Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Berlin, Germany – March 16, 2020
Event: Due to reduced staffing, only emergency American Citizen Services and emergency visa services are available at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and Consulates General Frankfurt and Munich.
U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents will be permitted to return to the United States from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the European Schengen area, to include Germany. The Department of Homeland Security has issued instructions requiring U.S. passengers that have been in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Schengen area to travel through select airports where the U.S. Government has implemented enhanced screening procedures. See the DHS website for further details.
On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined at greater risk due to COVID-19 exposure. The CDC has provided publicly available information about COVID-19 risk factors here: CDC High Risk Travelers.
Public transportation including airlines, trains, and buses continue to operate, but transport links to international destinations are increasingly limited as airlines continue to reduce flights. Travelers should check carrier schedules for the latest updates and work directly with the carrier or travel agent to arrange or reschedule travel.
Germany has implemented temporary border screening along its borders. 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.
- For information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information regarding foreign countries’ quarantine requirements and other global impacts.
- Have a plan to depart from Germany that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
- 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 U.S.
- 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 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.
- Additional information can be found in German at the Robert Koch Institute
U.S. Embassy Berlin
+49-30-8305-0 (business hours)
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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
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