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COVID-19 - Situation in Germany and Hong Kong

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10.08.2022 - Article

Important updates regarding COVID-19 in Germany and Hong Kong

Lifting of entry restrictions to Germany

 Since 11 June 2022, all COVID-19 entry restrictions to Germany have been lifted (this does not apply to residents of the People's Republic of China).

Proof of vaccination, proof of recovery (from COVID-19) or proof of testing is no longer required to enter Germany.

Travel to Hong Kong

From 1 June 2022 the entry requirements for Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents from any place outside China are as folllowed.

All travelers must be fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age may only enter when accompanied by a vaccinated person. Children over 12 years of age must be vaccinated to enter Hong Kong.

All travellers are required to 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 traveller's name as shown on the passport in English or Chinese.

The documentary proof of the ISO 15189 accreditation or recognition by the relevant authority of the government of the place of the laboratory or the healthcare Institution is no longer needed.

Children aged below three will no longer be required to present the proof of the 48-hour pre-departure PCR test when boarding.

2. Hotel Reservation for seven days

A hotel Reservation in a Hong Kong government designated hotel in English or Chinese for min. of three nights from the day of arrival in Hong Kong (starting from 12 August 2022). Hotel expenses are the responsibility of the traveller. 

3. Vaccination Certificate

The vaccination certificate issued by the relevant health authority with the name stated on 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.

4. Online Entry Registration

Starting from 28 July 2022, all inbound travellers are required to complete the Health & Quarantine Information Declaration form from the Hong Kong health authorities online and obtain a QR-Code before they depart to Hong Kong.

5. Pre-departure Tests for recovered persons previously infected with COVID-19

Persons who previously were infected with COVID-19 can be exceptionally allowed to board a flight for Hong Kong if they hold the following documents:

(1) A certificate issued by a medical practitioner or a recovery record issued by relevant authorities in Chinese or English, showing that the person was infected with COVID-19 14 to 90 days prior to boarding for Hong Kong and has recovered (the personal information contained on the documentary must match that of the relevant inbound Person);

(2) A negative Antigen test (RAT) issued by a laboratory or health care institution in Chinese or English, in which the name of the person entering Hong Kong matches the name on his or her valid travel document. The test must be taken within 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

(3) If the relevant test report is not in Chinese or English or does not contain all of the above Information, a written confirmation in Chinese or English issued by the laboratory or health care institution bearing the name of the relevant inbound Person matching that on his or her valid travel document and setting out all of the above Information. The said written confirmation should be presented gother with the rest report.

6. After Arrival at the Airport

Upon arrival all travelers must undergo a PCR-based nucleic acid test and a Rapid Anitgen Test (RAT); upon a negative test result of the RAT, a quarantine order will be issued and transfer to the designated quarantine hotel booked in advance by the travelers will be organized (by bus or self-paid taxi).

7. During the Quarantine Period (3+4) 

From 12 August 2022, travellers are requried to quarantine in designated hotels for three nights after which they can return home and spend four days under surveillance. Their activities will be restricted during the four days of surveillance period. They are not allowed to enter places where the ”LeaveHomeSafe“-APP is required. However, they can still take public transport, go to work and shop at markets and malls, if their daily rapid antigen test results are negative. The health code will change to blue colour when travellers have completed the entire ”3+4“ arrangement.

8. In case of a positive test or RAT

If the result of any PCR-based nucleic acid tests or daily RATs is positive, transfer to a community isolation hotel/centre will be arranged with an isolation order issued. The isolation and discharge arrangements will be the same as those for local cases in isolation. They can be considered to have completed isolation upon receiving negative results from the RATs conducted on the sixth day and the seventh day after being tested positive.

* 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

 

Transit in Hong Kong

Transit for passengers  from airports in Mainland China and international places is possible. Layover time of transit passengers at Hong Kong International Airport must be within 24 Hours.

Transit services to destinations in Mainland China remain unavailable at Hong Kong International Airport.

 

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

Further useful information you may find here:
https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html

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