Health Alert – U.S. Mission to Germany, December 14, 2020 

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to Germany, December 14, 2020

Location: Throughout Germany

Event: Message to U.S. citizens regarding additional COVID-19 restrictions

The German Federal and State authorities announced additional pandemic restrictions effective Wednesday, December 16, including the closure of schools, daycare centers, and retail stores with limited exceptions. Please follow local media in your area for updates.

The German government provides a useful English-language FAQ covering the current public health and travel restrictions. The Robert Koch Institute provides information on COVID-19 in English and German.

The U.S. Embassy in Berlin and Consulates in Munich and Frankfurt have suspended all routine appointments for passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, visa and notarial services from December 16, 2020 until January 10, 2021.  This includes mail-in passport renewals. If you have an immediate need to travel and have a confirmed flight to the United States, or other urgent need for a passport, please contact the Embassy or your local Consulate and request an emergency passport appointment.

If you have previously applied for a passport or citizenship service in person or by mail, expect significant delays receiving your passport and your citizenship evidence documents.  Please do not submit your passport for routine renewal at this time.

Please monitor our website for the latest information about COVID-19 and our operations.

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Please share this message with other U.S. citizens currently in Germany.


U.S. Embassy Berlin
+49-30-8305-0 (business hours)
+49-30-8305-0 (after hours)

U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt
+49-69-7535-0 (business hours)
+49-69-7535-0 (after hours)

 U.S. Consulate General Munich
+49-89-2888-580 (business hours)
+49-89-2888-0 (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444

Country Information – Germany

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