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Corona

Arrival Checklist

On this website we have compiled all the important information you will need if you enter Germany. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We wish you a safe journey to our campus! (Effective: 24 June 2021)

Before You Enter Germany

To gain entry into Germany you will need:

  • A letter of admission or enrollment certificate
  • An entry visa, if necessary
  • Since summer semester 2021, TU Dortmund University offers a mix of online and face-to-face teaching, thus an extra attendance certificate is not required.
  • If the embassy still asks for one, please contact your international student advisor who will issue a confirmation that not all of your studies can be completed online.

The Robert Koch Institute has divided all countries into different categories: Virus variant areas, areas of high incidence, risk areas and all other areas. Depending on which country you are entering from, different regulations apply. Therefore, it is important to find out which category the country you are entering from belongs to before traveling to Germany.

In general: Proof of vaccination and proof of recovery from a Corona infection (not older than six months) replace a negative test result!

Virus variant areas

  • Currently, strict regulations apply to entries from virus variant areas. Please inform yourself regularly about the risk classification of your home country.
  • Travel and entry to Germany in accordance with CoronaEinreiseV is currently prohibited for those living in so-called virus variant areas, which have a high spread of virus variants. This also applies to those who are fully vaccinated.
  • Entry is not possible even if the German university has already granted admission. Since entry is not possible, no visas can be issued as long as a country is considered a virus variant area.
  • In a few exceptional cases, entry is still possible, such as for those who have a residence and right of residency in Germany. Please contact us if you are traveling from a virus-variant area, we will be able to provide you with further information.
  • Please also note the information under "Do I have to go into quarantine?"

Areas of high incidence

  • Registration before entry at www.einreiseanmeldung.de required
  • Bring a negative test result, must not be older than 48 hours
  • Please also note the information under "Do I have to go into quarantine?"

Risk areas

  • Registration before entry at www.einreiseanmeldung.de required
  • Bring a negative test result, must not be older than 48 hours
  • Please also note the information under "Do I have to go into quarantine?"

All other areas

  • You can find an overview here (only available in German)
  • If you enter the country by plane, you must be tested before departure! Without a negative test result, you will not be able to board the flight.

You will automatically receive updated information regarding Corona via SMS upon entry, which can also be found on the homepage of the Federal Ministry of Health (limited information provided in English).

Detailed information on entering the Federal Republic of Germany can be found on the following websites:

If you need to go into quarantine after arrival in Germany, it is very important that you book an adequate accommodation beforehand!

  • Take direct transport to your accommodation after arriving in Germany. If you have registered for a room in one of the dormitories, please contact in advance the janitors of the building about the date and the time you will pick up the keys.
  • Exchange Students: Regarding this issue, please contact your coordinator in the International Office (Erasmus-Team | Overseas-Program).
  • Please contact us as early as possible to inform us that you’ll be arriving in Dortmund. We’ll support you as best as possible! Contact via e-mail wasila.al-dubaitu-dortmundde und jenny.nguyentu-dortmundde.

After Your Arrival in Germany

Depending on which country you entered from, different regulations apply. Therefore, it is important to inform yourself of the regulation before traveling to Germany and prepare accordingly. Consult the information above under "Which entry regulations apply to me" or visit the homepage of the Robert Koch Institute to find out more about country categories.

In general: Proof of vaccination and proof of a recovered Corona infection (not older than 6 months) replace a negative test result!

Virus variant areas

  • 14-day quarantine necessary after entry: Shortening not possible

Areas of high incidence

  • Upload negative test results before entry at www.einreiseanmeldung.de and carry them with you during your journey
  • Quarantine necessary after entry: Testing possible at the earliest five days after entry

Risk areas

  • Upload negative test results before entry at www.einreiseanmeldung.de and carry them with you during your journey
  • Quarantine not necessary when a negative test result can be provided

If you are tested after your arrival to Germany, you must quarantine until you receive a negative test result. If your test result is positive, you must remain in quarantine! Please note the following:

  • Quarantine begins on the day of entry and lasts up to 14 days
  • The period of domestic quarantine is to be spent in your own accommodation
  • You are not allowed to leave your apartment/room without the consent of German health authorities. This also applies to communal areas in shared student housing
  • You are not allowed to receive visitors from outside your own household and are not allowed to let anyone into your room/apartment
  • If you live with other people, stay in different rooms and do not share items such as dishes or towels

Groceries

  • For assistance with grocery shopping, you can contact the FreiwilligenAgentur Dort­mund. The agency will connect you with a volunteer who will buy groceries and daily necessities for you. You will need to pay for the groceries in advance, the service is free.
  • Prepared food can be ordered directly from some restaurants or snack bars (check the websites of restaurants in your area!).
  • Some supermarkets in Dortmund deliver food to your home. Please contact  erasmustu-dortmundde for more information on this.


Social Media Channels

Keep up to date with our social media channels on  Facebook and Instagram . We will inform you about news at TU Dortmund University, online events and much more!

The reimbursement of quarantine costs by the DAAD is a financial aid only for international students at TU Dortmund University who

  • Had to quarantine after their arrival in Germany.
  • Came in contact with another person who had tested positive and because of that had to be quarantined.
  • Paid for a coronavirus test that were not covered by their health insurance.

Depending on the case (proof necessary), the reimbursement of the quarantine costs will count as a non-repayable grant. The application can be submitted up to four weeks after the quarantine is completed.

The reimbursement of the quarantine costs for international students provides a financial reimbursement for:

1. Accommodation expenses during the quarantine

Accommodation costs for hotels or other fee-based place can be reimbursed, for the time that they were used for quarantine. Copies or scans of bills/receipts are necessary as proof in advance. Original copies must be sent per post (see address below).

2. Coronavirus test expenses

Before students buy a coronavirus test, they should ask if the cost of the test will be covered by their health insurance. The health insurance companies usually cover up to two coronavirus tests a week.  Copies or scans of bills/receipts are necessary as proof in advance. Original copies must be sent per mail (see address below).

 Which documents need to be submitted?

  • Completed application
  • Current proof of matriculation
  • In case you just entered Germany, proof/a copy of the entry stamp in your passport (stamped by an airport in Germany)
  • In case you didn’t just enter Germany, a copy of your residency permit
  • A copy of your registration of residence
  • Scans/copies in advance of your bills/receipts from separate accommodation (ex. hotel, Airbnb etc.) or for the purchase of coronavirus tests

The completed application, along with scans/copies of the bills/receipts, needs to be sent via email to social.counselingtu-dortmundde. Original copies must be sent per mail to the address below.

Important: Expenses for food will not be reimbursed.

Please send all of your documents regarding your quarantine per mail to this address:

Frau Wasila Al-Dubai

Referat Internationales / TU Dortmund

Emil-Figge-Straße 61

44227 Dortmund

Masks are compulsory (FFP2 according to standard EN149, or medical mask according to standard EN14683) in:

  • Doctors' offices
  • All shops, supermarkets, etc.
  • Some parts of Dortmund city center
  • All forms of public transport (bus, train, underground, etc.) and at all stations and stops

Free rapid tests can be done no more than once a week. There are various test centres and doctor's offices in Dortmund that do free rapid tests. There is also a test center on campus.

Contact restrictions

  • Personal meetings are to be reduced to an absolute minimum
  • A distance of 1.5 metres is to be kept in public spaces at all times
  • For a 7-day incidence above 100: private meetings with max. one household and one other person
  • For 7-day incidence below 100-50.1: private meetings between any number of persons of one's own household and another household. Vaccinated and recovered persons are not counted
  • At 7-day incidence below 50-35.1: private meetings between any number of persons of own household and two other households. In addition, meetings between 10 persons with a negative test from any number of households are allowed. Vaccinated and recovered persons are not counted
  • For 7-day incidence below 35: private meetings between any number of persons from own household and four other households. In addition, meetings between 100 persons with a negative test from any number of households are allowed. Vaccinated and recovered persons are not counted
  • Parties should still be avoided!

Further information about the obligation to wear a mask and contact restrictions can be found here! (Website in German)

Please note: other rules apply to other cities! Always find out in advance which rules apply!

Restrictions on campus

  • Masks are compulsory on the entire campus and in all buildings
  • All places of learning are currently closed

Further information regarding the rules on campus can be found here!

Always Stay Up to Date

  • Corona Warning App (Website in German)
    The Corona Warning App is a service provided by the federal government that helps to determine whether you have had contact with an infected person and are at risk of contracting the virus.
  • Tagesschau
    The Tagesschau is a German public news programme that provides current news from Germany and all over the world.
  • Federal State of NRW
    You should also regularly check the homepage of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, as many rules are set by the individual federal states.
  • City of Dortmund
    You can also find information on the current rules on the homepage of the city of Dortmund.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

 

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

 

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

 

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

 

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Site Map of TU Dort­mund University (Second Page in English)

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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