Foreign travel advice
Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum.
A lorry was driven into a crowd at a Christmas market in central Berlin on 19 December 2016, causing at least 12 deaths and a number of injuries. The German authorities are investigating this as a likely terrorist attack. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities. The German police have issued a contact number +49 30 540 23 111 for people concerned, or +49 30 540 24 111 for people who may have relevant information.
There is a high threat from terrorism. The German government has announced that increased security has been put in place as a precaution at public buildings, major events, transport hubs and large public gatherings. See Terrorism
On 22 July 2016, 9 people were killed by a gunman during a shooting incident at the Munich Olympia shopping centre. On 24 July 2016, a suicide bomb outside a wine bar in Ansbach injured 15 people.
There’s no requirement to carry your passport with you, but the police are currently carrying out more frequent ID checks. If you’re asked to show your passport and you don’t have it with you, the police may escort you to wherever your passport is being kept so that you can show it to them.
There’s been considerable disruption to rail, road and ferry transport between Denmark, Sweden, Austria and Germany. The German government has reinstated immigration controls at its borders with Austria. If you’re travelling by road, train or ferry, allow additional time for disruptions, be vigilant and follow the instructions of local authorities. Check with local media and your transport provider for more information.
Around 2,000,000 British nationals visit Germany every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.
British nationals have been arrested for possessing counterfeit currency. Avoid changing money anywhere other than banks or legitimate bureaux de change.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.