Corona Virus Update

Regulations and quarantine obligations for international patients due to the corona pandemic.

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Corona Virus Update

  1. Heidelberg University Hospital confirms the medical necessity and available capacities for treatment.
  2. For patients and possibly (one) accompanying person from a risk area or an area of variant of concern, ​​​who do not show Covid-19 symptoms (see below), a negative test result on Covid-19 is mandatory. Further information here.
  3. A digital registration before entering Germany is mandatory: 
  • Patients who come for an urgent medical treatment and travel from a risk area are not subject to a quarantine if a negative Covid-19 test result can provided. Patients who travel from an area of variant of concern are always subject to a 14-days quarantine. Exceptions are not possible. Patients from high-risk/high-incidence areas, who come for non-urgent medical treatment are subject to a 10-day quarantine upon entry. This can be ended early if a past Covid-19 infection (PCR evidence 28 days to 6 months ago), a successful vaccination, or a negative test result can be confirmed - please contact the health department if you have questions . If entering from virus variant area, quarantine is extended to 14 days. This cannot be terminated prematurely.
  • Accompanying persons from risk areas must report in person to the responsible health authority at the destination (e.g. Heidelberg Health Office/Health Department). As a rule, a 10-day domestic quarantine (e.g. in a hotel) is ordered in accordance with the currently valid CoronaEinreiseV. This can be ended early if a past Covid-19 infection (PCR evidence 28 days to 6 months ago), a successful vaccination, or a negative test result can be confirmed. In case of entry from virus variant areas, the quarantine period is extended to 14 days and cannot be shortened. During this time accompanying persons are not allowed to visit the patient (exceptions may apply to parents with children under 14 years of age or when entering as a companion of a person in need of assistance - certificate required for entry).

Please note that these requirements refer to legal regulations as well as hospital policies and apply to all patients / accompanying persons from risk areas as a rule.

Due to the massive increase in the number of Corona infections, visiting and accompanying inpatients is no longer be possible. Visitors with an exception will be subject to the 2G-plus rule: they must be fully vaccinated or recovered and present a current, certified test result.

Exceptions apply by arrangement with the station teams for:

  • Accompanying person of palliative patients
  • Accompanying person of a sick child, provided that no parent has been admitted with them
  • Accompanying person of accompanying a pregnant woman during childbirth
  • Accompanying person of a patient admitted to the emergency room
  • Accompanying person of a patient who is frail or suffering from dementia
  • Interpreter certified by UKHD to interpret required patient-doctor conversations


Patients who are isolated or in quarantine because of SARS-CoV-2 cannot be visited. The attending doctors decide on exceptions in special cases (e.g. terminal care, parents of small children).

  • Confirmation of accompanying Persons for International Patients: Heidelberg University Hospital initially issues a confirmation for a maximum of one accompanying person only once per patient (exception: parents for their child, if applicable).
  • If more than one accompanying person is to come to Heidelberg (outside the hospital), the patient or the embassy must clarify this with the relevant authorities (e.g. the Public Office of the City of Heidelberg). The UKHD does not issue a confirmation of necessity for additional accompanying persons. This also applies if accompanying persons wish to change.

For access to the hospital, the same rules apply for accompanying persons as for other visitors. You can find more information here.

If you have further questions regarding travel restrictions / quarantine obligations, please contact

  • the Regional Council Stuttgart / Regional Health Office (Landesgesundheitsamt):
    +49 711 904-39555 (every day between 9 a.m. – 6 p.m) or
  • your regional health Office 

Further information