Security Message: April 26th Demonstration March in Berlin

U.S. Embassy Berlin informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration march led by the extreme right-wing NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands) against the “Kreuzberg situation” is expected to take place in Berlin on Saturday, April 26, between 12:00 noon and midnight.  Approximately 100 demonstrators are expected, along with numerous counter-protestors.

Although the exact route has not yet been released to the public, the demonstration march (and possible counter-protests) will occur in the Kreuzberg district and the southern part of the Mitte district of Berlin.  Because of the theme of this protest, it is likely that large numbers of counter-protesters will gather along the route.  During past protests of this type in Berlin, violence has resulted from clashes between the two sides.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Germany enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Germany.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The American Citizen Services Unit for the U.S. Embassy Berlin is located at Clayallee 170, 14191 Berlin, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., tel. (49) 30-83050.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the after-hours emergency number for the U.S. Embassy Berlin is (49) 30-83050.