1. Enchanted Christmas Market at Stanley Plaza Advent and Christmas in Germany - a very special time of the year
  2. Weihnachtliches Hamburg bereitet sich auf den OSZE-Ministerrat in Hamburg vor Germany assumes OSCE chairmanship in January 2016
  3. 15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business 15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business 2016
Enchanted Christmas Market at Stanley Plaza

Advent and Christmas in Germany - a very special time of the year

The season of Advent is something very special in Germany, a time when people look forward to Christmas Eve on 24 December, when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. The festive atmosphere, the decorated Christmas trees, the presents carefully arranged underneath and many other traditional customs are part and parcel of German culture. In Hong Kong, a German Christmas market will again be set up this year over the weekends 10-11 December and 17-18 December 2016 at Stanley Plaza in a German fairytale setting. Organised by LINK and supported by the Consulate General as well as the German Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong, the enchanted Christmas market will offer visitors a great variety of typical German delicacies including mulled wine (Glühwein), handicrafts like nutcrackers, Christmas pyramids and music boxes as well as a spectacular candy house. More details are available in the following link.

Weihnachtliches Hamburg bereitet sich auf den OSZE-Ministerrat in Hamburg vor

Germany assumes OSCE chairmanship in January 2016

On 1 January 2016 Germany assumed the Chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE). The German Government's motto for the year is "renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security". The Government will thus seek to strengthen OSCE instruments and institutions, promote dialogue among the participating states and thereby rebuild trust in Europe. Further information is available on the following websites:

15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business

15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business 2016

The 15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK 2016) is Germany’s flagship biennial gathering with a focus on trade, investment and private sector co-operation, and successfully took place for the first time in Hong Kong with an all-time high attendance of 1,027 registered participants. Supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, German Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, co-chaired the APK and invited top-level decision makers from German and Asian politics and business to the conference. For more information on the APK, click on the following links.

Important

The Consulate General will be closed on Monday, 26 December 2016.

In case of emergency only (no visa information), the Consulate General can be reached via the emergency phone number: (+852) 9027 7782. The emergency service can be reached on weekdays until midnight (24:00 h Hong Kong time), and on weekends and holidays from 08:00 to 24:00 h.

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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.

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Statement by Foreign Ministers Steinmeier and Ayrault on the awarding of the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Read a joint press release by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault on the first-time awarding of the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law on 1 December 2016 regarding the detention of the Chinese human rights lawyer Li Heping.

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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Working, training and studying in Germany

Germany is an attractive immigration destination. This country is open to qualified professionals, students and researchers moving here from all over the world. 

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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:

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Deutsche Welle's new English-language TV channel

Starting June 22, 2015, Deutsche Welle will broadcast its new TV-Channel including German-language news program "DW Nachrichten" around the clock. The newly structured TV channels will include among others DW in English, Spanish and Arabic.

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Poll: Germany retains positive image

Germany’s image in the world remains positive. In a poll conducted annually in 24 countries, Germany has maintained its position as the country with the most positive influence in the world in 2014...

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Germany continues to attract talent and investment and takes first position in 2014's Nation Brands Index

According to the "Nation Brands Index 2014" by the nation branding expert Simon Anholt and the market research institute GfK, Germany performed, as in previous years, outstandingly well as one of the world's strongest and most well-rounded nations. Having scored a second place last year, Germany came out on top this year, for the second time in the ten-year history of the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index. Germany achieved a consistently positive rating. As expected, the global perception of Germany's sporting excellence has risen significantly after Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But Germany also enjoys strong gains in areas of honest and competent governance, investment climate and social equality.

The report, which measures the strength and attractiveness of the image of 50 nations, is based on interviews of a total of 20,000 adults in 20 countries.

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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

Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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The Consul General

Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff

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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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