Information for crisis situations


Status Dec. 22nd, 2020

Below you can find important information on COVID-19-regulations with regard to physical mobility to Goethe University in the winter semester 2020/2021. At the top you find information on regulations concerning travel to Frankfurt from risk areas, and at the bottom you find information for students already in Frankfurt who suspect they might have symptoms of a COVID-19-infection. 

Please note that we have researched the information to the best of our ability. Nevertheless, the International Office reserves the right not to be responsible for the topicality, correctness, completeness or quality of the information provided. Liability claims regarding damage caused by the use of any information provided, including any kind of information which is incomplete or incorrect, will therefore be rejected. 

The information may be subject to change since the COVID-19-situation is dynamic. Before travelling to Germany, please make sure, you visit the website of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Foreign Office for updated information. It is your responsibility to keep informed about the current regulations. Please comply with all regulations in order to do your part to avoid further spreading of COVID-19 and a subsequent lockdown.

Regulations on Travel to Germany from risk areas: 

If you have spent more than 72 hours in a risk area at any time within the 14 days prior to entering Germany, you are required to comply with certain safety precautions after your arrival. Risk areas are countries or regions that have an increased risk of infection with COVID-19. The Robert Koch Institute publishes a continuously updated list of risk areas.

Please comply with the following regulations if you enter Germany from a risk area:

  1. If you come by airplane or ship you will be asked to fill-out a form about the duration of your stay in the risk area. This form will be automatically transferred to the local health office (“Gesundheitsamt”) in Germany.
  2. If you come by another means of transportation or do not fill out said form, please contact the local health office (“Gesundheitsamt”) that is responsible for your place of residence before you enter Germany.
    If you are staying in Frankfurt, please send an E-Mail to with the following information: First- and surname, date of birth, your address in Frankfurt, phone number, the country you are arriving from, date of entry into Germany as well as any symptoms you may have. If you already possess a medical certificate issued within the 48 hours prior to your entry into Germany, please send it to the local health office as well.
  3. You are obliged to hand in a medical certificate to the local health office within 72 hours after your entry in Germany. The medical certificate confirms that you tested negative for COVID-19. Only with a negative medical certificate, you may leave/avoid home quarantine.

Home Quarantine
In principle, you are required to proceed to your own home or another suitable accommodation immediately after your arrival and remain in quarantine for a period of max. 14 days. You can use public transportation on your way to home quarantine. 

Within 72 hours after your arrival in Germany, you need to take a RT-PCR test for COVID-19. We recommend taking the test right after your arrival in Germany at Frankfurt Airport. If the test result is negative, local authorities may lift quarantine regulations.

If you are entering Germany from a COVID-19 risk area: Please be aware that you are not allowed to enter Goethe University within the first 5 days after arrival.

Medical Certificate
A medical certificate is mandatory if you enter Germany from a risk area. You can complete and hand in the medical certificate at the local health office either within 48 hours prior to your entry into Germany or within 72 hours after your entry into Germany.

  1. Medical Certificate within 48 hours prior entering Germany
    Option 1 is to complete a medical certificate in your home country/the country you currently are and send the result to the local health office in Germany within 48 hours prior to your entry.
    Please note: the medical certificate needs to be issued in one of these countries; otherwise, it cannot be accepted. It must be issued within the 48 hours prior to your entry into Germany. Only certificates in German or English are valid.
  2. Medical Certificate within 72 hours after entering Germany
    Option 2 is to complete a medical certificate and send the result to the local health office within 72 hours after entering Germany. As long as you cannot demonstrate a medical certificate, you need to stay in home quarantine for fourteen days.

    At Frankfurt Airport (Fraport), there is a test centre where you can both complete the RT-PCR test as well as receive a medical certificate. Please be aware that you can only receive a medical certificate after you received a negative RT-PCR test result. If you only complete the RT-PCR test at Frankfurt Airport, you still need to go to quarantine until the test result is confirmed negative by a medical doctor and you receive a medical certificate. Please register for the test in time. You usually receive the result within 6 to 8 hours. The medical certificate can be completed on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    For further information on the test centre, please visit the following website of Lufthansa. If you have any questions regarding quarantine and other health measures you can call the telephone hotline of the State of Hesse at the number 0800-555 4666.

Please always carry along your medical certificate as a confirmation that you do not need to be in quarantine.

For further information on entering Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the website of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Foreign Office.

Information for students already in Frankfurt:

If you think you might be infected with COVID-19, call your doctor (if you already have on in Frankfurt) who will assess whether you have a suspected case of COVID-19. Alternatively, call the out-of-hours patient care services by dialling 116 117. They will decide how to proceed. If you had contact with persons who have tested positive, contact your local public health office for an individual consultation so they can recommend specific measures. In case of suspected infection, please oblige to all necessary home quarantine and hygiene measures that might be imposed upon you.

Even if you don’t show signs of infection or have been tested negative you should always adhere to the basic principles summed up by the DHM formula: Maintain a distance (at least 1.5 metres), observe the hygiene rules (coughing and sneezing into the crook of your arm or a paper handkerchief, washing your hands) and wear a community mask (when there is little room or in crowded, enclosed spaces).

Appointments for Goethe-Card pick-up

Students entering Germany from a risk area are not allowed to come to the Campus of Goethe University during the first 5 days after entering Germany. That means, you can only register for an appointment in order to pick-up the Goethe-Card after those 5 days. This is a university rule.

Status Aug 05, 2020

In the last months the coronavirus or Covid-19 has been spreading across the globe. The WHO declared it a worldwide pancemic on March 11, 2020. Virus circulation in Germany has increased in the last week, the situation is dynamic and to be taken seriously. The experts of the Robert Koch Institute rate the risk to public health in Germany as concerning. The number of new infections had been declining sice March until the start of July, but since then has been rising to around 850 people per day total in Germany, mainly because of German tourists returning from their vacations and mainly in certain local hotspots. Please refer to the daily situation reports of the Robert Koch Institute.

Further cases of transmission and chains of infection in Germany are likely as a worldwide spread of the pathogen has occured. This assessment is also shared by the European Centre for Disease. Restrictions are in place on international travel to and from Germany.  

Goethe University has been keeping in line with the official guidelines and recommendations. All welcome and introductory activities had to be cancelled and the start of the summer semester had been postponed to April 20, and was started as an online semester.
Since a second wave of the virus seems to be very likely, most classes will be either online or hybrid in the winter semester 20/21, and only classes with a small number of participants will be held in face-to-face modus. Free-of-charge German language courses will be held in September and October, also in a hybrid format.
All nominated incoming students have been informed by email about the choices and conditions and are being updated whenever important new information becomes available to us.

Concerning those students who will arrive on our campus in early September or October (for the language courses) or early November (delayed start of lecture period) and stay in Frankfurt: We will try our best to accomodate you and help you. Please contact us by mail or phone with your questions and updates. We will try to answer as quick as we can, but delays may occur.

We sincerely hope that by everybody acting in a responsible manner harmful and health threatening situations can be avoided. 

The following precautions are recommended: proper hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, as well as keeping one’s distance from sick persons. These practices also protect against other acute respiratory illnesses, including the flu and are therefore recommended, also in view of the flu outbreak. In case of concern please refer to this information by the Federal Ministry of Health, Germany in order to take the immediate responsible medical steps, which are also outlined in the following paragraphs. 

Persons who (independently of travel) were in personal contact with someone who has been laboratory-confirmed to be carrying the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus, and persons who have spent time in a risk area, should generally avoid contact with other persons and immediately get in touch with the competent health office. The health office will conduct an individual interview to assess the specific risk and determine the measures to be taken. This approach also makes it possible to coordinate medical attention should any symptoms emerge. If you are in need of medical assistance, visit a doctor after announcing your visit by phone – indicating that you had been travelling, or have had contact with a confirmed case.

If you are travelling from a region that is not a risk area, but has nonetheless seen an increased number of transmissions (such as China, Italy, Iran, South Korea), you should visit a doctor, after announcing your visit ahead of time by telephone and saying that you had been travelling, if you develop symptoms such as fever, coughing or difficult breathing within 14 days of returning from your trip. In addition, you should avoid unnecessary contact with other people, keep your distance from others when coughing or sneezing or turn away and hold the crook of your arm or a paper handkerchief, which you will throw away immediately, in front of your mouth and nose. Hands should be washed regularly and thoroughly with soap and water.

As this is an ongoing situation we will update this site if major changes occur. Also we will be in contact with our incoming guest students by email in case of urgent matters. In case of questions please do not hesitate to contact us at incoming(at)

Please stay informed on Covid-19 using the links provided on the upper right.