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General contact

Phone: +49 (0) 351 260-2821
Fax:     +49 (0) 351 260-2700

Building 613, Room 138

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Language courses

Phone: +49 (0) 351 260-3029
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International Office

The International Office advises and supports visiting scientists and researchers from abroad as well as international users of our research facilities - together with their families- in planning and organizing their stay in Dresden.

We want to be your central contact point for any and all questions you may have regarding your stay at the HZDR.

Our services include:

  • Assisting international guests with formalities that need to be completed upon arrival, including information about the current regulations on traveling to Germany
  • Providing general information about procedures with public authorities
  • Assistance in searching for a suitable accommodation
  • Offering families support in finding a place in a daycare or school
  • Organizing and providing information about suitable leisure and recreational activities
  • Organizing the international Summer Student Program
  • For detailed information, please see our welcome guide.

General information about the current Pandemic situation and the local ruling:

Arriving from a risk area: all people entering the country from a risk area have to register before starting the trip under or fill out this form at arrival.

Official Corona sites: Information about the new regulations in Saxony and in Dresden

Further information:

Travel regulations for people arriving from risk areas

Rules and recommendations on behavior

Dealing with symptoms of colds in children

RKI-Risk areas

Information on the coronavirus from the national government

Together against Corona


Corona pandemic - New general ruling in Dresden:

Saxony remains in lockdown. The stay at home restrictions are extended until the 7th March 2021.

New regulation: surgical masks or mouth-nose coverings with the standards KN95/N95 or FFP2 must be worn in public transport and stores

Restrictions on leaving the house:

You may not leave your own home without good reason. This includes among other things:

  • To avoid danger to life, limb and property
  • Way to work, day nursery, school, doctor
  • Purchase of escential things
  • Visiting spouses and life partners, the needy and sick, and persons with rights of care and access
  • Accompanying the dying and funerals
  • Outdoor sports and exercise
  • Visit of the own or leased allotment garden or plot of land
  • Supply of animals

Please note:

  • Be aware to stay within a 15 km/radius from your home, when shopping, using essential services or practicing outdoor sports and exercise.
  • Night curfew from 22:00 until 6:00

Duty to wear masks

  • In designated areas of the down town
  • In public transport (bus, train, taxi, etc.)
  • In work and business premises except at the immediate workplace, provided that the minimum distance of 1.5 meters can
     be maintained there
  • In supermarkets and shops as well as on car parks in front of them
  • In doctors' practices and clinics (except in the treatment room and for in-patients in their rooms)
  • Visiting community and homeless shelters, prisons, homes, day-care centers
  • Spaces open to the public with regular public access (e.g. shopping centers, banks, religious buildings)
  • In front of and inside school buildings and on the school premises (exceptions: if the minimum distance is observed; primary school and after-school care; in lower secondary education [below incidence value 200]; when eating and drinking)
  • When staying at bus stops and railway stations
  • In pedestrian zones marked with appropriate traffic signs
  • Areas dedicated to sport and games (exception for children under ten)
  • At weekly markets and at external sales stands (6 to 24 hrs.)


  • For movement without stopping with means of transport
  • For children under six years
  • During sports activities

Infringements are subject to a fine of up to 60 euros.

Contact restrictions

  • The restrictions for private gatherings will be further tightened from 11 January 2021 : People of one household may only meet one other person.
  • Avoid all non-essential contacts and non-essential private, tourist and professional travel.
  • Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people


  • Using the Corona Warning App
  • Regular ventilation in closed rooms

Schools and day-care centres

  • Primary schools and day-care centres in Saxony reopen on 15th February.
  • Secondary schools remain in homeschooling.
  • Graduating classes of all school types and pre-graduating classes went back to school in divided classes on 18th January.
  • School holidays: The first week of February is a winter holiday week.
    The second week of the winter holidays will be moved to the Holy Week before Easter (first week of April).

Ban on alcohol

No sale or consum of alcoholic drinks in outdoor places in the whole city.

What is still open

- Grocery and daily consumer goods sales
- Beverage trade
- Pet supplies
- Wholesale and wholesale markets
- Post and postal services
- Drugstores and pharmacies
- Banks and financial institutions
- Petrol stations

Source: MDR-Sachsen

Information from Dresden Welcome Center and Immigration Office

Due to the precautions to protect the health of employees and visitors, it is only possible to visit these offices with an appointment. Spontaneous visits are not possible.

Appointments with less priority (e.g. picking up residence permit extension, application for permanent residence, change of residence type) will be canceled.

The extensions of your already ordered residence permit will be sent out via post. Please make sure your mailbox is labelled and you are registered at your proper address. (Please acknowledge the delivery by sending the attached letter back.)

Contact information - Welcome Center: 0351/488 6051 -

In urgent cases you can contact the immigration office at the hotline 0351-488 6009.

(Mon./Wed./Fri. from 9:00 to 12:00 - Tue./Thu. from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00)

These regulations also apply to the citizens offices. Requests can only be made in the nearest citizens' office by appointment. Please call the respective office or the hotline 0351 488 - 6070.

Note: the current situation is dynamic. Please inform yourself about new regulations under the links given below.


Good to know: Dr. Jörg Grenzer represents all international colleagues in our work commitee since summer 2019.