Current Information on Coronavirus

Last update: Thursday, January , 2022, 16:30 CET

It is of utmost importance to us to keep everyone informed about the current situation regarding the coronavirus, which is why we regularly consult with the German Ministry of Health as well as the Robert Koch-Institut (German federal government agency for disease control and prevention) and local authorities in order to be able to accordingly amend our proceedings if required. Both institutions publish daily updated and reliable information regarding the current coronavirus situation in Germany on their respective websites linked above.

Current Situation at the Course Centers of the Humboldt-Institut

Currently the following German courses are offered:

German Courses for Children and Teenagers
Lindenberg (face-to-face)
Online courses (Private lessons)

German courses booked in Bad Schussenried will be taught in Lindenberg until further notice.

German Courses for Adults
Berlin-Mitte (face-to-face)
Online courses (evening courses, Saturday courses, private lessons)

German courses booked in Constance will be taught in Berlin-Mitte until further notice.

Measures Taken at the Humboldt-Institut

The boarding schools continue to operate with hygiene measures that serve to protect the community. The following measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of our students and staff on site:

  • Keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 m.
  • Wearing a facial mask (FFP2) in all confined spaces of the public areas of the boarding school as well as in specially marked areas.
  • Regular ventilation of all confined spaces.
  • Provision of hand sanitizers in public spaces, bathrooms and in front of the dining hall.
  • Signs displayed in several parts of the building, reminding students to regularly wash their hands and explaining how to properly do so.
  • Daily query for symptoms.
  • Immediate rapid corona test and immediate quarantine as well as consultation with a doctor if a student shows symptoms.
  • Language students are tested on a daily basis by the Humboldt-Institut.
  • Students on site will be regularly informed of the current situation and will be taken care of.
  • All staff members are either vaccinated, convalescent or tested daily.

In derogation from this, the following regulations apply in Berlin-Mitte:

  • 2G and regular testing:
    ◦ Boarding school students: All students have to be vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, present a negative test, will be tested by the Humboldt-Institute upon arrival as well as for the first 6 days after arrival.
    ◦ Non-boarders: Students have to be vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 and must submit a negative test on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

Bad Schussenried

The school for children and teenagers in Bad Schussenried is closed until further notice. Alternatively, German courses for this age group can be booked in Lindenberg.

Lindenberg

The boarding school in Lindenberg continues to operate with hygiene measures for all language course students.

Students receive accommodation and board at the boarding school and take part in the leisure program on campus. As of today (December 20), as a precaution, there will be no more field trips. Thus, an alternative program will be held on Saturdays on the school grounds. City walks will still take place. Scheduled ski classes will also take place as booked. Daily testing is mandatory for all students on site Monday through Friday. The students are divided into so-called family groups and only have contact with students from their own family group during lessons, meals and free time.

Due to the hygiene rules, students cannot be visited in the institute. However, students can be picked up by their parents or relatives for a short period of time. The prerequisites for this must be checked in advance with the booking office.

For students arriving from areas that are classified as high risk area or area of variant of concern, the below mentioned rules apply. All students who are not subject to quarantine according to the entry regulations will be accommodated in a single room at the Humboldt-Institut for the first 14 days and tested daily with a rapid test by us during this time.

Exceptionally, the German courses in Lindenberg can also be booked for younger students between the ages of 10 and 12.

To take a course in Lindenberg for up to 3 months, students must either have recovered from COVID-19 or be vaccinated with a recognized vaccine (BioNTech / Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax), unless they are younger than 12 years and 3 months.

Different rules may apply to students who stay longer than 3 months or who attend a boarding school in Germany after a German course.

One Gymnasium student has been tested positive for the Coronavirus. The student is currently in quarantine 21.01.2022. For all other students, the case currently has no impact.

Berlin-Mitte

The boarding school operations take place with hygiene measures. At the moment we only offer accommodation in our student residence on campus. The intensive courses take place in face-to-face classes. Students in all classroom-based courses need to be tested (please see above for more details).

The evening courses will take place as online courses until February 2022 included. The Saturday courses will also be held online until the Easter break mid-April. Learn more about the online German courses.

All courses and exams can be booked on our website.

To participate in a classroom course in Berlin, students must either have recovered from COVID-19 or be vaccinated with a recognized vaccine (BioNTech Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax).

Constance

The school for adults in Constance is closed until further notice. All year-round German courses are alternatively offered in Berlin-Mitte or as online courses. The online German courses can be booked on our website. More information about the online courses.

 

Online German Courses

Online German Courses for Adults

The Humboldt-Institut offers currently various online German courses for adults: Intensive courses (as hybrid courses integrated in classroom-based courses), one-to-one intensive courses, private lessons, evening courses and Saturday courses.

More information on the online German courses for adults and available dates can be found on the page online German courses. The online German courses can be booked via our booking form.

Online German Courses for Teenagers

For teenage students between 13 and 17 years of age, the Humboldt-Institut offers online private lessons. More information on the online private lessons can be found on the page online German courses.

 

Entry ban and entry rules

If entry into Germany is desired, two points must be clarified in the following order:

  • Is the person in principle entitled to travel to Germany or is there an entry ban?
  • If the person is entitled to enter, which entry obligations and bans apply?

1) Am I entitled to travel to Germany?

In this table you will find the currently valid entry regulations for Germany divided according to nationalities:

Entry regulations for…
EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland
White-listed third countries* All other third countries
all nationals are entitled to enter Germany all nationals are entitled to enter Germany entitled for entry are:

– vaccinated persons**
– unvaccinated persons with an urgent need to travel***

not entitled for entry are:
– unvaccinated persons without an urgent need to travel***

 

* Currently, Germany allows entry for residents of the following third countries: Chile, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Taiwan (as of January 19, 2022). Please check the website of the Federal Minsitry of the Interior for the most up-to-date list.

** The prerequisite is that at least 14 days have passed since the last necessary single vaccination dose and that the vaccine is listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (currently these are the vaccines from Astra-Zeneca, BioNTech / Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Novavax).

*** Certain educational purposes (e.g. German courses with subsequent school attendance, university studies or with a minimum duration of six months etc.) can be considered as an urgent need to travel.

Further information on the entry restrictions for third countries can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

2) Which entry rules do I have to consider?

Depending on where the person entering Germany stayed within the last 10 days before entering Germany (non-risk area, high-risk area or area of variant of concern), certain entry rules, i.e. various obligations and bans, may apply. You can find out which category a country or region falls into on the website of the Robert Koch-Institut, which is updated regularly.

The following obligations and prohibitions are included in the entry regulations:

  • Digital entry registration: Entry must be registered in advance using the electronic entry form. This electronic registration is possible no earlier than three days before entry. As soon as the registration has been successfully completed, the traveler will receive a corresponding confirmation, which is to be carried when crossing the boarder as it might have to be presented to the authorities.
  • Test / proof requirement: When entering the Federal Republic of Germany, evidence must be provided that there is no infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. This proof must be issued in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish and be presented either in printed or digital form.
  • Quarantine requirement: After arriving in Germany, the person entering the country must immediately go into quarantine.
  • Transportation ban: Entry is only possible by car. Travel by bus, train or plane is not permitted.
  Non-risk area High-risk area Area of variant of concern
Digital entry registration yes yes
Test / proof requirement yes

– vaccination certificate
or proof of recovery
or negative PCR test (max. 48h) or antigen test (max. 48h)

yes

– vaccination certificate
or proof of recovery
– or negative PCR test (max. 48h) or antigen test (max. 48h)

yes

– negative PCR test (max. 48h)

 

Quarantine requirement yes
for 10 days
– no quarantine obligation with vaccination certificate
or proof of recovery
or shortening of the quarantine with negative test from the 5th day from the start of the isolation
yes
for 14 days
– no shortening  
Transportation ban yes

 

Present and Future Bookings

The special situation also requires certain flexibility from our side regarding our official cancelation policy, which was originally installed for the normal state. Our terms and conditions still apply at this point. We will do our very best to find individual solutions based on each case when necessary.

If quarantine is required for a course with a duration of up to 9 weeks, the student can decide whether he would like to travel anyway, whether he would like to leave the credit for a later course or whether he would like a refund.

Students or parents who booked their course via an agency should contact their agency first, thank you!

 

Current FAQ on Corona

Since there are recurring questions around the topics of summer courses, bookings and travel in connection with Corona, we have expanded our FAQ accordingly. There you will find an overview of the most frequently asked questions and answers.

 

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us by email (info@humboldt-institut.org) or phone (+49 7522 988-0). Due to the high number of inquiries, processing times may be longer. We strive to answer you as soon as possible and ask for your understanding!

We wish all our friends in Germany and around the globe much health, and we would like to thank everyone for their support during this time!

This page will be updated as soon as we have more news to share.

Lennart Güthling
Managing Director