FAQ Relating to the Corona Virus
The Carl Benz School of Engineering is aware of the current situation and prepared to react appropriately. Even if COVID-19 persists, all programs will run as planned on site, online, or in hybrid format in accordance with local and national regulations.
Please note: We would like to inform you that there are more than 10,000 appointments available for initial vaccinations in Karlsruhe. You can book an appointment either by phone at 116117 or online here. The supply of free time slots is currently very high. Please bring your health insurance card to your appointment. (as of July 2nd, 2021)
Teaching in times of Corona
1. When does the winter semester 2021/2022 start and in which format will classes be held?
The winter semester 2021/2022 begins on Monday, October 18th, 2021 and will be characterized by the return of in-person events on campus. Operations at the KIT will return to normal after three semesters of virtual programs. Please note that hybrid courses, which began online, may transition to being held fully or partially in-person throughout the course of the winter semester. There is no guarantee that the hybrid courses will be available in a virtual learning format for the entirety of the winter semester. (KIT, October 11th, 2021)
>> Read more about the current KIT Covid-19 regulations.
2. What do I have to consider regarding studying in the winter semester of 2021/22?
Please take a look at the KIT FAQs regarding the official regulations and recent updates. Here you can find the latest information about your courses.
We kindly ask you to continue to check the KIT website on a regular basis.
3. What is the availability of the Virtual CBS Student Office?
The CBS Virtual Student Office will continue to be exclusively available for our College Program Participants during regular office hours (CEST) using Microsoft Teams or by appointment if you need assistance outside of these times. Should you have suggestions regarding specific needs from your side, please feel free to contact us.
Find more information on our Virtual Student Office.
1. How can I reach the Accommodation Office?
We are there for you during the regular office hours from Monday to Friday between 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
You can reach us by telephone via +49 721 608 47888 or you can contact us via email: living∂id-schools.kit.edu.
2. Are there general hygiene rules at the ID?
Yes, we kindly ask you to abide to the following measures:
- When entering the building disinfect your hands. We've provided disinfectant at all entrances.
- Please always keep a distance of 1.5 meters and avoid physical contact.
- Please wear a mask at all times in the building and during lectures.
- Please use the inside of your elbow when sneezing or coughing.
- People with cold symptoms are not allowed to join events.
- Tenants who are obliged to stay in quarantine and have to share a kitchen, please arrange cooking times with your roommates.
3. What precautions have been taken against the spread of the virus in the dormitory?
- There are disinfectant stations at all entry areas. In private areas the tenants are responsible for disinfectants.
- In the own private area, facemasks are not mandatory as long as a distance of 1.5 metres is possible.
- The cleaning team provides a thorough support in cleaning and disinfecting the kitchens.
- New tenants receive once a disinfectant upon arrival.
4. What are official regulations regarding wearing a mask?
As of September 30, 2020, employees and students of the ID and KIT are required to wear a mask whenever they find themselves on public routes such as door and other entrance areas, passageways, corridors, staircases, sanitary facilities, and routes at events and when you cross the ID courtyard, as well as during lectures. Please note you are also required to wear a mask when you are shopping.
5. I was abroad - what do I need to know before my return to the dormitory?
- Beginning August 1, 2021, anybody entering Germany - whether or not they have been in a high risk area or virus variant area - are require to have proof of no SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection (vaccine, test, convalescent) upcon entry (does not apply for children younger than 12 years).
- There are different requirements regarding tests and quarantine obligations for different risk areas when it comes to traveling and to entering Germany. Please see this link for an overview.
- We kindly ask you to inform us of your return from a risk, high incidence or virus variant area (please see here) prior to arrival via this link: www.idschools.kit.edu/returning-to-karlsruhe.php. This is necessary for overview and planning purposes and finally yet importantly, to initiate the necessary hygiene measures.
- Please note that a negative PCR test result (not older than 72h) is a prerequisite for moving back into the dormitory. If you arrive from a high risk area, proof of recovery (> 28 days & < than 6 months) or complete vaccination protection (dating back at least 14 days) can be submitted instead of a test via living. Please ∂ idschools kit edusee this link for accepted vaccines.
- Persons traveling by air must always present a negative test result to the carrier before departure, regardless of whether they have been in a risk area.
- Please also see question 7 (obligation to register), question 8 (test requirements) and question 9 (quarantine obligations).
6. Obligation to register
Persons who, within the last 10 days, spent time in a risk area (high incidence area or virus variant area) are required to inform official authorities about your trip using this link.
- Before traveling, you must complete a digital entry declaration, indicating if you have stayed in a risk area within the last ten days prior to your trip. You have to provide a negative test result, or a proof of recovery or a proof of vaccination. After you have provided all the necessary information, you will receive a PDF file as a confirmation. As a general rule, your carrier will check whether you have a confirmation and you always must carry it with you. Transportation cannot take place otherwise.
- You will find another online form on the website of the city of Karlsruhe. The form is in German. If you have issues understanding the text you can also send an email (polizeirecht@oa karlsruhe.de) to the Karlsruhe office of public order including: Your name, address, date of return, a doctor/lab issued certificate including test results (see question 8), place of departure, date of birth and, if applicable, short details of any coldlike symptoms you might experiencing. Please also see question 8, 9, 10, especially with regard to quarantine obligations.
7. Is a test required for people entering Germany?
Beginning August 1, 2021, anybody entering Germany - whether or not they have been in a high risk area or virus variant area – are required to have proof of no SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection (vaccine, test, convalescent) upon entry (does not apply to children younger than 12 years). Proof of vaccination and convalescence can replace a negative test and exempt from the entry quarantine. This does not apply in the case of prior stay in a virus variant area. Persons traveling by air must present a negative test result, proof of recovery or proof of vaccination to the carrier before departure, regardless of whether they have been in a risk area. People not traveling by air: Please check this link regarding rest requirements.
The German authorities differentiate people entering Germany from
- a. High risk areas (there is a particularly high incidence of the spread of the coronavirus)
- b. Virus variant areas (there is a widespread occurrence of certain variants of the coronavirus)
The corresponding areas are posted on the Robert-Koch-Institute's website daily. Please also see question 9.
You are asked to supply a negative PCR COVID-19 test result to the International Department before arrival (living). You can get a PCR test in your home country maximum 72 hours before entering Germany. If you want to be exempted from quarantine, additional measures must be taken. See question 9 & 10. ∂ idschools kit edu
8. What implications do the different risk areas have/quarantine obligations?
Regardless of the type of transportation used, travellers older than the age of 12must carry a negative test result or a proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery to with them upon entering Germany. People travelling from virus variant areas always must carry a negative test result with them (antigen test: max 24h,PCR test: max 72h). If, within the last 10 days, you have stayed in a high risk area or a virus variant area, you must always go home - or to another accommodation at your destination - immediately after arrival and segregate yourself Please see this link for quarantine duration, obligations for different risk areas and possibilities to end the quarantine obligation early. To provide any documents go to https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. When you are on your way to a doctor or a test station you are officially allowed to leave your apartment (however, this is the only reason you may leave your apartment).
Important: After a stay in a virus variant area the quarantine lasts 14 days and an early termination of the Proof of vaccination and convalescence can replace a negative test and exempt from the entry quarantine for high risk areas. This does not apply in the case of prior stay in a virus variant area. If proof of convalescence or vaccination is provided prior to entry, quarantine is not required (applies for high risk areas).
If you are in quarantine and it is decided your country of arrival is no longer a (normal) risk area you are no longer obligated to stay in quarantine. If you are in quarantine and it is decided your country of arrival is no longer a virus variant or high incidence area, the accordant requirements of the new category apply.
9. What rules apply for persons who were fully vaccinated or recovered from Corona?
- Proof of vaccination and convalescence can replace a negative test result. If you have proof of vaccination / convalescence you might be able to be exempted from the quarantine obligation (applies only for high risk areas). Details see here: You can always submit the documents under https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. This does not apply in the case of a previous stay in a virus variant area.
10. Where can I find additional information?
Where can I find additional information (e.g. on regulations regarding shopping etc.)?
- Visit the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's coronavirus FAQ:
- Visit the website of the Federal State “Baden-Württemberg”, in which Karlsruhe is located:
- Visit the website of the German Federal Health Ministry:
- Visit the website of the Robert Koch Institute:
- Find more information on Food Delivery Services
11. What else do I need to know?
Please be aware that the number of people / number of households that are allowed to meet changes on a regular basis. Current limitations can be found on the website of the State of Baden-Württemberg.
Please note that contents are subject to change.
- For general information regarding studying in times of Covid-19, please view the KIT FAQ information page.
- With concrete questions regarding the Carl Benz School that are not answered above, please contact Ms. Ariane van Elst: ariane.vanelst∂kit.edu.
- For more information regarding your accommodation at the Carl Benz School, please view the Corona Virus FAQ regarding on-campus housing by the International Department of the KIT.