Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Berlin, Germany, March 20, 2020
Event: The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the health situation in Germany. On March 20, 2020, the State of Bavaria announced state-wide movement restrictions starting midnight March 20 and running for a period of two weeks, ending April 3. Further movement restrictions across Germany may occur. As of midnight on March 20, new measures will require individuals to avoid movement to and from and within certain areas unless one can demonstrate an essential work-related reason or other necessity such as buying groceries, or an emergency health-related reason. The U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens to follow all German official health guidance. Please reference the German Ministry of Interior website here for the latest guidance.
The German authorities have outlined new restrictions regarding large gatherings, school closures at various levels, and the closing of civil and religious ceremonies, gyms and swimming pools, theaters, museums and cultural centers. Public transportation including trains and airlines continues, but travelers should check with carriers for any schedule updates.
The German health ministry advises that anyone who has been in contact with a person diagnosed with the COVID-19, or who have 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.
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 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)
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U.S. Consulate General Munich
+49-89-2888-580 (business hours)
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State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444