The increasing number of cases of corona virus infections in Europe and the measures taken by European governments to prevent further spread of the disease have severe effects on mobility and business in the higher education landscape in Germany and Europe.
On 17 March, the German Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer announced that checks at the internal borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark are reintroduced as an additional measure to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Traveling from countries other than the EU-countries to Germany will only be allowed for persons with important reasons. This is valid for the next 30 days and also applies to international students. LINK
As a result, individual Scholarships for studying in Germany will not be available for the summer semester 2020. In view of the Corona crisis, many universities have temporarily suspended their teaching activities. New arrival dates for the winter semester should – where possible – be sought.
The support of scholarship holders who are unable to return to their home country due to travel restrictions will be extended. You will find further information here.
Scholarship holders of the In-Country/In-Region-Programmes will receive further information via E-Mail.
Alumni events in East Africa will not take place as scheduled. Organisers of these events will receive information via E-Mail.
German scholarship holders that are currently in the East African region will be contacted via E-Mail.
Information from DAAD
The Federal Foreign Office has issued a worldwide travel warning (only available in German) on 17 March 2020. Even return journeys for Germans abroad will be restricted severely or might even not be possible anymore from certain countries. Find more information about traveling to Germany here.
You find further information on the central website of DAAD.
Other sources of information:
- Information by the German Embassy in Nairobi about Visa processing
- information by the Ministry of Health (only in German)
- Information about the new corona virus by the Robert-Koch-Institut
- number of cases in Germany (only in German)
- Information of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on (nur in Englisch)
- Allgemein (14)