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Coronavirus: General FAQ

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Are there cases of COVID-19 at Jacobs University?

There are no known suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Jacobs University.

How is Jacobs University dealing with the COVID-19 crisis?

With regard to the ongoing global spread of COVID-19, Jacobs University has taken intensive measures to prevent and protect all students, guests and staff members at an early stage.

Jacobs University’s primary commitment, besides offering a first-class education, is to keep its community safe and healthy.

Already in January, Jacobs University established an internal coronavirus task force in which members of all areas of the university are represented. The Managing Director and the Head of Campus Security are leading this task force, which monitors available data and all developments in regards to the virus, decides on further measures and prepares their implementation. This includes gathering information and recommendations from the "World Health Organization", the "Robert Koch Institute", one of the most important bodies for the safeguarding of public health in Germany, and the "Gesundheitsamt Bremen” (Bremen’s Health Office).
Ensuring health and safety means taking actions that aim to limit exposure of Jacobs community members to the virus, such as imposing social distancing where appropriate and generally elevating preventive hygiene practices across the campus.
Jacobs University has implemented a number of actions intended to slow the spread of the virus and protect the health of our community. We recognize that these actions are disruptive but the health and safety of our community is our focus at this extraordinary time.
In a personal video message, President Antonio Loprieno, addresses the whole community to talk about the challenges but also the chances that arose from the corona crisis. To watch the video, please click here.

Where can I get coronavirus updates about Jacobs University?

For the most up-to-date information on Jacobs University’s practices regarding COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 information page
There you will also find a corona related FAQ section.
In a personal video message, President Antonio Loprieno, addresses the whole community to talk about the challenges but also the chances that arose from the corona crisis. To watch the video, please click here.

Will Jacobs University remain open or is it possible for the colleges (halls of residence) to get closed in the future due to restrictions by the German government? If so, does the university have a plan for this?

With regard to accommodation and food services for our students, the university has no intention and no plans of closing the campus and its colleges (halls of residence). Since the start of the pandemic, Jacobs University has maintained both accommodation and food services for all students.
Our overriding principle is to protect the health and safety of our employees AND our students – who not only learn, and research here, but also live on campus.
For about 1,000 students the Jacobs campus is their home during the semester. They all have both, a study and rental contract with Jacobs University, which all remain valid during the regular period of a semester.
Given this, Jacobs University has all intentions of continuing to keep the residential colleges open, as the majority of the students have an ongoing need of accommodation, catering, and community support.
The university is making all necessary arrangements to maintain all operations in this domain, even in the event of students needing to be quarantined. Moreover, our contact with the Bremen health authorities and with the State of Bremen indicates that we need not expect them to force closure of the campus and its colleges.

The same applies to the academic offerings of Jacobs University for the past Spring semester 2020 as well as for the upcoming Fall semester. With regard to the upcoming Fall semester read the FAQ for new students or for returning students.

For the Spring 2020 semester, Jacobs University suspended all in-person teaching activities on the campus until 21 August 2020 in order to guarantee planning security, equal treatment and equal opportunities for all its students. Thus, 210 out of 218 courses were successfully held online. The remaining courses (mostly excursions) will be made up for in the upcoming Fall semester 2020 as far as possible.

Furthermore, all final-year students were provided with the opportunity to take a qualified and recognized exam in May – which were almost exclusively conducted online. In particular, all graduating students were given the possibility to conduct their finals in order to complete the studies and qualify for their degree.

Jacobs University has thus kept the promise it made to its students at an early stage: to complete the academic year on time and in the scope planned. On 12 June, 2020 Jacobs University has successfully completed its academic year 2019/2020 with the first virtual graduation ceremony in its history.

Is it safe to stay on Jacobs University’s campus?

The spread and the risk situation regarding COVID-19 changes daily. Therefore, it is not possible to make any verifiable or reliable statement about where, in which area, city or country it is safer to stay and live, today or in the future. In addition, personal circumstances such as social environment, previous illnesses, necessity to work etc. must always be taken into account.

We kindly ask students and their parents to take into account that we are dealing with a global pandemic affecting an increasingly larger number of countries world-wide, including many of our students’ home countries.
Jacobs University is taking all possible measures to slow down the further spread of the virus in the whole society – but also on the campus of Jacobs University.
As of today, there are no known suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Jacobs University.

Where can I find general information about the spread of the coronavirus?

The "World Health Organization", the "Robert Koch Institute", one of the most important bodies for the safeguarding of public health in Germany, and the "Gesundheitsamt Bremen” (Bremen’s Health Office) all provide very valuable information on the current development regarding COVID-19. If you are looking for Bremen-specific information, we recommend following the website of Bremen’s senate , where you can find all relevant phone numbers, information on COVID-19 ambulances as well as the latest measures taken by Bremen’s Senate. Jacobs University also provides information on the coronavirus and measures the university takes on its website. These information are frequently updated.

What are the current guidelines for social behavior on campus?

On 23 March, the Federal Government and the Federal States have agreed to further extend the guidelines for behavior and for freedom of movement and mobility, which everyone must adhere to (GERMAN / ENGLISH TRANSLATION).
Since then, these regulations have been regularly adapted to current developments and needs by the Federal Government or by state governments (State of Bremen).
Accordingly, Jacobs University regularly adapts the guidelines for social behavior on the campus to the legal requirements. Appropriate changes and adjustments are communicated to students and staff on campus as required. In this way we ensure that the same rules apply on campus as in our Bremen neighborhood.
All regulations and guidelines must be respected and will be enforced by campus and local authorities accordingly.

What individual precautionary measures does Jacobs University recommend its community members to follow?

Jacobs University is taking all measures to slow down the further spread of the virus in the whole society – this is a question of solidarity within a society as a whole.

Jacobs University recommends its community members to take all precautionary measures available to stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. In order to enable this, Jacobs University has installed hand disinfectant dispensers in all serveries, the coffee bar and all relevant administrative offices. Also free individual disinfection dispensers are available to all Jacobs affiliates.
  • Maintain mandatory social distancing: keep a minimum distance of 1,50 meters from any other person
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wear a mouth and nose cover if you can’t keep a minimum distance of 1,50 meters from any other person.

All our employees who can perform their services without being present on campus have the option to work remotely in agreement with their supervisor until at least August 26.

Additionally, the university has drawn up and communicated far-reaching guidelines and regulations for mobile working for all administrative staff, so that the majority of tasks can be carried out remotely and thus without travel and presence on campus.

Since Germany has decided to make mouth and nose covers compulsory on public transport and while shopping. What does that mean for me?

You have to cover your mouth and nose when using public transport while shopping or in any other indoor case where you can’t keep a minimum distance of 1,50 meters from another person. You do not have to wear a medical face mask! A scarf or a simple mouth-and nose cover is sufficient. The Robert Koch Institute explicitly recommends not buying medical face masks to avoid a shortage for medical staff. Therefore, we kindly ask you to show the great sense of community that constitutes our Jacobs Spirit.

Of course, you can buy a mask online or buy one locally but it is also quite easy to create your own: Check out this tutorial to make your own mouth and nose cover in under 5 minutes using only materials you already have.

Keep in mind: Washing mouth and nose covers is as important as wearing them. Please wash your mouth and nose cover after every use. Machine washing is optimal using regular detergent, the temperature should be at least 60 degrees Celsius. If hand washing is your only option, we recommend lathering it with soap and scrubbing them for at least 20 seconds with hot water or boiling them in a pot. You can disinfect mouth and nose covers by ironing them.

We know that this topic is controversially discussed, but considering the state decision, not wearing your mouth and nose cover is currently not an option. If you don’t wear a mouth and nose cover, you will not be allowed to enter the grocery store for example and likely get asked to get off the tram. Which brings us to our next point: A reminder to keep a minimum distance of 1,50 meters from any other person – also when using public transport. Our own behavior is the most effective means to contain the coronavirus.

How did the spread of the coronavirus affect the graduation ceremony 2020?

On 12 June, 2020 Jacobs University has successfully completed its academic year 2019/2020 with the first virtual graduation ceremony in its history. This event was the culmination of a rapid digitization process in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

How did the COVID-19 affect the Spring semester 2020 at Jacobs University?

For the past Spring semester, Jacobs University suspended all in-person teaching activities on the campus until 21 August 2020 in order to guarantee planning security, equal treatment and equal opportunities for all its students. Thus, 210 out of 218 courses were successfully held online. The remaining courses (mostly excursions) will be made up for in the upcoming Fall semester 2020 as far as possible.

Furthermore, all final-year students were provided with the opportunity to take a qualified and recognized exam in May – which were almost exclusively conducted online. In particular, all graduating students were given the possibility to conduct their finals in order to complete the studies and qualify for their degree.

Jacobs University has thus kept the promise it made to its students at an early stage: to complete the academic year on time and in the scope planned. On 12 June, 2020 Jacobs University has successfully completed its academic year 2019/2020 with the first virtual graduation ceremony in its history.

As a student from 2019/2020, can I get a refund for the tuition fees of the spring semester 2020?

Jacobs University has kept the promise it made to its students at an early stage: to complete the academic year 2019/2020 on time and in the scope planned. On 12 June, 2020 Jacobs University has successfully completed this academic year with the first virtual graduation ceremony in its history.

Therefore, the tuition fees for this semester are not refundable.

As a student from 2019/2020, can I get a refund for the meal plan?

Jacobs University has been very committed to keep the residential colleges open, as the majority of the students have an ongoing need of accommodation, catering and community support. Since the start of the pandemic, Jacobs University has maintained both accommodation and food services for all students.

Given this, all study and rental contracts remain fully valid during the Spring semester 2020 until the end of their termination. Therefore, the meal plan for this semester is not refundable – not in total nor in parts.

Since we are maintaining the operation of the serveries during the corona crisis, despite all the strict regulations of the German and Bremen government and with much increased effort, we regret that despite the slightly reduced number of students on campus, there are no cost savings that we could pass on to our students. On the contrary, keeping the serveries running goes hand in hand with increased effort and costs: There are various additional regulations in place that increase the labor and actual costs for providing our students with food.

For the students living on campus, our stance towards the well-being of each individual still applies: the meal plan is mandatory to ensure the general health of students on campus. In the past, there have been numerous cases where students have decided to skip meals just to save money and then not eat enough, leading to serious medical, social and ultimately academic problems.

The meal plan is an essential building block of our system to provide a nutritional foundation accessible to all. We only allow exceptions for nutritional medical reasons, which have been confirmed by German nutrition specialists to the student and therefore to us one semester in advance. The implementation of this is only possible in conjunction with coaching by the Resident Mentors, who control and approve all these special cases, in order to first try to solve problems and thus ensure that all nutritional needs are met.

Since the sports facilities have been closed during Spring Semester 2020: Can I get a refund of the membership fee?

Corresponding to the worldwide spread of COVID-19, Jacobs University has taken intensive measures to protect its community: Ensuring health and safety means taking actions that aim to limit exposure of Jacobs community members to the virus, imposing social distancing, and generally elevating preventive hygiene practices across the campus.

Jacobs University has implemented a several actions intended to slow the spread of the virus and protect the health of the community – including the closure of sports facilities (sports halls, gym, rowing tank and the dance room) during Spring Semester 2020.

Students, who have purchased a Gym Semester / Monthly Card, a Pool Semester Card or signed up for Yoga classes for Spring semester 2020 have been able to apply for an individual refund.

I’m currently not in Bremen. Can I get a refund for the semester ticket?

All study and rental contracts with Jacobs University remain fully valid through the spring 2020 semester. The semester ticket is a part of the study contract and can therefore not be cancelled during an ongoing semester. Even on part of the university, it is not possible to get the ticket costs refunded by the provider, the Municipal Transport Services.

I’m currently not in Germany: Can I get a refund for broadcasting contributions?

The broadcasting contribution system has been the model for financing public service broadcasters in Germany since 2013. Every person with a household in Germany is obliged to pay for it, which means that everybody who has a valid rental contract in Germany, cannot get refunded or refuse to pay for the broadcasting services. These provisions are based on state law. These regulations naturally also apply to students who have a valid rental contract with Jacobs University.

Will the IRC/library stay open?

Based on current federal and state standards to contain the coronavirus, Jacobs University has introduced several new safety regulations and guidelines on campus. The regulations for our library, as a place where people meet, read and work together, were adjusted accordingly to protect and promote the health and safety of our whole community.

With these regulations the IRC remains open.

Which rooms and facilities on the campus have been closed so far?

Corresponding to protecting our community by promoting social distancing, the following rooms and facilities have been closed until further notice:

  • Coffee Bar
  • All Sports Halls
  • Rowing Tank
  • GYM / Fitness Center
  • Dance Room
  • All Multimedia Rooms

What safety measures are taken regarding the catering facilities?

Our longstanding and trustful catering provider “apetito catering” has taken different and comprehensive measures in order to help prevent the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and to protect all students, guests, and staff/faculty members. We ask for support from the whole Jacobs community in order to support and respect all these measures, and any further measures as circumstances demand.

In addition to all adjustments in the offer and procedure, apetito catering will take additional hygienic precautions for all members of their staff.

The respective current measures and regulations are extensively communicated and published at the appropriate time and place on campus.
All regulations have been approved by the local authorities and are valid until further notice. All regulations must be respected and will be enforced by campus and local authorities accordingly.

I would like to take a doctor’s appointment for a corona virus checkup as soon as possible. What should I do?

In view of the continuously changing number of corona cases in Germany and in Bremen, and the changing rise in demand for personal COVID-19 tests, the Bremen Health Authority has issued new, modified instructions and recommendations for personal examinations. Also these regulations and procedures may change in time.

ONLY in case you suffer from fever, cough or respiratory symptoms OR have had direct contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19

  • First contact your primary care physician by telephone! Do not go directly to the doctor's practice or the Corona ambulance!
  • Outside the regular office hours of your doctor's practice – like in the evening/night and during weekend – you can call the Central Health Service of Bremen: CALL 0421-116 117
  • Calls may take a while to get answered. And the Central Health Service of Bremen is running a German language telephone information service, so please wait until a contact person is answering directly. Stay on the line and answer all the questions.
  • Follow the instructions

Be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • General Information: name, last name, mailing address, your health insurance number and provider
  • Symptoms: what kind of symptoms like fever, cough, breathing difficulties, or any other respiratory symptoms do you experience? Since when? Have you already sought medical advice?
  • Travel History: what is your travel history in the last 2 months? In which cities, regions, and countries have you been, when and how long?
  • Contact History: have you been in contact with people infected with corona virus? (When, where, who?)

IMPORTANT: in case you test positive for COVID-19, please, immediately inform Jacobs University by e-mail to: healthinfo@jacobs-university.de. Only this way we can protect the Jacobs Community on campus from further spread of the virus.

  • If you experience mild and unspecific symptoms, but haven't been in a risk area or in direct contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19: Observe all the instructions for personal hygiene
  • Stay in your room and restrict all social contacts as much as possible until you feel better

In case you are in ordered quarantine by the Bremen Public Health Office caused by a positive test for COVID-19 or by direct contact with a positive-tested person and need urgent medical assistance:

  • Call your primary care physician, the Bremen Central Health Service or the Emergency Number 112 - and ALWAYS state clearly that you are in quarantine!

Support from your Health Insurance Provider
For students who are insured by the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), there are two "TK-MediCall" phone numbers of the medical advisory center available. The callers can speak directly with doctors:

  • German speaking hotline: 040-46 06 - 61 91 60
  • English speaking hotline: 040 - 46 06 61 91 40

For students who are insured by the AOK, there are two German-language hotlines of the “AOK-Clarimedis” service:

  • Free of Charge for AOL members: 0800 1 265 265
  • Phone number from abroad (charges apply): 0049 3085614293

The city of Bremen has set up a general information hotline: under the telephone number 0421 115 you can get information (in German) about the Coronavirus in Bremen.

As a student, where can I get an official document stating that I am healthy so that I can enter my home country?

Please call your private physician or in case your physician is out of office Bremen’s Central Health Service at 0421-116117. Please keep in mind, calls may take a while to get answered. And the Central Health Service of Bremen is running a German language telephone information service, so please wait until a contact person is answering directly. Stay in the line and answer all the questions.

You may also call your respective Health Insurance.

For students who are insured by the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), there are two "TK-MediCall" phone numbers of the medical advisory center available. The callers can speak directly with doctors:

  • German speaking hotline: 040-46 06 - 61 91 60
  • English speaking Hotline: 040 - 46 06 61 91 40

For students who are insured by the AOK, there are two German-language hotlines of the “AOK-Clarimedis” service:

  • Free of Charge for AOL members: 0800 1 265 265
  • Phone number from abroad (charges apply): 0049 3085614293

What happens to students who need to stay on campus during summer break but can’t afford paying the fees?

We take our responsibility toward our students very seriously. Jacobs University will not evict anyone who has nowhere else to stay, essentially making them homeless. In case you are forced to stay on campus during Summer Break, our Student Financial Service team will support you in finding an individual payment plan which suits your situation. In such a case, we need a written statement from you, which will be sent to SFS via SFS@jacobs-university.de.

Whom can students contact if they have health and mental health related concerns during the corona crisis?

As a parent I am concerned about the health of my child. Should my child stay home instead of visiting the university?

The spread and the risk situation regarding COVID-19 changes daily. Therefore, it is not possible to make any verifiable or reliable statement about where, in which area, city or country it is safer to stay and live, today or in the future. In addition, personal circumstances such as social environment, previous illnesses, necessity to work etc. must always be taken into account.

Any concerns about staying home in view of the COVID-19 crisis are completely understandable. Nevertheless, we kindly ask students and their parents to take into account that we are dealing with a global pandemic affecting an increasingly larger number of countries world-wide, including many of our students’ home countries.

Jacobs University’s primary commitment, besides offering a first-class education, is to keep its community safe and healthy.

Jacobs University is taking all possible measures to slow down the further spread of the virus in the whole society – but also on the campus of Jacobs University – and to prevent and protect all students, guests and staff members

Ensuring health and safety means taking actions that aim to limit exposure of Jacobs community members to the virus, such as imposing social distancing where appropriate and generally elevating preventive hygiene practices across the campus.

As of today, there are no known suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Jacobs University.

How does the university keep the students up-to-date with regard to COVID-19? Do they have direct contact people on campus?

Jacobs University’s primary commitment, besides offering a first-class education, is to keep its community safe and healthy.
The well-being of our students is a top priority. We have a close network of contact people who are there for our students day and night. May it be the security personnel, our counselors or the resident mentors and resident advisors, who also live on campus.

Regarding the spread of the coronavirus, our students receive frequent and regular information through

  • Jacobs University’s intranet – where an information page on corona was set up.
  • Posters, which were put up in all residential colleges and common rooms of our university
  • Update emails from the university’s leadership
  • Peer group and individual communication
  • Internal social media channel
  • Videoconferencing

What is the status of upcoming events at Jacobs University?

Since social distancing is one of the cornerstones in preventing the further spread of COVID-19, starting on 16 March, Jacobs University has canceled all events until further notice. Please check our event website for updates.

ENTERING GERMANY

What are the COVID-19 regulations for entering Germany?

A new regulation for entering Germany from a Corona risk country/area will come into force on Saturday, August 8 2020.

Persons who enter the Federal Republic of Germany by land, sea or air and who at any time during the last 14 days prior to entry have stayed in an area in which there is an increased risk of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (risk area) must, upon entry, present a medical certificate stating that they have no evidence of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
The medical certificate must be written in German or English and be based on a molecular biological test for the presence of an infection with the corona virus SARS-CoV-2, which was carried out in a member state of the European Union or in another state published by the Robert Koch Institute on its website. The molecular biological test, if it has been carried out before entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, must not be carried out more than 48 hours before entry into the Federal Republic of Germany.
The obligation will not apply to persons who have only transited through a risk area and have not stopped over there.

This regulation provides for a mandatory COVID-19 test for all persons entering Germany from a Corona risk country or area. The tests will be carried out free of charge at German airports or other central facilities. This obligation applies to all persons entering the country, irrespective of the type of entry by air, car or train.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that all students from high-risk countries take the test directly at their individual German arrival airport (in Bremen also at the Corona Ambulance at the MESSE BREMEN close to the Bremen Main Station). These tests are recognized PCR tests, which meet all requirements regarding timeliness (48 hours) and language (German or English). These test certificates are therefore also the basis for determining whether a 2-week quarantine (in the case of a positive test) is necessary after the students’ arrival in Germany.

In exceptional cases where students are not able to get a SARS-CoV-2 test due to extenuating circumstances, Jacobs University will provide on-campus infrastructure for students to be tested upon arrival and quarantined for one or two days until the test results are available. If the test is negative, the student will be able to join campus life normally. In the case of a positive SARS-CoV-2 test, a 2-week quarantine is required by law, which will be facilitated on campus and supported by all our resources.
See the following for more information on the designation of international risk areas (dated 5 August; check for updates): https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Transport/A...

Please check here for up-to-date entry requirements into Germany.
The latest and official questions and answers from the Federal Ministry of Health you can find here.

What countries are considered high-risk?

Please, see here for the current list of high-risk countries per the Robert Koch-Institut and be aware that this list will change on a daily basis.

What kind of COVID-19 test do I need in order to enter Germany?

The medical certificate must be written in German or English and be based on a molecular biological test for the presence of an infection with the corona virus SARS-CoV-2, which was carried out in a member state of the European Union or in another state published by the Robert Koch Institute on its website. The molecular biological test, if it has been carried out before entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, must not be carried out more than 48 hours before entry into the Federal Republic of Germany.

A negative test would mean that students will be able to enter Germany, arrive in Bremen, and start their academic and social life on campus normally, without any additional restrictions.

Can I get tested in my own country? If not, where can I get tested?

In principle, molecular biological tests (PCR tests) are currently accepted from all European Union countries, as well as from the countries mentioned here: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Tests.html (go to “English archive”).

Nevertheless, we strongly recommend that all students from high-risk countries take the test directly at their individual German arrival airport (in Bremen also at the Corona Ambulance at the MESSE BREMEN close to the Bremen Main Station). These tests are recognized PCR tests, which meet all requirements regarding timeliness (48 hours) and language (German or English). The tests will be carried out free of charge at German airports or other central facilities.

Can I do the COVID-19 test at my arrival airport? Which German airports are providing COVID-19 tests, and how much do they cost?

With the beginning of August (August 6), an obligation for a COVID-19 test for all persons entering Germany from risk countries has come into force. The tests will be carried out free of charge at German airports or other central facilities. This obligation applies to all persons entering the country, irrespective of the type of entry by air, car or train.

Please check with the respective airport in order to get information on the availability, location and schedule of coronavirus tests. With a negative test result less than 48 hours old, you are exempt from any preventive quarantine requirement. This means that students will be able to enter Germany, arrive in Bremen, and start their academic and social life on campus normally, without any additional restrictions.

As there are no central regulations and specifications for COVID-19 tests – neither Europe-wide nor for the whole of Germany – we cannot give a uniform and up-to-date answer about the respective test offerings at the various European and German airports at this point.

You can find information on a selection of European airports below (as of 6 August), but Jacobs University cannot guarantee its correctness.

Bremen Airport
If you are entering the country from a risk area, you are strongly advised by the Bremen authorities to have yourself tested at the test centre at Bremen Airport. You will not incur any costs for the test.
A second post-entry tests will take place at the Corona Ambulance at the MESSE BREMEN close to the Bremen Main Station.
Exhibition halls 5 and 6 - Bremen Exhibition Centre
Theodor-Heuss-Allee 15
28215 Bremen
Opening hours: Mo – Fr from 9.00 am – 3.00 pm

Frankfurt Airport
All details on the COVID-19 tests at Frankfurt Airport: https://www.centogene.com/covid-19/testing/testing-at-frankfurt-airport....
According to a recent decision by the Ministry of Health, all those entering Germany from high-risk countries can register for free-of-charge Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 PCR) testing. This test is offered by CENTOGENE directly at Frankfurt Airport.Online pre-registration for testing (e.g., via smartphone) before your arrival is a must to avoid waiting times as much as possible. You can register via http://corona.centogene.com by following a few simple steps. After registering via www.corona.centogene.com, a throat swab can be performed at the COVID-19 Test Center without an appointment. The test result will be provided to you digitally by CENTOGENE within 24 hours.

Munich Airport
The test for a possible infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is free of charge for arriving passengers with the final destination Germany. The Corona Test Center is located at the Forum of Munich Airport Center on Level 04. Prior registration is not required.
Every person who has been tested is notified as soon as possible and receives a written report, regardless of the result. If you have any questions about test results at the airport, please contact +49 211 688 750 601 or +49 211 688 750 602 or vie email BayernAirportsTesting@ecolog-international.com.
If someone should enter from a risk area, the Post-Entry Quarantine Ordinance (EQV) applies until further notice.
All details on the COVID-19 tests at Munich Airport: https://www.munich-airport.com/travelling-in-times-of-the-coronavirus-pa...

Cologne/Bonn Airport
The North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs will provide persons entering by air from a state which the RKI classifies as a risk area on the day of their arrival with a free test facility for SARS-CoV-2 infection.
At Cologne/Bonn Airport these tests can be carried out at the mobile test station (open 24 hours a day), at the remote bus terminal (P32) in direct proximity to the main entrance Terminal 2/ lower level.
Details (German) on the COVID-19 tests at Cologen/Bonn Airport: https://www.stadt-koeln.de/artikel/69436/index.html#

Overview of German airports
A current overview of Corona test at German airports (in German) can be found here.

Can I get tested on campus?

In exceptional cases where students are not able to get a SARS-CoV-2 test due to extenuating circumstances, Jacobs University will provide on-campus infrastructure for students to be tested upon arrival and quarantined for one or two days until the test results are available.

But please keep in mind, we strongly recommend that all students from high-risk countries take the test directly at their individual German arrival airport (in Bremen also at the Corona Ambulance at the MESSE BREMEN close to the Bremen Main Station).

Do I need to be quarantined on campus?

If you get tested at the airport or any other official test center, Jacobs University will provide on-campus infrastructure for students to be quarantined upon arrival for one or two days until the test results are available.
If the test is negative, the student will be able to join campus life normally. In the case of a positive SARS-CoV-2 test, a 2-week quarantine is required by law, which will be facilitated on campus and supported by all our resources.

I have a negative test that meets all the official requirements. Do I have to report to the public order office (Ordnungsamt) when I arrive in Bremen?

Returning students and new students with a corresponding negative COVID-19 test do not have to report to the Ordnungsamt Bremen.

If I already spent 2 weeks in quarantine at another location after arriving in Germany, do I have to report to the public order office (Ordnungsamt) in Bremen? And will I be able to immediately move into my room on the Jacobs University Campus?

Students who can prove that they have carried out their 2-week quarantine at another location after entering Germany from a risk area can immediately move into their personal room on campus. However, you should present a self-written statement confirming that you have complied with the quarantine when entering the campus. In case you quarantined in a hotel, please also bring the booking reservation.

ON-CAMPUS

Can students get tested on campus?

In exceptional cases where students are not able to get a SARS-CoV-2 test due to extenuating circumstances, Jacobs University will provide on-campus infrastructure for students to be tested upon arrival and quarantined for one or two days until the test results are available. If the test is negative, the student will be able to join campus life normally. In the case of a positive SARS-CoV-2 test, a 2-week quarantine is required by law, which will be facilitated on campus and supported by all our resources.

If students have a negative test that meets all the official requirements, do they still have to report to the public order office (Ordnungsamt) when arriving in Bremen?

Returning students and new students with a corresponding negative COVID-19 test do not have to report to the Ordnungsamt Bremen.

If students already spent 2 weeks in quarantine at another location after arriving in Germany, do they have to report to the public order office (Ordnungsamt) in Bremen? And will they be able to immediately move into their room on the Jacobs University Ca

Students who can prove that they have carried out their 2-week quarantine at another location after entering Germany from a risk area can immediately move into their personal room on campus.