What do I have to consider when travelling on business (domestic and foreign)?
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, warnings are currently issued against unnecessary tourist travel to a large number of countries. Since October 1st, 2020, comprehensively differentiated travel and safety instructions and travel warnings for individual countries have been in effect again. This replaces the blanket travel warning for non-European countries that was in place until September 30th. A travel warning automatically applies to corona risk areas.
- You can find the information of the German Foreign Office here (german language).
- Details on the respective countries can be found here (german language).
- Information for travelers and commuters can be found here (german language).
For business trips to risk areas, the conditions of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) must be observed.
For travel returnees from risk areas, a corona test must be performed within ten days of arrival.
At the University of Siegen these travel warnings and travel advice apply to business trips. Since October 26, 2020, business trips have to be avoided. Business trips can be approved and booked, if it is a business trip
- in the inland,
- to a country without travel warning,
In addition, the travel must be necessary for mandatory business reasons and it must be possible to comply with the distance and hygiene regulations. For these business trips, the general business trip approvals are also valid again, and bookings (for example, hotels, flights) can be made for corresponding business trips again.
Prior to planning or commencing business trips, travelers should inform themselves carefully, as restrictions (e.g. quarantine on entry or return) may still apply. It is the responsibility of the traveling person to check this.
Should a quarantine be necessary after return from the trip, this must be proven.
What are the travel restrictions within Germany?
Contact restrictions apply almost throughout Germany. Tourist travel within Germany is again permitted, depending on country-specific regulations. In North Rhine-Westphalia, hotels and guesthouses have again been allowed to offer overnight stays for persons resident in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or the United Kingdom since May 30th. The federal government has compiled an overview of the regulations in the federal states (german language).
What do returnees from abroad have to consider?
Please be sure to read the information provided by the Federal Ministry of Health.
In accordance with the Corona entry regulations of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (in the version applicable as of October 3, 2020 - german language) and the regulations of the federal and state governments:
- If you enter from a risk area, you must present a negative corona test or go home - or to your destination - immediately after arrival and isolate yourself for two weeks (domestic quarantine). You must report immediately to your local health authority. The corona test result must not be older than 48 hours.
- You can take the test in many countries before you leave for Germany or you can have the test done after entering Germany. The test in Germany is free of charge for you. There are already test facilities at many airports in Germany. Alternatively, you can call 116 117 to find out where you can take the test near your home. If you would like to be tested by your family doctor, you should definitely call there first. If the test is positive, a two-week quarantine is necessary in any case. It is important: Until the test result is available, you must follow the quarantine rules.
- During the quarantine it is not allowed to leave the house or apartment and receive visitors. You are therefore not allowed to enter the campus during this time. This applies equally to employees, students and guests of the University of Siegen and is independent of nationality and place of origin.
Exceptions are made for persons who have a medical certificate confirming that there is no evidence of corona infection. The quarantine obligation does not apply to persons who enter the country to take or prepare for training- or study-related examinations.
The list of risk countries is published on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (german language) and is updated regularly.
Employees affected should contact the occupational health and safety department. The International Student Affairs department is responsible for communication with international students.
Where can I find information about stays abroad (exchange studies, internships)?
The International Student Affairs (ISA) department provides information on stays abroad in the academic year 2020/21, including information on exchange programs in the winter semester 2020/21, exchange studies or internships abroad.
You will find all information on this page.
Where can international students find information on entry to Germany
The department International Student Affairs (ISA) provides information for international students in Siegen about entry to Germany, financing, residence permits, support and contacts.
You will find all information on this page.
Are visits by international guests possible?
Visits by guests and foreign delegations from risk areas must be cancelled.
Are travel expenses reimbursed for trips not taken?
For trips that have been or had to be cancelled in connection with coronavirus, for example because the reason for the trip has ceased to exist due to the cancellation of a conference or similar event, the normal rules for reimbursement of expenses for trips not taken apply. You can find them here.