As of May 13, 2021, new federal entry regulations will apply, replacing the quarantine regulations of the states and thus also the Corona Entry Regulation of North Rhine-Westphalia. Then, travelers entering North Rhine-Westphalia from a risk area by land, sea, or air will generally be subject to a ten-day domestic quarantine, but this can be lifted by submitting a negative test to the competent authority. Fully vaccinated and recovered persons are exempt from the quarantine requirement. A Corona rapid test is sufficient for testing. The classification of international risk areas is done by the Robert Koch Institute.
What applies to entry from a high incidence area?
After a stay in a high incidence area, free testing is only possible from the fifth day after entry. Federal regulations specify exceptions to this quarantine requirement - including for border commuters, family visits, and stays of less than 24 hours. Furthermore, entries from high-incidence areas are subject to the requirement to carry a current negative test. Only transients and transport personnel (for stays of less than 72 hours) are exempt from this requirement. Border commuters must be tested twice a week.
Where can I be tested?
All airports with tourist and scheduled flights from risk areas now have testing facilities. Testing can also be done at the more than 6,000 testing centers nationwide and other testing sites such as pharmacies or doctors.
Compulsory testing for persons entering Germany by air
Since March 30, 2021, there is a nationwide testing obligation for persons entering the Federal Republic by airplane, regardless of the areas from which the entry takes place. The test must meet the criteria of the Robert Koch Institute. The testing must be up to date, the following criteria apply:
in vitro tests (PoC rapid tests): for entries from risk and high incidence areas the test must not be older than 48 hours, for entries from virus variant areas not older than 24 hours.
Tests using nucleic acid detection (PCR tests): the test must not be older than 72 hours.
The negative test result must be submitted to the airline prior to departure. Fully vaccinated and recovered persons may alternatively deposit a proof of vaccination or recovery in the entry portal. This exemption does not apply to entries from virus variant areas.
What applies when returning from a virus variant area?
Stricter rules apply when returning from a virus variant area.
(Source: State portal of the state of NRW)
Further information can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute and on the state portal of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia or on the websites of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Home Affairs (BMI)
In the Infoportal TH OWL_Coronavirus, the TH OWL informs you about the current status of the coronavirus and the related impact on university operations.
Access to the premises of the university is only permitted to those persons who have properly checked in beforehand.
Due to the Corona pandemic, TH OWL is required to collect contact information from all persons present at the university: students, employees and guests. In the event of an infectious event, this data must be shared with public health authorities upon request to ensure traceability of infections.
TH OWL collects the data using its own tracing system, which can be used on various end devices (computer, tablet, smartphone). For this, however, the end devices must be configured beforehand. For employees, guests and students, participation in the data collection is mandatory.
Here you will find instructions for installing the Corona Tracing App for all devices and systems: https://www.th-owl.de/skim/dokumentation/screencast-corona-tracing/