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:
Cancellation of appointments by the Immigration Office
The Foreigner’s Office Dresden will cancel all appointments with less priority (e.g. picking up residence permit extension, application for permanent residence, change of residence type).
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.)
Quarantine regulations: here you find the current regulations, when arriving from a risk area.
Corona pandemic - New general ruling in Dresden:
Saxony remains in lockdown. The stay at home restrictions are extended until the 14th February 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
- 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.
- 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
- Schools and day-care centres in Saxony will remain closed until the end of January.
- According to current plans, they will reopen on 8 February 2021. This also applies to vocational schools.
- For primary schools and day care groups, the fixed group model will apply from 8 February.
- All secondary schools are to be taught in the alternating model.
- Graduating classes of all school types and pre-graduating classes are to go back to school in divided classes as of 18 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
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.
Please write an e-Mail to email@example.com to schedule your appointment. Explain what you need and add the relevant documents in the attachment.
Contact information - Welcome Center: 0351/488 6051 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.