1. European Union Film Festival 2017 European Union Film Festival (8 February - 24 February 2017)
  2. HKTDC Education & Careers Expo 2017 HKTDC Education & Careers Expo 2017
  3. A reef knot as the symbol of the G20 summit in Hamburg Germany’s G20 presidency
European Union Film Festival 2017

European Union Film Festival (8 February - 24 February 2017)

This year's European Union Film Festival will take place from 8 February to 24 February 2017, presented by the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao and the Consulates General of EU member states (including the German Consulate General) in association with Broadway Cinematheque. The film selection was sourced from 16 European countries. The German contribution is the "After Spring Comes Fall" by Daniel Carsenty.

HKTDC Education & Careers Expo 2017

HKTDC Education & Careers Expo 2017

The 27th HKTDC Education & Careers Expo will be open to the public, with free admission, from 23 February to February 2017 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 700 exhibitors from various countries and regions are to be expected in the Expo. The Consulate General, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Goethe-Institut Hongkong will jointly take part in the Expo again to promote Germany as a study and travel destination and its language and culture. While the Consulate General will hold a seminar on the Working Holiday Scheme in Germany, the DAAD will showcase a variety of study programmes from summer courses to postgraduate research programmes at German universities, as well as provide information about scholarship opportunities. The Director of the DAAD Information Centre Hong Kong & Macau will also hold a seminar on studying in Germany. More information is available under the following link.

A reef knot as the symbol of the G20 summit in Hamburg

Germany’s G20 presidency

Germany will be holding the presidency of the G20 in 2017. The summit of the heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. A number of G20 ministers’ conferences are scheduled to take place prior to this. The G20 Foreign Ministers will meet in Bonn on 16 and 17 February 2017. The summit and ministers’ meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to raise awareness of new issues in international affairs. Further information is available on the following webpages:

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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.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany

In a Federal Convention election held in Berlin on 12 February 2017, former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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International Traineeship of the Deutsche Welle in Germany

DW Akademie is looking for open-minded, creative young people from all over the world interested in a comprehensive, exceptional quality journalism programme with an international broadcaster. The bilingual DW traineeship is targeted at both English native speakers with a working knowledge of German and German native speakers with an excellent working knowledge of English. Native speakers of any of the 30 DW programme languages are invited to apply as well. Applications will be accepted via an online application system between 2 January and 17 February 2017. The next traineeship will start in September 2017. Successful candidates will be based in Bonn and Berlin. Further information about the traineeship can be found in the following link or in the attachment: www.dw.de/dw-akademie/traineeship/s-12130

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Job opening at Goethe-Institut Hongkong

The Consulate General calls attention to the following job opening at Goethe-Institut Hongkong. Application deadline is 28 February, 2017. More information can be found in the link below.

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German-Moroccan Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017-2018

On 1 January 2017, Germany and Moroccot took over the Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The 2017 ministerial level Forum Meeting will be hosted by Germany from 28-30 June in Berlin. For more information please visit

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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

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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

The Consul General

Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff

Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff

The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hong Kong has been headed by Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff since July 2013.

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