Changed quarantine regulation in Korea (South)
Since February 15, 2021, an additional test must be carried out within 5-7 days after entry, if the period for the quarantine exemption exceeds 8 days (the costs are paid by the person concerned). The test must be submitted to the competent authority within 8 days.
If the second test result is not presented, the quarantine exemption is canceled and the person concerned will be immediately isolated.
Entry ban for Indonesia
Until further notice, a general entry ban from all countries for foreign nationals to Indonesia applies. It is not possible to apply for a visa through the consulates. In urgent cases, the company in Indonesia can apply for an e-Visa online from the General Directorate for Immigration (website: imigrasi.go.id).
E-Visa can only be applied for online by the sponsor in Indonesia.
Current entry regulations in China
All persons entering from abroad, regardless of their nationality, are tested for COVID-19 at the first arrival point and are subjected to a quarantine of at least 14 days in central facilities. The province of the inner-Chinese destination can provide different regulations, such as additional quarantine times after the above-mentioned period or the possibility of a home quarantine. Any costs incurred for quarantine, test and other measures must be payed by yourself.
Despite negative PCR and IgM antibody tests and the green QR code, people with a cured COVID-19 disease are immediately placed in hospital quarantine for several weeks and subjected to extensive examinations upon arrival. This can also affect people who still have antibodies due to an undetected disease from COVID-19. The same can apply to people who entered on the same flight as a person who, for B. is then tested positive for COVID-19. Medical measures on the Chinese side are invasive and often include computed tomography recordings in addition to sometimes daily blood samples. The regular central quarantine with further tests can only be started when the treatment centers assume a recovery. If there is renewed suspicion, they are immediately transferred back to hospital isolation.
Temporary entry ban
Entry restrictions have been in effect for 20 countries since February 3, 2021. This also applies to travelers from third countries who have stayed in the countries mentioned 14 days prior to their trip to Saudi Arabia.
This applies to the following countries:
Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden, UAE, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Japan, USA, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa.
Legalizations for Thailand
The processing of legalizations of documents for Thailand in Frankfurt is currently greatly delayed because the consulate has a waiting time of 8 weeks for an appointment. The actual processing takes another 2-4 weeks.
As there are considerable waiting times to be expected due to hygiene measures and special regulations in the consulate, Business Visum GmbH will charge additional costs during this time.
Changed visa regulations for technical services
On February 8, 2021, the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation of December 21, 2020 "Approval of the List of Purposes of Travel Used in Processing and Issuing Visas for Foreign Citizens" comes into force.
Therefore, as of February 8, 2021, the acceptance of visa applications for business visas for the purpose of entry "Technical Service" will be discontinued.
This category has been removed from the list of business visas. Foreign citizens who are employees of foreign companies that carry out installation work, service and warranty maintenance and repairs of equipment must apply for a work visa with the purpose of "installation work".
Only E-Visa for Pakistan
From now on it is no longer possible to apply for a passport visa for Pakistan (neither by post nor in person). Instead, every traveler must apply for an E-Visa in advance.
Entry requirements for China
In addition to negative nucleic acid and IgM antibody tests, passengers who have already been vaccinated must also show their vaccination cards or vaccination certificates or upload them via https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/ so that one of the responsible Chinese passengers can use them Diplomatic missions abroad can check the three documents and, if they pass the check, issue the passengers with a green QR code with HDC. The green QR code with HDC and the vaccination card or certificate of vaccination must be carried with you for control during boarding and when entering China.
The vaccination card or certificate must contain the following:
- Date of birth
- Name of the vaccine
- Date of first and second vaccination
- Signature and address of the vaccinating doctor or practice
Entry ban is extended
Due to the ongoing corona pandemic, the worldwide entry ban for foreign citizens from 28.12.2020 to 31.01.2021, will be extended until March 7th, 2021.
NEW: Application process for legalizations for the People's Republic of China
As of January 1st, 2021, the People's Republic of China will change the procedure for submitting documents for legalization as follows:
All pre-certified documents must be submitted via the local consular provider (CVAC = China Visa Application Center). Submission directly to the responsible embassy of the People's Republic of China is NO longer possible!
As a result, “Declarations of consent for data use” must also be submitted at the Munich, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf locations. The corresponding forms are already available for you on our website. In the Berlin & Hamburg locations, the obligation to submit this data protection document does not yet exist (as of January 14, 2021), but it is to be expected that there will be a nationwide regulation.
Due to the new submission procedure, the local China Visa Application Center will charge an additional fee of € 35.00 net plus the currently applicable VAT of 19%. This fee is charged in addition to the valid embassy fees for legalization.
** Please contact us before you send any documents. We would be happy to inform you about the current regulations and fees.