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Coronavirus Information & News Sources

The links below are normally updated daily

As the Coronavirus continues its spread throughout Europe and the world, many national as well as local governments are putting in place various restrictions and regulations. These include, but are not limited to, event cancellations; some office and workplace closings, church and school closings; restaurant, bars, clubs, bistro closings; museum and other tourist attraction closings as well as bans on the size of various community gatherings and other precautionary measures.

In some countries there are restrictions on “unnecessary” travel within infected cities and regions.

Most recently, several countries have announced border closings and travel restrictions for both inbound and outbound travelers.

Residents of, and visitors to, Germany should pay close attention to the local and national news media for information on conditions as well as restrictions in the areas in which they live or intend to visit.

The German federal government authorities as well as other federal institutions have some website pages in English with current information on the virus.

You can find English language information and other links at the sites of the below institutions.

German Federal Ministry of Health

Updated information on the Coronavirus in Germany from the Bundesgesundheitsministerium (Federal Ministry of Health).

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/en/press/2020/coronavirus.html

The Robert Koch Institut

Official, confirmed figures on cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in Germany, China and worldwide, can be found on the website (in German with easily understandable charts):

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

Locate the nearest government health authority office.

https://tools.rki.de/PLZTool/en-GB

Information from the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
(Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat)

Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions page:

https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html#doc13797140bodyText3

Press release about border restrictions

https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/pressemitteilungen/EN/2020/03/border-open-only-at-designated-crossing-points.html

FAQ page about Travel restrictions/border control

https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/travel-restrictions-border-control/travel-restriction-border-control-list.html#f13797064

Information from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
(Bundesamt für Migration and Flüchtlinge)

Coronavirus information in terms of the law concerning residence regarding the current situation
https://www.bamf.de/SharedDocs/Meldungen/EN/2020/20200316-am-covid-19.html
https://www.bamf.de/EN/Themen/MigrationAufenthalt/ZuwandererDrittstaaten/MobilitaetEU/mobilitaeteu-node.html

Information on Voluntary Return

(Returning voluntarily is a possibility for migrants who are considering going back to their country of origin. For example, persons whose asylum application has been rejected in Germany, who have been granted a residence permit, or whose asylum procedure has not been concluded yet can return voluntarily.)
https://www.returningfromgermany.de/en/page/?slug=voluntary-return

Information from the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt)

Coronavirus: 4 things travelers to Germany should know
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

The European Union authorities have up to date and important information on all EU member countries.

Overview and Updates

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china

National information resources for the public on COVID-19

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china/sources-updated

News from Deutsche Welle (DW)

The German international news Agency Deutsche Welle (DW) has continuing updates on the Coronavirus (and other stories) on their English language pages:

https://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/coronavirus/s-32798
https://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/germany/s-1432
https://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/science/s-12526
https://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/world/s-1429

News in English from Der Spiegel (online) International pages

News and information about Germany

https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/

News from around the world

https://www.spiegel.de/international/