Germany and the UK

Services if you're visiting, studying, working or living in Germany. Includes information about trading with and doing business in the UK and Germany.

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General information and guidance

Emergency help for British nationals

Get help if you're the victim of crime, you've been arrested, or are affected by a crisis abroad.

  1. British Consulate General Dusseldorf

    The British Consulate-General in Düsseldorf represents the UK government in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hessen and Saarland.

  2. British Consulate General Munich

    The British Consulate-General in Munich represents the UK government in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.

  3. British Embassy Berlin

    The British Embassy in Germany maintains and develops relations between the UK and Germany.

  4. Compensation for victims of terrorist attacks abroad

    Compensation for terrorist attacks abroad - eligibility, acts of terrorism covered, application form, helpline

  5. Compensation if you're a victim of crime abroad

    If you're a UK resident and have been injured because of a violent crime abroad, you can usually apply for compensation

  6. Germany – Prisoner Pack

    Explanation of the legal and prison system to British Nationals

  7. Get help if you're a victim of crime abroad

    Contact the nearest British embassy, commission or consulate to get help if you're the victim of crime abroad

  8. Help if you're arrested abroad

    Find out what the Foreign and Commonwealth Office can do to help if you or someone you know is arrested abroad.

  9. Rape and sexual assault abroad: returning to the UK

    Information for British nationals affected by rape or sexual assault abroad and returning to the UK, including how to access medical treatment and legal advice in the UK.

  10. What to do if you’re affected by a crisis overseas

    Advice for British nationals affected by crises abroad, including terrorist attacks, natural disasters and major political unrest, and information on what help the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) can provide.

Brexit

Latest information and guidance on the UK exiting the EU.

  1. Exiting the European Union

    Information about the UK's departure from the European Union.

  2. Status of EU citizens in the UK: what you need to know

    Information for European Union citizens living in the UK.

  3. UK leaving the EU: what you need to know

    Information for EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals living, working, visiting and studying in the EU.

  4. UK nationals in the EU: what you need to know

    Information on the rights and status of UK nationals living and travelling in the European Union (EU) following the triggering of Article 50.

Passports and emergency travel documents

Includes how to cancel a lost passport, renew a passport and apply for an emergency travel document.

  1. Apply for or renew a British passport if you're visiting the UK

    You can apply for or renew a British passport while you're visiting the UK - as long as you expect to be in the UK for long enough

  2. Cancel a lost or stolen passport

    What you need to do if your passport has been lost or stolen and you need to travel urgently - emergency travel document and replacement passport.

  3. Get an emergency travel document

    Apply for an emergency travel document if you're outside the UK and haven't got a valid British passport - apply online, how to apply, fee, timings

  4. Overseas British passport applications

    Renew, replace or apply for an adult or child British passport if you’re living abroad or working overseas - forms, prices, how long it takes

Travelling to Germany

Includes travel advice and how to get married abroad.

  1. Apply for a European Health Insurance Card

    Apply for or renew your free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) online.

  2. Driving abroad

    You'll need a Great Britain or Northern Ireland licence to drive abroad and an International Driving Permit in some non-EU countries

  3. Germany travel advice

    Latest travel advice for Germany including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health

  4. Getting married abroad

    Requirements, paperwork and processes for weddings and civil partnerships overseas - registration, restrictions, fees

  5. Reduce your risk from terrorism while abroad

    How to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.

  6. Taking a vehicle out of the UK

    Taking your car out of the UK - when VAT is not payable on a car you are exporting, procedures, registration and vehicle tax

Coming to the UK

Get a visa to study, work or visit the UK.

  1. Apply for a Commonwealth visa in Germany

    Guidance on how to apply for a visa for a Commonwealth country or British overseas territory in Germany.

  2. Check if you need a UK visa

    You may need a visa to come to the UK to visit, study or work.

  3. Contact UK Visas and Immigration about your application

    How to contact UK visas and immigration (UKVI) from inside and outside the UK.

  4. Get your visa, immigration or citizenship documents back

    Get your documents returned if you've made a UK visa, immigration or citizenship application but need them back urgently

  5. Leben und Arbeiten im Vereinigten Königreich

    Information on social security, health system, job search, tax in the UK. Informationen zu Sozialversicherung, Gesundheitssystem, Arbeitssuche, Steuern in Großbritannien

  6. Travelling from Germany to the UK with pets

    German-language information for visitors to the UK travelling with pets

Living in Germany

Includes how to access healthcare, get a document legalised, lists of lawyers and how to vote abroad.

  1. Apply for a European Health Insurance Card

    Apply for or renew your free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) online.

  2. Frequently Asked Questions / Häufige Fragen

    Guidance on common enquiries in English and German

  3. Germany - list of medical practitioners/facilities

    List of English -speaking medical facilities/practitioners in Germany.

  4. Germany - list of translators and interpreters

    List of translators and interpreters in Germany.

  5. Germany travel advice

    Latest travel advice for Germany including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health

  6. Germany – list of lawyers and notaries public

    Lists of English-speaking lawyers and notaries public in Germany.

  7. Get your document legalised

    Use the online service to get a UK document legalised

  8. Living in Germany

    What UK and German benefits are available to Britons living in Germany and information on driving regulations in Germany.

  9. Support for British nationals abroad: A guide

    This guide highlights some of the main ways you can help yourself stay safe abroad and what help the FCO can provide.

  10. Voting when you’re abroad

    How to vote if you're going to be abroad temporarily on election day, and what to do if you're moving overseas long term

Tax, benefits, pensions and working abroad

Includes how to pay tax, claim State Pension and get tax credits abroad.

  1. Claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad

    Benefits you can claim if you go abroad and countries with social security arrangements with the UK

  2. Moving or retiring abroad

    What you need to know if you move or retire abroad - tax, pensions, voting and contacting your local council

  3. National Insurance if you go abroad

    Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to find out if you need to pay National Insurance when you work abroad

  4. State Pension if you retire abroad

    How to claim State Pension if you're overseas - payment, tax, change of circumstances - contact the International Pension Centre

  5. Tax credits if you leave or move to the UK

    Tax credits if you live abroad, go travelling, are a cross-border worker or subject to immigration control

  6. Tax on foreign income

    Find out whether you need to pay UK tax on foreign income - residence and ‘non-dom’ status, tax returns, claiming relief if you’re taxed twice (including certificates of residence)

  7. Tax on your UK income if you live abroad

    Find out whether you need to pay tax on your UK income while you're living abroad - non-resident landlord scheme, tax returns, claiming relief if you’re taxed twice, personal allowance of tax-free income, form R43

  8. Work in another EU country

    UK citizens can work in any European Economic Area country and Switzerland without a work permit - where you can work, your rights, protection for posted workers and National Insurance payments

Birth, death and marriage abroad

Includes how to get married, list of funeral directors and how to register a birth abroad.

  1. Family tracing, public records and finding people in the UK

    How to trace family and people in the UK and how to access public records.

  2. Germany - Bereavement Information

    Information on deaths involving British nationals in Germany

  3. Germany - list of funeral directors

    List of English-speaking funeral directors in Germany.

  4. Getting married abroad

    Requirements, paperwork and processes for weddings and civil partnerships overseas - registration, restrictions, fees

  5. Marriages in Germany

    Information regarding marriages in Germany

  6. Register a birth abroad

    Parents must register the birth in the country where the child was born - find out if you can also register the birth in the UK

  7. Surrogacy overseas

    Information for British nationals who are considering entering into surrogacy arrangements in foreign countries.

  8. What to do after someone dies

    The steps you must take when someone dies - register a death, report a death with Tell Us Once, coroners, funerals and death abroad

News and events

Find out about the UK government's diplomatic, security and development work in Germany.

  1. Germany and the UK

    Updates, news and events from the UK government in Germany

Trade and invest

Includes investing and setting up a business in the UK and doing business in Germany.

  1. Business investment in the UK: Guidance for overseas businesses

    Guidance on why overseas companies should set up and locate their businesses in the UK. Includes information on UK business investment and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities.

  2. Department for International Trade Germany

    Department for International Trade (DIT) helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy.

  3. Overseas Business Risk - Germany

    See below for information on key security and political risks which UK businesses may face when operating in Germany.

  4. Set up a business

    What you need to do to start a business: choose a legal structure, see if you need licences and insurance, learn about reliefs and benefits

  5. UK Science & Innovation Network in Germany

    Science and innovation underpin the economies of both Germany and the UK. Encouraging work between the two countries therefore produces benefits for both.

  6. UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot – Germany

    An introductory brief from the UK Science and Innovation Network which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and successes in Germany.

British embassy or high commission

Includes contact details, opening hours and consular fees and local services.

  1. British Consulate General Dusseldorf

    The British Consulate-General in Düsseldorf represents the UK government in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hessen and Saarland.

  2. British Consulate General Munich

    The British Consulate-General in Munich represents the UK government in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.

  3. British Embassy Berlin

    The British Embassy in Germany maintains and develops relations between the UK and Germany.

  4. Germany – Consular Fees

    Details of Consular Fees - Gebühren für konsularische Dienstleistungen

  5. Notarial and documentary services guide for Germany

    Documents, certificates, letters and notes available from British Missions in Germany.