On this page you will find general information about the corona situation at the University of Jena as well as answers to frequently asked questions that are of general interest. You can access the FAQ pages for individual target groups via the navigation in the header and at the bottom of this page.
The 2021 summer semester will have to start largely online on 12 April. Classroom lectures are suspended. Face-to-face teaching will only be provided for courses with practical components, i.e., practical courses in the laboratory and using equipment, practical sports exercises, medically indicated supervision and any excursions and field trips under compliance with the university's infection prevention concept [pdf, 3 mb] de.
All the current rules and measures will remain in force until at least 16 May 2021. The situation will be reviewed at the beginning of May and it will be assessed whether a switch to hybrid teaching is possible.
Currently stage 2 of the infection protection concept applies: restricted (on-site) operation with increased infection protection.
You can find more regularly updated information on the university blog.
Are your questions still not answered? Then write to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case of questions regarding the current situation in Jena, the number of cases, general rulings, as well as advisory and information services provided by the City of Jena, please visit https://gesundheit.jena.de/en/coronavirus.
For up-to-date information on the situation at the University, please see this overview of FAQs and visit our blog.
For those returning from a corona risk area abroad there is an obligation to register. Before arriving in Germany, travellers must register at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de and carry proof of registration with them on entry. Those entering or returning from abroad who have stayed in a risk area within the last ten days prior to entry are also obliged to enter a ten-day quarantine immediately after entry. After five days of quarantine at the earliest, travellers can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Please visit the website of the Robert Koch Institute for up-to-date information on further regulations and exceptions.
If you return to Jena from a risk area, you are obliged to immediately report to the Public Health Department by phone at +49 3641 49 2222 or online at https://gesundheit.jena.de/webform/corona2. In addition, you must immediately self-isolate. If you show symptoms of illness, you must call the hotline +49 3641 49 3333 in addition to calling your general practitioner or the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung). The designation of risk areas can be found at: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html.
Travellers from areas within Germany who report 7 days incidence per 100,000 of more than 50 do not need to be tested and are not required to undergo isolation.
For residents of Saxony who require proof of their employment outside of Saxony due to the Corona Protection Regulation there, the Thoska is regarded as a university service card. Employees who do not yet have a Thoska can obtain a card from the Thoska office de.
Please wait and see whether the suspicion is confirmed by laboratory tests. If this is the case and you are considered to be a first-degree contact person, you will be informed by the responsible health authority.
If you have symptoms like fever, cough, headaches, sore throat, or limb pain, please call your general practitioner or the emergency service for patients with statutory health insurance at 116 117. They will discuss the further course of action with you and will let you know if testing for SARS-CoV-2 is indicated.
If you need to take sick leave, notify your superior as usual.
If you have had contact with a person who has been proven to be positive for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, report this immediately to the public health department at email@example.com or +49 (0)3641 492222. Go into domestic quarantine until the public health department has made a decision. In the e-mail, please be sure to include your personal details and contact information, especially a telephone number. Please include "Contact to persons tested positive" in the subject line.
Family members or persons living in the household are not automatically quarantined. Please try to limit contact with these people or to separate from them. As far as no symptoms are present and no measures have been ordered by the public health department, the activity at the University of Jena can be continued.
Please follow these rules at all times: maintain a distance from other people, practice good hand hygiene, wear a face covering, use the coronavirus warning App and ensure sufficient ventilation of rooms.
The "Increased risk" alert in the Corona Warning App only informs the user that there is an increased risk of infection due to the proximity and duration of a contact with a person who has reported a positive test result via the App, and recommends that the user contact their physician, the medical on-call service 116 117 or the health authority by telephone. The decision on a sick leave or the order of a home isolation (quarantine) is made by the treating physician or the responsible public health department based on their own assessment.
Comply with the hygiene rules [pdf, 6 mb] de currently in force.
Take the following simple actions: maintain a distance from other people, practice good hand hygiene, wear a face covering, use the coronavirus warning App and ensure sufficient ventilation of rooms.
Wherever possible and appropriate, activities should be carried out in the home office with the approval of the employee's superiors.
You can always get up-to-date information from these institutions.
Robert Koch Institute
Information of the Federal Centre for Health Education on infection prevention (in German)
Information of the Federal Ministry of Health on COVID-19
Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines
Public Health Department of the City of Jena
The Corona pandemic has led to such an overload of work in some areas, especially in the social sector, that volunteers are needed. If you would like to volunteer, you can find opportunities worthy of support here (this list will be updated continuously).
1.) You can also register as a volunteer with the Corona Engagement Finder, so that institutions seeking help can become aware of you, or you can search there yourself for institutions that have registered a need: https://www.buergerstiftung-jena.de/corona-engagementfinder.html
Heidi Scheller, Head of Volunteer Agency
Telephone: 03641 6392923
2.) Medical students or people with previous medical training who would like to get involved can contact Karsten Krohn at the University Hospital Jena Krohn@med.uni-jena.de. He coordinates the assignments of these volunteers with medical training.
Important for student volunteers: In principle, they can take leave from their studies as a "pandemic-related special reason". All you need to do is submit a written agreement (contract, etc.) to the Student Service Centre.
The current situation is not easy for anyone right now. Worries about health, financial difficulties or loneliness due to fewer social and physical contacts can be very stressful. The pastoral care of the Faculty of Theology therefore offers help and counselling. You can reach them Mo-Fr 4 to 6 p.m. under telephone +49 3641 942666 and furthermore via the contact form de or an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive feedback and a personal contact in a timely manner.
Further information on help and advice can be found on the blog of the University of Jena.
Synlab laboratory, Löbstedter Straße 93
The Synlab laboratory now offers corona tests. These are also prepared for mild symptoms. The costs are covered by the health insurance companies. Appointments will be given by the number of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians: +49 116 117.
Mon - Fri: 7 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Sat - Son: 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.
Further walk-in rapid test centres have been set up in the Campus Foyer, Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3 (from 10.04.), F-Haus Jena (entrance Krautgasse), in Jena Lobeda Ost (Ernst-Schneller Straße 10), in the Noll-Garden (entrance at the passage from Oberlauengasse to Unterlauengasse), neue mitte Jena (Leutragraben 1) and Goethe Galerie (Goethestraße 3). These offer a free opportunity to perform rapid antigen tests.
An Addition is a drive-through at 'An der Ringwiese 2' in Jena-Winzerla. There you can take the test in your car.
The test centres are open on the following days and times:
Daily, Mon (19.04.) - Fri (23.04) : 8 - 10 a.m.
Opening hours will be reviewed again at the end of the week and adjusted to demand if necessary.
Registration in advance will shorten the waiting time for everyone. Registrations for the test can be made online at www.schnelltest-jena.de/fsu. The registrant will then receive a reply email with a QR code, which he or she should please show at the test center. The test result will then be sent by e-mail. Following a positive rapid test, a PCR test is offered on site at the test center.
Pre-registration is now also possible digitally at https://schnelltest-jena.de/fhaus/.
Mon - Fri: 3 - 6.30 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Jena Lobeda Ost:
Every second day in April (even dates):
2 - 5 p.m.
Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Drive-through 'An der Ringwiese 2" (parking lot Fitness-Club Ringwiese)
Mon - Fri: 8 - 12 a.m. and 3 - 6 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
neue mitte Jena (first floor, next to the escalator)
Mon - Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Goethe Galerie (Goethestraße 3)
Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pre-registration is not necessary, on-site waiting times are to be expected. People who would like to be tested should bring an identity card. If a test result is positive, a PCR test will be carried out directly on site for validation and the data will be forwarded to the public health department.
The City of Jena publishes current information on the rapid test centres on its website. There you can also find rapid tests offered by various GP practices and laboratories.
The rapid tests are not suitable for visitors to senior citizens' facilities, symptomatic persons (contact your family doctor!), companies or facilities with their own testing regime. Also a free test to end a quarantine cannot be carried out in the rapid test centre. Only the health department team can declare a quarantine terminated.
On-site events without reference to research and teaching are not allowed. Face-to-face teaching may only be provided for courses with practical components, such as practical courses in the laboratory and using equipment, practical sports exercises, medically indicated supervision and possibly excursions and field trips.
Room occupancy is based on the specifications of Lecture Hall Management in the Division for Construction and Facility Management on the possible occupancy density under pandemic conditions (application for rooms via email@example.com).
The lecturers or organizers of the event are to inform the participants in advance about the applicable distance and hygiene rules [pdf, 6 mb] de and ensure that they are observed.
Participants of on-site events are obliged to register via the digital contact person registration QRoniton using the QR code of the specific room at the beginning of the event. For external attendance events, attendance lists with contact data are maintained in order to facilitate contact tracing in case of an infection.
By registering via QR code or at external events, participants declare in writing that they are free of corona symptoms and risk contacts and that they will adhere to the rules of distance and hygiene.
Everyone must wear a facemask covering the nose and mouth when moving around inside university buildings and also when seated during lectures, seminars, etc., and at computer workstations. During teaching attended by students in person (e.g. language teaching), teaching staff are not obliged to wear a facemask if they maintain a distance of 3 m.
Manual ventilation is mandatory in rooms without mechanical ventilation. As a basic rule for office rooms: ventilate hourly over the entire window area for 3 minutes (in winter) or 10 minutes (in summer); meeting and seminar rooms, as well as lecture halls without mechanical ventilation should be ventilated every 20 minutes. In addition, ventilation should be provided for 15 minutes after each course (but at least every 90 minutes).
The offering of drinks and open meals in the form of buffets or similar is prohibited.
All University members and guests are obliged to wear a suitable mouth and nose covering (surgical mask or FFP2 mask) inside the buildings and on the premises of Friedrich Schiller University:
The University will also be making surgical masks available for collection by its employees and students who need to attend on-site teaching. These masks will be distributed from Tuesday, 6 April, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. in the “vegeTable” cafeteria of the Studierendenwerk (Ernst-Abbe-Platz 5). Students must show their Thoska card. The distribution will continue on a daily basis (on working days) as long as there are enough masks.
Notes on the use and reuse of FFP2 masks:
They offer better protection than conventional face coverings, but are only available in limited quantities. The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices therefore provides the following advice on use and reuse:
FFP2 masks are intended by the manufacturer to be used as single-use products. They should be changed regularly and disposed of after use. There is a limited possibility of reuse after disinfection. The following points should be ensured:
At their joint meeting on 25 November 2020, the Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the Länder decided that higher education institutions and universities should in principle switch to digital teaching. For our university, this means that from 1 December there will be no classroom teaching activities. Excluded from this regulation are laboratory and device trainings, practical sports exercises, practical training phases and supervisions with medical indication. Also excluded are tests and exams that cannot be converted to digital formats. The regulation applies until the end of the lecture period on 12 February 2021.
Current regulations include:
- Wearing a suitable face covering (surgical mask or FFP2 mask) is mandatory at the University, also outdoors if the distance of 1.5 m to others is less than 1.5 m;
- In public, only contact with members of one's own household and one other household is permitted (max. 5 persons in total);
- Persons who use university facilities must register via the digital contact person registration QRoniton using the QR code of the respective room;
- Persons in contact with anyone who has tested positive for the corona virus, who comes from a corona risk area abroad or who shows COVID-19 symptoms are not allowed to enter the university;
- It is not permitted to consume alcoholic beverages on the university ground as well as inside the university buildings. This also applies to the Ernst-Abbe-Platz campus;
- When working on-site, you need to comply with the hygiene rules of the University (Hygiene framework [pdf 602KB] [pdf, 6 mb] de).
As of Monday, 11.01.2021, the branch libraries will be open to a limited extent for circulation and the collection of stacks as well as interlibrary loan orders. However, the workstations and special reading rooms cannot be used.
Opening hours of the libraries for book lending in the branch libraries from Monday 08 March 2021:
Branch Library Humanities, Branch Library Law, Economics and Social sciences:
Mon – Fri: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat: noon - 6 p.m.
Branch Library Natural Sciences, Branch Library Medicine (all sites):
Mon – Fri: noon – 6 p.m.
Branch Library Chemistry + Physics:
Tue + Thu: noon – 4 p.m.
The dining hall at Ernst-Abbe-Platz will remain open until 1 April. After that it will be temporarily closed for technical reasons. From 6 April, the dining hall Philosophenweg will be open instead.
The dining halls Philosophenweg and Carl-Zeiss-Promenade are open for staff and students. They will offer an in-house supply and an take away sale. Only cashless payment with the thoska is possible. At the entrance, registration takes place via QR code for contact tracking. Face-coverings are compulsory except for meal taking, attention must be paid to the safety distance.
Dining hall Philosophenweg:
Monday - Friday: daily from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dining hall Carl-Zeiss-Promenade:
Monday - Friday: daily from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
However, changes may occur at short notice, so please check the Studierendenwerk website for more information.
The university joins the national testing strategy (German only), which recommends antigen tests in companies and educational institutions as a supplement to the hygiene concept since 31.3. 2021. The use of rapid tests is to be trialled at the start of lectures in the summer semester in a testing centre on campus and with self-tests.
In a position paper (German only), scientists from the National University Medicine Research Network warn against relying on the tests, or being less cautious based on the results. They cited studies that concluded the tests were far less safe than manufacturers claimed. 859 swabs were analysed. Only six out of ten Covid 19 infections were detected, and false positives occurred in two out of 100 cases. Thus, an infection cannot be reliably excluded by the negative result of a rapid test.
The Friedrich Schiller University therefore envisages the use of rapid tests only in addition to the university's infection prevention concept [pdf, 3 mb] de and continues to rely on consistent compliance with hygiene measures. The following applies to all tests: A positive result of a rapid test or a self-test must always be verified by a PCR test. Only those who have been tested in a rapid test centre can have such a PCR test carried out there. In the case of a positive self-test, the general practitioner or the responsible health office must be contacted. In addition, the superiors and the Human Resources Department are to be informed via the contact form:
Until the result of the PCR test is available, the university campus may not be entered. If the PCR test result is negative, i.e. the rapid test or self-test was false positive, the entry ban does not apply. If a Covid 19 infectivity is confirmed by the PCR test (PCR test positive), a domestic quarantine must be observed as ordered by the public health department.
The university management reserves the right to adapt the university strategy in the event of a change in the testing strategy at federal and state level.