1. China: Hong Kong - fireworks New year greetings from the German Consulate General Hong Kong
  2. A reef knot as the symbol of the G20 summit in Hamburg Germany’s G20 presidency
  3. Weihnachtliches Hamburg bereitet sich auf den OSZE-Ministerrat in Hamburg vor End of Germany's OSCE Chairmanship 2016
China: Hong Kong - fireworks

New year greetings from the German Consulate General Hong Kong

Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff and the entire staff of the German Consulate General Hong Kong wish you and your families a Happy New Year. May 2017 be filled with peace and prosperity.

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:

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

End of Germany's OSCE Chairmanship 2016

Germany's OSCE Chairmanship in 2016: at the turn of the year, following twelve intensive months as Chairperson-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Foreign Minister Steinmeier passed the baton on to his Austrian colleague. At the end of Germany's OSCE Chairmanship in 2016, Foreign Minister Steinmeier took a very personal look back over the year. Further information is available on the following websites:

Important

The Consulate General will be closed on the following days:

Thursday, 26 January 2017
Monday, 30 January
2017
Tuesday, 31 January 2017

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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Job opening at Goethe-Institut Hongkong

The Consulate General calls attention to the following job opening at Goethe-Institut Hongkong. Application deadline is 1 February, 2017. More information can be found in the link below.

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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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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.

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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

Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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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