Covid Testing for Students
There will be the possibility of free Corona testing for everyone, who cannot get vaccinated, or for people who belong to a group for which there is no general recommendation to get vaccinated. Students from abroad, who live in Germany and are vaccinated with a vaccine, which is not accepted here, fall within this category as well and will have access to free testing. (https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/corona-tests-faq-1872540).
Students who would like to make use of free Covid testing have to prove that they are entitled to receive a free test. People who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons, e.g. due to certain pre-existing health conditions, need a doctor’s certificate. This certificate has to show the reason why a vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 is not possible, however, it does not have to include a diagnosis. Pregnant women can use their “Mutterpass” as an equivalent to the doctor’s certificate. Students who are vaccinated with a vaccine that is not accepted in Germany (see the list of accepted vaccines at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut under www.pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19), have to present their proof of enrolment from the university and their foreign vaccination card.
Please be aware of the fact that students who are not willing to get the Covid vaccine will have to cover the costs of regular Covid testing themselves.
Public health insurance during Covid:
Information on public health insurance during your studies (abroad)
+++Vaccinations on campus+++
Find more information here (in German only)
General information from the university
Information from the International Office
Information on Covid-19 in Germany
Travel ban for areas of virus variants of concern:
People coming from so called “areas of virus variants of concern” (https://www.rki.de/covid-19-risikogebiete) are currently not allowed to enter Germany according to the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations. This also applies for people who have been fully vaccinated. There are only a few exemptions to this regulation, e.g. for people with an official residence in Germany (BMI - Civil Protection - Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions (bund.de).
For students and research scientist coming from areas of virus variants of concern on-site classes or a research periods in Germany cannot be guaranteed for the winter term 2021/2022. Please keep in mind that entering Germany is also not possible, even if you already got the admission from the university. As long as a country is declared area of virus variants of concern, entering Germany is not possible, therefore visa cannot be issued.
Please keep up to date with the current list of areas of virus variants of concern.
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!
As of April 27th, 2020, citizens in Hessen are required to use a mouth and nose covering. Update June 15th
Measures to restrict social contacts: Binding since 22.03.2020 under threat of fines! The Hessian federal government is relaxing the coronavirus-based lockdown measures. You should keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters to others, there are exceptions for a group up to 10 people etc.
Hygiene measures: Information by the Federal Centre of Health Education in various languages
Residence & Travel
Residence & Travel
(last updated October 6th, 2020)
Important: Please take note of the current regulations of Goethe University!
If you are applying for a visa for the first time, there may be delays and changes in the procedure due to embassy closures. Please be sure to check with your embassy whether you need to submit any additional documents (e.g. proof of digital study, late start of lectures, etc.) or if deadlines have been changed.
If you have initially entered Germany without a visa (only for specific countries), but need to apply for a residence permit within 90 days, please submit a corresponding application to the Immigration Office in your place of residence using the channels provided by this office.
Please refer to the website of the Immigration Office responsible for you to find out how you can currently apply for or extend your residence permit. In spite of the situation, please make sure that you submit your application for a granting/extension of your residence permit in due time!
Immigration Office Frankfurt: FAQ Coronavirus (for English version, please scroll down)
The ABH FFM is open again but only by appointment. Entry is only permitted if you have an appointment, provide proof of it and wear a mouth-nose cover. Please come to the entrance (Rebstöcker Str. 4) 10 minutes before the appointment. You can make an appointment by e-mail, stating your first name, surname, date of birth, residential address, and request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigration Office Wetterau: Personal appointments via email: email@example.com
Immigration Office Offenbach: Personal appointments again since June 2nd. For an appointment, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have secured your livelihood through gainful employment in the past and this is demonstrably not possible at present due to the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic, or if your parents have financed your livelihood and there are income restrictions on them due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the Immigration Office may temporarily suspend this requirement for the extension of your residence permit. The extension of the scope of employment beyond 120 full / 240 half days is to be facilitated, but you must still obtain the approval of the Aliens Department in advance.
If you are currently residing outside of Germany and cannot return and your residence permit expires, please write an email to your Immigration Office, stating the reason for the delay (please get in touch with the Immigration Office before you exceed the 6-months). Please confirm your request with the responsible authorities! Please include a copy of your passport and your flight tickets (from your flight out of Germany), as well as the nearest German consulate or embassy. If your residence permit is extendable, you will receive a fictional certificate via mial. Hotline: 069 212 -42485/ -46486/ -31538 (Mon-Thu 8-16, Fr 8-12), email@example.com.
If you are currently residing outside of Germany and cannot return and your residence permit expires due to the 6-month period, a request for an extension of time at the responsible Immigration Office is no longer possible. Since October 1st, you need to submit a new application for a student visa at the embassy.
If, due to the coronavirus pandemic, restrictions in the teaching activities of the universities lead to an extension of the study period, these are to be considered as circumstances for which the student is not responsible in the individual case examination with regard to the 10-year period of study.
Here you will find further information on residence permit.
(last updated November 10th, 2020)
- At your own risk: The final decision about your entry is at the discretion of the border police at your point of entry. We cannot guarantee your entry and you are taking the decision to return at your own risk.
- Please do not enter if you are sick or were in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case.
- Please note that the Federal Foreign Offices’ travel regulations and travel warning for single countries can change on short notice (on entry visa or quarantine regulations).
Regulations for international students entering Germany for the Winter Semester 2020/21
If you have spent time in a risk area at any time within the 10 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:
- Please contact the local health office (“Gesundheitsamt”) that is responsible for your place of residence before you enter Germany.
If you live in Frankfurt, please send an E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 in Germany as well as any symptoms you may have.
- Home Quarantine:
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. 10 days. You can use public transportation on your way to home quarantine. You can take the test no earlier than 5 days after entering Germany but you are obliged to take a RT-PCR test for an acute Covid-19 infection within 10 days after your arrival in Germany. If the test result is negative, you are not required to go into home quarantine. Please send the test result to the local health office.
A PCR-test is mandatory if you enter Germany from a risk area. You can complete and hand in the medical certificate at the local health office within 10 days but no earlier than 5 days after after your entry in Germany.
PCR-test after entering Germany
You can complete a PCR-test within 10 days after entering Germany but no earlier than 5 days after entering Germany and send the result to the local health office. As long as you cannot demonstrate a negative PCR-test result, you need to stay in home quarantine. A negative PCR-test result automatically lifts quarantine regulations in the state of Hesse. Should you test positive for Covid-19, please inform the local health office and stay in home quarantine for 10 days.
At Frankfurt Airport (Fraport), there is a test centre where you can complete the RT-PCR test.
Please register for the test in time. You usually receive the result within 6 to 8 hours. For further information on the test centre, please visit the following website of Lufthansa.
Medical certificates are free of costs within 10 days after your arrival in Germany from a risk area. You can complete them in the local health offices, at test centres (e.g. airports) or at any licenced physician (for an appointment you can call 116 117).
For travellers from non-risk areas, a COVID-19 test is no longer free of charge since September 15th.
Please always carry along your negative PCR-test 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.
For further information see:
Students from third countries with a long-term national visa for the purpose of studying who are staying in Germany
Students with a long-term national visa for the purpose of studying from third countries who are staying in Germany
- Please contact the embassy of your home country in Germany and register with the crisis prevention instruments available there, if necessary.
- There are currently no restrictions on leaving the country, but there is a travel warning four countries outside of the EU/Schengen-Area from the Federal Foreign Office. Some countries have imposed entry bans or special controls. Please remember that you may not be able to return to Germany.
Residence & Study
Residence & Study
General conditions of study and teaching
Important information for first year students
+++ NOTE - COVID-19 conditional changes/exceptions! +++
Health insurance: international students from third countries who have enrolled but are currently not living in Germany and are attending digital (online) courses, are exempt from the obligation to pay health insurance fees. Please note, that if you return to Germany within the semester and participate in seminars, you are obliged to have health insurance and tp üay the fees upon arrival in Germany. However, if these special regulations will be canceled in the future, you might have to pay health insurance fees retroactively from the start of the semester again, as soon as you enter Germany for the semester.
If you are not in Germany while enrolling, you still need a confirmation letter regarding your health insurance. A statutory health insurance can issue this letter if you send in an approval from the university and a short statement that you are currently residing outside of Germany. The health insurance company will excempt you from the obligation to pay their fees. If you enter Germany during the semester you need to inform your health insurance company and you will have to pay the fees starting the date you entered Germany.
If you are considering withdrawing from your studies at the Goethe University due to the current situation, you can withdraw your enrolment until 31.10.2020.
For further information on special regulations for international applicants for the winter semester 2020/21 due to the Coivd-19 pandemic, click here.
Student dorms: When you enter Germany coming from a risk area, you can move into your student dorm room only on presentation of a negative test result.
General conditions of study and teaching
(last updated October 6th, 2020)
Please make sure you keep up to date on current developments on the page (only in German) General conditions of study and teaching in the WiSe 2020/21. Here you will find answers to questions such as lecture times, semester count, semesters on leave of absence, online teaching, examinations, deadlines for study sections, etc. and from there you will be directed to the central services of the university and its corona pages (e.g. library). In addition, please consult your faculties/departments/examination offices for specific information that applies to you.
+++ NOTE - COVID-19 conditional changes/exceptions! +++
Certificate for the necessity to be present: If you are currently residing outside of Germany and need a certificate to (re-)enter Germany for study- and/or research reasons at Goethe University, please send an email to: email@example.com
Exams: Students that are abroad due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic travel restrictions and cannot attend the examination, can withdraw their exam registration. Please contact your lecturer if and under which circumstances a comparable assignment is possible. The departments should presume less bureaucratic.
Semester dates: Goethe University is planning both digital and classroom-based seminars for this upcoming winter semester 2020/21 - in accordance with the current safety and hygiene measures.
The lecture period will start later than initially planned.
The winter semester lecture period 2020/2021:
Monday, 2. November 2020 – Sunday, 21. February 2021
Validation, RMV-Ticket, HRZ Account, Goethe Card
Goethe-Card and login details
With the online matriculation you also received the application for the Goethe Card.
If you already have a German address or contact address, the Goethe Card with your password and login details will be sent to your address in Germany via mail.
If you currently only have a foreign address and are still residing outside of Germany at the moment, the password for your HRZ-Account will be sent to your foreign address. The Goethe Card and your login details will remain at the Study-Service-Centre (SSC). If you need your login details, e.g. to sign up for classes, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. SSC will forward your request to the HRZ, which will sent you your login details probably via encrypted email.
Most university buildings are temporarily closed. In the current situation only a few validators are available from Monday to Friday: 10 am – 4 pm.
• Campus Westend: Seminarhaus (SH) (right to the entrance, barrier-free), PEGBuilding, RuW-Building, and House of Finance (HoF)
• Campus Riedberg: Biozentrum (building N100, ground floor, directly in front of the Mensa Pi x Gaumen), entrance close to the Mensa/Service Desk
• Campus Bockenheim: Neue Mensa (NM), in front of the Cafeteria (ground floor, barrier-free), access via the main entrance from Campus
Please note, that no final decision has been made yet, whether it is possible for students to print a provisional semester ticket for public transport in the RhineMain area (RMV) also for WS 2020/21. Information on this topic will be updated here.
Frther information on these topics you can find here.
Last updated: 06.10.2020
Tips & Links
Tips & Links
The Citizens Registrations Offices ("Bürgerämter") are open again. The suspended obligation to register is thus again in force without restriction. Please register immediately.