News - Corona Virus

Information on the Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Dear International Scholars,

We hereby inform you that ISS are closed due to the pandemic spread of the coronavirusThis means that we can only give advice online at the moment. We do our very best to answer your questions as soon as possible. We hope you understand that due to the current situation there might be delays.


Entering Germany

+ Even though the general travel restrictions were removed from October 1, 2020 onwards, unnecessary traveling and traveling for touristic reasons is still emphatically discouraged in many countries. Country-specific travel and safety guidelines remain in place.
Consequently, International Scholar Services (ISS) cannot guarantee successful entry to the federal territory of Germany. +
++ As of November 8, 2020, foreigners entering or returning from abroad who have stayed in a risk area within the last ten days before entering the country are obliged to enter a ten-day quarantine immediately after entry.
In addition, persons entering Germany must register before their arrival in Germany here and carry proof of registration with them on entry. After five days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. ++
++ As of January 31, 2021, anyone who has been in one of these regions (high incidence areas or areas of variant of concern) in the 10 days prior to entry is particularly obliged to carry proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate) confirming the absence of infection with the SARS- CoV-2 coronavirus upon entry.
Travelers from virus variant areas are prohibited from traveling. Carriers, e.g., airlines or railroads, are not allowed to transport persons from these countries to Germany.
Exceptions: Persons with residence and existing right of residence in Germany or persons who are only transferring in a transit area of a commercial airport. ++
We encourage all international scholars who are planning an imminent stay in Germany to consult the Federal Foreign Office or the German consular office of their place of current residence in order to assess their individual situation. 
Please note that citizens of visa-waiver countries could be equally affected by travel restrictions and denied entry into German federal territory.
As such, ISS discourages any attempt at unauthorized international travel.

This message is subject to modification, as soon as new regulations or information become available to ISS. (Status: February 2, 2021)

In any case, we kindly urge you to visit the website of the Federal Foreign Office for more details and other concerns:


Residence Permit: Application or Extension
To apply for or extend your residence permit you currently have the following options:
Booking an online appointment with the Berlin Immigration Office (LEA) under:
Going to the LEA during their opening hours on Thursdays (Please read on for more information on this option)
Consulting our team and submitting your complete application with ALL required documents via post mail to ISS. Our team will then be able to hand in your application for you.
Please note that from now on residence permits are issued as plastic cards only (eAT), which means that waiting times are rather lengthy as a result.
We encourage you to apply for a visa in your current country of residence, if possible, so that you do not have to wait for your residence permit before you can sign and start your work contract at Humboldt-Universität.

Immigration Office Update

As of September 30, 2020, the Berlin Immigration Office (LEA) has resumed offering the opportunity to book appointments online. Therefore, the possibility for online registrations is no longer available on their website.

If you have registered online on LEA’s website before September 30, 2020, please do not book another appointment! The LEA office will contact you as soon as possible and send you an appointment by email. Please also check the spam folder of your email account regularly, as their message might land there.

In case you have not registered online on their website prior to September 30, 2020, please book an appointment online or go to their office at Keplerstraße during opening hours on Thursdays from 9 am to 5 pm.

Kindly note that for health and hygiene precautionary measures, scheduling an appointment prior to a visit is highly encouraged.

In any case, we kindly urge you to visit LEA’s website for more details and other concerns you might have:


Information from HU regarding the coronavirus can be found here:


More detailed information regarding the coronavirus outbreak is also provided by the EURAXESS network:


Please don't hesitate to contact ISS by email if you have any further questions.

Stay healthy and all the best,
The International Scholar Services Team