Current Information on Coronavirus

Last update: Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 17:05 CEST

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
Online courses (Private lessons)

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

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

German courses booked in Constance will temporarily be taught in Berlin-Mitte until January 1, 2022.

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 (in the dining hall FFP2 masks or comparable) 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.
  • Regular testing of students twice a week by the Humboldt-Institut.
  • Students on site will be regularly informed on the current situation and will be taken care of.

In derogation from this, the following regulations apply in Berlin-Mitte from September 26, 2021:

  • Mask requirement: a medical mask is sufficient. In the classroom, the mask can be removed when sitting on the assigned seat. For the teachers, the mask can be removed at their own table and in front of the blackboard.
  • Vaccinated and convalescent persons no longer have to provide a test.
  • Regular testing:
    ◦ Boarding school students: Students who have not been vaccinated / recovered must arrive with a negative test and will be tested by the Humboldt-Institut upon arrival and for the first 6 days after arrival. Thereafter, boarding students are tested on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or have to present a test certificate.
    ◦ Non-boarders: Unvaccinated / recovered students must submit a negative test on Mondays and Wednesdays.

 

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. City walks and excursions only take place if the legal regulations and the incidence situation permit this. Alternatively, the leisure program takes place on the school campus. If city walks and excursions are allowed, all students on site are required to test twice a week. 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.

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, also for students with an accommodation other than our residence. Students in all classroom-based courses need to be tested twice weekly. During the first week, the boarding students are even tested daily with a rapid test free of charge. For students who do not live in the student residence, tests are also possible in the institute at extra cost.

Students who do not live in Berlin can take part in the intensive course 30 online via hybrid classes.

The part-time courses (evening courses, Saturday courses) will only take place as online courses until the end of 2021. Learn more about the online German courses.

The updated dates for the telc exams B1, B2 and C1 Hochschule can be found on our exam overview page.

All courses and exams can be booked on our website.

Constance

The school for adults in Constance is closed until January 1, 2022 included. 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.

The telc and TestDaF exams will not be offered in Constance until the end of 2021.
 

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, Saturday courses and evening 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) Is there an entry ban for me?

A general entry ban for third-country nationals has been put into place in mid-2020. This ban is regularly reviewed and adjusted if necessary. As long as the entry ban exists, most of the German embassies in the respective countries have stopped or at least restricted the processing of visa applications. Further information on the entry restrictions for third countries can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

However, there are also third countries that are exempted from the entry ban. Currently, Germany allows entry for residents of the following third countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Jordan, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.

Furthermore, entry from all other third countries (aside from China) is allowed for fully vaccinated persons. 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. However, this does not apply to entries from an area of variant of concern, which are still prohibited even for vaccinated persons.

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 Institute, 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. 72h) or antigen test (max. 48h)

yes

– vaccination certificate
or proof of recovery
– or negative PCR test (max. 72h) or antigen test (max. 48h)

yes

– negative PCR test (max. 72h) or antigen test (max. 24h)

 

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