COVID-19

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

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. That means that the academic life shall remain restricted at our university.

 

  • Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people and avoid physical contact (no handshake, no embracing)!
  • Wear a mask that covers the 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 and at the beginning of 2021. Meanwhile, the contact restrictions have been extended on the one hand, on the other hand the state governments agreed on an opening. The current Corona regulations have been extended until 11th September 2021.

 

More protection for yourself and others! Reduce contacts still further!


The following rules apply in Rhineland-Palatinate:
  • Contact restrictions in the private sphere: max. 25 persons from 25 households may meet in the private sphere (children up to 14 years, vaccinated and recovered persons are not counted)
  • Private celebrations: inside/outside (e.g. weedings): up to 100 persons
  • Events are subject to special requirements (depending on the number of participants):
    • Testing requirements indoors
    • Fixed group of participants and contact registration
    • Participants must be tested, fully vaccinated or recovered
  • Wearing a medical mask (e.g. surgical masks or FFP2) in retail premises, public transport and religious services has been mandatory since 25 January. In general, the wearing a medical mask is mandatory in the inside at events, in confined spaces and wait situations.
  • Supermarkets and drugstores are open.

  • Retail trades are open for a limited number of customers
  • Hairdressers are open. Is is mandatory to wear a mask.
  • Religious services in churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed subject to the following rules: Keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 metres; wearing a medical masks on the way to your seat, but the mask has not to be worn at your seat, singing should be substantially reduced.
  • Museums, zoos and botanical gardens are open.
  • Inside and outside contactless sports training is allowed, but the numbers of participants are limited; tests and contact registration are mandatory for sports inside.
  • Fitness studios reopened.
  • The gastronomy is open: contact registration is mandatory.
  • Hotels are open for tourist travelling: a negative Corona test and contact registrations are mandatory.
  • Cultural and leisure facilities like cinemas and theaters reopened.
  • Events in the public are allowed: limited number of participants, contact restrictions, obligatory masks.

If the infection rate exceeds 35 / 50/ 100/ 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, further measures shall be taken.

 

Important regulations for families:

  • As of 14th June all class levels are taught in presence. For incidences above 165: distance learning and emergency care
  • Twice a week all pupils and teachers have to make a Corona self-test.
  • If the incidence exceeds 35 per 100,000 inhabitants, the pupils have to wear a face mask at school.
  • Day care remains open since 15th March. For incidences above 165: emergency care.
  • Playgrounds are open.

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 and Vaccination:

Testing: Since 8th March every citizen without symptoms has the possibility to get a free Corona antigene test in Germany. In Rhineland-Palatinate you can make the weekly Corona antigene test here. But, from 11th October onwards Corona antigene tests will be chargeable.

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)
  • Spike­vax (CO­VID-19 Vac­ci­ne Mo­der­na) (Mo­der­na Bio­tech Spain, S.L.)
  • Va­x­ze­vria (CO­VID-19 Vac­ci­ne Astra­Zene­ca) (Astra­Zene­ca AB, Swe­den) (or Covishield or R-Covi)

Residents of Rhineland-Palatinate can make a vaccination appointment either by phone (0800/5758100), via the website www.impftermin.rlp.de or through their doctor.

As of August you can get a vaccination in a Corona ambulance also without appointment. As the Corona ambulance in Koblenz closes on 24th September, the 3rd September is the last date to get the first vaccination (for BionTech). For the vaccination with Johnson&Johnson you have more time as only one vaccination is needed for the vaccine by Johnson&Johnson,

Corona ambulance at the CGM Arena, Koblenz-Oberwerth
Jupp-Gauchel-Straße 10, 56075 Koblenz (Wednesday - Friday: 9 am - 3 pm)

Vaccination with non recognized vaccines:

If you have been vaccinated with another vaccine, please contact the public health office Koblenz writing an e-mail to: gesundheitsamt@kvmyk.de
Please indicate in your e-mail the following information:
I am starting my studies in the winter semester 2021/22 at the University of Koblenz-Landau. I have been vaccinated in my home country with a different vaccine. Where and when can I be vaccinated in Germany?

  • Your last name: ...
  • Your first name: ...
  • The name of the vaccine: ...
  • The date you have been vaccinated: ...
  • Travel date: ...

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.

Areas with particularly high number of infections and areas with virus variants:

Different rules apply for people from areas with particularly high numbers of cases and areas in which virus variants have spread.

Areas with a particularly high number of infections and areas with virus variants 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 have to:

  • Inform the local public health by completing the digital registration procedure for registration before departure.
  • Travellers by air or on the transit by land can submit a proof of a test, but also a proof of vaccination or recovery. These proofs may also be demanded by the Federal Police.
  • Home quarantine themselves for 10 days 
  • It is not permitted to receive visitors during the home quarantine.

 

2. People from areas in which virus variants have spread:

  • Inform the local public health 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.)
  • A ban on carriage applies to the transport of persons from virus variants areas into Germany by rail, bus, ship or plane
  • Home quarantine themselves for 14 days - irrespective of whether they have been vaccinated, recovered or tested
  • It is not permitted to receive visitors during the home quarantine.

3. Travellers from all other countries (not highly affected and from areas with virus variants)

  • 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.

Antigene 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 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 from a high risk area.
  • Passengers from areas in which virus variants have spread: The home quaratine cannot be shortened for people from areas in which virus variants have spread.

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. All people-to-people contacts shall be stopped in all areas from 16th December 2020 ongoing.

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

  • Courses with an absolutely necessary attendance component, which were also already allowed to take place until 16.12.2020, can take place.
  • Examinations can be conducted in attendance or in digital form.
  • Research activities can take place in compliance with the hygiene concept.
  • The use of the online check-in is mandatory for all events, examinations and activities in presence. The Online check-in at face-to-face events ensures that, if necessary, contact can be traced by the health authorities. For online check-in we have compiled information for members of the university (with their own university e-mail address), special information for lecturers and information for guests of the university (without their own university e-mail address).
  • The libraries are open to the public to a limited extent. The local conditions at the two campuses in Koblenz and Landau differ.
  • The refectories and cafeterias at the locations in Koblenz and Landau have a changing, limited range of offers.
  • The university buildings in Koblenz and Landau are closed 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 only be reached by e-mail or telephone.

In case you show symptoms of COVID-19 you can call:

  • 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: Corona ambulance at the CGM Arena, Koblenz-Oberwerth
    Jupp-Gauchel-Straße 10, 56075 Koblenz (Wednesday - Friday: 9 am - 3 pm)

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 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 Center.Find additional directions on Google Maps:https://goo.gl/maps/DK3f53zoSzu1pRrr7

 

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