Before leaving

VisaVISA

To enter Germany, you need a passport valid for at least four months after arrival.
For nationals of countries in the European Union, an identity card is enough; you don’t need a visa.
Outside the EU
Nationals of other countries need a visa, unless their country is exempt (for stays of up to three months). Check with the consular services.

HealthHEALTH

No vaccinations are required to enter the country.
You are however advised to make sure all your boosters are up to date: Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis (DTP).
A rabies vaccination is also recommended:
- if your trip involves a number of outdoor activities.
- in the case of activities close to wild animals like bats.

Precautions:
Nationals of the European Union are advised to get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) on the Internet. It allows you to receive medical care abroad. For nationals of countries outside the European Union, check with your insurance company. To prevent transmission of disease by ticks (Lyme disease, encephalitis), take protective clothes for outdoor activities.

ElectricityELECTRICITY

230 volts
Plugs have two round pins.
Plug type F/C
Frequency: 50 Hz
Take an adapter for European countries

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MoneyMONEY

Currency
The currency in Germany is the euro.
1 EUR = 1.1 USD*
* Exchange rate provided as a guideline only

Where can you change your money?
You can change your money in banks and airports.

Tips
It’s customary to give about 15% of the total amount of the bill in restaurants if you’re happy with the service. You mustn’t leave the tip on the table.

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TravelTRAVEL

The train is the most convenient and most economical way to get about in Germany, travelling between major cities or in the provinces. Reservations are not required, except for some night journeys. The InterRail Germany Pass lets you travel at discount prices and provides free access to the underground network in large cities.
Some areas with poor connections are accessible by bus.
In the city, there are numerous forms of public transport: bus, train, tram ... A train ticket is also valid for the bus or tram. You can buy your tickets from the driver or station ticket machines. Some tickets allow unlimited travel for a day, as well as passes which include admission to museums.

Key numbersKEY NUMBERS

In Europe, 112 is the number to call for emergencies of all types.
Police: 110

LanguageLANGUAGE

The official language of Germany is German.

A few phrases to remember :

Hello: Hallo
Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen or Tschüss
Thank you: Danke
Please: Bitte
I don't understand: Ich verstehe nicht
Doctor: der Arzt ou der Doktor
The bill: die Rechnung
How much is this?: Wie viel kostet das?
Toilets: die Toilette
How do I get to…?: Wie komme ich zum… ?
Where is…?: Wo ist… ?
Left: links
Right: rechts

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As of 12 November 2014, this visa facilitation covers the following countries

Afghanistan ; Albania ; Argentina ; Bahrain ; Bangladesh ; Benin ; Botswana ; Brazil ; Brunei ; Burkina Faso ; Burma (Myanmar) ; Chad ; Cambodia ; China ; Colombia ; Comoros ; Congo ; Cuba ; Djibouti ; Dominican Republic ; Ecuador ; Egypt ; Equatorial Guinea ; El Salvador ; Ethiopia ; Fiji ; Gabon ; Guinea ; Haiti ; Hong Kong ; Iran ; Iraq ; India ; Ivory Coast ; Jamaica ; Kuwait ; Laos ; Lebanon ; Libya ; Macedonia ; Madagascar ; Malaysia ; Mali ; Mauritania ; Mauritius ; Mexico ; Mongolia ; Morocco ; Nepal ; New Zealand ; Niger ; Oman ; Pakistan ; Panama ; Papua New Guinea ; Paraguay ; Peru ; Qatar ; Saint Lucia ; Salvador ; Senegal ; Serbia ; Seychelles ; Singapore ; South Africa ; South Korea ; Sudan ; Surinam ; Taiwan ; Tanzania ; Thailand ; Togo ; Tunisia ; Turkmenistan ; Uganda ; Uruguay ; Vanuatu ; Venezuela ; Yemen ; Zimbabwe