Health Alert – U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Germany, July 2, 2020
Event: Message to U.S. Citizens regarding COVID-19
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As of July 1, the European Union announced the lifting of travel restrictions for some non-E.U. countries (see text here) but restrictions remain in place for the United States. Since June 15, travelers already within the Schengen Zone have been able to travel more freely into Germany. For questions on travel within the Schengen Zone, visit reopen.europa.eu, where the EU has current information on travel and health regulations and the status of services for each EU country. Airlines continue to offer direct flights to the United States. Travel restrictions remain in effect for travel from the United States to Germany.
Despite a general loosening of restrictions, U.S. citizens should stay informed of travel restrictions within Germany as they develop. For example, the German government has reintroduced quarantine measures in the district of Guetersloh (North-Rhein Westphalia) due to a COVID-19 outbreak at a meat-packing facility. The German government has provided a useful English-language FAQ Page covering the current public health and travel restrictions.
The U.S. Embassy in Berlin and Consulates General Frankfurt and Munich have restarted processing passport applications by mail for those who are eligible to use the DS-82 adult passport renewal form. A limited number of routine appointments for passport and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad are now open. We also continue to offer passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad services for those citizens having emergency need or documented immediate travel plans. 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.
Despite COVID-19 restrictions, U.S. citizens may still drop off paper voting forms or ballots to be mailed to the United States. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or the U.S. Embassy or Consulates General.
Berlin: Ballots will be accepted at the U.S. Embassy building located in Dahlem at Clayallee 170, 14195 Berlin. U.S. citizens wishing to drop off ballots can do so at the main entrance on Clayallee between the hours of 1300-1500 (1-3 pm), Monday through Friday (except U.S. and German holidays). Please bring a form of identification (preferably a U.S. passport) and inform the guard that you would like to drop off voting materials. Ballots will not be accepted at the Embassy building in Mitte near the Brandenburg Gate.
Frankfurt: Go to the Consulate General entrance located at Gießener Str. 30, 60435 Frankfurt during regular business hours with your registration or ballot and inform the guard that you would like to drop off voting materials. The guard will show you to the voting materials drop-box where you can leave your registration or ballot.
Munich: Ballots can be dropped off at the American Citizens Services unit at the consulate located at Koeniginstrasse 5, Monday through Friday, between 0800-1630 (08:00 am and 4:30 pm).
Ballots must be placed in postage-paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. domestic postage so they may be delivered to the proper local election authorities. For further information regarding absentee voting see www.fvap.gov. Visit our website for the latest information about COVID-19.
For emergency services, including emergency passports for U.S. citizens, please contact the office nearest you:
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
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