Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Last updated 24 March 2020

The outbreak of this disease affects many countries worldwide. Germany has been affected as well with several thousands of cases. Please refer to the below-mentioned resources that offer reliable information in multiple languages.

World Health Organisation (WHO)
How to protect yourself – English | French | Arabic | Chinese | Russian | Spanish
Questions and answers English |French | Arabic | Chinese | Spanish

Offical information by the German Federal Government compiled by the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration
Podcast of Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in German and Arabic
Questions and answers in Farsi | French | Turkish | Russian | Arabic
Questions and answers by the Federal Ministry of the Interior on travel restrictions and border controls in English
10 important hygiene measures in English | Turkish | Russian | French | Arabic
Useful leaflet on hygiene, quarantine and contacts in Arabic | Kurdish | Pashto | Turkish

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)
The German asylum authority informs about the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the German asylum procedure.

Association for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (B-umF)
The B-umF links information on by Johanniter in several languages, notably Dari | Arabic | Farsi

Berlin State Office for Refugee Affairs (LAF – Landesamt für Flüchtlingsangelegenheiten)
The Berlin authorities offer a wide range of information in multi-language podcasts and leaflets.

If you had personal contact with a person who has the coronavirus or suspect you have symptoms of the disease, call your doctor, your local public health authority (Gesundheitsamt) or the emergency medical service (Ärztlicher Bereitschaftsdienst) and tell them about your situation. Do not go to the doctor before calling one of the above-mentioned instituations. The line may be busy if a large number of people are calling at the same time.

In any case, familarize yourself with the latest guidance on how to protect yourself and prevent the disease from spreading. The links above are a good starting point.

If you live in a reception centre or shared accommodation, immediately inform the management of the facility or social services. Also inform your school, language school, the place where you are being trained or work etc.

All relevant phone numbers can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.