International Office

Information about Corona for International Researchers

On this page you will find further information concerning the Corona Pandemic and your stay in Bochum.

Entry conditions

Information on current entry requirements, testing obligations, and quarantine times during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here:

Please find out which testing and/or quarantine regulations apply to you before entering Germany.


You will spend the period of home quarantine in your own accommodation. You may not leave your apartment/room without the permission of the Health Department. You may not receive visits from anyone who is not a member of your own household or allow anyone else into your home. Please clarify with your host department in which way they can support you during your quarantine period.

After your arrival in Germany, take the direct route to your accommodation.

For assistance with grocery shopping, you can contact the Bochum Volunteer Agency (English contact available):

  • +49 234 6105 77 80, Mo bis Fr von 10 bis 16 Uhr

The agency will arrange a volunteer to assist you with shopping. You have to pay for the shopping in advance, the service is free of charge. You can also search for local delivery service offers on the website of the city of Bochum.

Operations at RUB under Covid 19 conditions

Guest Houses

Please note that wearing a mouth-nose protection and keeping a distance of at least 1.5 m also applies when meeting with a janitor in our guest house.

You will have Internet access in the guest houses and will receive a login ID from your host institution. The Welcome Centre can provide you with a temporary login ID until your permanent ID is set up. Please go to to connect to the internet. You also have the option to log in using Eduroam. The Eduroam account is only available at your home institute. Before leaving, you should make sure that logging in from your laptop (or any other device you bring to Bochum) works without problems.

Other sources of information

Since many rules are set by the state governments, you should also regularly check the homepage of the state of NRW as well as the city of Bochum:

Last updated: May 2021

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