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Regulations for persons entering the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in connection with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2


Dear patients,

please note the following restrictions on your entry into Germany and the Federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia:

1. Persons entering the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia by land, sea or air from any country or region outside of the Federal Republic of Germany and who have spent time in a risk area, at any time within the 14 days prior to entering Germany, are in principle required to proceed directly to their own home, or other suitable accommodation, immediately after their arrival and remain there exclusively for a period of 14 days after their entry into the country (‘quarantine’). This rule also applies to persons who initially entered another federal state of the Federal Republic of Germany. The persons mentioned in sentence 1 are not allowed to receive visitors from persons who do not belong to their household.

2. According to Number 1, a risk area is any country or region outside of the Federal Republic of Germany for which, at the time of entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, an increased risk of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 exists. A continuously updated list of risk areas is published by the Robert Koch Institute at the following link:


Please bear in mind that the Federal Government examines, on an ongoing basis, the extent to which areas are to be classified as risk areas. As a result, this list can be modified at short notice and, above all, may be extended. 
Directly before embarking on your journey, please check whether you have spent time in one of these areas in the last 14 days before entering Germany.

3. Moreover, persons entering the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia are required to contact the competent authority at their domicile/place of residence in the Federal Republic of Germany (usually the local health office – Gesundheitsamt) without delay and to inform the latter of their entry into the country. The locally competent public health authority will supervise compliance with this quarantine.
Your locally competent public health office (Gesundheitsamt) can be found online here:


Please contact the International Medical Service Department of the University Hospital Bonn in case you need any assistance in this point.

4. Excluded from the regulation mentioned under point 1 (‘14 days quarantine’) are only such persons who can prove, by means of a medical certificate, that they tested negative for an infection with the coronavirus SARSCoV-2 within 48 hours before entering the country.
The medical certificate has to be presented immediately upon request by the responsible public health office (Gesundheitsamt). The medical certificate must be based on a test conducted in a Member State of the European Union or
another country listed by the Robert Koch Institute at: https://www.rki.de/covid-19-tests

Molecular biological tests (PCR tests) are only accepted from the above mentioned countries insofar as there is evidence that the test was conducted in a quality-assured (accredited) laboratory (for example, accreditation according to ISO 15189, ISO/IEC 17025 or designation as a WHO COVID-19 reference laboratory).The medical certificate needs to be kept for at least 14 days after entering Germany.

5. Thus, a current negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 has to be regarded as an indispensable precondition before traveling to Germany. If no test was conducted within 48 hours prior to your arrival, it is necessary to repeat the test immediately after your entry to Germany. Anyway, the test has to be repeated 5-7 days later. For the purpose of testing you may leave the quarantine with appropriate protective measures. It will be possible to do the testing at the University Hospital Bonn, the costs for the test will have to be beard by the patient.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the International Medical Service Department of the University Hospital Bonn in case you have any further questions.

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c.mult. Wolfgang Holzgreve, MBA
Ärztlicher Direktor und Vorstandsvorsitzender

Mohammed Moneim
Leiter des International Medical Service
Head of the International Medical Service Department

Prof. Dr. med. Steffen Engelhart
Leitung Stabsstelle Krankenhaushygiene