Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Berlin, Germany – March 19, 2020
Event: The German Health Ministry has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Germany. On March 14, 2020, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.
Effective March 16, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and Consulates General Frankfurt and Munich have suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit contact the Embassy or appropriate Consulate General.
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 in Europe advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to Europe.
U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to make travel arrangements as soon as possible and while flights are still available. Some airlines continue to operate but do so on a greatly reduced schedule. Transportation links to international destinations, including the United States, are becoming increasingly limited. Travelers should be prepared for the possibility that air carriers may further reduce or eliminate currently available commercial flight options with little advance notice.
Germany, along with other EU member states, is limiting entry to EU citizens and residents. U.S. citizens who are not residents of the EU and do not fall into one of several narrow exceptions will be denied entry to Germany. Travelers should be prepared for the possibility that additional travel restrictions will be implemented with little or no advance notice. The most up-to-date information on German border and airport control measures can be found here: German MoI – FAQ
Federal, state, and local governments have placed restrictions on large gatherings. Additional measures, to include closures of public spaces, shopping centers, and restaurants are likely.
Actions to Take:
Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on the disease.
Review the CDC’s latest recommendations on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.
Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information regarding foreign countries’ quarantine requirements and other global impacts.
Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Germany.
Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions affecting travel to the United States.
Review the most up-to-date information from the German Health Ministry here: German Health Ministry – COVID-19. The Ministry advises that anyone who has been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, or who has spent time in a risk area, should contact the health office responsible for their location, even if they have no symptoms. You can find the search function for locating the responsible health office here.
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U.S. Consulate General Munich
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