Information for your arrival to Kiel

Quarantine measures due to Corona

If you enter Germany from a risk area, you are subject to a 14-day quarantine.
Current risk areas can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute:

Please note that a quarantine cannot be carried out in an apartment where you share the bathroom and kitchen with other roommates. This applies, for example, to most rooms in the dormitories of the Studentenwerk and the Kiel University guesthouses.

It is not easy to find a quarantine-suitable apartment / room in Kiel for the 14 days. It is also important to ensure that you are provided with food during the 14-day period in an apartment. In case you go into quarantine, it would therefore be advisable to contact people you might already know in Kiel and to ensure that you are supplied with sufficient food that is allowed to import into Germany.

Shortening the 14-day quarantine

To shorten the 14-day quarantine period, you must submit two negative corona tests to the local health authority.

We recommend to have the first test done in your home country. The test must have been carried out no more than 48 hours before entry. Molecular biological tests (PCR tests) are currently accepted in principle from all states of the European Union and from the countries on this list of the Robert Koch Institute:
Please check regularly whether the tests carried out in your country of departure are still recognised in Germany.

Almost all airports in Germany also offer tests that you can use after landing, e.g.

Find out how to register online in order to reduce waiting times.

After entering the country, you must in any case register with the responsible health authority. In Kiel, the notification is made by e-mail to In the email, please state your full name, date of birth, address and telephone number as well as the country of departure and the date of your last day of stay. The test result (from your home country or airport) must also be sent along. To report your data, please use the form "Aussteigekarte", which you may have already received on the plane
Please also note that a new test must be performed not before five days after entering the country (or the 1st test). Here you will find an overview of the local test centres. Only then will the public health department decide whether the quarantine should be shortened.

More information:
Information about entering Schleswig-Holstein

General Information

Information about the bus system (including schedules and fares) is available from the Kiel Transit Company (KVG). Here you can use a computerized route finder function by filling in the Start (from) and Ziel (to) fields. For example, your Start might be Bahnhof and Ziel might be Universität (or the location of your housing). A few days after you enrol at Kiel University you will receive your »Semesterticket«. It will allow you to use public transportation in Kiel free of charge.

  • Information related to the location of faculties on campus and in the city of Kiel can be obtained here.
  • A town portrait of the city of Kiel you can find in this flyer.

Transport connections to Kiel University car

Coming from the South:

Drive northwards as far as Hamburg and then follow the motorway A7 in northward direction. At the motorway junction Bordesholm switch to motorway A215 to Kiel. At the end of A215 please follow the road signs to Kiel University.

Coming from the North:

Drive southwards on the A7 and switch to the motorway A210 to Kiel at the junction Rendsburg. At the end of A215 please follow the road signs to Kiel University.

...arrival by airplane

From Hamburg Airport you can take the airport shuttle »Kielius«, which makes the trip between Hamburg Airport and Kiel up to 19 times daily. Consider that on your return trip, you may be enrolled as a student, in which you pay less than the regular fee. The bus stops at a clearly marked location directly outside the airport terminal. The schedule and prices  can be found here.

...arrival by train

Kiel has a major railway station with modern transfer (in German, »Umsteiger«) services. The »Umsteiger« consists of a service center where you can get information from the staff of the Kiel public transit authority, the KVG.
Information about other services such as auto sharing, operated by the firm StattAuto (whose name is a nice play on the identical sound of the German words for ‘city’ and ‘instead’), is also available here.

There is also a bicycle station where Brücke SH operates a monitored bicycle park, repair service and rentals. You can find out more here (in German only).

From the railway station, you can take a bus or taxi to the University, your student dormitory or wherever you’re staying (taxi fare to the University is around € 8 - € 10). Taxis wait outside the north exit (straight ahead), and buses are outside the west exit (to the left).

...arrival by ferry

If you arrive on one of the Baltic Sea ferries (at either Norwegenkai, Schwedenkai or Ostuferhafen), you can take the bus or a taxi to your destination of choice. Taxis are usually waiting there; if you plan to take the bus, determine your route in advance. Information about the bus system (including schedules and fares) is available from the Kiel Transit Company (KVG). Here you can use a computerized route finder function by filling in the Start (from) and Ziel (to) fields.