FAQs Coronavirus Management

In the event of the onset of cold symptoms, fever, loss of sense of smell or taste, it is imperative to go into home isolation and (have) tested for COVID 19 as soon as possible.

If the rapid antigen test shows a positive result, a PCR test must be performed immediately afterwards for confirmation. Remain in home isolation until you receive your PCR test result.
If the Corona infection is subsequently also confirmed by the PCR test, remain in isolation and follow the instructions of the public health department. Immediately after receiving your positive PCR test result, please contact the university at corona(at)adm.hfm-berlin.de and list all university members with whom you had contact up to 72 hours before the outbreak of the disease or before receiving your positive antigen rapid test result (even if the contact with the university members did not take place in the buildings of the HfM Berlin).

Quarantine can be terminated or you can return to the university after a 10-day isolation period (without subsequent testing), but only after symptoms of the disease have completely subsided. The isolation period can be ended prematurely after 7 days if the person has been completely symptom-free for 48 hours and can present a negative PCR or antigen test result from a certified test centre, which was carried out at the earliest on the 7th day after the illness.
 It is imperative that Corona infected persons and suspected cases are treated discreetly and remain anonymous for data protection reasons. The HfM Corona Management will take over the notification of the named contact persons.

People who have had close, prolonged or intensive face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes with a person who has tested positive for PCR are called "close contacts". They are at risk of Covid 19 infection regardless of whether they have already been vaccinated, have recovered, or do not have Corona protection. A domestic seclusion is then ordered by the authorities if there is a high risk that one has been infected (e.g. with SARS-CoV-2) and could thereby contribute to the spread of the pathogen.

Close contacts of people infected with Covid-19 are required to go into quarantine for ten days. Exceptions apply to asymptomatic persons who:

  • are fully vaccinated and have received a booster vaccination
  • have been fully vaccinated and received their last vaccination less than three months ago
  • have recovered from a Corona disease which occurred not more than three months ago
  • have received a vaccination not more than three months after contracting Corona disease.

If the contact person does not develop any Corona-typical symptoms, the quarantine ends after ten days without testing. A shortening of the quarantine period is possible after seven days with a negative PCR or rapid test.

In case of cold symptoms, fever, loss of sense of smell or taste, it is essential to go into home quarantine and get tested for COVID 19. We have set-up channels of reporting within the School which come into effect immediately and effectively in cases of infection or suspected infection. Please click on this link to our Corona Guidelines and read the entire paper we have prepared for you.

Please announce yourself immediately in case of a positive test result under the HfM’s corona management email address:

For the winter semester 2021/22, the 3G guideline (vaccinated, recovered, tested) decreed by the state of Berlin is an absolute basic requirement for participation in courses, practical formats and face-to-face exams. Thus, the 3G guideline is sufficient for individual practice, group rehearsals and individual or group lessons, if the prescribed AHA-L rules are still observed. If everyone present in the room has full Corona protection (fully vaccinated or recovered) AND a daily negative rapid antigen test (2Gplus), the Corona hygiene measures can be dispensed with if necessary.

The 3G proof is a certificate that either certifies your full vaccination with an EU-approved vaccine or your convalescent status, or a certificate of your negative daily test result.

The vaccination certificate can be submitted as an electronic document or in paper form, specifically:

  • Corona.Warn app or CovPass app
  • the EU digital COVID certificate
  • printout of the COVID certificate of the EU

The negative result of a rapid antigen test carried out at a testing centre certified by the state of Berlin is recognised by the university as proof of testing.

The three Gs stand for the respective status of persons in relation to the prescribed Corona regulation: Vaccinated, Convalescent, Tested. All persons are required to have a 3G certificate.

2G stands for "(up to three times) vaccinated" or "recovered", or a combination of recovered and vaccinated (and boosted, if applicable) and means that one has full vaccination or recovery protection. So-called "2G events" are offers exclusively for fully vaccinated or recovered persons.

In the context of higher education, 2Gplus means for teachers and students of the HfM Berlin that they have full vaccination or convalescence protection (2G) in combination with a daily negative rapid antigen test (2Gplus).

3G also includes people who are not considered to be fully protected in Germany, i.e. who have neither been fully vaccinated (with an EU-approved vaccine) nor have genesis protection. These persons must be tested regularly and identify themselves with their negative test certificates.

The following people are considered fully protected in Germany:

  1. Persons who have been vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine licensed in the EU and for whom at least 14 days have passed after administration of the last vaccine dose. Depending on the vaccine, one (vector-based COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen from Janssen-Cilag International) or two vaccine doses (vector-based vaccine Vaxzevria from AstraZeneca and mRNA vaccine Spikevax from Moderna or Comirnaty from BioNTech, including heterologous vaccination regimen) are required to achieve full vaccine protection. A current list of COVID-19 vaccines approved in the EU as well as information on the required number of vaccine doses can be found on the PEI website: https://www.pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19.
  2. Persons who have had a PCR-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection and have been vaccinated once with a COVID-19 vaccine.
  3. Persons who have been vaccinated once, have had PCR-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection after the first dose of vaccine, and have received another dose of vaccine.
  4. Persons who have had a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection less than 3 months previously. The proof of a confirmed infection that has been passed through must be provided by direct pathogen detection (PCR) at the time of infection.
  5. Persons who have been vaccinated once and have had a SARS-CoV-2 infection less than 6 months after the first vaccine dose. The infection must be proven by direct pathogen detection (PCR) at the time of infection.

(Source: RKI https://www.rki.de/SharedDocs/FAQ/NCOV2019/gesamt.html)

Currently, only the following four vaccines are approved by the EU:

  • Comirnaty (BioNTech/Pfizer) - 2 vaccine doses required.
  • Spikevax (Moderna) - 2 vaccine doses necessary
  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) - 2 vaccine doses required
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Janssen-Cilag International) - 1 vaccine dose required

See more info here: http://www.pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19

If you have been vaccinated with a vaccine not listed here, you are not considered fully protected in Germany and must therefore continue to be tested regularly for corona.

For members of the university who have not recovered or have not been vaccinated, there is still an obligation to test and thus a need for test options. Until now it was possible to get free citizen tests (rapid antigen tests) at many places in Berlin. This public offer ends on October 11th. From this point on, the State of Berlin will no longer allow or finance free tests in universities either. From this point on, all unvaccinated students and teachers are responsible for organizing and paying for their required test certificates.

Yes! If you would like to take advantage of the school's own vaccination offers or would like advice, please contact our corona management at corona@adm.hfm-berlin.de.

We are in intensive discussions - on the one hand directly with politicians and on the other hand in parallel with several scientists in order to find a solution for you - possibly with an additional mRNA cross-vaccination - and to have this approved. We will keep you up to date with our corona emails!

The State of Berlin is supporting its citizens by setting up test centers for free rapid tests throughout the city. You can register for a test quickly and easily on the website https://test-to-go.berlin.
The crisis team appeals to you to get tested regularly - preferably once a week – so that we can protect our community, teachers, students and administration.

For individual lessons and for practicing a test is not necessary. From a group size of 6 people, everyone must to present a daily negative test. Please note that these currently applicable regulations will change with the start of the winter semester on October 1, 2021.

There will be the possibility for all vaccinated and convalescent persons (2G) under the given regulations to carry out large projects without distance, mask and person restrictions. For all unvaccinated persons (3G) there will be parallel offers - within the possible legal framework with distance and, if necessary, a mask for your own protection.


The state of Berlin passed on to the universities the task of implementing plans for the comprehensive use of tests to increase the safety of coming in person into the school buildings. The requirement is to offer two tests a week to all school members (teachers, students and administration). Although we have already set up a test concept for the larger projects planned this term, expanding this to include several hundred additional people is a mammoth task that the crisis team is now facing. Please note that these currently applicable regulations will change with the start of the winter semester on October 1, 2021.

The School’s entire communication is taking place via the HfM email addresses.
Students can continue using the email they already have: firstname.lastname(at)stud.hfm-berlin.de
Faculty have received new email addresses: firstname.lastname(at)doz.hfm-berlin.de
Assistant lecturers now also have HfM email addresses: firstname.lastname(at)lba.hfm-berlin.de
You will find instructions on how to set up your HfM email here: Dowload Einrichtungsanleitung PDF

The applicable hygiene regulations are stored for teachers and students in the eislerCloud in the "Corona Maßnahmen" folder.

Entering from abroad: Quarantine and Digital Registration

If you are entering Germany from another country and have visited a risk area in the 10 days before your arrival, then you are in general required to stay in quarantine for 10 days after entry. Please check the quarantine regulations for your federal state (Land) to see which regulations apply to you.
Digital Registration on Entry
Coronavirus measures of the Senate Chancellery
Information on the designation of international risk areas