Visa

Passport with visa stamp
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Quarantine upon Entry

For travellers entering Germany after a stay in a country with an increased risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 of several days, a 14-day mandatory quarantine is ordered. This means that travellers entering Germany are obliged to "go straight to their home [...] immediately after entry". Upon arrival at the place of domestic quarantine, you are also obliged to report yourself to the local health authority. You will find further information in the press release of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

During the 14-day quarantine you are not allowed to leave your home, not even for a short time and not even for grocery shopping. You are also not allowed to receive visitors during this time.

Please get in touch with your supervisor, colleagues, friends or landlord to find out how to organize best your supply during the period of quarantine.

Alternatively, persons who (will) be living in the Federal State of Brandenburg or Berlin can present a medical certificate in German or English to the local health authority confirming that there are no indications of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This medical certificate must not be older than 48 hours when entering Germany. 

Of course, we will be happy to provide helpful hints.

Your Welcome Center Team

Brexit Information for British Citizens 

Since the United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020, British citizens will have to apply for some proof of their right of residency in order to reside in the territory of Germany. This concerns both British citizens who are already living in Germany and those who intend to stay here in future. There is a transition period in place until 31 December 2020 - up until then, the previous right of residence remains in force.

However, the future visa and / or residential regulations are currently unclear. We therefore strongly recommend British citizens to inform themselves regularlyon the possible impact on their residence and on their right to work / study in Germany, e.g. via the British Embassy in Berlin, the German Embassy in London or the local foreigners' registration offices in Potsdam or Berlin.

British citizens living in Berlin are asked to register online at the foreigners' registration office.


Have you received an invitation from the University of Potsdam or one of its extramural institutions, and would like to know whether you need a visa for your time in Germany, and, if so, which one?

For an initial overview, please check the information given below and the visa navigator of the Federal Foreign Office

If you have questions, we will be happy to provide you with individual information!