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Corona Virus – Relevant information (as of September 16, 2020) for all scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics

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Regulations from the German government:

Mandatory Covid 19-test for returning travellers from risk areas starting Saturday, August 8, 2020:

If you are travelling to Germany and have previously stayed in a country that the Robert Koch Institute classifies as one of the risk areas, you are obligated to be tested for Covid-19. Returning travellers from countries that do not count as a risk area can be tested as well. In that case the test is only free of charge if it happens within 72 hours after arrival. If you are travelling by air you have the option to be tested in the established test centers at the airport. If you are traveling by land, you can go to other test centers and medical practices.

Please note that a free test outside the airports is only possible in medical practices which have previously joined to the framework contract.

You can get further informations at the homepage from the city of Bonn:

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact

This instigation is valid until September 15, 2020.

From September 15, 2020 tests will no longer be free of charge for those arriving from non-risk areas.

Covid-19 travel warning extended until September 30, 2020.

Expected regulations from October 1, 2020:

In the future, there will be a 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers from risk areas. A shortening of the quarantine is possible with a negative corona test result. The test can be carried out at the earliest five days after entry and it will likely not be mandatory anymore to get tested.

You can find answers to FAQs in English here.

New information regarding Covid-19-regulations are updated on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and on the website of the German Ministry of Health.

Regulations from the Max Planck Society:

  • Every confirmed case of Covid-19 has to be reported to or 0228-402-273. Please also inform us if you have suspicious symptoms, so that we can quickly trace your contacts.
  • There can be no lectures or seminars running live at MPIM.

Recommendations from us and the Max Planck Society:

  • Work from your home office as much as possible, keep your visits to MPIM brief,
  • if you enter the institute, please disinfect your hands immediately at the dispensers on the ground floor next to the elevator or at the reception desk
  • do not stay in a small office (or one without windows) with multiple people,
  • participate in virtual meetings and seminars,
  • avoid professional travel,
  • wash and disinfect your hands regularly
  • keep at least a 1.5m distance,
  • ventilate the rooms regularly.

If you meet in person, we strongly encourage you to meet outside. In case you meet for a brief discussion at the institute, wear masks and meet in a wide and well-ventilated area, such as the blackboards in the tea area.

We all hope that normal life (at MPIM and elsewhere) can resume soon.

Gerd Faltings, Peter Scholze and Peter Teichner


Further information from our staff:

  • The reception and IT at MPIM will be staffed as usual.
  • The library is open and staffed Wednesdays. Please disinfect your hands when entering and leaving the library.
  • Our staff will work mostly from home but will be still available by e-mail and for urgent questions in person at MPIM on Wednesdays.
  • The daily tea will not take place until further notice.

We ask you to make responsible decisions for you and other people to help slow down the infection rate. We wish you good health and a positive mindset. We thank you for your understanding and will keep you updated about the situation. For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail.


Information for invited guests

You are still welcome to start your research stay at the institute as planned, but please be aware that you have to be in quarantine in your apartment for two weeks, if you arrive from outside the EU.

Unfortunately, we cannot postpone your visit, since our office space is already fully booked. However, you can shorten your visit if needed. You can also choose the option to reapply through our online application system (no new recommendation letters are needed in this case).

If you have already booked an accommodation and you plan to cancel your stay, please contact the landlord immediately to cancel the rental contract (to avoid costs) and try to find a solution for both sides.

If you have not yet booked a flight or accommodation, please wait before doing so and book only at short notice. We do not know how the situation will change and can only recommend not to book anything yet. If you have booked your flight already, check this link to rebook or cancel for free.

Please be so kind and inform us about your plans by e-mail.


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