International visiting scientist

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Service and information for international visiting scientists and scholars, and their host institutions
International visiting scientist
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Welcome to the Friedrich Schiller University Jena!

The Universitys Welcome Point supports international visiting scientists and scholars, and their families in planning their journey to and arrival in Jena, and during their entire stay at our university.



Coronavirus / Covid-19 - Information for international visiting scientists and scholars
(Last update: 10 June 2022)

General situation in Germany, Thuringia and Jena Expand entry

General situation in Germany, Thuringia and Jena

Depending on the current situation, in Germany there is a certain restriction on contact. Specific rules in individual feredal states and municipalities vary and are based on average infection case rates.

  • Currently, masks are no longer mandatory at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. However, it is still strongly recommended to wear a qualified mouth-nose protection (medical/FFP2 mask) inside the university – especially in larger groups and if the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
  • It is mandatory for everyone to wear a medical/FFP2/FFP3 mask in all means of public transport, doctor's surgeries/clinics. It is recommended in all spaces where a minimum distance of 1.5m between persons cannot be kept.
  • Depending on the current infection level (see City of Jena, Thuringia), there are restrictions on using means of public transport, entering restaurants, hospitals, hotels, attending sports events, and the maximum number of participants in events, but there are exceptions made for recovered or fully vaccinated persons (2 G principle), additionally tested persons (2G+), sometimes also for persons tested negative (3G). There may be contact restrictions for unvaccinated persons. Note the information on the recognition of internationally used vaccines below.
  • In facilities with public traffic in closed rooms, contact details may be recorded by smartphone or paper forms.
  • For more information, visit the federal government's website.

Please keep each other safe by following the rules.

Important general information about entering Germany Expand entry

Currently, no restrictions apply, because no country is considered an area of virus variants.

Please install the Corona warning app for Germany.

Entry Registration, testing, quarantine, support Expand entry

The following points contain information of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of the Health, and the  City of Jena (see websites above).

Proof of vaccination/recovery
  1. In Germany, a person is considered to have been vaccinated if he or she has received all required vaccine doses of a Covid 19 vaccine listed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute. At least 14 days must have passed since the last necessary vaccine dose. Additionally, vaccinated individuals must not have any relevant symptoms any more. Currently, the following vaccines are used and accepted in Germany (they might have other names abroad, check with the PEI):
    • Comirnaty (BioNTech)
    • Spikevax (Moderna)
    • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)
    • Covid-19 Vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson Jannsen Cilag)
    • Nuvaxovid (Novavax)
  2. A person is considered recovered if s/he had a positive PCR/certified antigen rapid test result in the last 90 days and now has a negative PCR/antigen rapid test result that is at least 28 days old and shows no relevant symptoms any more. Recovery certificates are issued by pharmacies on the basis of a PCR/certified antigen rapid test certificate.
  3. Evidence is acceptable in digital or paper form in German, English, French, Italian or Spanisch only.
Entry registration, testing, quarantine

Currently, there are no requirements, because no country is considered an area of virus variants.

In case of illness Expand entry

Please note the information of your place of residence, e.g. the City of Jena.

In case of showing Covid-19 symptoms:

  • Please not the information in our Corona FAQ (contact tracing).
  • Your German health insurance or an EU health insurance card covers all costs of testing if ill and of treatment. Travel insurances may civer a limited amount (please keep them informed).
  • Call your general practitioner in Germany (alternatively, one of the surgeries listed on the Jena webpage, or the hotline 116117) to get a Covid test.
  • If infected (positive PCR test result or typical symptoms),
    • inform your local Health Office (e.g. Jena)
    • go into quarantine for at least 5 days (ends automatically when symptom-free for 48 hours)
    • inform persons you have been in contact with - they must inform their local Health Office (e.g. Jena)
    • if newly arrived, please also inform us:
    • please report to your landlord when you are ill.

Get well soon!

Who can I turn to if I need help or if I have questions regarding this topic? Expand entry

All guests and visitors of the University can turn to the University’s Welcome Point for international scientists and scholars. We will try to answer all of your questions and to support you to the best of our ability. Contact:

Our tutoring service is still at your disposal. For this situation, we have established an online consultation in order to answer your questions and put you in contact with a ‘shopping buddy’. If you are interested in the tutoring service, please contact

Visiting doctoral candidates can continue to turn to the Graduate Academy with all of their questions.

How can I work from home? Expand entry

As a member of the University of Jena, you can access all digital resources of the Thuringian State and University Library (ThULB) with your thoska card. 

If you have not yet received your login for accessing the University’s mobile internet services from the University Computer Centre, please contact

Leaving Germany Expand entry

Please note the information of the German Foreign Office.

Also note the information and regulations of the country to which you will travel.

If you need to take a Covid-19 test to travel abroad, contact your local general practitioner/family doctor.

If you have not got a personal general practitioner and live in Jena, you may ask one of the following doctors for an appointment:

- Dr. Schlund, Leo-Sachse-Str. 1 ✆ +49 (0) 3641- 360009
- Dr. Schadeberg, Am Steinborn 13 ✆ +49 (0) 3641- 443919
- Dr. Seibt, Fuchslöcherstr. 7 ✆ +49 (0) 3641- 376460
- Dr. Göckeritz, Schillerstr. 1 ✆ 0176-80556050
- Dr. Kunstmann, Westbahnhostr. 2 ✆ +49 (0) 3641- 622158
- Dr. Winkler, Dornburger Str. 17 B ✆ +49 (0) 3641- 443190
- Dr. Zitzmann/Ludwig, Michael-Häußler-Weg 12, Zwätzen ✆ +49 (0) 3641- 638795
- Dr. Kielstein, Ringwiese 1 ✆ 2377880 und Camburgerstr. 91 ✆ +49 (0) 3641- 821122
- Dr. Gärtner/Müller, Fritz-Ritter-Str. 40, Lobeda West ✆ 0162-7410366


At Welcome at Friedrich Schiller University you will find all important information and contact persons for your start at the university!

International doctoral candidates please contact the Graduate Academy, which offer an extensive range of services.

If you have an employment contract at the University, please contact the Division for Human Resources.

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