Entry and quarantine regulations for international students

Currently, entry and quarantine regulations are changing frequently. Please make sure to keep yourself up to date.

If you are an international student planning to start studying at the University of Oldenburg/ the Jade Hochschule / the Hochschule Emden/Leer and have Studentenwerk accommodation, you must have fulfilled the travel restriction and quarantine requirements before you can collect the keys. The health and safety of all our residents are our upmost priority, regardless of nationality.


Hereafter, we list everything you have to consider before your staying in one of our accomodations (update: February 17th, 2021):

If you enter Germany from abroad, you must observe the applicable entry and quarantine regulations; these are currently changing frequently. Before your planned departure, please contact the responsible authorities to obtain the latest information. We assume no liability for the information provided here.

A distinction is made between areas with no risk, risk areas, "areas of variant of concern" (that is risk areas with a virus mutation) and "high incidence areas" (that is risk areas with a particularly high incidence). The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) identifies international risk areas. Please note that this list changes constantly.

If you are entering Germany from a risk area, you have to follow the steps below. This also applies if the country of departure is later declared a risk area (within 10 days of departure) or entry was via a non-risk area, but you had been in a risk area within 10 days prior to entry.

Step1: Take a corona test

  • Anyone entering from a risk area must take a Corona test. The test can be taken up to 48 hours before entry, directly at entry or immediately after entry.
  • If you are entering from a risk area with a virus mutation or a risk area with a particularly high incidence rate, you must have a test performed before departure as you may be requested to show proof of this on entry by the relevant authority or the Federal Police. When using a transportation provider, you must present this proof to your transportation provider before departure. The test must have been carried out less than 48 hours before entry.
  • You must go into quarantine even if your test result is negative. 
  • The test result must be available as hardcopy or electronic copy in German, English or French and you must be able to present it for a period of ten days after entering Germany.

Step 2: Digital entry form

You are required to complete a digital registration form on entry so that the local public health authority can check whether you remain in quarantine. The digital registration on entry is centrally monitored by German authorities. Your travel and contact details will be passed on to the local public health authority at the place where you will be staying so you can be contacted if necessary. You must carry the proof of digital entry registration with you and present it on request.

Digital registration on entry

Step 3: Quarantine for fourteen days

Go into quarantine immediately for 14 days! Violations can be punished as an administrative offence and carry a fine of up to EUR 25,000. Important! If you have symptoms of illness 14 days after entry, contact the local public health authority (Gesundheitsamt)!

To find out whether your area of origin is currently defined as a risk area, visit this page:

International risk areas identified by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) (webpage in German, with English archive)

Please note that this list changes constantly!

The option to shorten your quarantine after five days is only available if you have entered from a risk area that is not a high-incidence or variant-of-concern area. Those entering from high-incidence areas and virus variant areas can no longer shorten their quarantine period. If you want to shorten your quarantine period after entering Germany from a risk area, you require a negative PCR test (PoC rapid antigen tests are no longer sufficient). If the test result is negative regarding an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, you can end your quarantine early.

Please also refer to the Lower Saxony corona regulations and quarantine regulations; see: Vorschriften der niedersächsischen Landesregierung (website in German).

Please note that PoC rapid antigen tests are no longer sufficient if you want to shorten your quarantine after entering the country.

You can get tested in Oldenburg at a family doctor's office / GP. Please call them in advance to make an appointment:

"White list" database with search function for medical practices (in German)

There is a testing centre at the train station in Oldenburg where Covid19 antigen rapid tests (EUR 50) and PCR tests (EUR 100) are performed. An appointment must be made online in advance.


The Oldenburg branch of the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe offers Covid19 antigen rapid tests (there is a EUR 30 cash fee). Located in the "BiTa" (congress centre) at Jägerstraße 64-66, the station is open on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm You must register by calling (0441) 40579266 between 9am and 5pm.

Covid19 antigen rapid tests (Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe test centre)

You may travel from your airport of arrival to Oldenburg by public transport (e.g. by train - www.bahn.de). You must wear a mask covering your mouth and nose on public transport. The quarantine obligation begins upon arrival at your place of residence.

The International Office of the University of Oldenburg offers quarantine care for international students by their team of tutors. Please contactt hem during office hours (Monday to Friday): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Student of the Hochschule Emden/Leer should contact the international Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Student of the Jade Hochschule should contact the international Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have a valid rental contract with the Studentenwerk, it will only be possible to collect the keys and move-in when you have fulfilled the travel regulations.  Anyone entering Germany from a risk area must take a Covid-19 test and quarantine.

What’s required in order to move-in?

  • send a PDF copy of your negative COVID-19 Test (not older than 48hrs) to the Studentenwerk
  • organise a Tutor/Buddy who can collect the keys for you and support you during the quarantine

Key collection:

Only your Buddy/Tutor may collect your keys from  Mondays-Thursdays 09:00am-3:30pm and Fridays 09:00am-11:30 at our offices on the University Campus by appointment only. On arrival in Germany, you must go directly into quarantine and  are not allowed to e.g. go grocery shopping beforehand.

The keys will be given to your Buddy/Tutor provided:

  • a PDF copy of your negative COVID-19 Test (not older than 48hrs)was sent to the Studentenwerk in time

Without this PDF, your Buddy/Tutor will not receive the keys and you will have to stay longer than would have been necessary in a hotel

If you are travelling from an non-risk country or have already quarantined e.g. with relatives/in a hotel in Germany, please contact us directly.

According to §30 of the German Protection against Infection Act, for those of you already living in a dorm and needing to quarantine, then of course you can quarantine in your room/appartment. All rules and regulations set by the health authorities (Gesundheitsamt) are to be strictly followed.

While quarantining, the common rooms, bathrooms and kitchens are to be used separately from other flatmates.The easiest thing to do is arrange a „common area timetable“ e.g in your flatshare whatsapp group.

Make sure to always  wear a face mask and keep your distance when moving about in the flatshare.

Make sure to clean all surfaces after use and where necessary use a surface disinfectant.

It‘s extremely important to keep your room well-aired and heated, especially when spending so much time in a confined space.

We’s also like to refer all residents to the Lower Saxony Directives (Niedersächsische Verordnung). 

This applies not only to your room/apartment, common rooms but also to all areas outside your dorm.

Please continue to socially distance and reduce personal contacts to a minimum.

The consequences of not following the Covid-19 Rerguklations are very high fines!

Further Information is available here: Land Niedersachsen and Robert Koch Institut.

As soon as you accept an accommodation offer and sign the contract, you are bound to the Terms and Conditions and the payment conditions of the contract. A refund or short notice cancellation is not possible. If you can’t move in immediately because of quarantine regulations, you are still bound to your contract and payment obligations.

As a cautionary measure, the Studentwerk is currently not offering public office hours. You may contact us by e-mail or telephone

You can take a test in Oldenburg at a local doctor's office. Please call ahead to make an appointment:

"White list" database with doctor's offices (in German only)

General information about Covid-19:

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