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Corona virus

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The VDMA is closely monitoring the developments surrounding the Corona virus. Specific information on legal and insurance issues is available for VDMA members.



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Checklist "Travel restrictions for work assignments by Corona worldwide".

Optimally informed - travel restrictions and national measures for work assignments by Corona

Establishment of production capacities for infection control equipment

On a special page, the Medical Technology Working Group in the VDMA provides an overview of the development of production capacities for infection protection equipment in Germany and Europe.

Experiences of producing in a pandemic

The VDMA has compiled advice and experience from various companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector on how to maintain production despite a pandemic.

Home office: Corona regulation not extended

The legislator has not extended the special regulation on home office, which is valid until 30 June 2021.

Great Britain - Entry without valid reason possible again

Special testing regulations for work assignments. Quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated EU and US nationals removed from 2 August. Test remains requirement for entry.

Labour law aspects of a pandemic - 10th edition published

The currently spreading "Coronavirus" leads to considerable uncertainty in the personal as well as professional area.

Corona crisis: support for companies in the Free State of Bavaria

For your information and convenience, we have compiled an overview and the corresponding contact details and web addresses below. We hope that this will help you in your work. If you have any questions or general queries or concerns during this difficult period, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Saudi Arabia - borders opened for travellers from Germany

No quarantine for vaccinated travellers (as of July 22, 2021)

Covid-19 - Not all vaccines are equally accepted

Globally reduced travel activities cover problem of acceptance of vaccination policies.

Ten impulses for NRW

Over the past few weeks, the Executive Board of the North Rhine-Westphalia Regional Association has held intensive discussions on the impact of the Corona crisis on the mechanical and plant engineering sector.

Netherlands - Assembly work possible

No PCR test required on entry.

France - Assembly work possible

Negative PCR test or antigen test required on entry.

Denmark - Assembly possible

Quarantine no longer required

Corona virus: Current VDMA information

The VDMA is closely monitoring the developments around the corona virus and has provided VDMA members with topic-specific information on legal and insurance-related issues.

Corona pandemic: NRW well equipped to bridge bottlenecks in financing and maintaining jobs

Due to the corona pandemic, a growing number of companies in various industries are facing completely new challenges. In the meantime, the Federal Government has also sharpened its instruments for comprehensive liquidity protection and uncomplicated receipt of the short-time working allowance.

Corona assistance

The VDMA NRW is closely monitoring the developments around the corona virus. For VDMA members, topic-specific information on legal and insurance-related issues is available.

Coronavirus – Informationen für Unternehmen in NRW information for companies in North Rhine-Westphalia

Various information portals are available to member companies for dealing with the corona pandemic: in addition to a central VDMA website, the North Rhine-Westphalia regional association also offers a constantly updated website with NRW-specific information.

4. Blitz survey: Effects of the corona pandemic on NRW mechanical engineering

The corona pandemic is now also having a significant impact on mechanical and plant engineering in North Rhine-Westphalia. According to the 4th Blitz Survey of the VDMA (709 companies were surveyed, 190 of them from North Rhine-Westphalia), 87 percent of the North Rhine-Westphalian machine and plant construction companies surveyed believe that their operations are affected.

7. Blitz survey: First positive signals for 2021

The 7th VDMA flash survey shows that the majority of mechanical engineering companies in North Rhine-Westphalia expect the situation to improve in 2021 after a disappointing year in 2020.

9th flash survey: NRW mechanical engineering sees a small light on the horizon

The 9th VDMA flash survey shows that the effects of the corona pandemic for the mechanical and plant engineering industry in NRW are not as serious as feared. Nevertheless, there is still a rocky road ahead.

6th survey: NRW-Maschinenbau - Slight relaxation

According to the VDMA's 6th flash survey, the vast majority of NRW machine builders (more than 80 percent) are confident of returning to the nominal sales level of 2019 by 2022.

8. flash survey: NRW-Maschinenbau: Reality dampens hope

The state-specific NRW results of the VDMA's 8th "Blitz" survey show that - contrary to initial hopes - the economic recovery is still some way off.

3. flash survey Coronavirus - Results for NRW for the first time

83 percent of the mechanical engineering companies in North Rhine-Westphalia have already taken measures to adjust capacity.

5th survey: Effects of the Corona Pandemic are increasing

According to the VDMA's 5th flash survey, almost all of the North Rhine-Westphalian mechanical and plant engineering companies surveyed see their operations impaired.

Belgium - Assembly work possible

Entry without testing and quarantine.

Using lifts safely even in a pandemic

Millions of people use elevators every day - but how safe is it in times of a pandemic? The latest episode of the VDMA's industry podcast is about infection-free use of lifts during the Corona pandemic. Even simple measures can make elevators safer for people.

"A new start for Europe"

The outbreak of the Corona pandemic has also affected the mechanical engineering sector. In its new 5-point plan, the VDMA summarizes its key demands for a solidarity-based, stable and secure European future.

Quarantine regulations for entry and return to Germany

End of the patchwork: Federal government standardizes regulations for entry and quarantine as of May 13, 2021. Some state regulations are still in force.

Morocco - very limited entry possibilities

Travelers from Germany (regardless of nationality) are denied entry to Morocco (as of 28.04.2021)

Ministries have established central contact point

The "Procurement" task force of the NRW ministries coordinates inquiries and offers via central mail address.

Corona year 2020: More Hermes applications

New customers discovered export credit guarantees in 2020, with Russia and Turkey leading the way in Hermes cover.

Brazil: Entry with PCR test possible - but "virus variant area

The regulation with new entry restrictions for foreigners was published on 28 May. (Status 17.06.2021)

Russia: Travel situation and local measures

Entry to Russia is becoming possible for more and more EU citizens.

Chile - No entry for foreigners

The entry ban for all foreigners not resident in Chile has been extended for the time being up to and including 14 July 2021. The region is considered a high incidence area.

Italy: Entry regulations simplified until July 30, 2021

Recognition of the ditigtal COVID certificate of the EU introduced.

Event programme 2021

The VDMA offers information events on current foreign trade topics, on the web and live on site.

Football must not lead to new lockdowns

The successes in the fight against the pandemic are being recklessly put at risk in Europe when full football stadiums convey the image that Corona has been defeated. People's health and economic recovery are put at risk for the sake of the game.

Corona: Obligation to make a test offer remains

With the revision of the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation on 01 July 2021, the employer's obligation to offer corona testing remains in place.

China: No relief in sight for entry conditions

Operations in China continue to require a high level of effort.

Sharing of costs in case of cancellation of hotel rooms due to pandemic

The Higher Regional Court of Cologne (Case No.: 1 U 9/21) has ruled that a cancellation of hotel rooms booked before the outbreak of the pandemic justifies a 50/50 split of the booking costs.

Extended special regulations as of 01.01.2021

In spring 2020, special regulations were introduced with regard to the receipt of short-time allowance and the reimbursement of social security contributions in order to cushion the consequences of the Corona pandemic.

Vaccination by company doctors

From 07 June 2021, company doctors will also be involved in the decentralised COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

Corona: New requirements as of 01 July 2021

On 23 June 2021, the Federal Cabinet adopted the new version of the Corona - Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance - with effect from 1 July 2021.

Short-time work: special regulations extended again

On 9 June 2021, the Federal Cabinet adopted the Third Ordinance Amending the Short-Time Work Benefits Ordinance.

Algeria opens borders

Prime Minister issues regulations for partial reopening of air borders from 1 June 2021 (as of 24/06/2021).

Entry and quarantine in Belarus

Entry for distribution and assembly also possible without quarantine.

Corona crisis in Kazakhstan: entry and measures on the ground

Visa requirement extended until December 31, 2021. Procedure simplified.

Colombia - Information on the current Corona situation

Air travel to Colombia is slowly resuming (as of 16.06.2021).

Israel no longer a risk area

Israel is no longer classified as a risk area as of 11/04/2021.

Egypt is a high incidence area

It is possible to send employees to Egypt. A PCR test must be available upon entry. (as of 28.04.2021)

Travel to Ukraine possible again

In principle, entry is again permitted for foreigners. But there are conditions. Travellers from Germany do not have to be in quarantine at present.

Focus on open markets and global partnerships

The EU Commission is drawing its lessons from the Corona pandemic. From the VDMA's point of view, it is clear that only open markets and global partnerships contribute to economic recovery.

Entry USA - New criteria for issuing an NIE

As of May 27, 2021, the U.S. Department of State has expanded opportunities for business travel to the United States. Travel opportunities for VDMA member companies will improve significantly as a result.


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"Over-regulation of the labor market is no less burdensome for many companies than excessive taxes and duties"

Dr. Ralph Wiechers, VDMA

Auf den Punkt: Corona Blitzumfrage Zahl



of all companies expect problems on the demand side to continue to decline.


Auf den Punkt Corona

Economic policy demands in the context of the Corona crisis
  • Immediately: Secure liquidity of the companies
  • Immediately: continue to enable the movement of goods, economic activity and production.
  • Immediately: Prevent industry shutdown
  • Prepare now: Flank restart

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