Information on COVID-19

Latest update: 01.06.2022

On this page, you will find an overview on all topics regarding our event and COVID-19. We will also give you links to pages of our governments or other national institutions and try to keep them updated.

Some of these regulations defined from our side, you can also find in the official regulations of the IGSM 2022.

Content:

  1. Participation Restrictions
  2. Entry restrictions into Germany
  3. Local regulations in Hannover and Hamburg
  4. Rules during the event

1. Participation Restrictions

We want to ensure a safe event for all of us and further comply possible restrictions of our government. Therefore, all participants need to have the highest protection against COVID-19 under German law (Reference: Corona Act of the federal state of Lower Saxony, accessed on 30.01.2022, only in German), which includes

  • 3 vaccinations or
  • 2 vaccinations and a recovery (in any order).

Notice, that only the following vaccines, which are licensed in Germany at the moment (Reference: Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, accessed on 30.01.2022), are accepted:

  • Comirnaty (BioNTech/Pfizer)
  • Spikevax (Moderna)
  • Janssen (Johnson&Johnson)
  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)
  • Nuvaxovid (Novavax)

We are going to check your vaccination status latest at your arrival in Hannover and have to suspend you from participation in case of false data.

2. Entry restrictions into Germany

From June 1 2022 on, Germany drops most of the entry restrictions. It is not necessary anymore to show a proof of vaccination/recovery or a negative test certificate at the border.

However, it is possible that there are still restrictions especially when entering from outside the EU/Schengen Area. Since our event-specific restrictions are even higher than possible entry restrictions, you should not encounter any problems at the entry control in this matter. Please inform yourself if you have to bring some kind of COVID-19 certificate with you.

The current entry regulations are given by our Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community. Please check also information given by the German Embassy or Consulates General in your country.

3. Local regulations in Hannover/Lower Saxony and Hamburg

The city of Hannover lays in the federal state of Lower Saxony while the city of Hamburg is a federal city state. The rules for daily behaviour can differ in these two cities where you are going to be. General information can be found at the German National Tourist Board, when you enter the federal state you want to know more about. The city of Hamburg provides also information in English language by itself. Unfortunately, the city of Hannover and the federal state of Lower Saxony provide only information in German language.

In recent weeks most of the rules for daily behaviour have been dropped and were transformed into recommendations, such as wearing a mouth-nose protection in closed rooms and crowded places, or making sure to keep enough distance from fellow humans.

However, there are still some rules that affect our event:

  1. It is still mandatory to wear an FFP2-mask (or a mask with a similar standard) in public transport vehicles (trains, trams, busses, ferries etc.) and at the stations.
  2. For restaurants, stores, companies etc. it is possible to provide mask obligations within the scope of the house right. If you walk around the city on your own and want to enter a building or a demarcated area, look for a sign at the entrance indicating the requirement to wear a mask.

4. Rules during the event

Nearly at the same time as the beginning of our event the Leibniz University Hannover drops the obligation to wear a FFP2-mask in its buildings, where a lot of the program items will happen. However, although there is no obligation anymore, we would like to urge all participants to act responsibly in this context. You, the participants, are a diverse group coming together from many different places and some of you have to travel a long distance. It should be vital to protect yourself and others by wearing a face mask, especially during the main items on the schedule where all participants are attending. Please demonstrate solidarity with people in your environment and ensure that everyone feels equally comfortable during our event.

Be aware that there are still areas with a mask obligation (see point 3), so make sure to bring enough FFP2-masks with you since they have a limited durability.

In addition, as announced, we require a negative COVID-19 test result independent of your vaccination state at the beginning of the event. A rapid antigen test is enough, a self test done by your own not. We will ask for the certificate at the check-in in the youth hostel. Remember to show us your certificate of vaccinations/recovery too, if you have not already sent the information in the form after the registration. If you were not able to do a test before coming to Hannover, you can still do it here. There are many possibilities in the city, also close to the central station. The tests are usually free (at least for citizens of the EU).

In case you develop symptoms of COVID-19 during the event, please notify someone of the organisation committee. We will help you to get a reliable test.