Information regarding Coronavirus
Quarantine measures for incoming students in connection with Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 - Update March 11, 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 from March 5):
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.
In addition to the above, the following applies:
Incoming Students from Risk Areas
If you have been in a risk area at any time in the 10 days before your arrival, you are legally required to go directly to your home (in Amberg or Weiden) or other suitable accommodation on arrival, and stay there continuously for a period of 10 days (quarantine).
You can terminate the obligation to quarantine prematurely if you were tested negative for the virus from the fifth day after entering Germany at the earliest. The test (PCR-Test) has to be taken at least five days after entering Germany. Make sure you keep your test result for at least ten days.
Incoming Students from Areas of Variants of Concern
If you have been in an area of variants of concern (i.e. areas in which new variants of the virus have spread), you have to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. The quarantine period cannot be shortened.
The list of risk areas can be found at Robert-Koch-Institut.
If you are obliged to quarantine, it is essential
- that you strictly observe the quarantine
- that you do not receive visits from people who do not belong to your household
- that you, contact the responsible local health authorities via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (for students studying in Weiden) or email@example.com (for students studying in Amberg) if you develop symptoms of illness.
If you conducted a digital registration upon entering Germany, you do not have to report to the local public health authorites once you have arrived. The information is passed on automatically. If you have not performed the digital registration, please get in touch with the local health authorities in Amberg or Weiden (see email above).
Legal requirements in connection with Covid-19
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 (FFPC) 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
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
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 March 8, 2021. These are:
General curfew regulations have been suspended. However, in hot-spot areas (incidence value above 100), people have to stay at home from 10 pm until 5 am unless they have a specific reason to leave their home. Failure to comply with these regulations will result in a fine of at least 500 euros.
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.
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. For areas with an incidence value below 35, a maximum of 10 people from three households are allowed to meet; children under 14 are not counted. Partying in public places is generally prohibited.
Universities and other public institutions
Schools, colleges and universities have to stop attendance-based instruction and shift to purely online instruction. Academic libraries are open subject to special conditions.
Retail stores are still closed, 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.
Hairdressing salons and providers of foot and facial care and manicure (nail studios) are open.
According to the decision of the federal and state governments, massage practices, tattoo studios and similar businesses remain closed.
Gastronomy and tourism
Restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs have to close. Restaurants may deliver food or sell it for take-away.
Hotels, guesthouses, youth hostels and campsites are not 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
If the seven-day incidence is constant below an incidence value of 50, up to 10 people can play outdoor sports in small groups. Contact sports outdoors and non-contact sports indoors may also be allowed again after 14 days in a further step.
“Emergency brake” from an incidence value of 100
Strict lock-down rules will apply if the incidence value in the regions and countries is/rises above 100. To find out the incidence value in your region, check this map (scroll down to the bottom of the page).