Information for inbound and returning travellers to Lower Saxony

There is still a restriction on entry and transport from virus variant areas. Exceptions apply to persons with German citizenship or residence and right of domicile in the Federal Republic of Germany. In a few individual cases, further exceptions may apply; information on this can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior; the Federal Police is also available for enquiries on specific case constellations, e.g. via contact form.
See also: entry information in other languages on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health

Separate rules apply to enter the university buildings.

The Coronavirus Entry Ordinance (CoronaEinreiseV for short) of 30 July 2021 regulates the registration, proof and quarantine requirements as well as the transport and entry restrictions from area of variants of concernin a uniform manner throughout Germany.

The most important rules at a glance

Designation of risk areas

In its current version, the CoronaEinreiseV names only two categories: High-risk areas and areas of variants of concern (in the following: virus variant areas). The category of “normal” risk areas has been dropped.

Digital Registration on Entry

If you have stayed in areas that are classified as risk areas according to the RKI in the last 10 days before entry, you must register with the federal authorities before you enter the country: (available in various languages)

Obligation to provide proof

  • Since 1 August 2021, all persons entering the country must carry with them a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery. This applies regardless of the route of entry and previous place of residence, e.g. also if you enter by private car from a non-risk area. Only children under 12 years of age are exempt. In the context of policing cross-border traffic into Germany, such proof may also be demanded by the Federal Police or other responsible authority. Persons travelling by air must already present such proof to their carrier before departure.
  • When entering from virus variant areas, a negative test result must be available in any case, even if you have recovered or have been fully vaccinated. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this rule.
  • For information on a qualified COVID-19 test, please visit;self-tests are not considered qualified tests.
  • You are considered vaccinated if you are fully vaccinated with one of the four vaccines currently licensed in the EU (colloquially referred to as BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson/Janssen vaccines); information on proof of vaccination can be found on the Paul Ehrlich Institute website at

Obligation to self-isolate (colloquially known as “quarantine rules”)

  • Entry from high-risk areas:
    After your entry from a high-risk area, you must go directly to your home – or other place of accommodation at your destination – upon arrival and isolate yourself there for a period of 10 days (home quarantine). If you submit proof of vaccination or recovery via the entry portal before your entry, no quarantine is necessary. The quarantine may end prematurely as soon as you submit proof of testing, vaccination or recovery detection via the entry portal A test may be carried out after 5 days at the earliest.
  • Entry from a virus variant area:
    After your entry from a virus variant area, you must go directly to your home – or other place of accommodation at your destination – upon arrival and isolate yourself there for a period of 14 days (home quarantine). Currently, you cannot shorten this period, even if you have been vaccinated or have recovered.
  • If you are entering the country from a high-risk area for up to five days on urgent business grounds or because of your studies (§6 (2), 1c CoronaEinreiseV), you do not have to wait five days for testing, but can submit the test certificate at any time via the entry portal An entry on the basis of your studies or occupation may be present, for example, in the case of an examination. Please contact (for teachers) or (for students) about a week in advance.
    Other exceptions may apply, which are usually not related to your work or studies at HMTMH. You can find these in the Corone-EinreiseV. Please note, that HMTMH staff cannot provide you with further information.

Symptoms after entry

  • All exceptions only do apply if no symptoms are present that indicate an infection with the corona virus SARS-CoV-2. If symptoms occur within 10 days of entry, the responsible health authority must be informed immediately.
  • Affected university members should also contact one of the email addresses listed on the right-hand side of this page immediately

For further information


Affected university members are kindly requested to use one of the following contact addresses immediately: 

Last modified: 2021-08-10

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