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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 policyFailure 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, the following rules additional apply on the BSBI campus:

  • BSBI is open for administrative and research operations on the campus, in compliance with the applicable hygiene and spacing requirements.

  • The college is closed to the public. Only BSBI members (staff and students) are allowed on campus, preferably by appointment.
  • To visit the campus, students must present a negative rapid test taken at one of Berlin’s many free testing centres within the last 24 hours or a negative PCR test taken in the last 72 hours.

  •  BSBI will offer self-tests that students can take on the campus to be granted entry for emergencies. 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. The €5 fee is a subsidy so that you cover part of the direct cost of the test and BSBI will personally cover the rest of the cost for the student.
  • 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 at all times when on the campus, the only exception is for staff seated at their desks not speaking with students.
  • Class will be held online. Exceptions are:
    1. Mandatory classes that cannot be carried out digitally, such as laboratory or workshop internships, practical sports exercises or artistic lessons at art and music colleges as well as practical lessons in medical-clinical courses.

    2. Presence (face-to-face) teaching for introducing new students / freshmen and international students who are starting their studies in Berlin for the first time.

  • In these exceptional cases, the maximum number of participants of 25 students should not be exceeded.

COVID-19 regulations in Berlin

The Berlin Senate, in coordination with the German government has extended the lockdown until 9th May 2021 and has introduced some new measures to combat rising COVID-19 cases numbers.

The German federal government enacted changed to the infection protection law 

(Infektionsschutzgesetz) which now means that any state in the Federal Republic of Germany must enforce the COVID emergency break if incidence numbers exceed 100 cases per 100,000 people. 

This is the case for Berlin therefore the emergency is being enforced 

In order to control the spread of the virus, every person needs to reduce their contact with members outside of their own household to an absolute minimum.

Here is an overview of the most up-to-date regulations you need to follow in Berlin to keep yourself and others safe.

General Social Distancing and Masks

  • The only acceptable face mask is the FFP2 mask. Fabric masks, scarves, and even surgical masks are no longer acceptable on public transport and in indoor spaces.

  •  Keep social distancing of at least 1.5 metres from anyone outside your own household, and practice basic hygiene like hand washing.

  •  Wearing an FFP2 mask is compulsory in all enclosed spaces. This includes shops, on public transport and in taxis, in schools, in offices, in medical practices, retail outlets, salons, and cultural institutions.

Socialising

  • Nobody is allowed to leave their own apartment or property between 10pm and 5pm, exceptions apply travel to/from to work. Jogging or a walk alone are permitted until midnight.
  •  In private and public spaces, only one household may meet with a maximum of one other person. Note children up to 14 years of age are exempt.

     • Outdoors, a maximum of five people from two households can meet during the day.

  • Everyone is urged to avoid all non-essential contact with people outside of their own household.
  •  People should only leave their homes for important reasons: for shopping, visits to the authorities, visits to the doctor, caring for relatives, walking the dog, religious services, or doing sports.
  • Commercial events are capped at 20 attendees indoors and 50 people outdoors.

  • Masks have to be worn at open-air events attended by 20 people or more

  • At any event in an enclosed space with more than five people, all participants must present a negative corona test

Workplace

  • Employers must offer their employees who work in the office at least twice a week the opportunity to take a free weekly corona test. Employees who have physical contact with customers or other third parties are obliged to take advantage of this offer twice a week. Referrals to Berlin’s free rapid testing centre do not count.

  •  Employers must allow office workers to work from home and occupancy of offices may not exceed 50%.

  •  Those who continue work in an office or administrative building, wearing a medical mask is compulsory at all times, except when sitting at your desk.

  •  If social distancing cannot be maintained all staff must wear a medical mask and companies must provide masks in this circumstance.

  •  Offices must be regularly ventilated (windows opened)

 Shopping and retail

  • FFP2 face masks must be worn at all times in any retail premises and in their car parks and/or outdoor spaces.

  • Supermarkets, food markets, pharmacies, medical supply stores and drug stores, hearing aid acousticians, opticians, book shops, petrol stations, mechanics, bicycle workshops, pet food shops, post offices, banks, florists, garden centres and hardware stores are open.

  • If the incidence rate is between 100 149 per 100,000 people, non-essential shops are only allowed to open to customers who present a negative Corona test and have booked an appointment.
  • If the incidence rate climbs to 150+ per 100,00 cases, non-essential shops must close and could then only offer the pick-up of ordered goods (“click and collect”).
  • FFP2 masks must also been worn on the following popular shopping streets: Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Rosenthaler Platz, Alexanderplatz, Rathausstraße, Bebelplatz, Hackescher Markt, Lustgarten, Leipziger Platz, Pariser Platz, Unter den Linden, Karl-Liebknecht Straße, Potsdamer Platz, Washingtonplatz/Europaplatz, Turmstraße, Kottbusser Tor, Lausitzer Platz, Boxhagener Platz, Hermannplatz, Hermannstraße, Sonnenallee, Breitscheidplatz, Hardenbergplatz, Olympischer Platz, Wittenbergplatz, Tauentzienstraße, Wilmersdorfer Straße, Kurfürstendamm, Altstadt Spandau, Schloßstraße, Bergmannstraße, Karl-Marx-Straße, Bölschestraße, Friedrichstraße, and Alte Schönhauser Straße.

Bars and restaurants

  • Bars, restaurants, and pubs must close to the public.
  • Restaurants, snack bars and cafes can provide takeout and pick-up services only.
  • Spätis (late night kiosks) must be closed between 11 p.m to 6 p.m.

Sports

  • Sports facilities, including gyms, dance studios, and swimming pools, must remain closed.
  • Saunas and thermal baths are also not allowed to open to the public.
  • Individual sports are permitted.
  • Up to five people from the top two households are allowed to play recreational sports together.
  • Non-contact sports will be allowed on outdoor fields for groups of up to 20 children or for two households that don't exceed five adults.

Culture, leisure, and nightlife

  • Hairdressers are open but customers must provide a negative COVID-19 test, taken that same day.

  • Contact-based professions, such as massage parlours and beauty studios, are also open but customers must provide a negative COVID-19 test, taken that same day.

  • Theatres, operas, concert halls, museums, exhibitions and memorials must close in accordance with the emergency brake.

  • Berlin Zoo and Tierpark are open but only the outdoor enclosures and visitors must wear medical masks at all times.

  • Discos and night clubs remain closed.

  • Cinemas, amusement parks, amusement arcades, casinos, betting shops and similar facilities remain closed.

Primary/Secondary Schools and Kindergartens

  • School pupils will have a mixture of face-to-face and digital classes with smaller groups.

  •  Kindergardens and daycare centres are restricting services to only the children of essential workers and single-parent households will qualify for emergency childcare.

Vaccinations

  • If the incidence rate is below 150 cases per 100,00 people, persons can visit services and non-essential retail that can only be used with a negative test result without presenting a negative rapid test. They will need to provide proof of vaccination dates. This applies only from the 15th day after receiving the final vaccination.

Travel from abroad to Germany

  • Effective 26.04.2021 India is designated a virus variant risk area and entry to Germany from India is severely restricted to people who have German citizenship, a valid residency permit, or members of a foreign diplomatic mission or consular office in Germany and their accompanying close family members. Entry visas are not considered a residency permit therefore any student with an entry visa is not permitted to enter Germany. This entry ban is effective until further notice. Everyone should refrain from all non-essential domestic and international travel (note: holidays and visiting family in non-emergent situations are not considered essential).  
  • 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.
  • All travellers must present to German border control proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken in their home country no more than 48 hours prior to their departure to Germany.

  • New arrivals from virus variant areas must be quarantined for 14 days after entry.

  • New arrivals must self-quarantine for 10 days after entry.

  • New arrivals can request a test only from day five of their quarantine. If the test result is negative, their quarantine en

Travel within Germany

  • Everyone should refrain from all non-essential domestic and international travel (note: tourist holidays and/or visiting family in non-emergent situations within Germany are not considered essential).

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

Fines

  • Anyone who does not comply with the applicable rules of the ordinance can be fined. Here is an overview of the relevant fines that could apply to you:
  • Not maintaining social distancing of at least 1.5 metres: €100 to €500.
  • Not wearing a mask when required: €50 to €500.
  • Quarantine not observed upon entry: €100 to €5000.
  • Visitors received during quarantine: €500 to €5,000 (€300 to €1000 for the person visiting).
  • Noncompliance with duty to report to health authorities upon entry: €500 to €2500.
  • Being in public spaces between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. with persons other than those permitted: €50 to €500.
  • Giving false, incorrect, or incomplete information for attendance documentation: 100 to 1000.

In the case of repeated violations will result in severe fines.

 

 

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.