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
Corona pandemic - New general ruling in Dresden:
Saxony´s regulations of protection regarding the corona pandemic valid from 22 November 2021
They are based not only on the incidence figures of the Robert Koch Institute but also on hospital bed occupancy by Covid 19 patients in Saxony.
Duty to wear masks and 3G for buses and trains
From 24 November only recovered, vaccinated and/or tested persons are allowed to use buses and trains. Non-vaccinated or recovered passengers must carry proof of a negative Corona rapid test with them when using these means of transport. Children up to the age of 6 and schoolchildren are exempt from the regulation, as they are regularly tested in schools.
A FFP2 nasal-mouth protection should be worn in public transport (bus, train, taxi, etc.)
Children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 14, as well as students who are regularly tested at school, must wear at least one medical mask.
A nasal-mouth protection with the standards KN95/N95 or FFP2 must be worn wherever people come together, especially
- 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.
- Reduce contacts with people outside your home to the absolute minimum necessary.
- Keep the number of permissible contacts as constant and small as possible.
- Meetings and celebrations with a maximum of one other person of another household. Children under 16 years of age as well as vaccinated and recovered persons do not count.
- Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people.
- Use a nasal-moth protection in public areasmo
- Wash your hands regularily
- Avoid hand-face contac
- Use the Corona Warning App
- Regular ventilation in closed rooms
Attention! Hotspot rules: Curfew with exceptions
Due to the high-incidence during the last weeks, the so-called hotspot rule currently applies to Dresden. A nightly curfew applies between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.. Leaving the accommodation during that time is only allowed for valid reasons.
The curfew does not apply to vaccinated and recovered persons.
The regulation ceases to apply if the incidence falls below 1,000 for three consecutive days.
Exceptions to leaving the home during the curfew
- To avoid danger to life, limb and property
- Way to work, day nursery, school, doctor
- Visiting spouses and life partners, the needy and sick, and persons with rights of care and access
- Supply of animals
Workplace 3G regulations
Employers and employees must carry proof of vaccination and recovery or a current certificate of a negative corona test when entering the workplace.
Employers must monitor whether employees are complying with this requirement and document these checks.
Home office obligation
In the case of office work or comparable activities, the employer must offer the employees the opportunity to carry out these activities in their homes if there are no compelling operational reasons to the contrary. The employees must accept this offer if there are no reasons to the contrary.
Employees are required to offer rapid antigen testing or self-testing in their establishments at least twice a week for all workers in attendance.
Please use the offer of the HZDR and ask for a corona rapid test in the secretary of your institute.
All employees, who have been absent for at least five consecutive working days due to vacations and comparable leaves of absence from duty or work, have to make a corona test before returning to their working place.
You can also make a rapid test for free in many test centers and drugstores in the city.
Duty to inform in case of positive corona test
With the new regulation, Corona-positive individuals must also inform their families and contacts of their test result themselves. They, in turn, are also required to quarantine themselves independently and they should take a PCR test.
- in case of positive test
- in case of direct contact with positive case
- in case of suspected own infection
Rules to enter a retail store and restaurants
- Access for customers only with proof of vaccination or recovery (2G)
- Compliance with contact restrictions and distance rules
- Mask requirement
Exceptions to the rule are stores for daily needs
Sources of information
Information from Dresden Welcome Center and Immigration Office
In order to enter any public office, you should present a proof of vaccination, recovery or a valid antigen test (3G)
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 - email@example.com
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.