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Coronavirus - information and links in multiple languages

Each and every individual can contribute with their behavior to protect the elderly and people with previous illnesses from the coronavirus. A slower course is necessary so as not to overload health systems. Politicians have taken measures to slow the spread of the virus and to cushion the economic consequences.

The Federal Government provides information on the current status of the corona virus on various channels. Below you will find a selection of the most important topics.

Back to everyday life with the Corona-Warn-App for Germany

Information on and download of the Corona-Warn-App in English.
(Source: The Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration)

Flyer with information about the corona virus (Click to download PDF)

Grafische Darstellung des Coronavirus mit dem Text "Was Sie jetzt über Corona wissen müssen" - Verhaltenstipps, Arbeitsrecht und Reisebestimmungen auf einen Blick" Flyer mit wichtigen Informationen in mehreren Sprachen © Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration

Information on health, hygiene and infection

All information about hygiene rules, precautionary measures and the risk of infection you find at the follwoning links. The links also inform you what to do if you are infected and what quarantine in germany actually means.

New Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2: Information and practical advice
(Source: Ethno-Medical Center Germany)

FAQs on the coronavirus and on health-related measures
(source: Federal Press Office)

Rules of hygiene
(source: Federal Centre for Health Education)

Leaflet on protection against infections 
(source: Federal Ministry of Health)

Information regarding Covid-19 in Germany
(source: Federal Ministry of Health)

Medical information
(source: European Commission)

Information for workers

For many people, change the situation at work because of the corona pandamic: employers orders short-time work, order homeoffice or people have to look to their children which at home. All information are here:

Questions and answers relating to short-time work (Kurzarbeit) and skills development 
(Source: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs)

Corona: Important information for workers
(Source: BEMA)

Coronavirus: Questions relating to labour law.
(source: Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs) 

Information about corona and labour law 
(source: Fair mobility)

Multilingual information about Corvid-19 and mini-job
(source: BemA Sachsen-Anhalt)

Information for self-employed and companies

You are self-employed and need support to survive the economic bottlenecks caused by the corona pandemic: Here you can find information on measures such as short-time work benefits, liquidity support and tax deferral.

SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Safety and Health Standard
(source: Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs) 

Funding instruments of the Federal Government and the Federal States to overcome the corona crisis
(source: IQ Fachstelle - Migrantenökonomie)

Emergency assistance for micro enterprises, freelancers and one-person businesses
(source: German gouvernment)

Information on support available to companies and workers
(source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) 

KfW coronavirus aid: loans for companies
(Source: KfW group)

Information on public life and travelling

Public life is severely restricted by necessary measures. Here you can find current information on which facilities are closed and which are open. You will also learn the most important things about border controls and travel restrictions as well as special regulations for cross-border commuters.

+++ Update for December 2020 +++

From 16 December, there will be new restrictions in public and private life in Germany that will apply until 10 January 2021 for the time being. It is a burden for us all but we must protect ourselves and especially elderly and chronically ill people against coronavirus. Everyone must now reduce their private contacts so that we can overcome this pandemic. 

1.    Meetings with members of your own household and one other household are allowed. In total, this number may not exceed 5 persons. During the Christmas Days (24-26 December), one household may receive 4 persons from the immediate family. Children under 14 years of age are not included in each case in this number.
2.    Please refrain from private excursions and visits.
3.    Food shops and shops selling items for urgent daily needs will remain open (pharmacies, opticians, drug stores, post offices & banks).
4.    Schools, nursery schools (care is possible in urgent cases), retailers, restaurants and cafés (collection and delivery of food still allowed), theatres, cinemas, clubs, bars, sport clubs, swimming pools or hairdressers and cosmetic studios are closed.
5.    The consumption of alcoholic beverages in public is prohibited.
6.    Overnight stays in hotels for touristic purposes are prohibited.
7.    In order for us to be able to protect the economy and safeguard jobs, companies and facilities affected by closure can apply for new government support.
8.    Religious services in churches, mosques and synagogues are subject to the following rules: Keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 metres, masks must also be worn at your seat, no singing by the congregation.

We further recommend:

- Reducing contacts to an absolutely necessary minimum.
- People experiencing respiratory difficulties are to request sick leave by phone and only return to work once the symptoms have subsided.
- not lighting New Year’s Eve fireworks; the sale of pyrotechnic articles is prohibited.
- only visiting elderly and vulnerable people if the entire family is free of symptoms and has not been exposed to any particular risk in the days prior. In areas with a high number of infections, a negative coronavirus test will be mandatory for those wishing to visit someone at an old people’s home or nursing home.

Public life

On local public transport, when shopping as well as in all places open to the public and in open air, in which people remain in a confined space or for long periods of time, a mask must be worn.

A mask must also be worn on work and business premises; this does not apply to places where a distance of 1.5 metres from others can be maintained.

The details are regulated by the federal states and they can adopt stricter regulations.


The following generally applies: travel that is not essential should be avoided. Individual states, even within the EU, may continue to restrict entry or stipulate quarantine upon entry. Please find out about up-to-date entry restrictions and border controls from the Federal Foreign Office and Federal Ministry of the Interior before you travel.

The following applies to anyone entering Germany from a risk region: you must stay at home (quarantine), you may not receive visitors and you must register with the local public health office immediately! 

A fine shall apply in case of quarantine violations. Sick pay or compensation is generally possible during compulsory quarantine, however, if the travel destination was declared a risk region prior to your holiday, then this entitlement does not apply. 

You can end the quarantine with a negative coronavirus test.

Find out where you can get tested by calling 116 117.
Find out which countries are risk regions from the Robert Koch Institute, which gives daily updates.

Guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during COVID-19 outbreak
(source: European Commission)

FAQs on travel restrictions and border control
(source: Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community)

Information for persons arriving in Germany and concerning travel
(source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)   

COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice
(source: UK Government)

General questions and answers

Here you find general information on the situation in Germany.

Coronavirus – How the Federal Government is helping
(Source: Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration)

Situation in Germany: Important questions and answers about coronavirus
(Source: German government)

Further FAQs on the coronavirus

Further Information