Federal Republic of Germany
Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.
Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.
Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.
Not required for stays under 90 days.
€10,000 euros or equivalent
€10,000 euros or equivalent
We are unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to, or foreign residents of Germany.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our customs information page.
Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
Demonstrations occur regularly in Germany. Large, public demonstrations take place for a variety of political and economic issues. Demonstrations tend to take place on politically significant holidays like German Labor Day (May 1) and during international summits hosted in Germany.
CRIME: Violent crime is rare in Germany, but can occur, especially in larger cities or high-risk areas such as on large metropolitan subway systems and in train stations, primarily during late night or early morning hours. Most incidents of street crime involve the theft of unattended items and pick-pocketing. Pay close attention to your valuables at all times.
Victims of Crime:
Report crimes to the local police: in an emergency dial 112 for ambulance and 110 for the police and contact the U.S Embassy at +(49)(30) 8305-0 or the nearest U.S. Consulate
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
We also maintain information on our website on how to report child abuse situations to the local authorities.
U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault may contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your district for information about support and resources.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy or nearest consulate for assistance.
For further information:
Medical Care and Facilities: Germany has good medical care and facilities. If you are not a resident of Germany, doctors and hospitals may expect immediate payment in cash. Most doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies do not accept credit cards.
Prescription Medications: Due to Germany’s strict customs regulations, you are not allowed to receive prescription medication by mail without special permission. For more information, please visit the German customs website regarding medicine.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy or Consulate immediately. See our webpage for further information.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: Germany has strict customs regulations concerning:
Faith-Based Travelers: See the following Department webpages for details: Faith-Based Travel Information
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events. Civil unions are legal for same-sex couples; same-sex marriage is not available in Germany. The LGBTI community is protected by federal anti-discrimination laws and LGBTI Pride events are officially encouraged by most large city governments, including those in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Munich. For further information on LGBTI travel, please read our Information for LGBTI Travelers page and section six of the Department of State's Human Rights Report for further details.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: While in Germany, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation different from what is found in the United States. Many existing buildings and public transportation systems are less adapted to individuals with disabilities.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers.
Road Conditions and Safety: German road conditions in general are excellent, although road conditions can be significantly different from those in the United States. Exercise caution while traveling on older roads in eastern Germany.
Bicycles: German streets and sidewalks have dedicated bike lanes. Bicycles have priority use of bike lanes over pedestrians and automobiles.
Traffic Laws: Except on priority roads, vehicles coming from the right have the right-of-way.
Please refer to our road safety page for more information.
Public Transportation: Germany has an extensive and safe public transportation network consisting of buses, streetcars, trains, and subways. Metered taxis are also prevalent throughout Germany, although taxis generally do not accept credit cards. Use common sense safety practices, such as guarding valuables and remaining aware of your surroundings, on all public transportation.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Germany’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Germany’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Germany should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings website select “broadcast warnings”.