COVID-19 - Situation in Germany and Hong Kong

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20.03.2020 - Article

Important updates regarding COVID-19 in Germany and Hong Kong

Restricted Visa Services and Situation in Germany

The Federal Foreign Office lifted the global travel warning from 15 June for certain European countries  and replaced it with individual travel advice. The travel warning for non-EU countries is however expected to be valid until 31 August. Individual travel recommendations for countries with low infection rates are also possible.

The national list of countries, from which travel is now unrestricted, are as follows:

Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia und Uruguay

The EU has decided that the lifting of entry restrictions from Hong Kong and Macao is in principle possible. However, depending on progress in negotiations on easing entry restrictions for travelers from Germany to Hong Kong and Macao, the entry restrictions for travelers from Hong Kong and Macao to Germany will remain in place for the time being.

Travellers from Hong Kong and Macao, as well as from third countries not on the above list, are however also eligible for extended entry if they belong to one of the following groups:

- German nationals as well as nationals from other EU countries, countries associated with Schengen (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), the United Kingdom

- Third-country nationals with an existing right of residence in Germany

- Third-country national family members entering for family reunification or visiting trips for urgent family reasons. However, this will not cover temporary tourist or visiting trips, but in principle only cases of family reunion. Urgent family reasons are: urgent entry of the “nuclear family”, i.e. the spouse/life partner according to the Civil Partnership Act or underage children for funerals, weddings, visiting trips of the underage child to his or her parents and comparable cases. Corresponding documents should be carried along and presented at the border control.

- Healthcare workers, health researchers and care professionals

- Foreign specialists and highly qualified workers whose employment is necessary from an economic point of view and whose work cannot be postponed or carried out abroad

- Cross-border workers, transport personnel employed in the movement of goods and other essential sectors

- Seasonal agricultural workers

- Seafarers

- Foreign students whose studies cannot be conducted entirely abroad

- Persons in need of international protection or seeking entry for other humanitarian reasons.

- Diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers insofar as they are performing official duties

- Late repatriates

- Passengers in transit

Unfortunately, the German Consulate General Hong Kong can only accept visa applications from the above-mentioned groups of persons for the duration of the entry ban. The online appointment system for national visas (period of stay of over 90 days) will be activated. If you belong to one of the above mentioned groups of persons and would like to travel to Germany for a period of up to 90 days, please make an appointment by e-mail to info@hongkong.diplo.de. Please include your name, passport number, place of residence and travel period in the mail and specify which exception applies to you.

Quarantine regulations in Germany: Federal Ministry of Health

Coronavirus and Entry Restrictions (Federal Foreign Office)

Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions (German Federal Ministry of Interior)

Situation in Hong Kong and travel restrictions

Starting from March 25, the following measures have been implemented:

  • All non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries or territories are barred from entering Hong Kong.
  • Non-Hong Kong residents arriving in Hong Kong from the Mainland, Macau and Taiwan, who have been to overseas countries or territories in the past 14 days, are also barred from entering Hong Kong.
  • All travellers arriving from Macau and Taiwan, including Hong Kong and non-Hong Kong residents, are subjected to 14-day compulsory quarantine, which is the same as the arrangements for people entering Hong Kong from the Mainland.
  • Only restricted transit services at Hong Kong International Airport are allowed.

Coronavirus information from Hong Kong Government

Updates from Hong Kong International Airport

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