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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

Travel and quarantine regulations for people arriving from risk areas

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:

Information on the coronavirus from the national government

RKI-Information on Covid-19

RKI-Risk areas

Rules and recommendations on behavior

Dealing with symptoms of colds in children

Together against Corona


Corona pandemic - New general ruling in Dresden:

Saxony´s regulations of protection regarding the corona pandemic valid from 1 April 2021

Duty to wear masks

Surgical masks or mouth-nose coverings with the standards KN95/N95 or FFP2 should be worn

  • in public transport (bus, train, taxi, etc.), supermarkets, banks, in front of catering establishments during delivery and collection, education and training facilities, accomodation establischments

A nasal-mouth protection must be worn wherever people come together, especially

  • in pedestrian zones, areas for sports and games, weekly markets and outdoor sales stands, from 6 a.m. to midnight 
  • In work and business premises except at the immediate workplace, provided that the minimum distance of 1.5 meters can  be maintained there
  • In doctors' practices and clinics (except in the treatment room and for in-patients in their rooms)
  • Spaces open to the public with regular public access (e.g. shopping centers, religious buildings)
  • In front of and inside daycare and school buildings and on the school premises
  • When staying at bus stops and railway stations


  • 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

  • Meeting with another household with a total of no more than five people. Exceptions apply to families or neighbors who help each other with child care.
  • Avoid all non-essential contacts and non-essential private, tourist and professional travel.
  • Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people


Mandatory testing

Employees and self-employed persons with direct customer contact must be tested or have themselves tested twice a week instead of once a week as before. The tests must be provided by the employer. Otherwise, employers remain obliged to make an offer of free self-testing once a week to all employees who are present at the workplace.

Quarantine obligation

  • in case of positive test
  • in case of direct contact with positive case
  • in case of suspected own infection

Schools and day-care centres

  • Primary schools and day-care centres in Saxony are now open.
  • Anyone wishing to accompany their children into the Kita building must present a prove that they are not infected by means of a medical certificate or a test for the coronavirus.. The certificate must not be older than 3 days. This rule is no mandatory for persons accompanying the children to drop them off and pick them up on the outside grounds.
  • Restricted regular operation for all other grades in alternating model with group sizes of no more than 16 students.

  • School attendance will be tied to testing: Compulsory testing for pupils is extended to twice a week and also to primary school pupils. The rule for school staff remains at twice a week.
  • From grade 5 onwards, students must also wear a medical face mask or FFP2 mask in class.
  • Students, teachers, parents and all staff must wear one of the above masks while on school grounds and in the school building.
  • The mask requirement does not apply on the outside school grounds if a sufficient minimum distance of 1.5 meters is maintained.
  • School attendance requirement is waived: The children or young people can spend the learning time at home and are provided with learning tasks. However, full supervision of students by teachers, as in face-to-face classes, cannot be expected.

Restrictions on leaving the house

Basically, the exit restrictions are lifted.

If the seven-day incidence value of 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants is exceeded for three consecutive days, the exit restrictions will come again into force. 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
  • Night curfew from 22:00 until 6:00

What is now open

  • Grocery and daily consumer goods sales, beverage trade, wholesale and wholesale markets
  • Drugstores and pharmacies, pet supplies, bookstores
  • Car and bicycle repair shops, recycling centers
  • Banks and financial institutions, post and postal services
  • Dry cleaners and laundrettes
  • Hairdressers and chiropodists
  • DIY stores, florists
  • Textile and other shops only with previous appointment
  • Zoos, museums and galeries with previous appointment


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.

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.