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Renting during COVID-19

May I move in?

a.      If I am NOT coming from a risk area and did NOT spend time in a risk area up to 14 days before my arrival:

Yes, you can move into your room immediately. Quarantine is not necessary in this case.

What “traveling from a risk area” means is described in more detail on the following website.

Please verify carefully, especially shortly before departure, if you are coming from a risk area as the list including the so-called risk areas might change on a daily basis:

https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html

(website is in German, see English archive at the bottom of the page).


b.      If I am coming from a risk area (see info above) or spent time in a risk area up to 14 days before my arrival:

If you present the residence administration with a valid negative coronavirus test result, you can move into your room immediately. A 10-day quarantine is mandatory in this case. You can end your quarantine period early, if you provide the administration with a negative coronavirus test result, carried out at least five days after your arrival.

Please note: the test must be carried out in a member state of the European Union or a country that is listed here: https://www.rki.de/covid-19-tests, by the Robert Koch Institute. If, when entering the country, you already have a negative test result, the test has to be conducted within 48 hours prior to entry for it to be valid. The test certificate must be written in German or English.

Information about acceptable types of tests can be found here: https://www.rki.de/covid-19-tests (English version at the bottom of the page).

Test centers are set up at Berlin airports, the Central Station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof) and at the Central Bus Station (ZOB), which can be used by those arriving from risk areas.

Until the test result is available, which according to media reports should be within 48 hours, you may have to move to a “quarantine-suitable accommodation”. With regard to the 2-day waiting period for the test result, quarantine is also possible at a hotel or an apartment. According to the local government of Berlin, campsites, youth hostels, and all other accommodations in which guests share amenities, are not suitable for quarantine.

Daily updated information for travellers to Berlin can be found on the following website https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus/current-information-for-travellers.html. The Robert Koch Institute can also be considered a good and reliable source.

Can I spend the quarantine at studierendenWERK residence?

The premises of studierendenWERK, which also include communal living areas, where the sanitary facilities and kitchens are shared with other residents, are not suitable for the quarantine.

To protect the residence administration staff and the other residents, we strongly recommend you to prepare yourself to stay at a hotel or an apartment which is suitable for self-isolation as long as you cannot provide your residence administration a negative test result. 

Further information about the quarantine regulations at the studierendenWERK can be found here: https://www.stw.berlin/en/housing/themen/quarantine-residences.html.

What should I do if I come from a risk area (see info above) or spend time in a risk area up to 14 days before my arrival:

For safety reasons, it is strongly recommended that you get yourself a valid test and to send your residence administration (whv.sh@stw.berlin) a copy of the test results per email.

-          If the test result is negative, follow the quarantine regulations described above for people coming from risk areas.

-          If the test result is positive, we recommend you to send the information to the residence administration per email, in order to reduce social contact and the risk of spreading the virus. In this case we ask you to follow the recommendations above for people who cannot provide a negative test result.

Please inform your residence administration about your delayed moving-in date.

We like to point out that you yourself are responsible for complying with the quarantine regulations.

Finally, please note that the rights and obligations, including the conditions of a cancelation (as described in our General Terms and Conditions), which come into effect with our receipt of the reservation fee from the student, will remain in force.

The costs for conducting a test might vary from place to place. Please verify in advance if your health insurance can cover these costs or whether you might have to pay them yourself. Make sure to bring enough money if needed.

May I move in?

1.a.       If I am NOT coming from a risk area and did NOT spend time in a risk area up to 14 days before my arrival:

yes, you can move into your room immediately. Quarantine is not necessary in this case.

What “traveling from a risk area” means is described in more detail on the following website.

Please verify carefully, shortly before traveling, if you are coming from a risk area as the list including the so-called risk areas might change on a daily basis:

 

https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html

(website is in German, see English archive at the bottom of the page).

 

1.b.         If I am coming from a risk area or spend time in a risk area up to 14 days before my arrival:

If you present the residence administration with a negative coronavirus test result, you can move into your room immediately. A 10-day quarantine is mandatory in this case. You can end your quarantine period early, if you provide the administration with a negative coronavirus test result, carried out at least five days after your arrival.

Please note: the test must be carried out in a member state of the European Union or a country that is listed here https://www.rki.de/covid-19-tests by the Robert Koch Institute. If, when entering the country, you already carry with you a test result, to be valid the test may not have been conducted more than 48 hours prior to entry. The test certificate must be written in German or English.

Information about acceptable types of tests can be found here: https://www.rki.de/covid-19-tests (English version at the bottom of the page).

Test centers are set up at Berlin airports, the Central Station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof) and at the Central Bus Station (ZOB), which can be used by those arriving from risk areas.

Until the test result is available, which according to media reports should be within 48 hours, you will have to move to a “quarantine-suitable accommodation”. With regard to the 2-day waiting period for the test result, quarantine is also possible at a hotel or an apartment. According to the local government of Berlin, campsites, youth hostels, and all other accommodations in which guests share amenities, are not suitable for quarantine.

Daily updated information for travellers to Berlin can be found on the following website https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus/current-information-for-travellers.html. The Robert Koch Institute can also be considered a good and reliable source.

 

Can I spend the quarantine in the dormitory of Studentendorf Schlachtensee?

Yes, but please note that you must stay in your room the entire quarantine period. Consult your flatmates to arrange a timetable for the use of the bathroom and the kitchen, so as to minimize contact and risk of spread. This is highly crucial to ensure the protection of the other residents as well as our staff.

If you should be placed in quarantine due to entry regulations, the residence administration needs this information before you move in.

We like to point out that you yourself are responsible for complying with the quarantine regulations.

The risk areas are defined by the Federal Government and published by the Robert Koch Institute: www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html.

To minimize the risk of transmission, you should make sure that you always follow the protective measures.

 

Here are the most important protective measures:

  • Keep a distance (at least two meters) from other people, especially if they cough or sneeze.
  • Sneeze / cough into a handkerchief. Then throw the handkerchief into the waste bin.
  • Sneeze / cough in the crook of your arm.
  • Wash your hands often and regularly with soap for about 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Avoid shaking hands or other physical contact when greeting other people.
  • Do not touch your face, especially mouth, eyes and nose.
  • Do not share used cups or bottles with other people.
  • Do not share objects such as dishes, towels or pens with other people.
  • Clean / disinfect frequently used objects.
  • Make sure that you wash your hands when you work, in a
  • educational institution, at home, after breaks and sports activities, after going to the toilet, after blowing your nose / sneezing / coughing and before preparing food.
  • Wearing a mask.

Do not underestimate the importance of hand hygiene.

If you develop symptoms, first contact a doctor by phone. The doctor will inform you about the further procedure before you see your doctor. If you go to the doctor without calling first, you risk infecting other people as well.

If you have any questions, you can also call the Corona Hotline each day from 8:00 - 20:00 at

+49 30 9028 2828.

Before you move to Berlin, we like to draw your attention to the local quarantine regulations in relation to the coronavirus pandemic and your residency.

Based on the current regulations (12.08.2020), we prepared information for you that you can find above by clicking on the various questions. Please read it carefully and note that the regulations might change within the following weeks. We reserve the right to make changes if necessary and strongly advise you to follow the most recent instructions of the relevant authorities especially shortly before your departure. The various links listed above might help you to do so.