Information on coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)


Dear students,

we hope you are doing well. Please be assured that we all do our best to cope with the challenges brought considering the coronavirus pandemic. Don't hesitate to contact us via telephone, e-mail or Skype.

We wish you good health and confidence. This page will be updated regularly.

News (last edit: October 12, 2021, 11:00 am)

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General information

Corona: General rules

  • Please wash your hands with water and soap regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid shaking hands with people.
  • Make sure to cough and sneeze in the crook of your arm.

What is a risk region?


Is HMKW open to the public?

The HMKW locations are open to the public again. Please observe the rules that were communicated most recently regarding the minimum distance or the wearing of a medical/FFP2 mask.

When does the semester start at HMKW?

The winter semester has started on October 01, 2021. This applies to all 3 locations: Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt/M. The official start of lectures was on October 05, 2021.

Update for the winter semester 2021/22: According to the current situation, HMKW will offer face-to-face classes on site in the upcoming winter semester. The 3G rule will apply, i.e. access will only be granted to those who are vaccinated, recovered or have tested negative. HMKW will continue to offer hybrid and online teaching in special cases, such as in the case of events across locations. The current hygiene concept (as of October 1, 2021) you find here.

Do exams take place?

The (post)exams take place, either on-site, as take-home exams, or as online oral exams.

I would like to hand in my bachelor/master thesis / term paper. What do I have to consider?

The Academic Senate had decided that during the lockdown all final theses (i.e. Bachelor's or Master's theses) had to be submitted electronically only. This regulation was limited to the time of the lockdown, i.e. is no longer valid. From now on, please also hand in 3 bound copies of your bachelor or master thesis again.

Can I use the library?

The library as well as PC pools and workrooms are open. In addition, our online resources (EBSCO and statista), with the exception of the Wiley Online Library, will of course continue to be available to you from home. You can visit the library again - without making an appointment in advance. You can find the library's opening hours on your Trainex home page.

When is it possible to enter Germany again? From which countries?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are in place for entry into Germany from many countries. Persons entering Germany from risk areas or by air must complete a digital entry registration, undergo mandatory testing or provide proof of immunity, and comply with quarantine regulations.

In principle, entry is possible from:

  • EU member states
  • states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  • other countries from which entry is possible in light of the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.

For more information please check the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

What is a risk region?

The Robert Koch Institute identifies international risk areas where there is an increased risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2.  Quarantine, testing, and notification requirements apply to entrants who have been in a foreign risk area within the ten days prior to entry. More information from the Federal Ministry of Health can be found here. Here you find more information by the Robert Koch Institute.

The existing travel and security instructions of the Federal Foreign Office as well as the information for travellers of the Federal Government are still valid.

Here you find more information regarding corona testing when travelling to Germany.


How can I protect myself against infection?

As with influenza and other respiratory diseases, adherence to coughing and sneezing rules, good hand hygiene, and keeping a distance from infected persons (about 1 to 2 meters) as well as wearing an FFP2 mask protect against transmission of the novel coronavirus. Handshaking should also be avoided. In general, people who have respiratory symptoms, i.e. signs of illness in the respiratory tract, should stay at home if possible.

Are sanitizers available?

In the washrooms and in the corridors disinfectant dispensers are available. Moreover, our cleaning staff is instructed to disinfect daily and regularly door handles, toilets, surfaces etc.

How do I detect an infection?

An infection with coronavirus can lead to symptoms like fever and cough. Other symptoms such as a cold, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pains, a sore throat and headache were recorded as well. Some ill persons suffer from nausea or diarrhea.

The course of disease can be vary considerably according to individuals. Especially, elder persons (from 50 or 60 years of age) or persons mit underlying medical conditions have a higher risk to become ill.

In case of any symptoms please stay at home and consult a doctor via telephone. Inform us about your illness promptly but please don't visit us in person.