Helpful Links: Germany

General Information

Which time zone is Germany in?

What holidays are observed?

  • German holidays

What business hours are held?

What post office/mail/parcel services are available?

How do I address letters to Germany?

Where can I find my place of worship?

What is the manner of dress in Germany?

Are there any etiquette rules that I should be aware of?

Which electrical outlets are used?

University Life

Where can I find a list of German universities?

What scholarships are available to me?

What are the costs of attending university?

What is the average salary of a professor?


What is the weather like in Germany?

What is the weather forecast for this week?

Moving Around

Is my US driver’s license valid in Germany?

  • Yes, for at least 6 months, and up to 1 year with a petition.

How can I obtain a German driver’s license?

  • Many US states allow for exchange to a German license. Check with your state registry if they are a partner. If not, you will be required to take a written and practical test – and possibly some lessons.

How can I obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP)?

Which side of the road do I drive on?

Can I rent a car?

How can I travel around within Germany?

Where can I find updated safety & travel alerts?

Visa Information

Can you give me an overview of the process to obtain a visa?

  • Obtaining a German visa

What type of visa do I need?

How long is my visa valid for?

Can I get a visa extension?

  • Yes, you may enter on a 90 day visitor’s permit and apply for residency once you arrive.

Am I allowed to work with my visa?

Am I allowed to study on my visa?

What is the cost of a visa?

How long before departure should I apply for my visa?

What documents are needed for a visa?

  • Documents needed to apply for a German visa

Can I bring my spouse/children with me?

Can I travel home/internationally while holding my visa?

What customs information do I need to know?

My passport has been lost or stolen, what should I do?

Contact your nearest US embassy/consulate.

How can I become permanent resident?


Can I bring my pet with me to Germany?

  • Pets in Germany

Can I return home with my pet?

  • Yes, depending on the type and health of the pet.

Medical Issues

Will my medical insurance work in Germany?

  • Most of them (including Medicare and Medicaid) don't, so you will probably have to get new coverage.

My medication has run out, can I refill it with my doctor’s prescription?

  • No, you must visit a German doctor.

What medications am I not permitted to bring into Germany?

  • Prohibited medications in Germany

What vaccinations and immunizations do I need before traveling to Germany?

Where can I go in case of a medical emergency?

  • Dial 112 for the European-wide emergency number. A short delay may occur while an English speaker is found.

How do I find a doctor?


What is the current exchange rate?

What is required to open a German bank account?

  • Your passport with a valid visa (depending on your citizenship); documents proving you are a student, on a fellowship or an employee, your proof of registration; and depending on the type of account you want, the bank may also ask for your last three pay stubs for proof of income. If you are just starting a new job, a letter from your employer listing your salary should be enough. Some banks like SpardaBank or Norisbank do not require a salary statement of a salary for opening a bank account.

Will my debit/credit card work in Germany?

  • Credit and debit cards in Germany

Do I have to pay taxes?

  • Filing taxes in Germany

What are the average costs of living?

How does tipping work?

How can I make international money transfers?


Which is the best phone service provider?

Will my current phone work in Germany?

Where can I purchase a SIM card for my phone?

What is the country code for Germany?

  • 49

How can I call home?

How much can I expect to pay to call home?

  • Varies by carrier and country. Check with your phone service provider

Are there international calling cards available

What about calls/video chatting on the internet?


How do I become a citizen?

What if I get arrested/in trouble with police?

Contact your nearest US embassy/consulate.

Additional Questions

How do I contact the US Embassy/consulate?

Contact your nearest US embassy/consulate.

How can I contact other expatriates from the US?

  • Expat in the US

Who do I contact in case of an emergency?

  • Dial 112 for the European-wide emergency number. A short delay may occur while an English speaker is found.


Are my children eligible to attend public school in Germany?

Language Resources

Where can I find German classes and/or tutors?



Are there any online German study materials?

Are there any phone apps for improving my German?

Where can I find a bilingual dictionary for my language and German?



What are some German idioms/phrases?

Where can I find a translation service?