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 happily will taxis cross the triple-point borders around Basel?

I am looking at travelling to Basel, Switzerland early next week (Tuesday). It would appear that hotels are very hard to come by at a reasonable price, so I am looking at staying in Mulhouse in nearby ...
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Why are car rentals in Switzerland & Austria so expensive (yet so cheap in Italy)?

I'm planning a 4-week trip next summer and have noticed that renting the car (via autoeurope.com site) in Switzerland or Austria is much more expensive (approx 1200 USD) than Italy or Germany (approx ...
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Can I book a Schengen Visa for Germany to a different consulate if the consulates assigned for my state do not have appointments?

I am non-resident alien (not a permanent resident) residing in Seattle, Washington, USA. The German consulate assigned for my state is San Fransisco. The earliest available appointment is 2.5 months ...
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Can I legally get SIM card in Germany as a tourist?

This late July I went to EU for a 10 day trip. I live in the US. When I stopped at TMobile (or was it Deutsche Telekom?) store at Hamburg to buy a local SIM card. I was told that this is impossible, ...
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Do hotel cleaning personnel have any benefit from leaving empty bottles in the room as opposed to returning them to the store?

In some countries a way of tipping the cleaning personnel is to leave a small amount of money (e.g. In Portugal about €1). While in Germany, I have noticed the well known pro-recycling policy that ...
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How long it takes for the German embassy to remove my details from Database after I drop a mail to rk-info@banga.diplo.de [closed]

I had booked a slot for the German national visa at the Bangalore embassy for 15th May 2019, but couldn't attend due to personal problems. I didn't cancel it. When I tried to rebook on 11th June 2019, ...
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Staffed children playrooms in shopping malls

In Russia, in many shopping malls, especially the biggest ones, there is a playroom, where parents can leave their children. The children will play there and will be looked after by the playroom staff,...
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Travelling in Germany as a 17 year old. What do I need?

I'm a 17-year-old Finnish citizen. I want to travel to Germany and am worried about all the documents you have to have. I've read a lot of sources that say that I don't need anything except my ...
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Can I drive in EU states and Switzerland with German proof of a surrendered U.S. license?

I'm an American citizen living in Germany since January, 2019. I have/had a valid Illinois (U.S.) driver's license. In Germany, residents with U.S. driver's licenses from certain states can apply for ...
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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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How late can I enter a Nightjet Liegewagen or Schlafwagen?

I've noticed that when I try to book a Nightjet ticket from Frankfurt Süd to Berlin (departure 00:54), I can book a seat but not a place in Liegewagen or Schlafwagen. When I try to book the same ...
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How can I specify a fuel type when renting a car

I am planning on renting a car in Germany and will cover approx. 1,500 km. I notice that diesel is significantly cheaper in Germany than petrol, so hiring a diesel car will save me a bit of money. ...
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Arriving in a transit airport in Schengen area the night before the effective Visa date

I'll be travelling in Finland this summer, and today I've retrieved my passport back from VAC. The problem I have is that I applied for an effective starting date of June 16th for Finland, but I will ...
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Can I get my partner to live with me on a work permit in Germany? [closed]

I recently got a proposal to work in Bonn, Germany; and I was wondering if there is a way for me to legally get my partner some type of visa that lets her travel and live with me until the permit ...
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Should I apply again on German Embassy?

I am a businessman. I had applied UK tourist visa in 2017 along with my wife which were refused. Then later in December 2017 I had applied German Visa without my wife for business. Which were also ...
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Travelling for Tourism with 1 year Business Schengen Visa

I am from Egypt and I have a multiple entry business visa Type C issued from the Malta embassy and I am planning to visit Germany first for a holiday, then heading to Malta for business. Days spent in ...
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Transit Time in Frankfurt Airport - Short Connections

Two quick questions about connections through Frankfurt: 1) SFO --> Berlin Tegel via FRA. Ticket is completely booked through United and the second leg is on LH metal. Will 1.5 hrs be enough to ...
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Schengen Visa Germany, sponsorship denied due to lack of “commitment form”

My Thai partner recently attended an appointment for a Schengen visa at the German embassy in Bangkok. Upon arriving and before submitting the application we were informed the application would be ...
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Rent a racing bicycle in the Eifel, Germany

Is it possible to rent a racing bicycle in the Eifel, Germany? I seem to find only mountainbikes when I search for 'fahrradverleih'. Anywhere near Stadtkyll would be awesome.
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What's the logic behind the the organization of Hamburg's bus transport into “rings”?

I'm staying in Hamburg for a while for business reasons and I've been told to get an HVV card for rings A and B as that would cover most of the major destinations I might need to travel to. Now I take ...
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Consecutive visa applications

I applied for a tourist visa to visit my wife in Germany about a month ago.Recently I got a contract letter from German company,hence I need to apply a national visa to travel and work there.I have an ...
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Schengen visa refused using motif 2 on purpose and conditions of stay [duplicate]

A friend of mine who is an official teacher, applied for a visa to Germany and got refused because of the motif #2 saying: The purpose and conditions of the intended stay have not been established ...
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Will I have to pay customs duties on items I'm bringing back to Germany?

I'm a German citizen. Sometimes I travel to other countries (possibly outside of the EU) to attend events (e.g. concerts). I tend to bring merchandise of the performing groups with me when I travel. ...
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Public transport tickets for a few days in Düsseldorf?

I'm going to be spending 3 days in Düsseldorf, for a mixture of work and holiday, so I'm going to need to do a fair bit of travelling around the city to get to both meetings and sightseeing/museums/...
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How do I parse the syntax of the route instruction on a German railway ticket?

With a Deutsche Bahn Flexpreis ticket, one can take any trains on the day of travel, but the route is still limited. The permitted route along which the ticket is valid is written on the ticket, but ...
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Germany rejected my entry to Schengen countries

I was deported from Germany in 2015 and I hired a lawyer, but he didn't inform me as to when this deportation order will end. So I tried to enter Germany in January 2018. They refused to let me enter ...
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Schengen Visa: Can I use a recently owned property as a proof of strong ties to host country?

Update: I got my visa. I am 24 years old and I am from India. Last year, I planned to visit Graspop Metal in Belgium, and my visa got rejected with an explanation that Your intention to leave the ...
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Germany: Family Reunion Visa: Passport valid till Feb 2020 [closed]

My spouse was recently approved with Germany Blue Card (long term employment visa). It is valid from 1st June 2019. He has not traveled to Germany yet. I have appointment at German Consulate, Mumbai, ...
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Germany Visa application, Not refused Not Accepted either [closed]

I'm doing a Master degree in a University in Turkey. I secured the Erasmus+ internship grant for Germany. The grant provides monthly support of 600Euros and for my Visa application provided personal ...
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Am I banned from flying from Hamburg Airport for not paying custom duties?

I live in Netherlands. Last summer I flew from outside of Europe to Hamburg, Germany. Upon my arrival I had two boxes of cigarettes in my suitcase. The custom officer confiscated one of the boxes and ...
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Do I have to stay the entire duration in Germany with a German Job Seeker Visa?

I am residing out of Germany at the time being and working a full-time job. However, I am planning to find a job in Germany and thus I am considering applying for Germany Job Seeker Visa. As I am ...
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What are these white things in Stuttgart

I am for the first time in Stuttgart and I saw these things and I am not sure what they are ? What are their purpose? Can someone help me out to figure out that?
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Bringing cooked meat to Germany?

I know it is prohibited to bring meat or dairy products to Germany, but I wonder if bringing cooked meat would also be a problem? It is part of our curries and other material in the curry are beans ...
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Can I bring nuts and cooked sausage from Brazil to Germany?

Can I bring nuts from Brazil to Germany/Europe and cooked sausage in my hand Bag? It is for personal use.
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Can I study in Germany with a criminal record? [closed]

I am a Chinese national who has lived in the US for 15+ years. I have a drug-related criminal charge against me from the US but I left the country before my court date (my lawyer did not feel like it ...
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How to use Kurzstrecke ticket to travel from Berlin to Potsdam?

I have question about using Kurzstrecke ticket to travel from Berlin to Potsdam. As I see it's the most economic ticket plan for stay in Berlin with one planned visit to Potsdam. So I'd have to buy A+...
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When using rail passes in Germany, can I use it in “urban trains” as well? (U-bahn, S-bahn)

Take this german rail pass for example: The German Rail Pass from Rail Europe gives you unlimited train travel from four to ten days This pass gives you unlimited travel on the national rail ...
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What's the 2-minute timer on mobile Deutsche Bahn tickets?

A few days ago I purchased a single ticket from Cologne (Köln) to Aachen via the DB Navigator app. The ticket was valid for 6 hours after the purchase, however a timer started from 00:00 and stopped ...
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Visitor visa Germany

I and my younger sister are from Asian country and she studies in China. She would like to visit her friend (same nationality as us) who is studying in Germany, during holidays. I want to sponsor her ...
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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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For a Eurostar ticket booked through Deutsche Bahn, how do I request a special meal?

I have a Eurostar ticket booked through Deutsche Bahn. It is a first class ticket, so it should correspond to one of the classes that includes meals. To pre-order vegetarian meals, Eurostar advices ...
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Can I change Schengen visa type during visa process? [closed]

I am Indian student studying in a science institute in India. For doing summer internship in physics for 3 months, professor in Germany has enrolled me in TU Dresden. I applied for short stay ...
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Traveling with my 5 year old daughter (as the father) without the mother from Germany to Mexico

I will be flying with my 5 year old daughter without the mother to Mexico from Germany with transit in the United States. Her grandmother on her mom's side will also be traveling with us. I was born ...
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Invitation letter from relative for Schengen visa holder travelling to Germany

I'm holding Schengen visa issued by Germany, but couldn't travel to the country, and had to cancel the itinerary due to personal reasons. Now I want to travel to Germany, stay will be with my relative ...
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Entering Germany after 3 months (having a residence permit) of absense and having received a UK's resince permit [closed]

I'm not an EU citizen. The situation is: I lived in Germany for 3 years, still registered there and have a bank account I have a German residence permit (niederlassungserlaubnis) received after a ...
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Re-entry to Germany after vacation using blue card

I am working in Germany and I hold a German blue card with a work permit. Now I am planning to travel to my home country for a short vacation (15-20 days). Should I clear/submit any other documents ...
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Is it OK if I do not take the receipt in Germany?

During a business trip in Düsseldorf I have bought some chocolate from a rather fancy store. After paying for it I was asked if I want the receipt (I am almost certain that this happened after it was ...
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How to improve the chances of getting a free ticket from a “Blue Girl” at the Bayreuth Festival?

Later this year (in August) the world's prominent classical music lovers will converge in a sleepy little Bavarian town for the annual Bayreuth Festival. Source: By Rico Neitzel - http://www.rizi-...
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Who to complain to about the speed of airport security at Frankfurt?

Usually I'm flying several times every month or two in Europe, and in the last few years I have seen that the situation at security check is worse and worse. One week ago I had a flight via Frankfurt....
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Driving in Dusseldorf´s low emission zone

I will rent a car in France and travel to Dusseldorf and Cologne. Do I need a emission sticker to enter those cities? If so, there is a physical store where I can buy it, instead of buying it online? ...