Provisions and assistance for Chinese students, doctoral students and visiting scholars in connection to the coronavirus

The International Department feels with the students, doctoral students and visiting scholars from China who are concerned about the well-being of their family members and friends. We are aware that this is not an easy time for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us, should problems or questions arise:

Ms Ulrike Spangenberg
Incoming Students
Phone: (030) 2093-46712

Ms Nina Gerland
Visiting scholars/doctoral student from abroad
Phone: (030) 2093-20094

Temporary special regulations for Chinese visiting scholars on short-term stays from the Berlin Immigration Office (Landesamt für Einwanderung, LEA)

Normally, visitor’s visas, so-called C-Visas, are generally valid for 90 days and cannot be extended. Due to the critical situation in China, there are currently exemptions to this regulation. All corresponding visas (irrespective of the Chinese home province) can be extended to 180 days if necessary. The applicants should, however, have sufficient health insurance coverage and be able to show supporting documents of the coverage. Additionally, documents which can prove sufficient financial means for the cost of living are helpful.

The Business Immigration Service II is responsible (as of 1 February 2020) for the extension of these visas. They are located in the House of the MDK (ground floor) in Lise-Meitner-Straße 1-2, 10589 Berlin. Personal visits will take place without appointments using a queue number system.

Opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
08:00 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 15:00
Wednesday and Friday
08:00 – 12:00

In addition, students and doctoral students who want to go to China in the framework of an exchange programme can contact the International Department:

Ms Katharina König
Outgoing Students/Doctoral Students
Phone: (030) 2093-46708

Further information and regulations for official travel (Dienstreiseregelungen) can be found online (in German only):

No authorisation of official travel to the People’s Republic of China

The university leadership has communicated that no official travel by HU staff members to the People’s Republic of China will be authorised until further notice. Justified exemptions are permitted. Additionally, the university leadership refers to the partial travel warning and safety instructions from the Federal Foreign Office.  

In general, transit flights and stopover options in the People’s Republic of China are not advised, as many countries have tightened their entry requirements, and even short stays in the People’s Republic of China can lead to measures regarding quarantine and/or entry bans in other countries.

For questions regarding authorisation of official travel by HU staff members, please contact:

Ms Britta Baron
Director of the International Department
Phone: (030) 2093-20080


enlightened  If you suspect you have been infected with the virus, please follow the advice provided by the Senate department for health, care and equality. Please contact the Berlin Senate hotline (030) 9028-28 28 between 8:00-20:00 or the medical emergency number 116 117 between 20:00-8:00.

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