Coronavirus: Work

What do I need to know?

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Due to the situation caused by the coronavirus, life in Germany is changing drastically. Current developments and safety precautions also affect our jobs as many companies close temporarily or switch to short-time work ("Kurzarbeit"). Here, you learn about your rights and options in times of the coronavirus.

You can learn about state aids for employees, students, the self-employed and families in our chapter “Coronavirus: State Aids”.

What do I need to know?

Can I stay home if I’m worried, I may get infected?

Do I have to work overtime during the Coronavirus pandemic?

Can I stay home to look after my child/children?

What happens if my employer sends me home, because I am ill?

Do I receive wages if I don't make it to my workplace, if, for instance, public transport stops working?

Would I still receive wages if I am quarantined?

The border to Germany is closed and I can't go back to work. What can I do?

Would I get paid if I contract the coronavirus and cannot work?

Am I going to get paid if my company has to close due to the coronavirus pandemic?

Can I obtain a work permit to get a short-term job in the field of agriculture?

What do I need to know about short-time work (“Kurzarbeit”)?

What does it mean for me, when my employer switches to short-time work (Kurzarbeit)?

Can I take a part-time job during short-time work?

Can subcontracted workers ("Leiarbeiter") also receive short-time work benefits?

Does short-time work also apply to those who are doing "Ausbildung"?

What happens if I lose my job while living here on a work visa?


If you suspect that you are infected, please do not go to the doctor's office before first calling them. You can also contact the Germany-wide patients' helpline by dialing 116117. Alternatively, you can call your state's Corona hotline.