What do you currently need to know about corona (Englisch)

With our behaviour, everyone of us can contribute to protecting ourselves, the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions against the coronavirus. The government has taken measures to contain the spread of the virus, to avoid a breakdown of the healthcare system and to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic. The federal government publishes information on the current state of affairs regarding the coronavirus on various channels and in various languages. Here’s an overview of the most important information.

Grafische Darstellung des Coronavirus mit dem Text "Was Sie jetzt über Corona wissen müssen" - Verhaltenstipps, Arbeitsrecht und Reisebestimmungen auf einen Blick"
Foto: Integrationsbeauftragte

Health and tips on conduct

Just like previously, the following applies: Keep contact with others to a minimum wherever possible and limit yourself to a constant group of people.

What remains important: Keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres to other people, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, cover your mouth and nose, and air rooms regularly. Wherever people gather in close proximity, wearing a mask is generally mandatory.

Safely through the Winter
(Source: Robert Koch Institute)

What do the rules “3G”, “2G” and “2G plus” mean?

  • 3G: persons who recovered from COVID, fully vaccinated persons or tested persons are admitted
  • 2G: persons who recovered from COVID or fully vaccinated persons are admitted
  • 2G plus: persons who recovered from COVID or fully vaccinated persons are admitted if they can also present a negative test result

3G applies at the workplace and on public transport: On public transport, you must wear a medical or FFP mask. These regulations also apply to air travel.

2G applies in retail shops, at cultural and leisure facilities (e.g. in restaurants, bars, hotels, theatres): Shops selling items for daily needs (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, drugstores, bookshops) remain open for everyone. A federal state can close restaurants or restrict hotel stays in a county if there is a high number of infections.

Regular coronavirus tests: Quick tests are an important element when it comes to achieving more normality and safe interactions. Everyone in Germany should therefore have the opportunity to benefit from a quick test at least once a week.

Schools: The obligation to wear a mask applies to all years/grades.

Other regulations: For facilities such as hairdressers or gyms, the federal states will adopt their own regulations.

Contact restrictions: Private gatherings which include unvaccinated or non-recovered persons are to be limited to one’s own household plus a maximum of two people from another household. Children up to the age of 14 are exempt from this regulation.

Tips on health and on conduct can be found in several languages at the Federal Ministry of Health.

Use the federal government’s Corona Warning app like millions of other people in Germany. The more people participate, the more effectively the app can protect us.

Observe the rules that are applicable for your Bundesland.

Back to normality - the Corona Warning app for Germany
(Source: Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration)

Advice for people who are not sick and are in quarantine following consultation with the health authority
(Source: Robert Koch Institute)

Self-isolation at home in case of confirmed infection with COVID-19: Flyer for patients and their relatives
(Source: Robert Koch Institute)

Tested positive for coronavirus - what now?
(Source: Commissioner for Integration of the Bavarian State Government)

The Top 10 tips for hygiene
(Source: Federal Centre for Health Education)

Coronavirus protective vaccine

By getting vaccinated with the coronavirus protective vaccine, you help protect yourself, your family and the most vulnerable members of our society. Anyone who resides in Germany, is ordinarily resident in Germany or works in certain care facilities in Germany but does not live in Germany has the right to get the vaccine.

Booster vaccine: The standing vaccination committee (STIKO) generally recommends that all persons from the age of 12 receive a booster vaccine. The booster vaccine is usually to be administered 3 months after the second vaccine.

The booster is particularly useful for:

  • elderly people
  • people with pre-existing conditions
  • people in need of care
  • People who received a viral vector vaccine (e.g. AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson)
  • People who are frequently in contact with persons particularly at risk or infected persons (e.g. caregivers)

Podcasts on Covid booster vaccinations (Boosters)
(Source: State Office for Refugee Matters Berlin)

Getting vaccinated is voluntary and the vaccine is administered free of charge in vaccination centres or at doctor’s offices. By calling 116 117, you can find out when and where you can get vaccinated. 

If you have been vaccinated, your coronavirus vaccination can be digitally documented. The electronic certificate can be generated in a medical practice, pharmacy or in a vaccination centre. Once the data has been entered or assumed from another source, a QR code is generated. Vaccinated persons can then scan it using the CovPass-App or the Corona-Warn-App and prove their vaccination status via QR code.

The vaccines have been checked thoroughly with regards to tolerability, safety and efficacy. Even after vaccination, the following applies: Keeping your distance and wearing a mask is mandatory!

FAQ on the coronavirus vaccination
(Source: Federal government)

The Vaccination Booklet for Everyone
(Source: Federal Ministry of Health)

Information on vaccinations
(Source: Federal Ministry of Health)

Information on mRNA vaccines
(Source: Robert Koch Institute)

Information on vector vaccines
(Source: Robert Koch Institute)

Work and money

All companies are obliged to offer tests twice a week to employees that do not work exclusively from home.

Protection against dismissal also applies during the coronavirus pandemic. If your employer has mandated short-time work, you can receive a short-time allowance for up to 24 months. It can be up to 87% of your loss of earnings. The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs provides information on labour law issues in several languages.

There is also support for companies, regardless of how big they are. There are loans, subsidies or tax concessions. All information on this is available from the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.

Advice for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) & self-employed persons
(Source: Competence Centre on Migrant Entrepreneurship in the network “Integration through Qualification (IQ)”)

Seasonal work during the coronavirus pandemic
(Source: Office for the Equal Treatment of EU Workers)

Travelling

Generally, travel that is not essential should be avoided. Individual states, even within the EU, may continue to restrict entry or prescribe quarantine upon entry. Before you travel, please familiarise yourself with the current entry restrictions and border controls with the Federal Foreign Office and with the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

Anyone wishing to enter Germany from a region designated as a high-risk area or a virus variant area must complete a  digital entry registration form.

The countries to which this applies are listed by the Robert Koch Institute, and this information is updated daily. 

Before arrival: You must be able to provide evidence of a negative test, vaccination or recovered status whenever you arrive from another country. (The test may be a PCR or an antigen test). All persons who are 6 years of age and up must provide such proof upon entering the country. 

A lab test (PCR, PoC-PCR) is accepted as proof for having recovered from coronavirus, provided that the test is at least 28 days old and not older than 3 months. The full vaccination must have been received at least 14 days ago.

After arrival: Generally, all persons arriving from a virus variant area must enter into quarantine at home for a period of 14 days. All persons entering the country from a high-risk area must enter quarantine at home for a period of 10 days. This shall not apply to those persons who are vaccinated or who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection. This quarantine may be terminated on the fifth day if evidence of a further test can be provided. 

You can find all the information from the Federal Ministry of Health.

Re-open EU
(Source: European Union)

Protection against violence

An exceptional situation for the whole family - Tips for preventing violence in the family caused by coronavirus contact restrictions PDF, 501 KB, barrierefrei
(Source: The Federal Government’s Representative for Migrants, Refugees and Integration and Ethno-Medizinisches Zentrum e.V. (Ethno-Medical Centre)

Free support hotline (08000 116 016), consultation via chat and email  on domestic violence
(Source: Bundesamt für Familie und zivilgesellschaftliche Aufgaben - Federal Office for the family and duties related to the civil society)

Advice in case of physical and sexual abuse
(Source: The Independent Commissioner for Child Sexual Abuse Issues (UBSKM))