Courses and Conferences

EMBL Courses and Conferences are a major European platform for sharing and expanding research, knowledge and contacts through face-to-face and virtual interaction

FAQs: Corona and COVID-19 information for on-site events at EMBL Heidelberg

Do I need still to bring anything with me on the first day to access the event?
  • In short – no! There is no longer any requirement to prove that you are vaccinated or to show any negative Covid-19 test certification.
  • You may wish to bring masks and a supply of self-tests.
Do I need to show a negative test on arrival for the event?

No – proof of a negative test is no longer required on entry to courses or conferences. It is however recommended that you self-test before travelling to Heidelberg. If you’d like to self-test occasionally during your stay, especially if you have symptoms that could be Covid-19 or think you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, test kits are available on request.

Do I need to wear a mask anywhere onsite?

Masks are no longer mandatory anywhere at EMBL. You may still choose to wear a mask of course.

Do I need to register to enter Germany from another country?

Not any longer, no. Throughout the pandemic Germany required anyone arriving from an ‘area with variants of concern’ or with ’emerging variants of concern’ to register when travelling here. Since February 2023, nowhere has been considered to be such an area by Germany. The list of such risk areas, should new ones arise, is on the Robert Koch Institute website.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 during my stay in Heidelberg for a course or conference?

If you test positive whilst your course or conference is still running, you must withdraw from the event and cannot return unless you subsequently test negative. The EMBL Course and Conference Office team can help and advise you on everything from the current regulations in Germany to accessing medical advice and further tests if needed. There is no requirement to quarantine in Germany any longer if you test positive.

Are there still any local Covid-19 restrictions to be aware of in Germany (e.g. masks on public transport, visits to medical institutions)?

Since April 2023, masks are no longer legally required anywhere, however in some medical institutions or practices you may still be asked to wear one.

Where can I find more information?

Information on the COVID measures and travel restrictions in place in European countries can be found on the following websites: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/coronavirus/2317268 and https://reopen.europa.eu/en. These websites also contain information on what personal information and documents you will need to have with you to travel.