Event: Message to U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19
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The U.S. Department of State recommends U.S. citizens avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. For most U.S. citizens, travel to the European Union, including Germany, is still greatly restricted. The German federal government has provided a useful English-language FAQ covering the health situation in Germany as well as COVID-19 related travel restrictions.
U.S. citizens residing in Germany should stay informed of local regulations, coronavirus risk areas, and quarantine requirements before planning international travel. We encourage you to consult the State Department’s country information page for your destination and your local health authority. For example, people entering Germany from a risk area, as determined by the Robert Koch Institute (the German equivalent of the CDC) are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. In addition, the German Ministry of Health has announced that as of August 3rd coronavirus testing will be mandatory for air travelers upon returning to Germany from these risk areas. The government is currently developing procedures for implementing the testing policy. Information on the recognition of molecular biological tests on SARS-CoV-2 when entering a risk area in Germany can be found at: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Tests.html. It is expected that free COVID-19 testing for arriving passengers will be made available at all German airports.
Register and request an absentee ballot with the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) by August 1st. This is the best way to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. For most states, you can send the form by mail, fax, or email to speed up the process. See your guidelines by selecting your state.
Appointments for passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and urgent notarial services are available at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and Consulates General Frankfurt and Munich. Additional information and available appointments can be viewed here. If no appointments are available online and you have an immediate need for passport or other services, please email us directly at one of the addresses provided at the bottom of this message.
Social distancing measures have been implemented at the Embassy and Consulates across Mission Germany. Any person entering a consular section in Mission Germany will be required to wear a face covering; children under six years old and those unable to wear a covering are exempted.
For emergency services, please contact the Embassy or appropriate Consulate General:
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