Situation in Germany and Travel Restrictions
In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the European Commission has recommended travel restrictions for all non-essential travel to the EU from third countries. Germany has implemented these recommendations.
It is possible to enter Germany without any restrictions from:
- EU Member States
- Schengen associated countries: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
- the United Kingdom
Since 2 July 2020, entry from certain countries on the “positive list” agreed by the EU member states has also been possible without restrictions: Link
The “positive list” will be reviewed and updated regularly. Depending on the developments of the epidemiological situation, changes in the list may occur.
Hong Kong is not currently on the positive list. As a result, the travel restrictions remain in force for Hong Kong until further notice.
Despite the continuing entry restrictions, existing exceptions for entering Germany will be significantly expanded.
Please find the most up to date regulations regarding travel excepctions on the Website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI)
Quarantine regulations and COVID‑19 tests upon entry into Germany: Link
Situation in Hong Kong
Since 25 March 2020, entry into Hong Kong has not been possible for persons without a residence permit (i.e. not resident in Hong Kong). Transit at Hong Kong International Airport is very limited. Persons with a residence permit must undergo a 14-day quarantine after entry, domestic quarantine is accepted.
Travellers entering Hong Kong from countries classified as high risk places by the Hong Kong Government, or who have been there in the last 14 days (See here for the list of high risk places), must also provide a negative COVID-19 test report on arrival and enter a 14-day hotel quarantine (see list of available hotels)
This list currently includes 13 countries, including Great Britain, France, Russia and the USA.