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Germany Travel Guide

Germany is a country full of history and culture and whether you're enjoying the nightlife in the cities, celebrating Oktoberfest or skiing in the alps, you're guaranteed a great trip.

Need to know

What time zone is Germany in?

GMT +2

What curreny do they use in Germany?

Euro EUR

What language do they speak in Germany?

German

What power adapters do you need for Germany?

Type C & F

What is the average fight time to Germany?

1- 2 Hours

Culture and etiquette

Religion

Christianity is the largest relgion practised in Germany, this is largely made up of Latin Catholics. Other religions are practised including Islam, Judaism and Hinduism.

Tipping

Do you need tip in Germany? Tipping in bars and restuarants is the standard 10% you'd expect in the UK and tipping is appreciated as part of the culture - it's considered "drink money" or Trinkgeld.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in federal institutions, public transport and stations. It is also widely prohibited in public areas and buildings but this can vary by state.

Language 101

German is the main language across the country. The locals appreciate it if you make the effort to learn a few key phrases and words to help immerse yourself in the culture and authentically enjoy all the things to do.

Hello - Hello (Hallo) or Guten Tag! (formal - meaning 'Hello! Good Day!)

Goodbye - Tschüss (informal) or Auf Wiedersehen (formal 'See you again')

Yes - Ja or Jawohl

No - Nein

Please - bitte

Thank you - Danke schön

My name is... - Ich heiße ... (pronounced heisse)

I don't understand - Ich verstehe nicht

Do you speak English? - sprichst du Englisch?

Jabs, visas and other advice

For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website

Emergency numbers

In an emergency the number to call is 112.

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What are the current testing requirements for Germany?

We aim to keep this information up to date however we advise always checking the current entry requirements on gov.uk before you travel.

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Fully vaccinated? 

Travelling with children? 


UK >> Germany

⚠️ Unvaccinated UK visitors must quarantine for 5-10 days

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required for release on day 5

Test type: PCR

⚠️ Self-isolate for 5-10 days

⚠️ Complete a Pre-departure digital registration

Children under 5 may enter Germany without a test if they travel with at least one vaccinated parent

Germany >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Germany

⚠️ Vaccinated UK travellers re-admitted to Germany from Jan 4

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination or recovery, and complete a test before

⚠️ Complete a Pre-departure digital registration

Children under 12 exempt

Germany >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test on return

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


Are there restrictions once you arrive?

Medical-grade facemasks are mandatory for public transport and retail. Proof of vaccination or recovery is required for indoor hospitality, hotels and most entertainment. The lastest anouncement is that unvaccinated people will be "barred from many public places, including non-essential shops and events, unless they have recently recovered from Covid".


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