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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Can I visit Schengen countries on a Type-D Schengen Visa? [duplicate]

I’m going to Germany for a semester exchange and I have a long-stay visa from Germany. Can I travel to the other Schengen states during this period with this visa or do I have to apply for a separate ...
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Schengen visa refusal on threat to public policy, security, health

I applied for German Schengen visa as a medical escort to my relative in a different country from where I reside, but my visa application was refused and the refusal letter was written in German as ...
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Which country visa should i apply to? - Schengen [duplicate]

My port of entry and exit is Frankfurt, Germany. However i will only be spending a day or two there. I am visiting Spain and Portugal for a week each. So should I be applying to Spain embassy or ...
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Can I use my single entry Schengen visa to go to a different Schengen country than originally planned?

My friends and I planned to visit Germany, so I got a single entry tourist Schengen visa to Germany. However, my travel plans have changed since then, because my friends are going to Italy instead. I ...
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Can I have two Schengen visas in one passport?

I will have to visit Europe twice for five months in total. I am Thai and will need a visa. The maximum stay in europe is 90 days, otherwise you have to apply for a long term stay according to my ...
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Arriving at night before Schengen visa valid date? [duplicate]

I'll be traveling to Germany this May and my planes would arrive at 4 May 20.30 at Frankfurt Airport but the Schengen visa that I received is valid only at 5 May. Is it possible to enter if it's only ...
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What happens if my flight out of the Schengen area is cancelled on the last day of my visa?

I am a student going to Germany on guest Scientist visa. In the application form I had to fill date of departure and arrival and they have given me visa for exact dates as mentioned on my invitation ...
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Are there any issues with using credit cards in Germany?

On my last trip to Germany my credit cards (chip-based Visa and MasterCard) were declined more than usual. I've been there like 10 times and haven't noticed this before but on this trip train ticket ...
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Do I need a transit visa in Frankfurt, Germany on the way to India? [duplicate]

I am travelling from US to India, with an Indian passport but expired F1 visa and going there to get my H1B visa stamping. I have a stop at Frankfurt, Germany for 4 hours while flying to India. Do I ...
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Do I need an airport transit visa for Germany if I have a Schengen visa?

I am an Indian citizen living in the US. I am going back to India to get a H1B visa stamped. I have established that I would require an airport transit visa when I have a stopover in Germany. On the ...
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Cheap bus lines in Germany, something like Orangeways?

Are there any cheap bus lines inside Germany? Something like Orangeways? I've checked Deutsche Bahn cost for transport from Berlin to München and I was shocked with the price about 100 Euro. By ...
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Recommendation for mobile prepaid SIM card for smartphone + home calls in Germany

What SIM card would you recommend for a smartphone user for travel in Germany? It would be probably the only or the most important connection to the Internet, so large amounts of data and relatively ...
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Do I break the law as a foreigner in Germany if an embassy keeps my passport to stick a visa in?

An Armenian national lives in Germany and holds a permanent residence (Niederlassungserlaubnis). This is a sticker in their Armenian passport. They have applied at the UK embassy in Berlin to get a ...
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Transit visa travelling from Canada to India via Germany

I have single entry tourist visa for Canada. My visa is valid till 20th Dec 2013 but I am travelling to Mumbai from Toronto on oct. end via Munich (Germany). I am an Indian passport holder. Do I need ...
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Apply for a UK visa while not in my home country

Can I apply for UK standard visit visa from any place in the world? I'm an Egyptian citizen and would like to apply in Germany, France, Japan, etc...
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Where can I find short term apartment rental offers in Berlin?

I'm looking to rent an apartment in Berlin for three months starting in April. What websites / real estate agents / vacation rental companies exist for renting an apartment long term in Berlin? I've ...
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How can I travel to Germany with my dog?

I will be traveling to Germany (from the USA) in a few months and hope to bring my dog, a 10 lb Chihuahua-mix. I would like to do this with a minimum of difficulty, so I am hoping to hear the ...
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Germany Schengen visa with AirBnB booking

We (Russian citizens) are planning to go to Munich in late June. We would like to book our accommodation on AirBnB, but it is not very clear whether it will be accepted by the German embassy when we ...
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Flying stand by from US to Europe — is it still worth it, and if so, how to do it?

The title summarizes my question pretty well. Basically, I'm looking for a cheap way to fly from California to Europe (Germany, preferably). Since I have to fly this route several times a year, and I'...
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Proving ties to your home country when applying for a Schengen visa as a non-employed visa national?

A friend from Russia (Moscow) is planning to visit me in late August. She is about to apply for a visa but she's worried that they will deny her application because she doesn't have anything to prove ...
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Do I need a UK visa? How and where to apply?

I live in Germany since May 2013 as a spouse of German citizen. In Nov 2015 we divorced and I have German residence permit till Jan 2018. We have a son in this marriage and legally I have the right to ...
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Does Germany enforce a six month passport rule?

Some countries require you to have six months remaining on your passport in order to visit. According to this list, Germany is not among them, but this note from the US State department says "U.S. ...
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Can I apply for another Schengen Visa when I already have a single entry unused one?

I'm traveling to Belgium for a month for a training and already got my single entry Schengen visa from 29-6 to 13-8 with a 30 days stay duration. My stay in Belgium will be from 30-6 to 28-7 for the ...
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Applying for a USA B1/B2 Visa for an alien resident in Germany

I hold an EU Blue Card and an Indian Passport and have submitted a paper to a conference in the USA due to occur in September 2019. The Blue Card will expire in August 2019 but have already obtained ...
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Travelling to India via Germany with 2 stops, do i need transit visa? [duplicate]

I have Indian passport and USA H1 valid visa, will be travelling US and my itinerary is Mumbai – Munich – Frankfurt – San Francisco. This route has two stops in Germany, Munich – Frankfurt is German ...
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Entering Belgium with a visa for Germany

I am going to apply for visa to go Germany, but I have an idea to go Belgium too. Is it possible to enter Belgium if I have visa for Germany.
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What is the longest stretch of the Autobahn that is guaranteed to have no speed limits?

I would like to rent a nice sports car this summer and go for a drive on the Autobahn. What is the longest stretch of the German highways that is guaranteed (short of a natural disaster) to have no ...
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How to travel (relatively) cheaply with ICE trains in Germany?

When I first checked prices for ICE trains in Germany, I was a bit shocked by prices of over 100 Euros (in Poland not long ago the trains were the cheapest way of public transportation). But then I ...
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Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany

I want to go to Berlin to Gottingen by train. I found that to avail myself of the “savings fare”, I have to book a ticket at least one day in advance. And I saw a requirement on the Bahn ...
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Visa for European countries for US passport holder

I'm a US passport holder. What documents do I need when I fly from the U.S. to Germany? Assume I'm going for a few weeks of vacation. Obviously I need my passport. What about a "visa"? Anything ...
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Understanding the reasons for a Schengen visa refusal [duplicate]

I'm 17 years old, Sudanese, and I live in the UAE. I registered for a German course in Munich, and I got an invitation from a family friend who is German and applied for a tourist visa. It got refused;...
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Where can I buy the German environmental badge while driving to my destination in Germany?

I am driving to Germany today and just noticed that I am traveling to a city which requires a so called "Umwelt-plakette" or environmental badge to enter. Normally you need to order them in advance. ...
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Need to understand why my Schengen visa was refused

I applied for a schengen visa, to attend some interviews in Germany. I am a doctor, and a recruiting agency is arranging all the interviews. They provided me with an invitation letter, stating they ...
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Can I go to Germany with a Schengen visa from another country after failing to get a German visa?

I have to travel to Germany and Switzerland for business purpose. I have already been here 2 years ago. I have applied for business visa to the German consulate twice and both times the application ...
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Crossing the German border as an underage travelling alone

My name is Madalina and I am 16. In June this year I am leaving my country by myself and have to fly in Germany as a stop-over to my final destination. I am interested in knowing whether there is a ...
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Can I leave the airport during an international layover if I am not 18 years old?

I am traveling to Seville, Spain with a friend for a study abroad program but the flight we found has a 23 hour layover in Dusseldorf, Germany. However, I am 16 and she is 17. According to my research,...
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Speeding tickets in Germany

During a trip to Germany in May, I accrued (unknowingly) three speeding tickets from automated ticketing cameras throughout the picturesque countryside. The reason I know that the tickets exist is ...
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Exactly 5hr 25min in Frankfurt, can I visit the city?

Is layover time of 5 hours and 25 minutes enough to visit Frankfurt ? Both flights are international with Lufthansa and on one ticket, so I will have the boarding pass of the second flight with me. ...
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Can I apply for a Schengen visa at a different consulate if no appointment dates are available?

I am planning to travel to visit my friends in Amsterdam on April 2nd week ( I just got a holiday confirmed ) and also go to Munich and Barcelona for 10 days. I would be in Amsterdam for 6 days, 2 ...
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What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Germany? [duplicate]

I'll be staying in Berlin for one month and I have an unlocked iPhone (GSM) that I'd like to use while I'm here. What are my choices for SIM cards and packages that include data?
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Is tap water in Munich safe to drink? If so, why do locals buy bottled water?

Before moving to Munich I did some research about the water. According to different sources, the water quality in Munich is very good and there is no problem drinking it. But every time I'm in a ...
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Why is this bathroom symbol in Germany “00”?

I'm sitting in the Hofbräuhaus in Munich and just noticed that the signs for the bathroom are a symbol of a man and woman with a "00". Why is this the case?
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How fast may you drive on the Autobahn?

As every American teenager "knows" there is no speed limit on the Autobahn. My understanding, however, is that there is still such a thing as excessive speed even on this free-for-all. So, ignoring ...
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What is the detailed Process of getting Schengen Visa by locking money for verpflichtungserklärung?

I am from Iran and want to visit my friends in Germany, but getting a visa is difficult. However, I have a German friend who wants to send me a formal invitation letter called verpflichtungserklärung ...
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What does this road sign mean? (Germany; red circle and X on a blue background, with a right-pointing arrow.)

Okay, I don't know why I'm having such difficulty finding an answer online. I found an example of the sign on Google Images but the hosting site is down and there is no cache, and searches using "blue ...
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Is there Wi-Fi in the ICE trains in Germany?

I will travel from Frankfurt to Berlin by ICE and I wanted to ask if there is Wi-Fi in the trains and how much does it cost?
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Do you need a Vignette to travel the roads of Switzerland, and how can I obtain one?

To drive on Swiss motorways if I recall correctly one needs a Vignette based on what I have been reading I should be able to buy it at various places in the country. I am renting a car in Frankfurt ...
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Berlin to Munich in 5 Days [closed]

My wife and I are going to spend our anniversary in Germany in May. We are flying into Berlin and out of Munich, and we have 5 days to get from one place to the other. What would be a good general ...
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Extended stay visa for Germany

I want to apply for an extended stay visa for Germany to visit a friend. I want to visit beyond the 90 days that American can visit Schengen countries without going through an application process. ...
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Travelling from US to India through Frankfurt on H1B visa with approved extension

I am planning to travel from US to India, for which there is a Lufthansa flight that goes through Frankfurt. There I will be switching from one Lufthansa flight (Lufthansa 9053) to another (Lufthansa ...