Important information about the coronavirus

Since the end of last year, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been the focus of worldwide health research and media interest. The coronavirus now has a major impact on our everyday lives. All public and non-public events in Hamburg are currently prohibited due to the corona virus – regardless of the number of participants. This also includes the operation of numerous commercial enterprises. Private events with up to 100 participants are excluded from this general ruling, but it is recommended to postpone or cancel them. Explicitly not covered by the general ruling are the retail trade and all forms of necessary supplies to the population. This includes supermarkets and weekly markets. Restaurants may continue to operate if they keep a minimum distance of 1.50 metres between tables.

At this point we have compiled the most important information and tips for travellers to Hamburg.

If you are in Hamburg and concerned about whether you or your family might be affected, please call the emergency medical service on 116117.

Information on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Information from the Federal Ministry of Health

To the latest information about the coronavirus

Information from the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA)

To the frequently asked questions about the coronavirus

Information from the Hamburg Authority for Health and Consumer Protection

To the information about the coronavirus

Press release extract – Hamburg Authority for Health and Consumer Protection 02 April 2020, 12:00 CET

Recent new cases with positive COVID-19 infection

Since yesterday’s announcement, 120 more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Hamburg. Thus, the number of cases reported in Hamburg has now risen to a total of 2,557. The responsible health authorities are taking the necessary measures for all persons tested positive. Based on the calculation of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the health authorities estimate the number of those who have already survived the COVID-19 disease to be about 1,000 persons living in Hamburg. According to this, it can currently be assumed that around 1,550 people in Hamburg are ill.

As before, the reported courses of the disease are usually accompanied by mild to moderate flu-like symptoms. According to the current status, 183 people living in Hamburg are currently undergoing inpatient treatment for COVID-19 due to an illness with COVID-19, 44 of whom are receiving intensive medical care. Hamburg is currently taking precautions to cope well with an increase in inpatient and intensive care cases.

According to the RKI, 14 people in Hamburg have died with a COVID-19 infection. According to the Institute of Forensic Medicine, COVID-19 infection was found to be the cause of death in eleven of these persons. This means that since yesterday’s report, three more people have died as a result of COVID-19 infection.

Information on risk areas of the RKI

The current list of international risk areas of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) includes Spain, France, in Switzerland the cantons of Ticino, Vaud and Geneva, Egypt, the US states of California, Washington, New York and New Jersey, Italy, Austria, Iran as well as Daegue and the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang) in South Korea.

A current overview of the risk areas can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute at

General information from the Hamburg Authority for Health and Consumer Protection

How is Hamburg prepared?
Hamburg is well prepared in case of an unusual epidemic situation. The Hanseatic City has sufficient clinical facilities to treat patients with corresponding symptoms and a corresponding travel anamnesis to areas where continued human-to-human transmission can be suspected (China: Hubei Province, including Wuhan and the cities of Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Taizhou in Zhejiang Province, in Iran: Ghom Province, in Italy: Lombardy Region and the city of Vo in Padua Province in the Veneto Region, in South Korea: Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (North Gyeongsang)). With the Bernhardt-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) and the Institute for Hygiene and Environment (HU) as the national branch of the Authority for Health and Consumer Protection (BGV), institutions with international reputation are available for research and diagnostics of infectious diseases.

If required, citizens can obtain further information on the coronavirus and contact persons in Hamburg from the Hamburg Service telephone number +49 40-428 284 000 (daily from 7 am to 7 pm).

The Federal Government and the heads of the state governments today (16.3.2020) agreed on uniform guidelines to further restrict social contacts in public life. Hamburg has already implemented most of these regulations with the orders of the Senate of 13 and 15 March 2020. These measures are already in force. In addition, the Senate issued the following further decrees today, Monday 16 March 2020:

The retail sector will be closed except for the following areas: Food, weekly markets, pick-up and delivery services, beverage markets, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drugstores, petrol stations, banks and savings banks, post offices, hairdressers, dry cleaners, laundries, newspaper sales, DIY, horticultural and pet supplies markets and wholesale. The ban on Sunday sales has been lifted for these sectors until further notice.

Service providers and craftsmen can continue to carry out their activities. Restaurants and pubs may only be opened from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The existing conditions continue to apply unchanged (1.5-metre distance rule). Accommodation is only permitted for necessary purposes and not for tourism. Meetings in churches, mosques, synagogues and the meetings of other religious communities are prohibited. The use of children’s playgrounds is also prohibited.

Information from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI)

To the frequently asked questions about the coronavirus

Information from the World Health Organization (WHO)

To the frequently asked questions about the coronavirus
On the rules of conduct for dealing with easily transmitted infectious diseases

Supplementary notes

We recommend that you follow the usual behavioral instructions to avoid infection with infectious diseases. We also recommend that you only obtain information from reputable sources, official agencies and federal authorities.