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Germany is a modern and stable democracy. Tourist facilities are highly developed. In larger towns, many people can communicate in English. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Germany for additional information.


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Country Name: Germany
Continent: Europe
Capital City: Berlin
Boundary Countries:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Charité International (Berlin), Tagesklinik Altonaer Straße (Hamburg)Saarland University Hospital (Hamburg), St. Josefs Hospital (Wiesbaden), St. Markus Krankenhaus (Frankfurt)

Main Cities:

Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Dresden, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden, Hannover, Essen, Cologne, Hamburg, Bremen, Dusseldorf, Leipzig

Country Size: 357,021 sq km
Population: 82,422,299




Currency: Euro (EUR)
Predominant Religions:

Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3%

National Holidays: Unity Day, 3 October (1990)
Economic Status:

Germany is a modern and stable democracy. Germany's affluent and technologically powerful economy - the fifth largest in the world - has become one of the slowest growing economies in the euro zone.


Federal Armed Forces (Bundeswehr): Army (Heer), Navy (Deutsche Marine, includes naval air arm), Air Force (Luftwaffe), Joint Service Support Command (Streitkraeftebasis), Central Medical Service (Zentraler Sanitaetsdienst)

US Presence:

U.S. Embassy in Berlin
Clayallee 170
14191 Berlin
Federal Republic of Germany
Tel.: +49-30-8305-0


U.S. Consulate General in Düsseldorf
Willi-Becker-Allee 10
40227 Düsseldorf
Federal Republic of Germany
Tel.: +49-211-788-8927

U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt
Gießener Str. 30
60435 Frankfurt am Main
Federal Republic of Germany
Tel.: +49-69-7535-0


U.S. Consulate General in Hamburg
Alsterufer 27/28
20354 Hamburg
Federal Republic of Germany
Tel.: +49-40-411 71-100

U.S. Consulate General in Leipzig
Wilhelm-Seyfferth-Straße 4
04107 Leipzig
Federal Republic of Germany
Tel: +49-341-213-840

U.S. Consulate General in Munich
Königinstraße 5
80539 München
Federal Republic of Germany
Tel.: +49-89-2888-0
Document Requirements:

Germany is a party to the Schengen Agreement. As such, U.S. citizens may enter Germany for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. For further details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet . Further information on entry, visa and passport requirements may be obtained from the German Embassy at 4645 Reservoir Road N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007, telephone (202) 298-4000, web site: http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/Startseite.html, or the German Consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, or San Francisco. Passengers transiting Germany en route to other countries should ensure that they are aware of and in compliance with the entry requirements for their final destinations as individuals not presenting appropriate documentation for their destination may be denied boarding on connecting flights.

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 Sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports:  554, Airports w/paved runways:  332 (many significant International Airports throughout Germany) Berlin – Schönefeld International Airport (SXF/EDDB) Berlin, Schönfeld, Germany, D-12521 Berlin-Schönfeld, GERMANY

Tel: +49 (0)30 60 91-1682
Fax: +49 (0)30 60 91-2009
Website: www.berlin-airport.de

Frankfurt Airport (FRA/EDDF)
Frankfurt Airport, Germany, Fraport AG, Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, D-60547 Frankfort/Main, GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)69 6 90-66631; +49 (0)69 6 90-66824
Fax: +49 (0)69 6 90-70593, +49 (0)69 6 90-59192
Website: www.frankfurt.com/cms/default/rubrik/2/2228.fraport_en.htm
Customs, hours: 24 hours
Tel: +49 (0)69 6 90-21731
Fax: +49 (0)69 6 90-50151

Servicing Airlines:
+ Aer Lingus     + Aeroflot - Russian Internatio     + Air China    
+ Air France     + Air New Zealand     + Alitalia    
+ American Airlines     + Austrian     + British Airways    
+ Cathay Pacific     + Continental Airlines     + Delta Air Lines    
+ Emirates     + Ethiopian Airlines     + Finnair    
+ German Wings     + Iberia     + KLM    
+ Korean Air     + Malaysia     + Olympic    
+ Qantas     + Qatar Airways     + Scandinavian Airlines System     
+ Singapore Airlines     + South African Airways     + Swissair    
+ Thai Airways International     + Turkish Airlines    
Risks and Precautions:

Germany remains largely free of terrorist incidents. Overall, the security risk to travelers in Germany is low. Germany experiences, however, a number of demonstrations every year on a variety of political and economic themes. Nonetheless, demonstrations could spread or turn violent. In addition, hooligans, most often young intoxicated “skinheads“ have been known to harass or even attack people whom they believe to be foreigners or members of rival groups. All Americans are cautioned to avoid the area around protests and demonstrations and to check local media for updates on the situation. Violent crime is rare in Germany, but can occur, especially in larger cities or high-risk areas such as train stations.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total: 4.12 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: Total 78.8 years (male 75.81/female 81.96)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B
Booster: tetanus-diptheria as needed

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Tickborne encephalitis, a viral infection of the central nervous system, occurs in Germany. Legionnaries disease,caused by the Legionella bacterium, is sporadic; some outbreaks have involved tourists at resort hotels.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Good medical care is widely available. Doctors and hospitals may expect immediate payment in cash for health services from tourists and persons with no permanent address in Germany.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 16
Referrals: 124
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob (in animals bovine spongiform encephalopathy/mad-cow disease) cases have been reported primarily from the United Kingdom, though a small number of cases have been reported from other countries. Large outbreaks of trichinosis have occurred; outbreaks in France have been linked to horsemeat.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code: +49 
Internet Country Code: de


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