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

Each and every individual can, through his/her own actions, help to protect himself/herself and others, in particular vulnerable individuals, such as elderly persons and those with underlying medical conditions, from Coronavirus. Policy-makers have taken measures to slow down the spread of the virus, to soften the burden on the healthcare system and to ameliorate the economic consequences of the pandemic. The government will keep you informed of the current status of Coronavirus on different channels and in different languages. We have compiled the most important information here.

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. Masks should be worn in confined spaces where people come together. 

Masks are compulsory in nursing homes, hospitals and other health care facilities, such as doctors' surgeries, in certain collective accommodation and in local public transport. You must also wear a mask when travelling by air or long-distance passenger transport.

Mandatory testing applies in addition to mandatory masks in hospitals, care facilities and similar institutions.

The federal states can specify further protective measures, such as:

  • Compulsory testing in schools and day care centres 
  • Compulsory masks in schools from the fifth school year onwards
  • Compulsory masks on public transport
  • Compulsory masks in indoor areas accessible to the public (catering, leisure, cultural and sporting events)
  • Limitation of the number of participants for events in indoor spaces open to the public

In any case, please observe the rules applicable in your federal state.

The following are entitled to free Corona-tests:

  • Children under 5 years of age.
  • People who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.
  • Anyone who wants to get out of quarantine (“release test”)
  • Anyone who proves they are living with someone who is infected 
  • Anyone who provides nursing care or visits or treats people in nursing homes or medical institutions
  • Handicapped people and those who care for them

Anyone who visits persons over age 60, participates in indoor events in enclosed spaces or whose Corona-Warn-App shows a red warning icon can have a test done for 3 Euro.

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.

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

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)

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)

The STIKO (The Standing Committee on Immunisation) also recommends a further booster vaccination for people aged 60 and over, as well as for people with an increased risk of severe COVID-19 as a result of an underlying disease.

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 undergone rigorous testing for tolerability, safety and effectiveness. 

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)

Information on protein-based vaccines 
(Source: Robert Koch Institute)

Work and money

Employers should ensure that contact between workers are reduced to the minimum necessary. A hygiene concept is to be used to define and implement the measures for infection control within the company. If it is necessary to wear protective masks, these must be provided by the employer. Employers are expected to check whether all employees, who do not work exclusively in their homes, are being offered Coronavirus tests.

Protection against dismissal also applies during the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs provides information on labour law issues in several languages.

Information on economic aid in the coronavirus pandemic can be found at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.

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

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.

Before entry: All those entering Germany from a virus variant area must complete a  digital entry declaration prior to entry. In addition, a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours must be presented.

You can find out which countries these are, updated daily, at the  Robert Koch Institut.

After entry: Without exception, everyone must quarantine at home for 14 days if they entered the country from a virus variant area. 

All information on entry can be found at 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))