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+++ Please keep yourself up-to-date on announcements from Goethe University regarding Corona on www.uni-frankfurt.de/corona +++
For international students
Please note that due to the inconstant and sometimes rapidly changing nature of the situation, we cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct and up-to-date. Only the information provided by the responsible authorities is binding! If you miss important concerns of international students, please write to email@example.com.
Information on Corona in Germany
Competences briefly explained:
On March 22nd, 2020, the German government decided on measures for extended restrictions of social contacts in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus and to keep the health care system efficient. The Federal Ministry of Health ("BMG") is responsible for decisions and their implementation in the field of healthcare. In Hesse, the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration and the local health authorities are responsible. The Federal Centre for Health Education ("BzgA") provides information on the coronavirus specifically for citizens. The Robert Koch Institute ("RKI") provides a professional assessment of the situation and advises the Federal Government and the specialist public. The Federal Ministry of the Interior ("BMI") and the Federal Police are responsible for entry regulations, border controls etc. The Federal Foreign Office provides advice on travel, safety and health for other countries and looks after German citizens abroad.
Please be sure to check with quality-assured information sources! On the pages mentioned above, information is usually also available in other languages.
Please be sure to follow the guidelines and recommendations of the responsible authorities. If necessary, special local measures may also have to be observed!
Measures to restrict social contacts: Binding since 22.03.2020 under threat of fines! Among other things, the stay in public space is only allowed alone, with another person not living in the household or with members of the household; private meetings at one's own or others' homes are forbidden; the use of public transport is restricted; work should be done at home where possible; travel within Germany should be avoided etc.
Entry for students with a long-term national visa for the purpose of study, as well as for students from Austria, France, Luxembourg, Denmark and Switzerland, is practically no longer possible as of 27th March of 2020, because university life has come to a standstill. We recommend that you base your travel plans on the resumption of university life. In any event, you must be able to present the required proofs and documents of your entry permit to enter the country.
Please do not enter the country even if you show symptoms of illness. In case of suspicion, the responsible health authorities will be consulted and appropriate measures will be taken. For international travellers a 2-week domestic quarantine is recommended as a preventive measure.
Further information can be found on the websites of the Federal Foreign Office, the German embassy responsible for you, your airline and the destination airport (Frankfurt).
Application/extension of a residence permit
Please check the website of the immigration office responsible for you to find out how they handle the current situation. For Frankfurt, all communications have been shifted to postal and electronic mail. Find more information at the homepage of the "Ausländerbehörde" (immigration office).
Please make sure that you submit your application in due time!
The following applies to the immigration office in Frankfurt (as of 19th March 2020):
Send your documents electronically to 32.ausländersehoerde(at)stadt-frankfurt.de. Usually these are:
- Application for granting / extension of a residence permit
- 1 biometric passport photo
- Valid passport
- Proof of sufficient housing (rental contract issued to your own name or a form filled out by the landlord and submitted by the "Bürgeramt"/Citizens Registration Office)
- Depending on the situation: letter of admission / certificate of enrolment / qualified statement on the course of studies
- Proof of financing
- Health insurance
You will then receive a "Fiktionsbescheinigung"/fictional certificate by post until personal appointments can be made again. You are then allowed to work (usually 120 full days / 240 half days) and travel (usually a maximum of 6 months minus 1 day) according to the regulations that apply to you. However, please check with the responsible embassy in advance whether they accept a fictional certificate as a travel document!
Find here the FAQ´s of the immigration office (as of 19th March, 2020)
Statement from the International Office on progress of studies and expected end date
- Letter from the immigration office
- Passport: Biographical page, visa page
- Enrollment record (Immatrikulationsbescheinigung)
- Current transcript of records/ credit point overview (available as PDF from QIS-LSF)
- If you have obtained credits that do not yet appear on your transcript but have been granted, individual records (Scheine)
- If you are facing delays in your studies, proof of reason (e.g. medical certificate)
- The provided form
For doctoral students: A statement from your PhD supervisor on how your dissertation project is going and what the expected end date is
Please provide the following information in your email:
- First name, last name, nationality
- Date of first entry to Germany for the purpose of studying
- Subject of study, type of degree, semester, student ID number (Matrikelnummer)
- Date of appointment with / for submitting your documents to the immigration office
Financial aid for students at need
- The Studentenwerk Frankfurt provides information about the possibility of a loan free of interest or support from an emergency fund. You will also find an overview of various contact points in financial emergencies.
- Goethe University's Job Center offers an overview of alternative student jobs in quarantine.
- The FAQ of the Deutsches Studentenwerk (German student services) informs about many financial aspects in the crisis for students.
- BAföG (only available in German):
- Postponement of the start of lectures does not affect BAföG entitlement
- If examinations are postponed to times after the standard period of study, the submission date for the performance record may also be postponed accordingly
- If certain required proofs cannot be obtained (e.g. due to closure of the university), this does not prevent BAföG funding
- If your parents are currently earning less, e.g. due to short-time work, your chances of receiving BAföG or higher BAföG support are greater
- The Protestant Student Community/"Evangelische Studierendengemeinschaft" (ESG) offers financial support for international students in need. For this purpose, a request for advice must be made first (only available in German).
- General information about support possibilities regarding housing in Frankfurt:
- Termination protection for tenants during Corona pandemic:
- no termination for rent debts from 1st April to 30th June 2020 based on loss of income due to the Corona pandemic
- Rent debts must be paid by 30 June 2022
- More information: https://www.bmjv.de/DE/Themen/FokusThemen/Corona/Miete/Corona_Miete_node.html
- The Housing Office of the City of Frankfurt informs tenants about protection against dismissal during the Corona pandemic: https://frankfurt.de/themen/planen-bauen-und-wohnen/wohnen/mietrechtliche-beratung/mietschulden-waehrend-der-corona-krise
- Advice via telephone concerning housing in Frankfurt:
- The Office for Housing of the City of Frankfurt offers free advice via telephone concerning housing in Frankfurt: +49 69 212 34711 / Tue + Fri: 8:30 - 12:00
- More information: https://frankfurt.de/themen/planen-bauen-und-wohnen/wohnen/mietrechtliche-beratung/mietrechtliche-beratung
Public transportation for students
To avoid having to travel to the campus to validate your Goethe Card, you can now print out your own RMV ticket for the Hessian transport services, valid until the end of April, on your PC at home. To do this, you call up the address of the Goethe Card service ("Kartenservice", unfortunately not available in English) and log in with your HRZ account. The menu item 'RMV-Bescheinigung anzeigen' will then appear in the selection menu. Press "Starten" and a new window will appear. Again, press 'RMV-Bescheinigung anzeigen' on the right and the download will start. This provides you with a personalised form that you can print out yourself.
Registration at the Citizens Registration Office
At the moment all "Bürgerämter"/Citizens Registrations Offices are closed and you cannot register your residence. There are no fines for late registration. As soon as the "Bürgerämter"/Citizens Registration Offices are open again, please register immediately.