News - Corona Virus

Information on the Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Dear International Scholars,

We hereby inform you that due to the pandemic ISS can only give advice online at the moment. We do our very best to answer your questions as soon as possible. We are also happy to schedule a zoom appointment. Please note that the 3G rule applies to all HU buildings. 


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 some countries. Country-specific travel and safety guidelines remain in place.
Please check the website of the Federal Foreign Office for travel requirements. 
In addition, persons entering Germany from a risk area, high risk area or area of variants of concern must register before their arrival in Germany here and carry proof of registration with them on entry. 
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. 

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

Kindly note that for health and hygiene precautionary measures, scheduling an appointment prior to a visit is highly encouraged. The 3G rule applies. 

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