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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 through Friday at welcomecenter@uni-bremen.de.

For your own safety and the one of those around you, please download and use the Corona-Warn-App.

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

  • Stay up to date about the most recent regualations on campus by checking the website of the University Bremen.
  • 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'.
  • This link will give you 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.

[as of 12.11.2020]

If you are planning to travel to Germany it is of utmost importance that you fill in this online registration before you enter Germany, meaning before you get on the flight into the country. It is not unlikely that airport staff will check for this registration before they allow you to board the plane. This registration is a very important tool for the health department to follow posisble chains of infection and to ensure that travellers are actually staying in quarantine after their arrival. 

Furthermore, please contact the local office of public order directly before or soon after your arrival in Bremen. This is also necessary in order to trace possible chains of infection. You can reach the authorities either via telephone under +49 421 361 12 113 or via email (infektionsschutzprotect me ?!ordnungsamt.bremenprotect me ?!.de).

For up to date information, please visit the website of the Federal Foreign Office or read the newest law gazette about Bremen's regulations (there are English translations further down on the page). 

[as of 12.11.2020]

If you have been in a high-risk country within the last 10 days before your travels to Germany, you will have to go into a 10-day quaratine directly after your arrival in Bremen. Please stay up to date on which countries are currently considered as high-risk areas. You can find a regularly updated list of said countries on the website of the RKI (you can find an English version of the list at the very end in their archive).
You are only allowed to leave quarantine earlier if you can show a proof that you tested negatively for Covid-19.

If you are in domestic quarantine, you are not allowed to leave your accommodation under any circumstances. Therefore, please plan ahead and think about who could support you during that time. You could, for instance, contact your colleagues or other contact persons at the university or your institute. Alternatively, you could make use of various other options such as online delivery services provided by supermarkets. You can find a couple possible services here.

If you are in quarantine and experience any symptomes, you are obliged to contact the local health department and inform them. For that, please use the corona hotline +49 421 115.
If you experience extreme discomfort and decide to call an ambualnce, please make sure to let them know on the phone that you havy symptoms of Covid-19 and could be infectious.

[as of 12.11.2020]

If you are entering Germany from a high-risk country, you are obliged to  go into a 10-day domestic quarantine immediately after your arrivcal. Only after 5 days of  quarantine are you allowed to do a corona test, which could possibly release you from quarantine (if the results are negative). Normally, you will have to go to a speacial corona ambulance and pay for the corona test yourself. One possible example for such an ambulance is the one provided by the Johanniter, where you pay around 115€ to get tested. However, if you are officially registered in Bremen, you have the possibility of getting tested for free at the Corona-Ambulance close to the town center (in Messehalle 5).

If you are experiencing any symptomes (and have not recently entered Germany from a high-risk area), please contact your general practitioner by phone. If they suspect an infection, they will refer you to a so called 'Corona Ambulance'. It is very important that you receive an official reference from your doctor. The corona ambulance is the first place where they will check for a possible infection and where you could receive first treatments. By following this procedure, the authorities are doing their best to protect other patients at your general practitioner or the hospital of catching the infection. 

If you receive an official referral from your general practitioner you will normally be send to the corona ambulane Bremen-Stadt (close to the Galopprennbahn). You will receive more detailled information from your doctor. If the Bremen health department officially requires you to do a test, they will urge you to visit the corona ambulance at the Messehalle 5. Please keep in mind that that is the only time you should visit this corona ambulance. In any other case, please follow the referral of your general practitioner.

[as of 12.11.2020]

Did you just arrive in Bremen 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. If they do, proceed and make an appointment. If they do not admit new patients, 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.

[as of 12.11.2020]

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 (bscmitte@buergeramt.bremen.de / 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.

If you want to extend your residence permit you will get a notification two month prior to the expiry from the migration center. If that's not the case, you can arrange an appointment:  officeprotect me ?!migrationsamt.bremenprotect me ?!.de