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Smoothly Relocate to Germany – Here are Essential Tips

Have you ever considered moving overseas? In moving to an overseas country, Germany for instance, you must be asking questions like – Is it simple? What do I bring? How should I act?

Using my own experience in transferring to Germany, I give you these 10 tips to address these Prioritys. Consisting of suggestions regarding what you will need to do before leaving your country and as soon as you show up in the wonderful Germany.

Residence Permit (visa) versus Tourist Visa

The first question you must ask yourself is the length of time do you wish to remain in Germany: is it a brief stay? Less than 3 months? Or a rather long one? If you chose to stay more than 3 months, then you will need a home license (visa). A tourist visa is valid just for 3 months.

How to get the Residence Permit

Upon arriving, you have 3 months to get your home authorization. The files you will need are the following:

– Legitimate passport, one per person – evidence that you belong to live – evidence that you can support yourself and your family (if relevant) economically -evidence of medical insurance -evidence of marital relationship (if appropriate) – Medelschein -at some point, birth certificate (specifically for the kids) -family pet’s passport and vaccine certificate

Have these files with you on your arrival; DON’T load them in a travel suitcase or in a box “someplace”.

What is the Medelschein?

It is a file that shows that you are registered with the municipal government. You need to go to the town hall of your home to get it. It is very simple and quick to get: you’ll need your passport and an evidence of where you stay. You need to bring this file along when requesting for a house license.

What to bring

If you are transferring to Germany for many months, you will no doubt wish to bring clothes and other personal products with you. Generally, bring with you what you think will be hard to find overseas (such as peanut butter and maple syrup!). But keep in mind, Germany is a very civilized nation and being more or less in the center of Europe, it is very simple to go from there to practically anywhere else on the continent!

Also, consider that it will take weeks for your possessions to show up if you deliver them overseas. So, it is much better to deliver them ahead of time and keep a great amount of clothes and needed products to bring with you on your flight.

Learning some German

Before leaving your country, you may wish to learn a little German. Certainly, it is NOT in our experience that English is being spoken all over Germany or in the rest of Europe for that matter. On the contrary, beyond huge touristic cities such as Frankfurt and Berlin, only a couple of people do speak it. They may understand it, but with limits.

German culture

While learning the language, why not search for more info about the country and its culture? Germans, like everybody else, have their own way of doing things and it would make it simpler on you to know a bit about them before coming.

Your new house in Germany

What are you searching for? A house? A condominium? A home?

In the city? Or in the country side? Always remember that in Germany, public transportation is very effective and is available almost everywhere, even in towns. Real estate outside huge cities is more economical.

You may wish to start looking before coming, as jobs are limited to European cities in general. There are many firms that can help you find a place to stay, but they do charge a cost to the owner in addition to the renter.

Another essential point about is real estate furnished versus unfurnished. You see, in Germany they actually mean unfurnished. That is: there is no furniture of any kind. Not even a tub or a toilet sometimes and definitely no kitchen area closets and counters.


As you cannot pay your expenses with checks (they do not accept checks anywhere), you will need to open a savings account to move money from this account to the businesses from which you purchase services. It is reasonably simple and easy.


Although there is not a quarantine need when bringing your animal to Europe, there are particular guidelines to follow.

Your canine or feline must have had its vaccines for rabies at least 30 days before departure and NO more than 12 months before going into Germany. You will obviously need evidence of all vaccinations, to be provided at the time on your arrival. So, it is best to have them with you at all the time throughout the journey. Another crucial point: Pets in Europe should now have a recognition number, either as a tattoo that can be quickly seen or as a microchip and their own passport released by a veterinarian.

Shops and business hours

Most shops are closed from Saturday afternoon 1 or 2 p.m., up until Monday early morning in Germany. So, if you show up on a Saturday, you may need to eat at dining establishments for the next 2 days.

When you have decided to move to Germany, you need to understand at first hand that the country has a very different culture and their laws are a bit different to western countries like the US too. Having a smooth transition in Germany means a lot of effort and patience. Don’t get me wrong thought, it will all surely be worth it.