Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Berlin, Germany, March 26, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Berlin, Germany, March 26, 2020

Location: Germany

Event: Message to U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19

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U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to make travel arrangements immediately.  Currently, there are direct flights to the United States from both Frankfurt and Munich.  However, we expect airlines will not offer direct flights between Munich and the United States after this week.

It is also possible for U.S. citizens to fly commercially from Germany to the United States with connections in Amsterdam, Paris, and London.

Travelers should be prepared for the possibility that air carriers may further reduce or eliminate currently available commercial flight options with no advance notice.

On March 22, the German government imposed further restrictions on public life for at least two weeks.  The restrictions include:

  • No public gatherings (more than two persons) are permitted.  Police at the state level will enforce regulations.
  • Travel to work, emergency care, shopping for groceries/essentials, doctor visits, and individual outdoor exercise are all permitted activities.
  • Restaurants may only deliver or provide take-out.
  • Personal hygiene services (hairdressers, beauty salons, massage studios, tattoo studios, etc.) are closed.
  • Businesses deemed as essential must adhere to distance and hygiene standards.

The U.S. Embassy advises 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 health ministry advises that anyone who has been in contact with a person diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, 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.

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)
+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

Country Information – Germany

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