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The new Corona Entry Ordinance of 30 July 2021, regulates the registration, testing and verification requirements and quarantine regulations on a nationwide basis. As of 1 August 2021, a distinction is made between two categories: High-risk areas and virus variant areas. The RKI publishes a list of countries in the categories on its website.

Since 1 August 2021, all people over the age of 12 years, entering Germany - regardless of whether or not they have been in a high-risk area or virus variant area - must have proof of non-existence of infection with coronavirus upon entry. Proof of recovery or vaccination is also accepted as equivalent to proof of testing. The smear test on which the test is based must not have been taken more than 48 hours prior to entry into the Federal Republic of Germany.

Travelers who have stayed in a high-risk or virus variant area in the last 10 days must register digitally before arriving in Germany. Travelers from high-risk areas who are fully vaccinated or recovered do not need to be quarantined after entry and do not need a negative test result. Unvaccinated travelers from high-risk areas require a negative test result and must be quarantined for ten days after entry. After five days, however, they can test free.

In the case of entry from a virus variant area, the following applies: everyone - including recovered or vaccinated people -  need a negative test result and must adhere to a 14-day quarantine; there is no "free testing option" here against the background of the particular danger of the virus variants. Exemptions apply to certain groups. A transport ban exists for virus variant areas. Transport companies, e.g. airlines or railroad companies, are not allowed to transport people from these countries to Germany. Transportation is only possible in exceptional cases.

Since 9 July, employees in North Rhine-Westphalia are required to submit negative test certificates to their employer if, they have not worked on the premises of the workplace for at least five consecutive working days, for example due to vacation. Employees of TU Dortmund University can provide this proof either by taking a free citizenship test or by taking a PCR pool test in the test tents on campus. Please note that the result of the PCR tests will only be available on the following day. As usual, take a self-test at home in advance. "Supervised employee tests" on the first working day on site are not performed at TU Dortmund University.
The negative test certificate must be presented to the respective direct superior on the first day of work on campus. Supervisors have a look at the test evidence and then return it. The evidence does not have to be retained or documented. Any documentation previously prepared in this context will be destroyed. This regulation also applies to people who initially started in the home office after vacation.

Alternatively, those who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered and have no symptoms may present appropriate proof. The regulation does not apply if employees were not on site due to working from home or business trips.

Fact sheet from the ministry (in German)

A travel warning has been in effect for all countries that the RKI, in coordination with the Federal Foreign Office, lists as a high-risk or virus variant area.

In some countries there are still restrictions in international air and travel traffic. World-wide states issued entry restrictions and limited the public life.

You can find up-to-date information on these issues at IATA or at the Federal Foreign Office (in German).

In principle, business trips that are not absolutely necessary should be avoided. Unavoidable business trips may be undertaken if the AHA rules and hygiene regulations can be complied with at the destination.

Business trips abroad may only be made to areas that are not designated as high-risk or virus variant areas on the RKI website. Please also refer to our further information under "Travel".

Bookings should be made on the latest possible date before departure and with the most flexible conditions possible in order to minimize cancellation costs in the event of renewed restrictions.

Please inform yourself about the applicable regulations at the time of travel before starting the business trip. If you have any questions, please contact the head of the Human Resources Department.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior provides information about entry restrictions to Germany. Information about entry restrictions within the EU are offered by the Foreign Office and the European commission

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