Starting from August 30: Compulsory Testing before boarding
From August 30, 2020, a general compulsory corona test will apply before the flight to China. It should be noted that ..
I) Passengers who travel from Frankfurt am Main by direct or charter flight to China can be tested in the Centogene test center at the airport and can go on board immediately after presenting the negative test results. However, if the corona tests are carried out at other German test sites, these tests must take place within five days before departure to China and their negative test results must be certified online by the respective Chinese diplomatic mission. For this purpose, passengers are required to email their test results with passport copies and completed and signed health declarations at least 24 hours before departure, including on weekends, to the relevant Chinese diplomatic mission (depending on the location of the test site). After a quick verification process, travelers receive the health declarations stamped back and can present them to the airline on the day of departure.
II) Passengers who fly from Hamburg via Frankfurt am Main to China can be tested in the Centogene test center at Hamburg Airport. If you present the negative test results, you can go on board at Frankfurt Airport.
III) Passengers who fly from Germany via a third country to China are subject to the same test obligation and the procedure described above. The valid document must then be presented at the transit airport before the flight to China.
IV) Passengers who fly from other countries via Frankfurt am Main to China, carry out a corona test in the first country of departure and have it certified by the respective Chinese diplomatic mission in this country. Passengers in Frankfurt am Main may only travel on to China upon presentation of this certificate.
It is important to note that the test results are only valid if the tests have been carried out within five calendar days prior to departure for China.
The email addresses of the Chinese diplomatic missions in Germany are as follows:
Chinese Consulate in Hamburg:
Chinese Consulate in München:
Chinese Consulate in Frankfurt am Main:
Chinese Consulate in Düsseldorf:
Visa for Lebanon
At present, applications for business visas are only processed in the embassy if an invitation from the business partner in Lebanon is presented. In addition, a negative Covid19 test must be presented, which may be at maximum 86 hours old.
Visa for the Dominican Republic
To enter the Dominican Republic, a negative Covid 19 test must be presented at the airport, which must not be older than 5 days.
Visa for Burkina Faso
To enter Burkina Faso a negative Covid 19 test must be presented at the airport, which must not be older than 5 days.
Visa for Nigeria
In order to be able to apply for a visa at the embassy, a travel authorization is now required, which the business partner must apply for at the Immigration Office in Abuja. This authorization is tied to flight and travel dates.
When checking in at the airport, a negative COVID test that is not older than 72 hours should be carried with you. It is recommended to call the airline in advance to find out whether you will be allowed on board with such a test.
When entering Abuja, a COVID test is also done. It is important that the traveler has booked a hotel for three days and carries this booking with them. In the course of the test, the passport will be withheld and returned to the traveler after the three days of hotel stay and a negative test result. Only then is it possible to travel on to the actual destination in Nigeria.
Visa for Iraq
Currently, business visas are only issued if approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Interior. Until further notice, these visas are only valid for single entry with a stay of 30 days.
The Iraqi company needs to contact the agency to obtain approval from the Interior Ministry. The application should contain the following information:
- Reason for travel
- What work will be carried out on site? (Urgency must be justified)
- Information about the German company
- Name, passport details etc. of the travelers
If the Ministry of Interior gives permission, it will be sent to the Iraqi company. This must then be forwarded to Germany and submitted to the embassy with the application documents for the visa.
The processing time in the embassy is then around 1 week.
Visa documents for Mali
The embassy of Mali informs that, in addition to the regular visa documents, a signed self-declaration must be provided by the traveler that he will accept and comply with all applicable quarantine regulations during his stay. There is no appropriate form on the part of the embassy for this.
And please note: The flight and hotel confirmation must be presented. Just the flight certificate alone is not enough. If the traveler does not stay at the hotel, other proof of accommodation must be presented.
Visa for Uzbekistan
All international scheduled flights have been suspended until further notice. The land borders are basically closed for passenger traffic; exceptions are made only for Uzbek citizens who want to return to Uzbekistan. After entry, there is a 14-day quarantine obligation, which must generally be spent in state quarantine facilities. (Federal Foreign Office, as of June 25, 2020)
In urgent cases, an “emergency visa” can be applied for through the embassy in Berlin.
The application must be made with a ministerial invitation (telex number) in connection with a detailed invitation from the business partner.
Please contact our Berlin branch for further information.
Visa for Taiwan
Since March 19, 2020, only foreigners with a Taiwanese permanent residence permit (ARC/APRC, Blue Card MoFA) or a "business visa" to take up work are permitted to enter (Federal Foreign Office, as of June 25, 20).
Visa-free entry is currently suspended. Entry is only possible with separate visas issued by the responsible consulates. These are usually only issued for urgent technical emergencies (maintenance, repair).
All travelers must be in quarantine/isolation für 14 days after entry.
Please contact our responsible branch office for further information on the respective application process.
Visa for Australia
There is a basic entry ban for all foreigners without a permanent residence permit for Australia.
In urgent cases, however, an e-visa can be issued, usually with the prior approval of the Department of Home Affairs.
However, a 14-day self-isolation obligation applies on entry.
For more precise coordination of the application process, please contact our Berlin office.