Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the COVID-19 Pandemic
The 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Chemistry and the 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences will take place in summer 2022. At this stage, both meetings are planned as in-person events.
The COVID-19 pandemic is still in a dynamic state and the response measures around the world may change. Please make sure to consider the following four types of regulations you will need to adhere to:
- regulations set up by the organizers, i.e. the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
- regulations set up by German authorities to enter Germany
- regulations set up by your home country to leave and re-enter
- regulations set up by countries along your travel route
Note that these rules may not be in sync or well aligned. Make sure to fulfil all requirements. That usually means fulfilling the strictest criteria.
We are aware that this is a demanding situation for our participants and academic partners, especially for those travelling to Lindau from countries outside the EU. Still, we hope that most of our invited young scientists and young economists will be able to come to Lindau and participate in the meetings in person.
Regulations for the Lindau Meetings
At this stage, the 2022 Lindau Meetings are planned to take place as in-person events under the so called “2G plus” rules. “2G” stands for the German words “geimpft” or “genesen” (vaccinated or recovered) and “plus” says that additionally a COVID-19 testing strategy is required. This means that access to any of the Lindau Meeting events will only be permitted for individuals who are either fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus according to the EU vaccination regulations or have recovered from a certified COVID-19 infection, and in addition take regular SARS-CoV-2 antigen/PCR tests. The Lindau Meetings will provide free SARS-CoV-2 antigen tests as required.
The following COVID-19 rules for in-person participation in the Lindau Meeting will apply in any case, regardless of changes in any of the other types of regulations. Specifically, even if requirements to enter Germany should become less strict, the rules for in-person participation in the Lindau Meeting will still stay in place.
- You need to be either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from a certified COVID-19 infection.
- If you have a medical condition that prevents you from getting vaccinated, please contact us individually.
- You may be required to provide a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test to enter the meeting’s premises. If so, these tests will be provided by the organizers.
- Being fully vaccinated means: You must have at least three vaccination shots by one or several of the following vaccines:
- Comirnaty (BioNTech/Pfizer)
- Spikevax (Moderna)
- Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (Janssen-Cilag International)
- Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)
- Nuvaxovid (Novavax)
- Covishield (Serum Institute of India, Verity Pharmaceuticals)
- R-COVI (R-Pharm)
- Covid-19 vaccine (FIOCRUZ)
- If your third vaccination is still pending, it must be done and reported to us by the end of May at the latest.
- If you have received a vaccination with Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine, you need to have at least one vaccination shot with a different vaccine from those listed above and an additional booster shot.
- If you have received at least two vaccinations and have also recovered from a certified COVID-19 infection, you are also considered fully vaccinated.
- Having recovered means: You had a certified COVID-19 infection and the date of your first negative test after recovery was no longer than three months before the beginning of the meeting, i.e. after 25 March 2022 (Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Chemistry) and after 23 May 2022 (Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences).
- Please note, that because we need planning reliability, we cannot accept changes in your vaccination/infection status after 31 May 2022.
It is your responsibility to provide the respective information and vaccination documents and medical certificates in your NAPERS profile and on site upon request.
Please note that we are providing basic health insurance for all participants for the duration of your stay in Germany to participate the Lindau Meeting. This health insurance will also cover medical treatments due to a potential COVID-19 infection. Additional costs due to an extended stay, e.g. in case of quarantine or similar, will not be covered. Consult your partner institution to clarify how to deal with additional fees for potential travel health insurance, travel cancellation insurance, and other extra costs that may arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regulations to enter Germany
Please inform yourself about the current and expected future COVID-19 regulations for travelling to Germany from your country of residence. Country specific rules and regulations may apply. Please consult the relevant authorities or embassies in Germany and your country of residence for more information.
The German authorities responsible for travel matters (e.g. rules and regulations for traveling to/entering Germany from abroad) are the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs “Auswärtiges Amt” and the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community “Bundesministerium des Inneren und für Heimat”.
Note that it is your responsibility to check these rules and regulations regularly as they may change in response to the dynamic COVID-19 situation. Make sure you carefully consider potential problems with respect to leaving Germany/re-entering your country in case of a COVID-19 infection and general changes in the pandemic situation that could occur before or during the meeting.
For more information on the COVID-19 situation in Germany, please see the website of the Robert Koch Institute, the government’s central scientific institution in the field of biomedicine that is also in charge of surveillance and prevention of diseases in Germany.
Regulations by Your Home Country and Countries Along Your Travel Route
Please inform yourself about the current and expected future COVID-19 regulations for leaving an re-entering your home country. Also, please make sure to comply with all rules of countries along your travel route.
Please assess in consultation with your partner institution if on-site participation is feasible for you. Contact us by 4 April 2022 (Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Chemistry) and 10 May 2022 (Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences) at the latest if you will NOT be able to travel and join the Lindau meeting in person. Make sure to visit this website and the linked websites from the respective German authorities regularly to keep yourself updated on the rules and restrictions that may affect your travel plans and stay in Germany.
Do not hesitate to contact us via email if you have any questions regarding the COVID-19 regulations and safety measures for the upcoming Lindau Meetings. We will probably not be able to answer all requests immediately, but we will collect your questions, work out answers, and then share these with you as soon as possible.