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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear researchers,

the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide. The University of Bremen, the International Office and we as the Welcome Center continue to take the current developments very seriously and have therefore changed our modes of operation. Nevertheless, we want to be available for you from Monday to Friday at

Please note that due to the situation the winter semester 2020/21 will now begin on the 2nd of November 2020. 


Should questions arise regarding the current situation and the COVID-19 virus, please have a look at the following links.

  • General information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here
  • Risk areas according to the Robert Koch Institute can be found here
  • The current daily reports of the Robert Koch insitut can be found here
  • The most important information of the Federal Government of Germany can be found here.
  • In order to keep up to date with the current situation in the state of Bremen, you can also follow this link. This will then take you to the live ticker of 'Buten un Binnen'.
  • Under this link you will find an overview of all important contacts in Bremen. They will inform you about the latest developments, give you an overview of what you need to consider and provide counselling if necessary.
  • If you are looking for further information regarding concrete measures at the University of Bremen, please click here.

You have just come to Germany and do not have a general practitioner yet?
Usually, the first step is to call a general practitioner near your place of residence and ask if they still admit new patients. Should they do so, make an appointment. If they doe not, try other general practitioners in your area. However, if you have acute needs, please contact the emergency service of your health insurance or the medical on-call service. 

Further information on general medical care in Bremen can be found here

If you suspect that you have been infected with the corona virus, please call your general practitioner first instead of visiting in person. If you do not have a general practitioner or have other questions regarding the corona virus, you can contact the Corona Hotline at 115. The medical on-call service at 116-117 can also help you.
Their staff will tell you what the next steps are.
If you receive a referral, you can be treated in a special Corona Clinic.

If you have already contacted your general practitioner via telephone, they may send you to a so-called 'Corona Ambulance'. It is important that you receive a referral from them. The Corona Ambulance is the first port of call to check for the infection and treat you accordingly. This prevents those who may be infected from infecting other patients in the daily medical or hospital routine.

You will find the Corona Ambulance in the exhibition halls 5 and 6, which are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Your doctor will provide you with further information accordingly. 

If you are planning to travel to Germany or have already done so recently, it is of utmost importance that you contact the office of public order. This is necessary in order to trace possible chains of infection. You can reach the authorities either via telephone under 0421 361 12 113 or via email (infektionsschutzprotect me ?!ordnungsamt.bremenprotect me ?!.de).

If you have been in a high risk area within 14 days before entering Bremen /Germany, you must be tested for the coronavirus upon entry at the German airport. For this purpose there are test centres at all German Airports and the testing is free of charge. If you enter Germany by bus, train or car, please call the Citizens' Telephone at 115 immediately. After that you can get tested at the Corona Ambulance in the exhibition halls 5 and 6. In any case, you must remain in quarantine until a negative test result is obtained and report your entry into Germany/Bremen to the authorities (see email-address above). Please find out which countries are currently classified as risk areas on the website of the RKI

Even if you enter from a region that is not a risk area, you can still get tested voluntarily and free of charge. This possibility exists up to 72 hours after entry. To do so, please call the Citizens' Telephone number 115. In the further course of time a test can be arranged and you can go to the Corona Ambulance without an appointment. 

For more information on entering Germany, please visit the website of the Federal Foreign Office

The BSU, which takes care of registration and foreigner matters, will also stay closed for the public until further notice due to the spreading of the Coronavirus.

From now on, applications of any kind can be submitted online or in the post.
For the city registration, you can simply send the following documents to the BSC Mitte ( / Pelzerstraße 40, 28195 Bremen).

Please note that you can only register with the city once you actually moved to Bremen (regardless of the move-in date on the rental agreement). Furthermore, it is important to note that everyone whose previous accommodation was outside Germany needs to have an appointment with the BSC after sending in their documents, as they need to check the their validity in person as well. This does not apply for people moving within Germany.
The changed conditions can also be read on the BSU website - here.

In order to apply for a residence permit, you will have to register with the city first (as explained above). Once you have done that, you can send the following documents to bsuprotect me ?!migrationsamt.bremenprotect me ?!.de in order to apply for a residence permit. The necessary documents include:

  • The filled out application form
  • (copy of) your passport
  • Your ‘Meldebescheinigung’ (which is the document you received confirming your city registration)
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Working contract or an official invitation from the University Bremen

If you apply for a residence permit for more than 6 months, you need to add a biometrical photo (jpg). In that case, you will also receive an invitation by the bsu for an appointment, where they will include the biometric data and you’ll have to pay the fees.
If you apply for a residence permit for up to 6 month, you will not get an appointment. Instead, you will receive the residence permit and an invoice for the payment of the fees by post.