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Quarantine measures for incoming students in connection with Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 - Update January 12, 2021

Dear International Students,

Welcome (back) to the OTH Amberg-Weiden.

Due to the current situation regarding Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, please observe the following important information regarding entering Germany (valid as of December 22, 2020):

If you have been in a high-risk area at any time in the 10 days before your arrival, you are legally required to present a negative test (rapid Covid-19 tests are accepted) immediately upon arrival. If you fail to present such a document upon arrival, you have to take the test within 48 hours from the time of arrival and present to the local health authorities within 72 hours maximum.

The list of high-risk areas can be found at Robert-Koch-Institut.

If you are obliged to quarantine, it is essential that

  • you strictly observe the quarantine
  • and, if symptoms of illness occur, contact the responsible local health authorities via email at gesundheitsamt@neustadt.de (for students studying in Weiden) or corona@amberg-sulzbach.de (for students studying in Amberg)

Please be aware that in connection with Covid-19, there are several legal requirements that have to be strictly complied with. The exact legal text with the requirements can be found on the website of the Bavarian Ministry of Health.

The requirements include that

  • you wear nose and mouth protection in public places (e.g. lecture halls, laboratories, supermarkets, etc.)
  • you keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to the person next to you
  • you adhere to the hygiene regulations
  • you are not allowed to receive visits from more than one person from a different household
  • you do not move beyond a radius of 15 km from your residence if you live in a hot-spot area (incidence rate higher than 200 per 100,000 inhabitants per week)

Prior to your arrival please check the website of the Federal Ministry of Health to look for updates regarding the requirements for entering Germany. Changes may occur at short notice at any time.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with your Office of Student Affairs or with your International Office.

Take care and stay well!

Your International Office

Bavarian Government has enacted new measures in order to contain the Covid-19 pandemic

New measures will come into force from 16 December

In addition to the already existing rules such as social distancing, wearing face coverings and hygiene measures, the Bavarian Government has enacted new regulations to come into force as of December 16, 2020. These are:

State-wide lockdown restrictions and dusk-to-dawn curfew

Throughout Bavaria, people are being told to stay at home from 9 pm until 5 am unless they have a specific reason to leave their home. This includes work or education which cannot be done from home, medical reasons, grocery and other essential shopping, providing care for vulnerable people, providing care for animals, sports activities such as walking or jogging, visiting other people, or other important irrefutable reasons.

Failure to comply with these regulations will result in a fine of at least 500 euros.

Contact restrictions

In Bavaria, contact restrictions have been in force since March. In principle, everyone is obliged to meet as few people as possible and to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to the person next to them.

As of December, only five people from two households are allowed to meet; children under 14 are not counted. This applies to all meetings, in public as well as in private. Partying in public places is generally prohibited.

Closing down of universities and other public institutions

As of December 16, schools, colleges and universities have to stop attendance-based instruction and shift to purely online instruction. Academic libraries must close.

Shops must largely close

From 16 December onwards retail stores will have to close, but will be allowed to deliver ordered goods. Exempt from this regulation are grocery shops, pick-up and delivery services, beverage markets, health food stores, baby stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drug stores, opticians, hearing aid acousticians, petrol stations, car and bicycle repair shops, banks and savings banks, post offices, dry cleaners and laundromats, the sale of press articles, pet supplies and animal feed.

Hairdressers have to close. Practices offering necessary medical treatment, such as physical or speech therapy will stay open.

Gastronomy and tourism

Restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs have to close. Restaurants may deliver food or sell it for take-away. Canteens remain open.

There is a general nationwide ban on selling alcohol at night - from 10 pm to 6 am. Drinking alcohol in public is not allowed.  

Hotels, guesthouses, youth hostels and campsites are no longer allowed to accommodate tourists but only business travellers.

In general, people are to refrain from "non-essential private travel and visits, including those of relatives". This also includes day trips. However, travelling is not prohibited.

Recreational and cultural facilities

Leisure and cultural facilities have been closed down. This includes theatres, opera houses, concert halls and other cultural venues, cinemas, amusement parks and commercial providers of leisure activities (indoors and outdoors), swimming and fun pools (also in hotels), saunas, thermal baths, wellness facilities, dance schools, museums, memorials, castles, zoos and botanical gardens. Gyms and fitness studios will also remain closed.

FAQ about Corona and the university

The following FAQ provide information on the university's regulations that were issued due to the corona pandemic.

Teaching at the OTH Amberg-Weiden

Infection protection

Study Office, Study and Career Service, International Office


Computer labs

Practical study semester (internship)


Mensa (Cafeteria)

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