Measures concerning Coronavirus/Covid-19

The MFO is keeping a close eye on current developments and follows the instructions of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, the Federal Ministry of Health, the Robert Koch Institut (RKI) and the World Health Organization. New guidelines and recommendations may very quickly result in the adjustment of our measures. Please inform yourself regularly on our website.

Recent updates:

  • 31 March 2022: According to the current infection protection act many restrictions expire on Sunday, 3rd April.


Information for invitees in 2022

Although vaccinations are now being used in many countries, we are still faced with the pandemic. On the other hand, the MFO is open since end of June 2020 again and in the meantime we could gather a lot of experience with necessary modifications and adjustments.

We are prepared that the activity in 2022 where you are invited could also be affected by measures described below (travel restrictions, realization as a  hybrid workshop, hygiene measures and restricted capacity). For details, please see the explanation below and the links given there. Please read these websites carefully as a lot of questions are answered there (e.g. concerning safety distance, travel restrictions, participation in person or online, new deadlines in the invitation procedure ...). Please keep checking our websites in the coming months, we try hard to keep all relevant links current.

As the pandemic recedes we will try to progressively move back to the traditional workshop format with an emphasis on in-person participation.

Visiting restrictions

We ask all our guests to make a responsible decision about their visit at the MFO!

In case that you have fever, or respiratory symptoms, or other symptoms of a contagious disease, or if you had contacts with an infected person in the last 10 days (unless you already received a booster vaccination or unless you were negatively tested after 7 days), we urge you to cancel your participation and to inform us by email to as soon as possible!

    Travel restrictions to Germany

    Due to the pandemic, restrictions for entry into Germany from many countries apply. Persons entering must complete a digital entry registration ( Depending on the place of departure, they also have to provide a negative test result or proof of immunity, and comply with quarantine regulations. Please check the current restrictions at the website of the Federal Foreign Office, directly before travelling.

    The travel restrictions mentioned above refer to high risk areas and virus variant areas. Please note that the country of exit for the travel to Germany is relevant, not the affiliation or citizenship. See the website of the Robert-Koch Institute (RKI) for up-to-date information which also serves as an official list for the German government.

    Please be aware, that the definition of high risk areas and virus variant areas may be changed very quickly, as well as travel regulations of the German government. All participants are urged to check these websites regularly, as the MFO has to reserve the right to withdraw an invitation to the concerned participants individually and at short-term, if mandated by the government. We kindly ask for your understanding.

    General advice on travel arrangements

    Please note that the MFO cannot foresee possible changes in future contact and travel restrictions by the government. Participants themselves are responsible to inquire about restrictions on travel to and from Germany; thus we strongly recommend to make travel arrangements flexible/refundable in case the Corona crisis continues or resurfaces in the future. We are sorry that we are not able to reimburse travel tickets which cannot be used because of force majeure. This also applies to grants. We would also like to inform you that currently many airlines and also the Deutsche Bahn offer free cancellation or rebooking of tickets (see the current list).

    In case you need a valid test for traveling back, please check the following sites to find out where PCR tests or rapid antigen tests can be passed:,, or

    Oberwolfach Workshops in hybrid format

    In accordance with the regulations of the German government due to the pandemic, the MFO is allowed to host research groups, workshops and seminars. The allowed total capacity can be smaller than in pre-pandemic times and depends on current developments and rules (e.g. concerning distancing and hygiene).

    As an example, in many weeks 2020-21 the MFO could host about 40 guest researchers in total at the MFO (e.g. 30 workshop participants and 10 persons in our long-term research programs). Sometimes these numbers were even larger - also in some weeks where the pandemic development was strong.

    In agreement with the workshop organizers, the MFO realizes workshops in a hybrid format (mixed personal/online) - please read the details there.


    Hygiene measures

    In accordance with general government rules, the MFO has developed hygiene measures for hand desinfection, accommodation, lecture halls and meal services to make meetings as safe as possible. Masks are recommended in all public areas of the buildings.

    Please note that our capacity for accompanying persons is restricted at the moment and that the hygiene measures do not allow to use the dining area as a lounge, unfortunately. Thus we recommend not to travel with an accompanying person to Oberwolfach.