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Germany: Coronavirus Latest Updates

Today’s world economy is at a downfall due to the massive outbreak caused by Corona Virus (Covid-19). This pandemic is spreading at a fleeting pace, affecting several countries in a row. Many sectors are bearing the brunt of this outbreak, educational institutions being one of them. International Students (current and prospective) are deeply concerned about this situation and are in need of tangible information. We offer to provide regular updates on the ongoing state of affairs, with an aim to keep you informed about current events related to the Corona Virus. This Latest Updates will give you the essential information, sourcing it to pertinent links corroborating the facts.

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04 April 2020 | 9:01 PM

Status of Summer Semester 2020 and Application Status of Winter 2020/21

Many universities of Germany have either deferred their Summer Semester 2020 programs or have transformed into digital mode of teaching. Winter 2020/21 aspirants have some relief in submitting their applications as quite a few universities have extended the deadline for application submission.

Please visit the link below for University-specific information on Summer Semester 2020 status and Application deadline status for Winter session 2020/21.

04 April 2020 | 7:11 PM

Financial benefits from DAAD for International Students who hold scholarships

DAAD has announced financial benefits for International Students who hold scholarships, and are already in Germany or planning to travel to Germany for an internship, research or study. DAAD has outlined a few regulations for the scholarship holders to receive the funding.

Please visit the official website of DAAD for more detailed information.

31 March 2020

31 March 2020 | 7:31 PM

Safety Measures for Students to avoid the transmission of Coronavirus

Important safety measures that students can follow to avoid transmission of Covid-10 virus:

  • Maintain Social distancing – Maintain at least 2 metres distance from others, especially if they have common flu symptoms.
  • Use Masks – Wear masks when you venture out to buy essentials and sanitize your hands between and after your shopping.
  • Use Tissues – Cover your nose with a tissue while coughing or sneezing and discard the soiled tissue immediately in a bin.
  • Wash Hands – Wash your hands frequently with soap for 20-30 seconds.
  • Avoid Physical Contact – Avoid physical contact of any form, like shaking hands, hugging or touching.
  • Refrain from rubbing your eyes and touching your face, mainly your mouth and nose.
  • Do not share your personal things with others, such as towels, clothes, dishes, coffee cups, pens, etc.
  • Regularly disinfect doorknobs and frequently used items.

Please visit the link below for more information.

30 March 2020

30 March 2020 | 6:46 PM

WHO Coronavirus Updates

World Health Organization (WHO) has busted some myths circulating around Coronavirus and has given clear factual information that will come in handy for students living in Germany:

  • Coronavirus can thrive and be transmitted in hot and humid climates.
  • Covid-19 virus cannot be killed in cold weather or snow.
  • We cannot prevent the Covid-19 virus disease by taking hot baths if the virus has already infected the system.
  • Mosquitoes do not carry Covid-19 virus; hence, their bites do not transmit this viral infection.

Please visit the official page of WHO for more details in this regard.

30 March 2020 | 1:06 PM

DAAD - Line Up of Online Events

Keeping the current situation in mind, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has come up with a number of online events and interactive sessions. Students can make use of this option to learn about study and research opportunities in Germany – from the cosy corners of their homes.

To learn more, please visit the link below.

27 March 2020

27 March 2020 | 6:43 PM

Universities adopt Digital Teaching for Summer Semester 2020

Some of the universities are stating that they cannot possibly cancel the entire summer semester and are looking for viable solutions to continue the sessions. They are looking at offering digital teaching from around their campuses. Students can continue their summer sessions by attending the online classes within the confines of their homes. Please visit your university website for precise information.

The University of Bayreuth is utilizing all its resources to convert to online mode of teaching.

27 March 2020 | 1:37 PM

Universities defer Summer Semester 2020

International Students who have received their admission for summer semester 2020 are being advised by some of the universities to defer their studies to next semester, i.e. winter 2020/21. Most universities are currently not operational due to the restrictions implemented to curb the outbreak of Covid-19. They are unable to provide concrete information as to when the students can start their summer semester. Please visit your respective university website for more details.

TUM University has issued a statement stating that for students who have received admission for this summer will be valid for winter semester 2020/21. They can submit a new application via their online portal and seek admission.

27 March 2020 | 10:22 AM

Important Information for Winter Semester Applicants

Due to the ongoing situation concerning Covid-19 pandemic, many universities have extended their winter semester application deadline by a few more weeks. With non-essential services suspended in many countries, students are facing difficulty in submitting their documents for various reasons, courier services deferral being one of them.

Please visit your respective university website for more information.

26 March 2020

26 March 2020 | 2:47 PM

German Blocked Account Closure Procedure

If prospective students have cancelled their Germany travel plans owing to Coronavirus pandemic, or if the current students staying in Germany are planning to return back home, you have the option of closing your German blocked account. You can follow the same standard protocol for closing the account that is normally followed by any financial institution. You can contact the respective firm and request for a closure of your blocked account. Follow the standard procedure for account closure as directed by your financial institution.

Please visit the Fintiba website for information related to the blocked account created for International Students.

26 March 2020 | 11:32 AM

Health Insurance options for Coronavirus-infected International Students in Germany

With effect from February 28, 2020, health insurance policies will be covering the treatment cost for Coronavirus-infected patients. This will, however, be determined by the treating physician. Dr-Walter’s Health Insurance Policy, EDUCARE24, provides 90-day medical treatment if you are forced to stay in the country for a longer duration due to Covid-19 infection.

The policies will not be covering quarantine costs as they are only precautionary measures and not treatment as such. However, if you develop an infection during the quarantine period, the health insurance will cover the treatment expenses. 

To read more on Health Insurance options for International Students staying in Germany, visit the below page.

23 March 2020

23 March 2020 | 2:13 PM

Supermarkets Restructuring

Munich – Supermarkets have come up with protective measures to restrain the spread of this pandemic. They have introduced distance markings on the floor, cashless payment, using protective screens at the cash registers and also gloves and disinfectants for the employees.

23 March 2020 | 11:47 AM

Germany bans Group Meeting of more than two people!

To curb the spread of Covid-19, Germany resorted to stringent measures by announcing restrictions on group meeting of more than two people. With the global toll of infected people rising to more than 313,000, Germany is taking rigorous steps to avoid contact between more than two people at a time. International Students studying in Germany are advised to stay indoors and stay safe.

20 March 2020

20 March 2020 | 5:47 PM

What to do if already in Germany?

If you develop symptoms like coughing, sore throat, runny nose or fever, that are typically associated with Covid-19, please reach out to a doctor or dial the hotline 116 117. Ensure you have all the contact details of your home country’s consulate or embassy in Germany. For more information, please click on the link below.

20 March 2020 | 1:05 PM

Travel Restrictions and Border Controls

Travel restrictions have been introduced from outside the Schengen area until further notice. The entry of non-EU- travellers and non-Schengen states by plane or ship is prohibited. Temporary border control measures have been implemented between Germany and other countries like France, Switzerland, Austria, Luxemburg, Denmark. Travellers who are travelling for non-essential travels will be affected. Please visit the link below for more information.

19 March 2020

19 March 2020 | 4:45 PM

Germany Universities (DAAD Funded)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has suspended individual programmes for Spring/Summer 2020. They will not be providing Individual Scholarships for studying in Germany for this summer semester. In light of this crisis, the universities have cancelled all teaching activities until further notice. Please visit this link for further information

19 March 2020 | 2:10 PM

Visa Updates - German Missions in India

Keeping the interest of public health and security in mind, with effect from March 19th, 2020, Thursday, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany has closed its public traffic for visas until further notice. Personal interviews and all appointments are currently suspended.

19 March 2020 | 1:27 PM

Germany Implements Non-EU Travel Ban

EU leaders have implemented a 30-day travel ban for non-EU travellers. Chancellor Merkel announced that she, along with other EU leaders, has imposed an immediate ban on travel into the bloc, to contain the COVID-19 virus spread. For additional information, please visit below link.

19 March 2020 | 12:15 PM

Germany Imposes Restrictions on Public Life

Most of the states in Germany have reported positive cases of COVID-19, setting a grinding halt to public life. German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought in new measures on Monday by imposing certain restrictions on public life, to contain the spread of this virus. Universities, Schools, Non-Essential Businesses, Restaurants are shut down. Holiday travel is banned, and borders have been closed partially. Essential businesses like supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations and other necessary services will remain open.

19 March 2020 | 11:28 AM

Germany Travel by Air

Germany has closed its borders partially, and non-essential travel restrictions have been implemented. German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared temporary restriction on non-essential flying and travel. For further details, please visit below link.

Stay home, Stay Safe!

Employing self-quarantine measures is the key. Stay indoors to avoid contact with this virus that is spreading at an alarming rate. Stay home and stay safe!

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