‘3G rule’

Implementing the 3G rule

If the number of cases per 100,000 population in seven days is above 35 in Erlangen, Nuremberg, Fürth or Bamberg, access to University premises (buildings and any other closed rooms) may only be granted to persons who have been vaccinated, are recovered or have been tested (‘3G rule’) as defined by the Covid-19 Protective Measures Exemption Directive (SchAusnahmV). The ‘3G rule’ also applies to face-to-face sessions with more than 1000 participants, irrespective of the number of cases per 100,000 population.

Checking proof of vaccination, recovery or testing

FAU is obliged to check the proof of vaccination, recovery or testing. Please note that to fulfil this obligation, the University can carry out checks at any time and non-compliance with the requirement to provide proof can have legal consequences. FAU will ensure compliance with the 3G rule by means of closely-monitored, consistent and regular spot checks.

The 3G rule applies explicitly to

  • Students
  • External guests (e.g. job applicants)

An exception to the 3G rule applies in particular to

  • Students participating in examinations,
  • Persons visiting the campus to carry out their professional duties. This includes all University staff (also part-time assistants, scholarship holders, tradespeople, service providers).


Proof of vaccination status must be provided in the form of written or electronic confirmation. 

    • Fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) with an EU-approved vaccine listed by the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute at the following address:http://www.pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19 . Versions of EU-approved vaccines that have been approved abroad (original or licensed versions) are deemed to be equivalent to the named EU-approved vaccines for the purposes of proof of vaccination status. Updated: 15 September 2021:
      • Comirnaty / Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (Biontech)
      • COVID-19 vaccine Moderna, Spikevax (previously: COVID-19 vaccine Moderna) (Moderna)
      • COVID-19 vaccine Janssen (Janssen/Johnson & Johnson)
      • Vaxzevria, Covishield, COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca, R-CoVI (Astrazeneca)
    • At least 14 days must have passed since the final dose.

Proof of vaccination in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.

    • Digital vaccination confirmation via
      • Corona Warn App
      • CovPass App
    • Yellow vaccination booklet
    • Printout of vaccination certificate that includes the person’s name

Further information about the digital COVID certificate (also for international students) is available online.

Students who have been vaccinated with a vaccine not approved in the EU are considered not vaccinated and must provide proof of testing. Tests are free of charge for these students until 31 December 2021. (Source: Coronavirus Test Regulation, Section 4a Item 3  BAnz AT 21.09.2021 V1.pdf (bundesanzeiger.de))

Alternatively, there is the option of receiving a vaccination with an mRNA vaccine.

  • Digital certificate of recovery with the Corona Warn App/CovPass App
  • With a written or digital confirmation of a positive PCR test that is at least 28 days old, but not older than 6 months
  • With a written or digital confirmation of a positive PCR test that is older than 6 months in combination with proof of a booster vaccination

Test requirements

According to the 3G rule, persons who have been tested must provide proof of a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) in writing or electronically by means of either

  • a PCR test, PoC-PCR test or a test using another nucleic acid amplification method, carried out no more than 48 hours previously,
  • a PoC antigen test, carried out no more than 24 hours previously

. The test must also comply with the requirements of the Covid-19 Protective Measures Exemption Directive (SchAusnahmV).

Availability of tests

PoC antigen tests are available to students at FAU at the following centres free of charge until 30 November 2021 in order to receive proof of testing.

Students can use their FAU card and another form of ID (passport or ID card) to prove eligibility.

From 15 October to 30 November, FAU will be setting up test centres at Erwin-Rommel-Straße 51a (ground floor) on the Southern Campus in Erlangen,  as well as in the ground floor of the ‘Studentenhaus’ building at Andreij-Sacharow-Platz 1 in Nuremberg. The test centres will be open from 7 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday. A decision still needs to be made as to whether the centres will be open on 1 November (public holiday).

In addition, students can use the following test centres (updated 18 October 2021):


  • Bahnhof Apotheke Erlangen, Goethestraße 40, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 6 pm
  • Kolibri Apotheke, Allee am Röthelheimpark 15, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 3:45 pm


  • Med3Group test station, Regensburger Straße 250, 90480 Nürnberg (car park of Obi DIY store); Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm

Proof of testing is only to be used for purposes associated with the University.

Students under 18 years of age can be tested free of charge until the end of the year, as can

students vaccinated with a vaccine not approved in the EU. (please refer to: http://www.pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19). Source: Coronavirus Test Regulation, Section 4a Item 3  BAnz AT 21.09.2021 V1.pdf (bundesanzeiger.de)

Guests, for example those attending events at the University, will be liable to pay privately for a test in accordance with the 3G rule stipulated in the Fourteenth Bavarian Regulation on Infection Prevention and Control Measures if they are not vaccinated (an antigen test suffices if the traffic light for hospitalisations is green, but a PCR test may be necessary if the traffic light is at amber or red). No funding is available from University or third-party funds for this purpose.

Checking compliance with the 3G rule

FAU will ensure compliance with infection prevention measures, particularly the 3G rule, by means of closely-monitored, consistent and regular spot checks.


  • A 3G check list has been produced in German and English to assist persons carrying out these checks.
  • Teaching staff can explain the 3G rule at the beginning of their lecture/class using the following presentation.

Conducting the checks

The spot checks will be conducted at random by an external service provider. Checks will be carried out in at least 10% of all classes each day. These checks will either be carried out at the door at the beginning of the class or the service provider will enter the room in which the class is being held. The times the checks are carried out can vary. We would like to ask all teaching staff to provide their full support and interrupt the class briefly for these checks if necessary.

The session coordinator (usually the lecturer) or the person/s designated by the coordinator are responsible for conducting the spot checks.

The following rules apply in this case:

  • Teaching staff are responsible for carrying out the checks during classes.
  • Checks will be carried out on at least 10% of students in each class.
  • The time at which the checks are carried out remains at the lecturer’s discretion and can vary.
  • The person conducting the check will ask to see proof of compliance with the 3G rule and may use the CovPassCheck-App for this purpose.

Checks in any other rooms are carried out sporadically.

  • Checks in student service centres and in consultations will be carried out by regular staff.
  • The 3G rule also applies when entering the University Library. Checks will be carried out by staff at all locations, either for all users or at random, depending on the rooms in question.

Consequences for failure to comply

The authority to grant or deny access is conferred to persons checking compliance with the 3G rule, if they do not already have this authority (please refer to Sections 2, 4, 7 of the FAU House Rules). This means that persons carrying out these checks have the right and the obligation to prevent those who cannot provide proof of compliance from taking part in classes and to ensure they leave the building.

Any students who enter FAU buildings or participate in classes on campus without sufficient proof of compliance with the 3G rule are committing a regulatory offence, which can result in a fine of up to 250 euros.

The House Rules must be consistently enforced for persons who cannot or will not supply sufficient proof of their 3G status.

  • These persons must be excluded immediately from the class and
  • must leave the building immediately.

If an individual cannot provide proof on three occasions, they will be issued with a limited ban on entering University premises.

Teaching staff must report any cases where proof of 3G status was not provided to zuv-g5-raumverwaltung@fau.de using the following form.

The police can also be called if necessary (Erlangen police station: phone +49 9131 760-0, Nürnberg Mitte police station: +49 911 2112-611).