To enter Germany you need a passport that is valid for at least fourth months from your date of arrival. For citizens of EU countries a valid identity card is sufficient.
EU citizens do not require a visa. Citizens of all other countries will generally need a visa, with the exception of some countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement. Nationals of those countries do not require a visa for visits to Germany lasting no longer than three months in a six-month period.
Goods from other EU countries do not incur duty as long as you carry them with you and they are intended for your own personal use.
Goods imported into Germany from a non-EU country are duty-free up to a value of €175.00. There are restrictions for specific goods, such as tobacco, alcohol and perfume.
Overall, Germany has a warm, temperate, wet climate with westerly winds. Extreme fluctuations in temperature are rare. Rain falls throughout the year. Mild winters (2ºC to -6ºC) and moderately hot summers (18ºC to 20ºC) are the norm.
Around two thirds of Germany's population are Christian. They are fairly evenly split between Protestants and Catholics, but there are more Protestants in northern Germany, while the South has more Catholics. Germany is also home to around four million Muslims and about 100,000 Jews.
No vaccinations are required for entry into Germany.
However, between spring and autumn there is an increased risk of contracting illnesses caused by ticks, such as Lyme disease and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE). Ticks are usually found in ground-covering vegetation. The best protection against them is to wear clothing that covers as much of the skin as possible. If you are bitten, you should seek medical attention as a precaution.
The areas of highest risk are Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, as well as certain regions within Hessen, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia. In these areas, TBE vaccinations are recommended for anyone likely to spend a lot of time outdoors.
The main language is German, of course. However, you should be aware that there are many different regional accents and dialects, although High German is understood everywhere.
Many Germans also speak good English, so there should not be any language barriers for foreign visitors.
The network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs), which consists of bilateral chambers of commerce abroad, delegations and representatives of German business, advises, consults and represents German companies worldwide that wish to develop or expand their business activities abroad. The AHKs are institutions of German foreign trade promotion. The Association of German Chambers of Commerce e.V. (DIHK) continuously coordinates and develops the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad. They are co-funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
The missions can be called Germany's eyes, ears and voice abroad. On instructions from the Federal Foreign Office, they represent Germany, defend its interests and protect its citizens in the host country. They negotiate with the government of the host country and promote political relations as well as economic, cultural and scientific cooperation.
Germany's embassies are concerned with all aspects of foreign relations, ranging from the promotion of bilateral (especially political) relations to support for German business interests and help for German citizens, and they are also involved in international research and technology cooperation as well as social, agricultural and development policy.
Unlike the embassies, which serve one or more countries, the consulates-general and consulates are responsible only for a specific region. They are concerned mainly with legal and consular affairs, trade promotion, cultural cooperation and public diplomacy. Political relations, however, are the exclusive domain of the embassies.
Whether you want to learn German for everyday life, your job, to study at a German university, or just out of interest: the Goethe-Institut is your partner for learning German successfully through qualified instruction. Select the program with the focus that most closely matches your goals: Most of our German courses are designed for all levels from beginners to advanced learners.
Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. With more than 50 offices in Germany and abroad, and its network of partners throughout the world, GTAI supports German companies setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists foreign companies setting up in Germany.
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A fundamental goal of the German National Tourist Guide Association is to uphold and increase the professional standards of tourist guides. The most advanced qualifications are the BVGD Certificate and the new BVGD Certificate DIN EN 15565. The BVGD ID Card and BVGD Certificate Button demonstrate: This is an especially well-trained tourist guide!
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Throughout Europe you can dial the common emergency phone number 112 around the clock to contact the emergency services (police, fire, ambulance).It's free to call from landlines and from any mobile network.