Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Please note: These FAQ give an overview of the most important questions and topics concerning the coronavirus rules that apply in Hamburg. The versions and modifications published in the Hamburgisches Gesetz- und Verordnungsblatt (Hamburg’s Law and Ordinance Gazette) are legally binding and can be consulted on the Internet (www.luewu.de). You can find an unofficial version for reading on our website www.hamburg.de/verordnung.

FAQ English

In which situations and places do I have to wear a mask?


(Stand:  30. April 2022 00:00  Uhr)

It is not mandatory anymore to wear a mask indoor. However, it is generally recommended for unvaccinated persons and persons with pre-existing conditions to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth in places where lots of people gather and distance cannot be kept. A FFP2 mask is very efficient and offers the best protection when it is worn correctly. Medical masks are also of a high protective quality. 

It is mandatory to wear a medical mask in public transport everywhere in Germany. In Hamburg, the FFP2 standard applies. Please see also the answer to the question „Is it mandatory to wear a mask in buses and trains?”

It is still mandatory to wear a mask in medical practices. Visitors (not the patients) in hospitals and medical care centres as well as in residential care facilities and integration assistance facilities must wear a FFP2 mask. All persons working in these facilities must also wear a FFP2 mask and do tests. 

When wearing a mask is mandatory, the following rules apply:

  • Children under the age of 6 years are exempt from the obligation to wear a mask.
  • Children from 6 to 13 years must wear a medical mask instead of a FFP2 mask. 
  • Persons over the age of 14 years must wear a FFP2 mask.

Which behaviour is required in buses and trains?


(Stand:  30. April 2022 00:00  Uhr)

In buses and trains in Hamburg, all persons over the age of 14 years must generally wear a FFP2 mask. Children and adolescents from 6 to 13 years (until their 14th birthday) must wear a medical mask (at least a surgery mask). Children under the age of 6 years are exempt from the obligation to wear a mask.

Is it mandatory to wear a mask in buses and trains?


(Stand:  30. April 2022 00:00  Uhr)

Yes. Passengers over the age of 14 years must generally wear a FFP2 mask in buses and trains in Hamburg. Children and adolescents from 6 to 13 years (until their 14th birthday) must wear a medical mask, children under the age of 6 years are exempt from the obligation to wear a mask.

Do taxi drivers and their passengers have to wear a mask?


(Stand:  30. April 2022 00:00  Uhr)

Passengers in a taxi must wear a FFP2 mask. The taxi driver must wear a medical mask as long as a passenger is in the vehicle.

It is prohibited to transport any passenger refusing to wear a FFP2 mask. 

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