziska Treviranus

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Corona Reporting Project - Jacobs University

Here you will find a project of Jacobs University Bremen. Videos with the latest information about Corona in Bremen are published weekly. Prepared in collaboration with local health authorities! The videos are available in six different languages: English, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, French and Romanian.

The videos are available on YouTube, and more information is available on the SMP Media Center website.