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Last update: 05 January 2022

 

If you intend to visit the BSBI campus, for classes or administrative purposes, then you must adhere to the rules outlined in BSBI’s hygiene and protection policy. Failure to adhere to the COVID-19 regulations on the campus will result in being asked to leave the campus.

In line with the regulations set out by the Berlin Senate, BSBI operates on the 2G model – Geimpft oder Genesen (English translation: vaccinated or recovered). This means that to access the BSBI campus students must present one of the following:

  • proof of full vaccination (both vaccination doses + 14 days) with an EU-approved vaccination
  • proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the past six months.

Failure to show one of these two options means the person will not be allowed to enter the campus for any reason. Unfortunately, we can no longer accept negative Covid-19 tests.

The following rules also apply on the BSBI campus:

  • The BSBI campus is open to students and the public, in compliance with the applicable hygiene and spacing requirements.
  • BSBI teaches in a hybrid mode with a mixture of face-to-face and online teaching, so some classes will be taught on campus, others online. Students still abroad will be able to continue learning online, students present in Germany must attend campus classes whenever scheduled.
  • For test and trace purposes, when arriving on campus all students must sign in at reception providing their Student ID number, a contact telephone number, and the arrival and departure times. This documentation must be keep for four weeks then destroyed.
  • It is compulsory to wear a medical mask (surgical or FFP2) at all times when on the campus, the only exception is for staff seated at their desks not speaking with students.

COVID-19 regulations in Berlin

Below is a short overview of some of the key measures you need to be informed of.

For a full overview of all of the most up-to-date regulations you need to follow in Berlin to keep yourself and others safe, please refer to https://www.berlin.de/corona/massnahmen/verordnung/

2G - Geimpft oder Genesen (English translation: vaccinated or recovered)

The city of Berlin operates on a 2G model. 2G means that only persons who can present proof of full vaccination (two doses of any accepted vaccination + 14 days) or proof of recovery from Covid-19 (PCR test needed as proof that of recovery at least 28 days and not more than six months previously) can access services across the city.

Thos services include restaurants, bars, clubs, cinemas, fitness studios, hairdressers, beauty salons, leisure facilities, and cultural institutions such as museums and galleries. 

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated or recovered Covid-19 in the past six will not be able to access these services. Proof of a negative Covid-19 test is no longer accepted. The only exception to this is for children under 18 years of age and people who have a medical certificate stating they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.

3G – Geimpft, Genesen, oder Getestet (English translation: vaccinated, recovered, or tested)

The 3G model is in effect on all public transportation in Berlin and on long-distance trains across Germany. This means that in order to access these services visitors must show one of the following:

  • proof of full vaccination (two doses of any accepted vaccination + 14 days)
  • proof of recovery from Covid-19 (PCR test needed as proof that of recovery at least 28 days and not more than six months previously)
  • a negative Covid-19 test no older than 48 hours

Masks

  • An FFP2 mask without a valve must be worn at all times on public transportation, in train stations and airport, as well as in medical practices, hospitals and care homes.
  • A medical mask (surgical or FFP2) must be worn in supermarkets, shops, restaurants, bars, educational institutes, offices, museums, galleries, and sporting facilities.
  • Fabric masks are not allowed anywhere.

Vaccinations

The following are the only EU-approved vaccinations and there the only vaccinated accepted for the 2G model:

  • Moderna
  • BionNtech/Pfizer
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Johnson & Johnson

To check if your vaccination is accepted in Germany, please refer to the Paul Ehrlich Institute website and the European Medicines Agency’s website.

Please note that any vaccinate not listed on the PEI or EMA websites is not confirmed as accepted in Germany.

Getting a Covid-19 vaccination in Berlin

It is possible to get first, second, and booster vaccination shots in Berlin. Note to be eligible for a booster shot, your second vaccination must three months ago or longer.

If you are interested in getting a vaccination while you are in Berlin, please refer to Berlin Senate’s website for vaccination centers or the doctolib website which will direct you to medical practices offering vaccination appointments.

Travel & quarantine regulations (from abroad to Germany)

  • Anyone arriving in Berlin from a location on the Robert Koch Institute’s risk area list must fill in an online Passenger Locator Form prior to departure. Proof of this will be required to board the aircraft.
  • All travellers must present to German border control proof of a negative COVID-19 test (no older than 48 hours at the time of arrival) or proof of full vaccination (with an accepted vaccination + 14 days)
  • New arrivals from virus variant areas must be quarantined for 14 days after entry, there is no possibility to end quarantine early.
  • New arrivals from high-incidence risk areas must self-quarantine for 10 days after entry.
  • If travellers from high-risk areas can upload proof of a fully vaccinated status in the online Passenger Locator Form, filled in prior to their departure to Germany, this can be used to waive the 10-day quarantine obligation. Note, quarantining for 10 days is still highly advisable.
  • If passengers are travelling from a country not on the Robert Koch Institute’s risk area list then no travel or quarantine measures apply.

Yes! In fact, we hope to welcome you to our Berlin campus very soon.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption to the way we live our daily lives, the situation in Germany is improving and has been handled positively. In 2020, the German economy only fell by 5% in comparison to the UK’s economy which fell by 10%. In addition, the country has also started vaccinating its population which will hopefully bring an end to COVID-19 measures soon.

BSBI also takes various measures to make sure Campus, Staff and Students are safe while being on BSBI campus. Following measures are taken in consideration in line with Government rules and regulations:

For students/visitors:

  •  From Monday 19th April 2021, students must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test when visiting the BSBI campus.
  •  When visiting us on campus, you’ll need to present a rapid test taken at one of Berlin’s many free testing centres within the last 24 hours or a PCR test taken in the last 72 hours.
  •  BSBI is also offering emergency self-tests that you can take on the campus to be granted entry,. This will cost €5 and need to be taken in front of a member of staff. This will be done in a separate cubicle for privacy but fully supervised by a staff member.
  •  Sign in and Sign out registration process at reception to make sure all visitors can be contacted in case of any alarm on infection.
  •  Mandatory of medical masks for anyone visiting campus.
  • For any questions, please contact Campus team.

For Staff:

  •  Quick tests for detecting the Covid-19 infection for BSBI Staff members – from 31 March 2021 BSBI will provide their staff with two quick tests for the detection of any Covid-19 infection.
  • FFP2 masks are provided to all BSBI Staff and are required to be worn in all enclosed spaces.
  • Offices are occupied at a maximum of 50% capacity only.
  •  Use of Acrylic shield protector at each desk where students encounter with staff on regular basis.
  • Sanitizers all around campus and regular sanitizing of campus at end of each day.
  • Mandatory of medical masks for anyone visiting campus.

If you are studying at our university and have tested positive for Covid-19, please take the following measures immediately:

  1. Inform the authorities 
    If you have not already, first inform your local health authority of your positive test result. Which health authority you need to contact depends on where you live. To find the right contact details quickly, use the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) database available here at tools.rki.de/PLZTool/
  2.  Inform BSBI
    Please inform BSBI by emailing by to our crisis management team at corona@berlinsbi.com. This information is treated with the utmost confidentiality. Reporting to us is important to ensure that we contact and trace any persons you may have come into contact with on the campus. We have to guarantee this traceability in order to be able to offer teaching and meetings in presence.
  3. We contact and trace 
    In consultation with the crisis management team, BSBI will take the next steps and first inform the respective group of your degree programme about a Covid 19 case - without mentioning your name, of course. In order to prevent Covid-19 from spreading throughout BSBI, the affected group must not enter the university premises for 14 days.
  4. Quarantine and get well 
    Please make sure you follow the instructions of your local health authority. This also applies to quarantine. Please stay at home and get well again! We are fully able to assist your online with your learning and administrative needs. We ask that you do not visit the campus until you have fully recovered.

If you have any questions related to COVID-19, please contact us by e-mail at corona@berlinsbi.com or studentservices@berlinsbi.com

Covid-19: What do I do if I think I might be infected?

If are displaying symptoms and think you may potentially have become infected with COVID-19, please follow the steps below

  1. Call your doctor
    Call your doctor and inform them of your symptoms. Either your doctor will offer you a test or they will inform you which testing centre you should call to arrange an appointment. If your doctor refers you to a testing centre, contact them and book an appointment. They may request you send them a copy of your health insurance card. They will give you an address, date and time for a corona virus test. Please do not go to a testing center or your doctor without an appointment.
  2. Inform BSBI
    Please inform BSBI by emailing by to our crisis management team at corona@berlinsbi.com.This information is treated with the utmost confidentiality. Reporting to us is important to ensure that we contact and trace any persons you may have come into contact with on the campus. We have to guarantee this traceability in order to be able to offer teaching and meetings in presence.
  3. Get tested 
    The test centre or your doctor will take a throat and/or nose swab to test for corona virus. This lasts only a few seconds. They will give you a piece of paper with a QR code you can scan in the Corona Warn app to receive your results. You must self- isolate at home until your receive your results.
  4. Report your result 
    Results are typically made available within 24 – 48 hours. If your result is negative, you will be notified via the Corona-Warn app, as long as you have scanned the QR code you were given. If you test is positive, please follow the steps outlined above in „Covid-19: What do I do in case of infection?“.

If you have any questions related to COVID-19, please contact us by e-mail at corona@berlinsbi.com or studentservices@berlinsbi.com

 

Click below to read about our Protection and Hygiene Concept

Travel to Berlin from abroad

From 8th of November all travellers arriving in Berlin from a location on the Robert Koch Institute’s risk area list must:

1. Inform their local health authority (Gesundheitsamt) of their arrival

2. Quarantine for 10 days minimum

You can request a COVID-19 test from the fifth day of your quarantine. If the test result is negative, their quarantine ends.

To request a test, you will need to contact your local health authority again.

 

Travel within Germany

• All but non-essential travel is advised against, this includes for touristic purposes.

• Ban on overnight stays for tourists: Hotels and accommodation providers are not allowed to offer overnight stays to tourists, both domestic and international.

‘Corona Warning’ app launched

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s public health institute, has launched the Corona Warning app for Germany. The app will help the country in the fight against COVID-19, much like social distancing, hygiene measures and face masks. The aim is to quickly track and break through potential infection chains. 

How does the app work?

The app remembers your encounters with others and sends you a notification when you have had contact with anyone who is infected. However, at no time does it collect information on the identity of its users. User privacy is absolutely protected - who you are and where you are remains anonymous.

Download the app

Travel updates

The EU has named 14 countries whose citizens will be permitted to travel to the EU from Wednesday 1 July - these include: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

China may be added to this list, but this is dependent on confirmation of reciprocity. This list of ‘safe’ countries will be reviewed and updated every two weeks by the German government.

Travel within EU member states and Schengen countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway* and Switzerland) as well as to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City is possible.

All non-essential travel to/from a non-EU country is strongly advised against until Monday 31 August 2020. For anyone who must travel prior to this date, it is highly likely that there will be quarantine measures you must adhere to upon arrival at your destination. BSBI strongly recommends that you check with both the Foreign Ministry of Germany and your country of destination/departure before booking any travel.

BSBI is fully operational and able to service students both in their home country and in Germany. You can join any of our three 2021 intakes: February, May, and October.

BSBI recognises that many countries have been impacted by lockdowns and restricted services to prevent the spread of the virus. This might mean you will not be able to obtain your visa or to fly to Germany. As such, our hybrid learning plan offers students the chance to start their studies online and fly to Germany at a later date once they have obtained their visa.

Alternatively, we offer all students the option to defer to a later intake if they are unable to obtain a visa due to the crisis.

BSBI is still encouraging prospective students to apply to courses as seats numbers are limited for the upcoming intakes. We have several measures in place including intake deferrals and the possibility to start the intake online with our live webinars and academic content. Once the borders are open again we will deliver face-to-face classes as usual.

BSBI regularly updates all students about COVID-19 measures on both the BSBI campus and in berlin via email and via our website to ensure everyone is aware of the actions we are taking. You can visit our website to keep up to date: https://www.berlinsbi.com/information-on-coronavirus-for-students/

BSBI trains its consultants and commercial partners in such as way that we always recommend you communicate with them first. In case further information is needed please contact info@berlinsbi.com.