1. G20 Leaders' Summit in Hamburg Germany’s G20 presidency
  2. Bundestagswahl 2017 Bundestag Election 2017: Information for overseas German nationals
  3. Oberes Mittelrheintal Germany's top travel destinations
G20 Leaders' Summit in Hamburg

Germany’s G20 presidency

A number of documents and declarations were drawn up and adopted during the German G20 Presidency. Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared herself satisfied with the outcome of the G20 summit, which took place on 7 and 8 July 2017. In the field of trade, she reported at the close of the summit in Hamburg, agreement was reached that markets must be kept open. The major industrialised states and emerging economies also agreed to fight protectionism and unfair trade restrictions. Here is a list of the most important of these documents: www.g20.org/Content/EN/StatischeSeiten/G20/Texte/g20-gipfeldokumente-en.html Further information is available on the following webpages:

Bundestagswahl 2017

Bundestag Election 2017: Information for overseas German nationals

Elections to the 19th German Bundestag will take place on 24 September 2017. Would you like to vote?

Oberes Mittelrheintal

Germany's top travel destinations

Here is a selection of Germany's most popular destinations.

Terminvergabe

Online appointment system for visa applications

Starting from 19 September 2016, all visa applicants are required to book their appointments through our FREE online system.

Please note every applicant must book a separate time slot. For example, a family of 5 has to book 5 time slots if they all want to apply for a visa. Families and groups may book different time slots on one day, but will be interviewed within one time frame if possible.

Once you have made an appointment, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your reference number, date and time of your appointment.

Please be on time for your scheduled appointment. If you arrive late, you will not be admitted.

We recommend you read the information below carefully in order to be fully prepared for your appointment.

If you do not have all the required documents with you on your appointment, you will have to schedule a new appointment through the online system.

All applications must be submitted in person.

If you wish to cancel your scheduled appointment, you will have to wait 24 hours after cancellation until the system allows you to book a new appointment.

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Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.

Make it in Germany

The portal for international qualified professionals www.make-it-in-germany.com

www.make-it-in-germany.com is the official multilingual online portal for international qualified professionals. It helps them find out how to make a success of coming to Germany – from preparations in their home countries to arriving and getting settled in.

Essen: The Ruhr Museum

Essen awarded "European Green Capital 2017"

The German city of Essen won the European Green Capital Award for 2017. Essen was singled out for its exemplary practices in protecting and enhancing nature and biodiversity, good management of its acoustic environment and efforts to reduce water consumption. The European Commission handed over the title of European Green Capital from the 2016 holder, Ljubljana, to the city of Essen on 21 January 2017. Find out more about this European Green Capital in the link below.

Yuan bills

Increasing difficulty for European companies to open bank accounts in Hong Kong

In view of the increasing difficulty for European companies, especially start-ups and new operators, to open bank accounts in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) stresses that customers must be treated fairly and no legitimate companies should be rejected from opening bank accounts in Hong Kong. It is encouraged that companies file complaints with the HKMA's Complaints Handling Centre when their applications for bank accounts are rejected. Complaints can be lodged via the HKMA link below:

Online appointment system for visa applications

To make an appointment to apply for a visa, please use our FREE online appointment system:

Notice of Visa and Consular Section

Verbotsschilder

Please note that guns, cameras, knives, mobile phones, suitcases/big bags or tablet computers are not allowed into the Visa and Consular Section.

The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel

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