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13.04.2022 - 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

From 3 March 2022, every person over the age of 12 is obliged to carry proof of their COVID‑19 status when entering Germany. Persons over the age of 12 must therefore have a negative test result or proof of recovery or vaccination when entering Germany.

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. and not older than 48 hours. Alternatively, a negative antigen rapid test (RAT) in English not older than 48 hours.

  • 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 90 days previously. Detailed requirements are availble on the website of the Robert Koch Institute. 

What constitutes proof of vaccination?

Please click here regarding what constitutes as proof of vaccination.

Travel to Hong Kong

From 01 May 2022, the entry requirements for entry into Hong Kong from all countries will be as follows.

All travelers must be fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age may only enter with their parent(s)/accompanying person(s), provided the parent(s)/accompanying person(s) are vaccinated. Children over 12 years of age must be vaccinated to enter the country.

Please note that travelers entering Hong Kong before 01 May 2022 must also be in possession of residence permit (e.g. Hong Kong ID) or a valid visa.  

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. This document has been approved by the relevant Hong Kong authorities.

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 min. seven 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

Upon arrival all travellers must undergo a PCR-based nucleic acid test; upon a negative test result, a 14-day quarantine order will be issued and transfer to the designated quarantine hotel booked in advance by the travellers will be organized.

7. During the Quarantine Period

During the quarantine period, daily rapid antibody tests (RAT) will be conducted and PCR-based nucleic acid tests on day 5 and (if still in the designated quarantine hotel) on day 12. If the results of day 5 PCR-based nucleic acid test and day 6 and 7 RATs are all negative, early discharge from the designated quarantine hotel will be allowed after seven days. If early discharge is opted for: self-monitoring for 7 days, with a PCR-based nucleic acid test conducted at a community testing centre on day 12.
Otherwise: a PCR-based nucleic acid test conducted in the DQH on day 12, followed by discharge from the designated quarantine hotel on day 14 upon a negative result.

If the result of any PCR-based nucleic acid tests or daily RATs is positive, transfer to a community isolation hotel will be arranged with an isolation order issued. The isolation and discharge arrangements will be the same as those for local cases in isolation, i.e. completion of isolation for leading a normal life upon day 6 and 7 RAT negative results.

* 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

All Transit passengers who board a flight from overseas places and Taiwan are required to present at boarding a negative PCR-test with specimen collected within 48 hours before the scheduled time of departure.

Transit for passengers form Airports in Mainland China is possible. Transit services to destinations in Mainland China remain unavailable at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Layover time of transit passengers at HKIA must be within 24 hours.

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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