Germany visa requirements and travel medical insurance guide
January 04, 2019
Germany is a favourite European destination for many holidaymakers, attracting thousands of people each year with its very popular beer festival, Oktoberfest, historic architecture and scenic countryside. Germany is rich in culture and has something to offer everyone. Whichever part of this diverse and picturesque country you’re wanting to visit, it’s important to think about organizing your travel insurance policy so you can kick back, relax and unwind during your vacation.
Aside from finding the right cover for you, here are some other important travel tips to be aware of before you set off on your adventure:
Visa information for Germany
Do I Need to Get a Visa to Visit Germany?
If you are an American Citizen with a valid US passport visiting Germany for up to 90 days, then you don’t have to purchase a Visa.
Travel Documents You Will Need:
A valid U.S. passport.
All passports must have a minimum of 6 months before expiration. That is 6 months from that date of your travel departure, and your passport should also have at least two blank pages for stamping.
Health and Medical Advice
Before jetting off on your transatlantic travels, you should check for any required vaccinations and any epidemic breakouts occurring in Germany. It’s also good to find out where the nearest hospital is in advance.
Do I Need to be Vaccinated When Travelling to France?
You’re not required to get any vaccinations when travelling to Germany but you should update your routine vaccines as a precautionary measure. The standard vaccines are:
• MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
• Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
Book an appointment at your local practitioner or find your local Passport health clinic. You should book an appointment, at the latest, four weeks before your trip.
Travel Health Updates in Germany
Currently, there are no reported epidemics occurring in Germany.
Emergency Contact Information
No one ever wants to have to call the emergency services while they’re on vacation, but unfortunately accidents happen and it’s important to be prepared for when they do.
• The European emergency number is: 112
• Police emergency number: 110
• Fire and Medical emergency number: 112
German Local Laws and Customs
• Smoking is not permitted in any public places.
• Drunk driving (blood alcohol level of 0.5g/litre or above) is illegal.
• It is also illegal to cross pedestrian crossing when the pedestrian light is red. Offenders may have to pay a fine as well as damage costs in the event of an accident.
Safety and Security
In recent years, Germany has been the victim of terror threats and so the German government has increased their security in public buildings, transport stations, popular tourist areas and during major events as a precautionary measure to guard against terror attacks. The U.S. government still strongly advices its citizens to stay highly vigilant during their stay.
Here are a few tips listed from the Travel State Government Website:
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings when traveling to popular tourist locations and large crowded public places.
- Follow the instructions of local authorities.
- Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
- Enrol in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
Petty Theft and Crime
Violent crime is rare in Germany. Like most popular tourist destinations, some places in Germany are notorious for being hot pickpocketing zones. Be alert and keep your belongings with you at all times, especially in crowded areas like train or metro stations and popular public areas. It’s always a good idea to keep valuable belongings or extra spending money in a hotel safe, if you have one.
U.S. Embassy in Germany
U.S. Embassy Berlin
Federal Republic of Germany
Telephone: +(49) (30) 8305-0
Email: [email protected]
Useful German Facts
Official Language: German
The official language in Germany is German and the majority of places will be able to speak English to a good standard, especially if you are visiting major tourist spots like Berlin and Munich.
Before your trip make sure to exchange enough euros for your spending requirements. It’s always a good idea to take some traveller checks with you too.
German Plug Sockets: Type F
The standard voltage and frequency in Europe is 230 V and 50 Hz. If you don’t have one already, you will need to buy a plug adapter for your appliances and devices.
You will also need to buy a voltage converter as the standard German voltage is higher than in the U.S (120 V). Its best to go for a converter which can also alter the frequency as the U.S. frequency rate is 10 Hz higher than in Germany and so may be dangerous to use without a converter.
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