COVID-19 - Situation in Germany and Hong Kong

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19.01.2022 - Article

Important updates regarding COVID-19 in Germany and Hong Kong

Lifting of entry restrictions from Hong Kong and Macao to Germany


Since 20 June, 2021 the German government has lifted all entry restrictions for Hong Kong and Macao residents. Travel to Germany by Hong Kong and Macao residents will therefore be permitted again for all travel purposes from this date. For entry by air, proof of testing, proof of convalescence or proof of vaccination is required.

Requirements for tests and proof of vaccination or recovery

Information on proof of immunity is available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health . Please be advised that the following requirement are applicable to persons aged six years and up, as of 23 Dec 2021

In principle, the following forms of proof are accepted:

  • Proof of a negative test result:

A negative test result obtained using nucleic acid amplification technology (e.g. PCR, PoC- PCR) in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. The test must have been carried out no more than 48 hours prior to entry (time of swabbing).

Alternatively, a negative antigen rapid test result in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. Following a stay in a risk area or high incidence area, the test must have been carried out no more than 48 hours prior to entry. Following a stay in an area of variant of concern, the test must have been carried out no more than 48 hours prior to entry and must be obtained using nucleic acid amplification technology (e.g. PCR, PoC- PCR).

Details on the recognition of tests are provided on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

  • Proof of vaccination:

Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in digital or paper form (e.g. WHO vaccination booklet). The vaccine used must be one of those listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute . A period of at least 14 days must have elapsed since receiving the last vaccine dose.

  • Proof of recovery:

A positive PCR test result carried out at least 28 days but no more than six months previously.

What constitutes proof of vaccination?


Travel to Hong Kong

As of  2 December 2021, Germany will be classified as a high-risk country of group A by the Hong Kong authorities. Thus, entry is only possible for vaccinated persons who are in possession of a residence permit (e.g. Hong Kong ID) or a valid visa.

 In addition, the hotel quarantine increased to 21 days.

Travellers from Germany must present the following documents upon entry into Hong Kong:

1. Proof of a negative PCR test*

The test must have been performed within 48 hours prior to the scheduled departure time (for connecting flights, this refers to the last flight to land in Hong Kong) and must be in the traveler's name as shown on the passport in English or Chinese.

2. Documentary proof that German laboratories/healthcare institutions are recognized by the German Government

This is a  Documentary proof  that all laboratories/healthcare institutions in Germany are recognized by the German Government.

Please present a printout of this document together with your negative PCR test when entering Hong Kong.

3. Hotel Reservation

A hotel reservation in a Hong Kong government designated hotel in English or Chinese for 21 days from the day of arrival in Hong Kong. Hotel expenses are the responsibility of the traveller. 

4. Vaccination Certificate

The vaccination certificate issued by the relevant health authority in the name registered in the passport in English or Chinese. In addition, the vaccination certificate must indicate whether the individual traveller has received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine and the date on which the last dose was administered. Vaccination must have been with a vaccine approved by the Hong Kong government. A list with recognized vaccination records can be found on the government’s website . The EU Digital COVID Certificate is considered a recognized record. Please always present the certificates of both vaccinations - if applicable.

5. Online Entry Registration

All inbound travelers are required to complete the Health & Quarantine Information Declaration form from the health authorities online. The form can be completed and submitted online using a smartphone or mobile device prior to boarding. After successful submission, you will receive a QR code that you can save and present upon entry. The QR code is valid for 48 hours.

6. After Arrival at the Airport

All entrants must undergo a COVID test at the airport and wait for the result. After confirmation of the negative test result, buses will be ready to take you to the booked quarantine hotel.

* If the COVID test is not in English or Chinese or does not contain all the above information, a written confirmation in English or Chinese should be issued by the laboratory or health facility. This written confirmation should contain the name of the traveler concerned (name spelling as in the valid travel document) and the all the above information. Said written confirmation should be submitted together with the test report. Form for the written confirmation


Please read the recent entry regulations of the Hong Kong government: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html

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