When you travel to Germany, you are going to explore a beautiful country.
But first, let me introduce you to the formal stuff you need to know, visa and customs regulations that is.
Who needs a visa to enter Germany? What is a Schengen visa? Which states belong to the European Union and the Schengen area?
When you plan your holidays you don't want to spend too much time with formalities. Here on this page you will find a summary of the most important facts visitors from abroad might find useful.
Germany is a member of the European Union (EU), along with Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
All EU countries plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are also members of the European Economic Area (EEA).
So if you are a citizen of one of these countries, you can easily travel to Germany. A valid passport or your national Identity Card is sufficient, a visa is not necessary.
Visitors to Germany who are citizens of a non-EU country need a passport that is at least 90 days valid following the end of their scheduled journey. Children need their own passport, or must be included in a parent's passport.
When you arrive on a German airport and go through the customs there are usually three lines. EU citizens who have nothing to declare, EU citizens who have items to declare, and citizens from countries outside the EU. Be prepared that you have to open your baggage for random checks anytime, and in any line.
Travellers from non-EU countries can bring goods up to a value of €175 duty-free. These goods must be for personal use. There are restrictions for certain items. You can bring in
EU nationals can bring more goods duty-free into Germany, provided they are for personal use, and not for trading.
There are several goods that are restricted or even prohibited to import or export from Germany.
Whichever way you choose to travel to Germany, enjoy your stay in our beautiful country.
Frankfurt international airport is Germany's largest and busiest airport.
About 100 international airlines operate from Frankfurt airprt.
Lufthansa is our national airline. Together with its Star Alliance partners, Lufthansa offers flights to and from more than 700 destinations around the world.
Munich, Stuttgart, Berlin Hamburg and Düsseldorf are other major airports in Germany. All these airports offer direct flights from and to the United States of America and other destinations worldwide.
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