Germany Travel Information
Norwegians can still travel through Germany on their
way to Norway. But Germany has introduced expanded
border controls on the borders of Luxembourg,
Switzerland, Austria, France and Denmark. Travelers must
have a critical reason for entering Germany. The same
applies to German airports and ports upon entry from
Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg,
Denmark and countries outside the Schengen area. For
more information about coronavirus and entry, see
There is a risk of being attacked by terrorist
attacks in most places in the world. German authorities
are constantly assessing the danger of terrorist attacks
and adapting their preparedness accordingly. Authorities
have announced stricter security with police more
visibly present following the attack on the Christmas
market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin in December 2016.
Norwegian citizens traveling in Germany are encouraged
to follow the media image and at all times adhere to the
advice and directions given by German authorities.
Crime: Some precautions should always be taken in
larger cities. Tourists need to be aware of a certain
risk of pocket theft and purse bagging, especially in
Natural disasters: The areas along the major rivers (Oder,
Elbe, Rhein, Danube) can be hit by floods and floods,
especially in heavy rainfall. In higher altitudes in
southern Germany, large amounts of snow must be expected
in the winter months, with the subsequent danger of
Minor earthquakes have occasionally occurred in the
Rhine Valley, but these have so far not led to major
damage. It is important to follow directions and
recommendations from local authorities.
- Countryaah: Berlin is the capital
of Germany. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer
period in Germany are encouraged to register on
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
Local emergency numbers: Ambulance/accident/fire:
112, Police: 110
In the event of a crisis or emergency, one is
encouraged to contact the embassy.
Embassy of Norway
Royal Norwegische Botschaft
Rauchstrasse 1, 10787 Berlin
Tel: + 49 30 50 50 58 600 (in Germany: 030 50 50 58 600)
Fax: +49 30 50 50 58 601 (in Germany 030 50 50 58 601)
E- mail: [email protected]
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the UD's 24-hour
operating center can be contacted on tel: +47 23 95 00
00 or e-mail: [email protected]
Overview of all honorary consulates in Germany
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Although both Germany and Norway are part of the
Schengen area, passports must be brought. Passport is
the only internationally valid identification document
for Norwegian citizens. Norwegians do not need a visa to
Germany. Upon entry into or transit in Germany, the
following valid documents are also accepted:
- Emergency passport
- refugee travel document (green travel document)
- travel document for people staying on
humanitarian grounds (blue travel document)
If the stay in Germany is to last for three months or
more, one must register with the German authorities
(Einwohnermeldeamt) within seven days of entry.
Coronavirus (covid-19): The
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends travel
that is not strictly necessary for all countries.
Norwegians in Germany are encouraged to keep up to date
with the development of the coronavirus and the
situation around it.
German authorities allow Norwegian citizens on their
way home to Norway to pass through Germany if no other
itinerary is possible and the fastest route of travel is
German authorities have introduced strict rules for
entry into Germany from Austria, Switzerland, France,
Luxembourg, Denmark, Italy and Spain. These are valid
until 4 May. Only selected cross-border border crossings
are open. Here is the list. There are also restrictions
on entry from countries outside the Schengen area. These
are valid until May 15. Travelers must have a critical
entry point. Here is information in English about who is
allowed to enter Germany, as well as some questions and
answers about border controls in German from the German
police. Border police may require documents showing that
the journey through Germany is a transit journey. This
can be an booked flight, train or ferry ticket, as well
as a document showing that you have your home address in
A 14-day quarantine has been introduced for travelers
returning to Germany from abroad. Norwegians in transit
are exempt from these quarantine rules. See
information in German from the German Ministry
of the Interior.
March 22, strict rules to prevent further spread of
covid-19 were introduced throughout Germany.
These are valid until April 19.
Norwegians, as well as EEA/EU citizens staying in
Norway, can also travel via German airports or ports on
their way home, despite restrictions on entry from
countries outside the Schengen area and on flights from
Spain on March 18 as well., Italy, Austria, Switzerland,
France, Luxembourg and Denmark, and shipping from
Denmark. See press release in English.
March 22, strict rules to prevent further spread of
covid-19 were introduced throughout Germany. In the
public space, a maximum of two people who do not live
together can now gather. In addition, a rule applies to
a distance of at least 1.5 meters between people who do
not live in the same house. Serving places are closed,
except for delivery or collection of food. Here is an
overview of the measures in English. It is emphasized
that these are not recommendations but rules.
Previously, bars, clubs, theaters, museums, fairs,
cinemas, zoos, sports facilities, swimming pools,
playgrounds and retail shops were closed. Supermarkets,
pharmacies, gas stations, banks, post offices, etc. are
Some states will have even stricter restrictions.
Norwegians residing in Germany should follow the local,
regional and national measures and injunctions.
Beyond this, it is recommended to follow local news.
In Norway, the Institute of Public Health provides
health advice. Health information can be found on the
Institute of Public Health's website.
All travelers abroad are advised to take out their
own travel and health insurance before leaving. In
addition, European health insurance cards that are valid
in all EEA countries should be obtained.
Germany has a well-developed health system with both
public and private hospitals. Health and sanitation are
about the same as in Norway.
The area code for calls from Norway to Germany is
+49. There is no time difference between Norway and
Current voltage, frequency and plug are similar to
the Norwegian standard.
Germany has a well-developed public transport system
both in cities and elsewhere in the country, as well as
very good motorways. Road safety is the same as in
Norway. The Norwegian driver's license is valid in
Germany. Driver's license, driver's license and
insurance documents must be brought while driving.
The currency unit in Germany is the euro (1 euro =
100 cents). In general, card use is far less prevalent
in Germany than in Norway. Taxis, eateries and shops are
usually marked if they accept foreign cards. The Germans
themselves use their national bank card (EC card) or
Normal opening hours for shops and banks - Shops:
from 09.00/10.00 to 18.00 / 19.00/20.00 (Saturday to
Bank: from 08.30/09.00 to 17.00 (not Saturdays)
National Holidays - January 1st, Good Friday, 2nd
Easter Sunday, May 1st, Ascension Day, 2nd Pentecost,
October 3rd (National Day), 1st and 2nd Christmas Day
In addition, there are local holidays that vary from
state to state.
Customs and rules - It is a requirement in Germany
that one must be able to identify at all times. A valid
passport or copy should therefore always be carried.
Passport is the only internationally valid
identification document for Norwegian citizens.
English is generally at a lower level than in Norway.
This is especially true of the older generation.
It is useful to note that Germans attach greater
importance to formal courtesy than Norwegians. You use
the De form instead of "you" and last name rather than