Information for inbound and returning travellers to Lower Saxony

Separate rules apply to enter the university buildings.

If you are arriving from abroad, various testing and quarantine regulations of the Federal Government and the State of Lower Saxony may apply to you. This is usually the case if you have stayed in a risk area in the last 14 days before entering the country.

Since mid-January, different types of risk areas have been differentiated:

  • “Risikogebiete” (risk areas) – areas with a high incidence, for which the general rules of the respective ordinances continue to apply, due to an increased risk of infection
  • “Hochinzidenzgebiete” (high incidence areas) – areas with a particularly high incidence of infection and therefore also a particularly high risk of infection, for which special regulations apply when entering the country
  • “Virusvarianten-Gebiete” (areas of virus variants of concern) – areas where certain variants of SARS-CoV-2 have occurred and for which special rules on entry and quarantine apply

The most important rules at a glance

Digital Registration on Entry

You must register your entry with the federal authorities before entering the country: (available in various languages)
Please check the website of the Federal Ministry of Health [FAQ on how to register, available in different languages].

COVID-19 tests

  • Information on a qualified COVID-19 test can be found at
  • You must have a COVID-19 test no later than 48 hours after entry and present it to the authorities upon request.
  • If you have been in a high-incidence or virus-variant area, you must present a negative COVID-19 test that is no more than 48 hours old upon entry.

Quarantine rules

  • You are obliged to go directly to your own home or accommodation and isolate yourself there for a period of 14 days.
  • When entering from a “Hochinzidenzgebiet” (high incidence area) and "Virusvariantengebiet" (virus variant area), you cannot shorten your isolation period!
  • When entering from a "Risikogebiet" (risk area) - and only then! - the isolation period can be shortened if you are able to provide a COVID-19 test (PCR-Test) carried out at the earliest five days after entry. If the test result is negative, the quarantine obligation is lifted as long as you do not have any symptoms that may indicate a COVID-19 infection.
  • Under certain circumstances, you are not obliged to be quarantined. This is generally the case, for example, if you are "entering the country for up to five days on absolutely necessary and urgent grounds, for work-related reasons or because of your studies". This may be the case, for example, for an examination in presence. Please contact (for teachers) or (for students) about a week in advance.
  • You can find further exceptions in the Lower Saxony Quarantine Ordinance. Please note, that these exceptions are usually not related to your work or studies at HMTMH. Therefore, HMTMH staff cannot provide you with further information. Please consult the Lower Saxony Quarantine Ordinance in these cases. These exceptions do not apply if you are entering from a virus variant area!

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: 2021-04-26

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