COVID-19

The corona crisis in Europe and Germany has been escalating since February 2020. Since October 2021 the infection rate in Germany has been increasing strongly.

On the following website we provide further information on measures taken against COVID-19 in Germany and at the University of Koblenz-Landau.

The University of Koblenz-Landau is bound to follow the rules of hygiene and social distancing very strictly. The health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. Due to the fact that most of the students and lecturers have been vaccinated, lectures and seminars could take place in presence in winter semester 2021/22. Lectures and seminars are to take place in presence in the summer semester 2022.

 

  • Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people and avoid physical contact (no handshake, no embracing)!
  • Wear a mask that covers mouth and nose!
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm or into a tissue.
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water (minimum 20 seconds)!
  • Ventilate closed rooms sufficiently! (Shock ventilation for several minutes several times a day, e.g., in schools every 45 minutes, not tilting windows)

In case you feel sick, stay at home!

The German Federal Government and the 16 State Governments took strict measures to stop the corona virus in 2020, at the beginning of 2021 and at the end of 2021. Since February 2022 the infection rate is decreasing slowly. Therefore, the state governments agreed on easements and adjusted the current Corona regulations. As of 19th March 2022, most measures have been suspended. In Rhineland-Palatinate the current Corona regulations are in force until end of May 2022.

As the infection rate in the different German regions and cities differ, the rules can be stricter in some cities and regions. You should inform yourself regarding the applicable rules in case you have to travel in Germany.

 

The new Corona regulations in Rhineland-Palatinate:  Step-by-step back to normality

The State government of Rhineland-Palatinate agreed on easements of the Corona regulations as of 18th February and 4th March 2022. As of 3rd April 2022, most measures now have been suspended also in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The following rules apply in Rhineland-Palatinate:


  • Protection measures have been suspended, except for the 3G-rule and the obligation to wear a mask in institutions of health care, public transport, collective accommodation, e.g., for asylum seekers.
The following Corona regulations remain in force:
  • 3G applies for staff and visitors in hospitals, asylum seekers when they first arrive, and staff and visitors in, e.g., (day) care facilities
  • Obligation to wear a mask in institutions of health care (hospitals, waiting room at doctor's offices etc.), public transport, including airplanes, collective accommodation, e.g., for asylum seekers,
Although most measures have been suspended, it is still strongly recommended to wear a medical mask (e.g., surgical masks or FFP2) in confined spaces, in crowded places at events or retail premises.
Please note: There can be minor differences in the regulations of the different German states. Furthermore, in some cities and regions special rules apply depending on the rate of infections.

 

Testing

Every citizen in Germany without symptoms can be tested for free with a rapid antigen test once a week. In Rhineland-Palatinate you can make a Corona antigen test here.

Tests on campus Koblenz: As of 4th April 2022 testing on campus takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7.45 - 9.45 am (in building D). You have to present your passport.

 

Vaccination

Germany started the vaccinations against the Corona virus on 27th December 2020.

The following four vaccines are recognized in Germany (see Paul-Ehrlich-Institut):

  • Co­mir­na­ty (Bi­oN­Tech Manufacturing GmbH )
  • CO­VID-19 Vac­ci­ne Jans­sen (Jans­sen-Ci­lag In­ter­na­tio­nal NV)
  • Nu­va­xo­vid (No­va­vax CZ a.s.)
  • Spike­vax (CO­VID-19 Vac­ci­ne Mo­der­na) (Mo­der­na Bio­tech Spain, S.L.)
  • Va­x­ze­vria (CO­VID-19 Vac­ci­ne Astra­Zene­ca) (Astra­Zene­ca AB, Swe­den) (or Covishield or R-Covi)

People who have been vaccinated with vaccines not recognized in the EU and Germany, are not considered as "vaccinated". They count as non-immunized in Germany.

Fully vaccinated: People who have been vaccinated with two doses of a recognized vaccine.

Recovered: People who have been infected are considered to be "recovered" 28 days after the positive Corona test up to three months (if they have not been vaccinated before). If they have been vaccinated before they have been infected the status as "recovered" is extended to six months.

Boostered: People who have been vaccinated with three doses of a recognized vaccine.

To be vaccinated in Rhineland-Palatinate, you have to be a citizen of Rhineland-Palatinate. Your city registration in Rhineland-Palatinate has to be finalized. Please bring to the vaccination your passport, the proof of your registration (Meldebescheinigung), a proof of all previous vaccinations, your health insurance card and your vaccination record (if available).

Residents of Rhineland-Palatinate can get vaccinated either by a general practitioner or in a vaccination center, during special vaccination campaigns or in the vaccination bus. Here you get to know how to find a general practitioner in Germany.

Booster vaccination: As of 1st January 2022 it is possible to receive a booster vaccination three months after the last vaccination. 

Vaccination bus and vaccination campaigns: There are several vaccination campaigns in Rhineland-Palatinate. Please check for more information here.

Koblenz

Vaccination bus: 27.04.2022 on campus Koblenz in building D.

Vaccination center in Metternich: The vaccination center has been reopened: Gewerbepark Metternich II, Im Metternicher Feld 18, 56072 Koblenz. Please register here. Open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 am - 2.30 pm. Wednesdays from 11 am - 6.30 pm.

The buses 350, 353, 359, 380, 5/15, and 4/14 circulate to the bus stop "Gewerbepark Metternich".

The vaccination center in the Löhr center offers vaccinations without appointment:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 2 - 5 pm

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm

 

 

Landau

Vaccination Center Albert-Einstein-Straße 29, 76829 Landau. Please register here.


Vaccination with non-recognized vaccines:

If you have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not recognized in the EU and Germany, then you can get vaccinated another time in Germany.

The ordinance on Corona virus Entry regulations will be extended until 19th March 2022. The regulation distinguishes between two categories of risk areas: high-risk areas and areas of variants of concern. The category of "basic" risk areas no longer applies.

High-risk areas and areas with virus variants:

High-risk areas and areas with variants of concern are published by the Robert Koch-Institute. The list of the Robert Koch-Institute shall be regularly updated!

 

1. People entering Rhineland-Palatinate from a high-risk area:

As of 3rd March 2022 countries will no longer be classified as high-risk areas based on the spread of the omicron variant. But, classification of high-risk areas can still change at short notice.

In general, the rules for high-risk areas are:

  • Travellers entering Germany have to submit a proof of the absence of infection with the Corona virus (test result or proof of vaccination or recovery). These proofs may also be demanded by the Federal Police.
  • Home quarantine for 10 days 
  • During home quarantine it is not permitted to leave the house or apartment and to receive visitors.
  • Home quarantine can be ended early by submitting proof of vaccination or recovery via the upload portal of the Digital Registration on entry. If proof of recovery or vaccination is already submitted before entry, no quarantine is necessary. When a test result is transmitted, the test may not have been conducted earlier than five days after entry.

 

2. People from areas with virus variants of concern:

  • A ban on carriage applies to the transport of persons from virus variants areas into Germany by rail, bus, ship or plane.
  • Inform the local public health office by completing the digital registration procedure for registration before departure.
  • Be tested in maximum 24 hours before departure (antigen test); proof of vaccination or proof of recovery is not sufficient. (Relevant when calculating the time frame is the time of entry into Germany.)
  • Home quarantine themselves for 14 days - irrespective of whether they have been vaccinated, recovered or tested.
  • It is not permitted to leave your house or apartment and to receive visitors during the home quarantine.

3. Travellers from all other countries (not high-risk areas and not from areas with virus variants)

  • All travellers aged 12 or over must, irrespective of the mode of transport, as a rule carry with them a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery when entering the country. The proof may also be demanded by the Federal Police.
  • Air travellers have to be vaccinated, recovered or tested before departure to Germany and have to present the proof to the airline. The test result must pertain to a test that is not older than 48 hours in maximum (antigen test) or 72 hours (PCR test) before leaving the country. Relevant when calculating these time frames is the time of entry into Germany. The proof may also be demanded by the Federal Police.

 Please check the following website of the Federal Ministry of Health the entry regulations.

 

Which tests are accepted?

In general Nucleid Acid Amplification Testing (NAAT), (PCR, LAMP and TMA), for the direct detection of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 are currently accepted from all countries of the European Union as well as from further countries. Please check here.

Antigen tests for the direct detection of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 are accepted in principle from all countries, as long as they meet the minimum criteria recommended by the WHO for SARS-CoV-2-Ag rapid tests. Please check here.

 

Home quarantine:

  • During the home quarantine you should stay at home and - if possible - alone in one room.
  • You should not receive visitors.
  • You should not leave your apartment, go shopping and buy food. Get in contact with the Welcome Center for help!
  • Passengers from a high-risk area: The home quarantine can be shortened with a negative Corona test done not earlier than 5 days after the entry into Germany.
  • Passengers from areas with virus variants of concern: The home quarantine cannot be shortened for people from areas with virus variants of concern.

In case travellers are showing indications of a sickness, they have to inform the public health office without undue delay.

Please note: Your landlord might expect from you to submit a further antigen test or might not agree on a shortening of the home quarantine.

Violations and disregard of these rules are subject to high fines.

Please check this website by the University of Koblenz-Landau.

The campus has reopened on 18.10.2021. Teaching and research take place in a hybrid format. That means in presence or online.  It is no longer mandatory to wear a face mask in the buildings of the university, but strongly recommended to wear a face mask when people meet in confined spaces and  cannot keep a distance.

A face mask is mandatory during seminars and lectures as well as during examinations. Teachers can decide to dispense the obligation to wear a mask in individual cases.

A ban on access applies for:

  • People showing symptoms of respiratory infections
  • People who are obliged to isolate themselves according to the current Corona regulation of Rhineland-Palatinate

On this website you find the hygiene concept of the University of Koblenz-Landau.

  • Courses taking place in presence: The participation is only allowed for vaccinated, recovered or tested persons.
  • The compliance of the rules shall be controlled. There are high fines for not respecting the rules.
  • The use of the online check-in is no longer mandatory events, examinations and activities in presence. QR codes on rooms will be replaced by codes that work with Corona Warn App. The University strongly recommends the use of the app in order to The app will will be used instead to ensure a possibility to support (anonymous) contact tracing.
  • Examinations can take place in presence or online.
  • The libraries are open to the public with different regulations on campus Koblenz and campus Landau.
  • The university buildings in Koblenz and Landau are open to the public.
  • Service and advice centres such as the registrar's offices, study offices, student advisory services, university examination offices and Welcome Center/ International Office can be reached by e-mail or telephone. On appointment the service centers can offer office hours in presence.
  • The refectories and cafeterias in Koblenz and Landau welcome students and staff. The general rules of hygiene apply. Please, wear a mask and keep your distance of at least 1.5m.

In case you show symptoms of COVID-19 you should get tested.

In case of a positive Corona test: In case you have been tested positive with a PCR test, you have to stay in home quarantine for 10 days (even if you don't show any symptoms). It is possible to end the quarantine after 7 days with negative certified antigen test or PCR test (if you don't show symptoms)..

Close contact persons: Please inform the people you have been in contact with in the last days before the infection. have to stay in home quarantine for 10 days (even if you don't show any symptoms). It is possible to end the quarantine after 7 days with negative certified antigen test or PCR test (if you don't show symptoms).. The following close contacts are exempt from quarantine:

  • Persons with booster vaccination
  • Freshly recovered (up to 3 months after recovery)
  • Freshly double vaccinated (up to 3 months after second vaccination)
  • Vaccinated recovered

 

Please call for further information:

  • In Koblenz: 0261 108-730 (Monday - Friday: 9 am - 1 pm)
  • In Landau: 06341/940 555 (Monday - Friday: 9 am - 12 pm, 1 - 4 pm)

For a corona test you can visit a special corona ambulance or one of the corona test centers in the city of Koblenz:

  • In Koblenz: Gewerbepark Metternich II
    Im Metternicher Feld 18
    56072 Koblenz (Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 1 am)

The ambulance is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Please call in that case the emergency number 116117 or address directly:

Ärztliche Bereitschaftspraxis Koblenz, Gemeinschaftsklinikum Mittelrhein Kemperhof (Koblenz Haus 9), Koblenzer Str. 157 a, 56073 Koblenz

Furthermore there is a number of corona test centers in the city of Koblenz. You can find the test centers here.

In case of a confirmed Corona infection you have to inform the university with undue delay (if you have been on campus two days before showing symptoms or have been tested on campus positive): http://uni-ko-ld.de/coronameldung.

The University is obliged to inform the local public health office. The personal rights shall always be respected.

 

  • In Landau: On the Messeglände (fairground)
  •  Opening hours: Monday - Thursday: 5 pm - 8 pm (September 2021)
From the train station, walk south on the major street Maximillianstrasse, cross the street at the traffic light and turn left on L509 to go across the large bridge (crosses the train tracks). At the other side of the bridge, you will find an opening in the fence where you can take a paved walking path to the right. Follow the path just over one block and you will find the “Diagnosestation” Test CenterFind additional directions on Google Maps:https://goo.gl/maps/DK3f53zoSzu1pRrr7

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