Questions tagged [germany]

A large country in Western Europe that attracts visitors for its Oktoberfest, Gothic architecture, unlimited Autobahn speeds, romantic day cruises on the Danube and Rhine Rivers, and many more destinational offerings. Germany is also a member of the Schengen regime and uses a unique liability pledge for applicants that use a cosponsor. A substantial number of Germans speak English with near fluency, especially in the medium-to-large cities.

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How can remove unnecessary connections using bahn.de?

I want to take a train from Paris to Berlin at night. I'm trying to book via bahn.de, but I've also looked at thetrainline.com. For next Wednesday, bahn.de offers me an option with connections in ...
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Traveling for the very first time to Germany [migrated]

This is my very first time traveling. I am relocating, alone, to Munich, Germany in a few days. I got a one year Blue Card visa and I'm going to work there as an IT Engineer. I have these following ...
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Can a 16 year old US citizen get a temporary residence visa? [migrated]

To start off, I am 16 years old. My question is, as a US citizen, would it even be possible to move to Germany to be with my boyfriend and his family permanently? Is there even a visa for that? We ...
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What's the cheapest (within reasons) way to travel from Hoek van Holland to Mainz with 2 bicycles?

On a Friday in May, I need to travel from Hoek van Holland, Netherlands to Mainz, Germany in one day. I can start Friday early morning and need to be in Mainz in the late afternoon. I'm looking for ...
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How many accompanying persons are allowed for a medical visa to Germany?

If a person is planning to travel to Germany for a surgery using a short term medical visa (90 days), how many accompanying persons are allowed to to travel with him? Is there any restrictions on the ...
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Transit visa policies for Frankfurt and Colombo

I'm an Indian citizen holding a US student visa. I'm looking for flight tickets and found one with two connections, one in Sri-Lanka (Colombo) and the other in Germany (Frankfurt). Do I need Transit ...
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Double connections in Germany going to USA do i need transit visa in EU [duplicate]

I'm travelling from Kigali-Rwanda to Frankfurt-Germany and from Frankfurt DE to Munich - Germany to USA two transits in Germany is that need a transit visa? Or any kind of Visa for just to be inside ...
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I am a US citizen with a US job that is sending me to work in Germany for 60 days - what visa do I need?

As the title says, I'm a US citizen and I work for a US company. My company has a branch in Germany, and I'll transfer to that branch for 60 days next year. I'll do all the same work I do for the US ...
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Can my dad with Schengen Visa(France) enter Germany and change his plans to not visit France due to trip being postponed due to a medical emergency?

Note: Re-reading the title I know it’s a mess. I struggled on making it clear and concise. 😅 My dad applied for a Schengen Visa through France to travel through Europe in September and eventually ...
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Deutsche Bahn: What happens if a flexible regional leg preceding a fixed long distance leg gets delayed or cancelled when on a Super Sparpreis ticket?

I am planning to book a Super Sparpreis ticket from A to C via B, where the A-B leg is on regional (RE/S-Bahn) train and the B-C leg is on a long distance (IC/ICE) train. Though the Super Sparpreis ...
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Deutsche Bahn: Do I need to buy and later claim a refund for using a different train due to a cancellation or delay in the original train?

Suppose I have booked a train with Deutsche Bahn from A to C via B. Either the train covering the A-B leg gets delayed, or the train covering the B-C leg gets cancelled, leaving me looking for ...
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Train from Munich to Prague

i am exploring 2 options for train routes from Prague to Munich. One a direct train but with a notice on the website about immigration check and possibility of train disruption. Another route from ...
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How does passport validity affect touristic Schengen stays?

My friend entered Germany under a visa waiver with a passport expiring in 4 months at the time. At the time she hadn't been in Schengen region for over 90 days since her last exit, so I believe she ...
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Friends girlfriend's parents preventing her from returning to UK from the UAE (Abu-Dhabi)

Background: A friend's long term girlfriend (4+ years) studied in this country and has since worked a couple of jobs. She is a German/UAE dual national. I was apparently mistaken about her being a ...
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Does the German embassy disclose visa information to the country (Russia)

My wife is going to apply for family reunification visa in the German embassy in Russia (I'm on Blue Card in Germany currently). And she's worried, that German Embassy might send some visa/residence ...
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Have I been deported from Germany? Can l apply for study Visa in UK

I was a master degree student in Germany. Due to family and health-related issues, my study and research took more time than l expected and l had to prolong my study. And parellel to this development, ...
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Visiting Schengen Countries with US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571) without Schengen Visa

I have a very specific question that is kind of related to another question. What countries in the Schengen area accept US travel document (form I-571) Assume that someone has a Form I-571 Travel ...
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Is there a reliable source of Deutsche Bahn historical punctuality data?

After missing a few train connections this summer, I'd like to understand if certain train connections aross Europe are reliable. So I want to build a database of each intercity/long distance train in ...
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Overstayed Schengen visa by 1 day because of delayed flight, consequences?

So I had 7 day business visa for Germany and I spent exactly 7 days in Berlin. My flight back home was through Frankfurt but the flight to Frankfurt was delayed which led to me missing the connecting ...
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Is Google Street View coverage in Germany expected to increase?

Famously, privacy laws have made it difficult for Google to roll out its Street View service in Germany. The country is not completely missing from Street View however; some urban areas seem to be at ...
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Re-entry to Germany within 1 month after leaving a job with a valid EU blue card?

I left Germany to start a new job in the UK. My blue card is valid until 2025. Can I travel back to Germany within 2 months with the same card?
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What does "Ruhebereich" (quiet zone) mean on German ICE trains?

From the word "Ruhebereich" I would expect very quiet surroundings, but it has not been my experience. Passengers have no reservations about carrying on conversations, and families show up ...
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Gifts in luggage

I'll be flying from the USA back to Germany. I have bought several gifts for family. This includes: A brand new laptop makeup clothes wallets perfumes Is this going to cause a problem at the airport....
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Frankfurt to Prague layover in Schwandorf

I have a trip from Frankfurt to Prague in December. I want to buy a train ticket and there is a short layover (5-6 minutes) in Schwandorf station. This can be a problem? Would you recommend buying the ...
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Can I enter Romania with a single entry Schengen visa?

I'm currently a holder of a single entry Schengen visa and I'm planning to visit Germany next month. Is it possible that after my stay in Germany to visit Romania using the same single entry visa I ...
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UK citizen living in Czech Republic travelling to Singapore via Germany

I have a UK passport and Czech temporary residency card. I travelled from Prague to Frankfurt on Wednesday and then on Thursday from Frankfurt to Munich then Singapore (the flight Fra-Mun-Sin in ...
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How to get my lost back pack on train

On Oct 6 2022, I was traveling on train ICE 1015 from Duets Mess to Mannheim in Germany, where the train arrived at 20:49 to Mannheim, where I forgot my laptop dark blue bag with laptop in the train, ...
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Can I take flight from India to Poland on German blue card?

I need to go to India urgently for some days and I live in Berlin, and hold a valid EU blue card. Have been working in Germany for 3+ years. My Niederlassungserlaubnis does not arrive yet, I applied a ...
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Weekend visit to Erfurt, Germany from Paris, France

I am looking for an affordable plan to visit a friend, in the city of Erfurt in Germany during a saturday in October. However, there are no flights from Paris to Erfurt Airport, and prices for a same-...
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Traveling from Egypt to Romania with German residence

I had a schengen visa that was expired last April but I extended my residence and now I got a german residence card until next April (I am a student in Germany at the moment) My question is, if I ...
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Where can I buy the Egal-Wohin-Ticket?

In addition to the 9-Euro ticket, there is another interesting offer on the German railways - the Egal-Wohin-Ticket, a train ticket which allows one to travel between any two places in Germany for 40 ...
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Can I take food and medicine to Germany?

I have a concern can I take medicine/food items either homemade or packed ones to Germany are there restrictions? Also, should it be carried in a check-in bag or a handbag? Traveling via Lufthansa, ...
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Chinese passport, German Aufenthaltstitel (expired) plus Fiktionsbescheinigung, currently in the UK—can I enter Spain from the UK?

I'm currently in the UK and my passport is Chinese. My German residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel) has expired and I've got a German Fiktionsbescheinigung that is valid until December 2022. On p. 3 of ...
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Do I need to show hotel proof for business visa in Germany

I applied for a business visa to Germany and this trip is sponsored by the company. The company has shared an informal way which where I am going to stay but I don't have any hotel receipt, what can I ...
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What’s with the Frankfurt ‘police roundups’?

I’ve been visiting Frankfurt and a few times around the train station I’ve seen this sort of scenario: a large number of police officers arrive on a street. they ‘line up’ a group of people, kind of ...
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On DE-CH international journeys, when is the "Zugbindung" really lifted?

Once, I had booked a train from Germany to Switzerland. Due a train strike, Deutsche Bahn informed us our tickets could be used on different dates. I indeed travelled on a different date, but the ...
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Does the company with the website zug-erstattung.de still exist?

There used to be a company with the website Zug-Erstattung.de . It was useful for claiming penalty payments from Deutsche Bahn for delayed or cancelled trains. Does it still exist?
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Is the rumor true that 90% of the visitors of "Wacken Open Air" are male? Are there any figures on this?

I have heard that the vast majority of visitors to Wacken Open Air rock music festival are men. Is this true? Are there any reliable figures on this? I would like to go to Wacken Open Air and am ...
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Do I need a notarized minor consent form from both parents to travel?

I travel to Germany tomorrow. (7/31/22 From the USA) I am 15, and my parents are not together. I am flying to Germany alone. I do have a minor consent form to travel alone that is notarized, but only ...
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Overstayed in Germany by a day, applying to work at US university [closed]

First, can I say whoever helps answer this I owe you extreme gratitude. This is a very important issue for me. I am an Australian citizen who entered Germany in 2019 on a 3-month tourist visa, and I ...
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Finding a vegan sausage in Frankfurt

I was in Hamburg for a few days and I easily found a vegan burger. It amused me to eat this in the home of the hamburger. Now, I am in Frankfurt and I am trying to repeat the game but I am having ...
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German Visa Type D

I just moved recently from Lebanon to Germany for work on a visa type D. I have a business trip to France next week for 4 days and not sure whether I need to apply for a visa or fill some special ...
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Why don't some German trains show up on Deutsche Bahn's website?

I arrived to Hamburg this morning 5:31, and I was planning on continuing my journey to Cologne at 6:11. I used the DB website to look up trains: However, I discover on the station that there is also ...
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I accidentally booked the same flight twice and only noticed at check-in – do I have reasons to get refund back for one of them?

While booking a flight and paying for it, I had connection issues. When checking in in person, I was asked for my booking number because they expected two passengers with my name on that flight. Only ...
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Condor - Lufthansa Flight Change and Visa Requirement

I plan to take a Condor flight in mid-August from Canada to Germany and change to Lufthansa at Frankfurt for my final destination in Turkey, without carrying checked-in luggage. I learned from the ...
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Can I enter Spain with a few days left in expiration of my French student visa?

I am an Erasmus Mundus student with semesters in France, Spain and Germany. I am in possession of a French Type-D student visa (sauf-CTOM) with multientry, which expires on 20 Aug 2022. I have already ...
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Traveling in Schengen zone with Italian residence permit

I am a Turkish citizen. My visa has expired but I have an Italian residence permit card. Can I travel to Germany?
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Can German Covpass app store 4th covid vaccine dose information?

I already have my two primary vaccine doses and one booster dose and all are stored in the Covpass app and can be scanned as a QR code etc. It so happens that in several foreign nations the last ...
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Do I have to recheck my luggage and obtain a transfer visa for my connecting flight in Germany?

I am traveling from the United States to India via a connecting flight in Munich, Germany (I am a US citizen). Will I have to re-check my luggage and go through TSA, or will it automatically be ...
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Company bank statement for a German business visa

I am working for a German company remotely, employed through a third party in India. For a short business visa to Germany, I think the embassy requires the company's bank statement, but my Indian ...
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