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COVID-19 Corona: What's New

Most of the COVID-related restrictions have been lifted all over Germany, but there are still certain things to keep in mind. Read our overview.

What's changed with Hamburg's latest rules and regulations

What's New: COVID-19 Regulations in Hamburg

Please note that only the German version of the regulations published in the Hamburg Law and Ordinance Gazette (available on the Internet at www.luewu.de) is legally binding. For more information, please see the rules and regulations for the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more English information, please see our English FAQs and the official German regulations.

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What's new?

The total numbers of severe illnesses due to infections with COVID-19 have dropped and many federal states in Germany have lifted most of the COVID-related restrictions. However, many people still get infected every day, which may pose a serious risk to vulnerable persons. So it is still recommended to be careful and act responsibly.

FFP2 face masks in health and care facilities
In public indoor areas which are (frequently) accessed by vulerable persons, there is an obligation to wear an FFP2 face mask (or other medical face mask of similar or higher standard).

These areas inlcude doctors' offices, hospitals, prevention and rehbilitation facilities, day care facilities and housing facilities for senior citizens, refugees or persons experiencing homelessness.

Children under the age of 6 do not have to wear face masks.

Even though it is not mandatory anymore, it is still recommended to wear FFP2 face masks in any indoor area.

FFP2 face masks in public transport
In all vehicles of public transport, there is an obligation to wear an FFP2 face mask (or other medical face mask of similar or higher standard).

Children under the age of 6 do not have to wear a face mask.

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Information for travellers and visitors

You are visiting Hamburg or maybe only stopping by on the way? Most basic COVID-related rules are common knowledge by now, but there might be slight and subtle differences to those applicable in other countries.

See our article on some basic information everyone should know about keeping safe in the times of COVID-19 in Hamburg and all over Germany.

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3G, 2G and 2G+

What do '3G', '2G' and '2G+' mean?
For general information on 3G, 2G and 2G+ rules applicable in Hamburg and Germany, please see our page on the access plans.

As of now, there are no areas in which any of these restrictions apply.

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Face masks

Face masks in health and care facilities
FFP2 masks (or other medical face masks of similar or higher standard of protection) are mandatory in public indoor areas which are (frequently) accessed by vulerable persons.

These areas inlcude doctors' offices, hospitals, prevention and rehbilitation facilities, day care facilities and housing facilities for senior citizens, refugees or persons experiencing homelessness.

In these places, the obligation to wear medical face masks also applies to vaccinated and recovered persons, and to customers, patrons and staff alike.

For more detailed information on face masks, see FAQ Masks

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Testing and certificates

Testing is no longer free for all. Here is a brief overview:

Testing at one of the many test centres is still free forVisitors to a medical or care facility
Persons providing care for other family members
Children under the age of 5
Pregnant women in the first trimester of pregnancy
Persons who cannot be vaccinated because of medical reasons
Persons taking part in medical studies on covid vaccines
Infected persons who want to test out of isolation
Persons living together with infected persons
Testing for an excess fee of € 3.- is possible forPersons who are going to attend an indoor event the same day
Persons who are going to meet or visit vulnerable persons the same day
Persons with a red tile in their CoronaWarnApp
For everyone else, testing is still possible, but only if an excess fee is paid, which (as of 30 June 2022) is yet to be announced.

As a proof of testing, a negative test result from PCR testing or PoC antigen testing are valid. The test results must not date back more than 24 (antigen test) or 48 hours (PCR test), respectively.

Vaccination certificates
Persons who were vaccinated at the central vaccination point at the Hamburg Messehallen (Congress Center) do not have to order their digital vaccination certificate from there or from a pharmacy. The digital certificates can be downloaded from www.panex-impfzertifikat.de (German only).

All other vaccinated persons can get their certificates from local pharmacies. Proof of the vaccination and proof of identity are needed for printing out the certificate, which can then be scanned via QR code by a digital software app.

Time frames for certificates
Vaccination/recovery certificates: First and second vaccination certificates are valid from 14 days after the vaccination jab. Booster vaccinations are valid from the day of the injection.

Certificates of recovery from an infection with COVID-19 are valid from 28 days after the first positive test result until no more than 90 days after the first positive test result.

Test certificates: Antigen rapid test certificates are valid for 24 hours after the result is issued. PCR test certificates are valid for 48 hours after the test result is issued.

For more detailed information, see FAQ Testing and FAQ Vaccination.

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Isolation and quarantine

Isolationaffects persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 and may thus pose the risk to infect others.
Quarantineaffects persons who have been in close contact with infected persons and may become sick.

Isolation

The isolation period starts on the first day of experiencing any symptoms or on the day of the positive test result. All infected persons must stay isolated for 10 days if they do not choose to test out.

Testing out
Health care and hospital staff may test out by means of PCR testing, but not antigen testing, from day seven of their isolation period.
All other infected persons, including school students and children, may test out by means of PCR or certified antigen testing (for example by approved service providers) from day seven of their isolation period.

Quarantine

The quarantine period start on the first day after the contact to an infected person. All potential contact persons must stay in quarantine for 10 days if they do not choose to test out.

Testing out
All adult contact persons, including health care and hospital staff, may test out by means of PCR or certified antigen testing (for example by approved service providers) from day seven of their quarantine period.
School students and children may test out by means of PCR or certified antigen testing (for example by approved service providers) from day five of their quarantine period.

Ending isolation/quarantine

All persons, whether in isolation or quarantine, who have tested out of their isolation/quarantine period are advised to reduce their contacts significantly and wear a medical face mask for a period of 14 days.

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Meeting people

Contact restrictions by law have been lifted.

But in order for you and the people around you to stay safe, please maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to all persons from other households – whether you are at home, in indoor public spaces or in the outdoors.

You need not keep the minimum distance to persons of your shared household, but still it is highly recommended to reduce physical contact to an absolute minimum and to observe the usual hygiene measures as strictly as possible.

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Public transport

FFP2 masks in public transport services
In all services and means of public transport, whether in Hamburg or in all of Germany, the obligation to wear FFP2 face masks applies. This means that all passengers in A-, S- and U trains, buses, taxis and all other means of public individual transport must wear either an FFP2 face mask or another medical face mask of similar or higher standard in all vehicles.

This means that surgical masks are not sufficient.

The only exceptions are open vehicles when there is sufficient flow of fresh air.

For more detailed information, see FAQ Public Transport

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Offices

Face masks not mandatory at offices
There is no obligation to wear face masks at offices. Still, employers may order their employees to wear medical face masks in individual cases.

Remote work
It is recommended that employers allow their employees to work from home if this is possible in their job.

For more detailed information, see FAQ Workers

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Kitas, schools, further education

Schools and kitas
There will be no further restrictions for schools. This means that schools and kitas remain open throughout. The obligation to wear medical face masks is suspended.

Educational institutions
Universities and colleges may allow in-class teaching, especially exams and exam preparations as well as research and teaching in labs and workshops.

There are no restrictions on extracurricular activities.

Driving schools
There are no restrictions on the operation of driving schools.

Group activities
There are no restrictions on social work activities for children, young adults and senior citizens.

For more detailed information on kitas and child care, see FAQ Day Care (KITAs)

For more detailed information on schools, see FAQ Schools

For more detailed information on higher education and science, see FAQ Universities

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Events

Cultural events
There are no restrictions on cultural events. Even dancing events may take place again at full capacity.

Hamburg DOM 2022
The Hamburg Summer DOM may take place without any further restrictions. For more information on the Summer DOM 2022, and the Hamburg DOM in general, see Hamburg DOM.

Political demonstrations and parades
There are currently no COVID-related restrictions on political demonstrations and parades. The general rules and requirements for organising demonstrations and parades apply.

For more detailed information on leisure activities and events, see FAQ Events

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Sport and physical education

Sport and physical education
Sport is possible again on outdoor and indoor sports grounds without any restrictions.

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Restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs

Restaurants, cafés and bars
Restaurants, cafés and bars may open without any COVID-related restrictions.

Clubs and music venues
Dancing events are possible again, so clubs and discos may open their doors to patrons without any COVID-related restrictions.

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Shopping; services

Retail businesses and shopping
Shopping groceries or in retail businesses is possible without any restrictions.

For more detailed information on shops and services, see FAQ Shops and Businesses

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Travel, accommodation, tourism

Accommodation
Hotels, guest houses, holiday rentals, campsites and similar means of accommodation may open up to 100 per cent of their capacities.

On-site restaurants and bars may open according to the usual rules in gastronomy.

City and harbour cruises; guided tours
There currently no restrictions on tourist activities, such as guided tours and harbour cruises.

For more detailed information on travel and tourism, see FAQ Travelling or FAQ Events

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Culture

Theatres, cinemas, musical stages, concert halls
No COVID-related restrictions.

Museums, memorial sites and exhibitions
No COVID-related restrictions.

Zoos and botanical gardens
No COVID-related restrictions.

For more detailed information on cultural events, see FAQ Culture or FAQ Events

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Please note that only the German version of the regulations published in the Hamburg Law and Ordinance Gazette (available on the Internet at www.luewu.de) is legally binding. For more information, please see the rules and regulations for the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more English information, please see our English FAQs and the official German regulations.

We would like to say thank you for being considerate and respectful, and for taking these rules of infection control and mutual support seriously!

Corona: What's New