Germany Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
Eat Drink no
malaria no
typhus no
cholera no
yellow fever no


The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid for nationals of EU and EFTA countries. The treatment takes place upon presentation of the EHIC. This regulates care and reimbursement of costs in the event of illness for EU and EFTA citizens. Prescription drugs and hospital treatment must be paid for. The EHIC does not include repatriation after a serious illness or an accident abroad. Statutory health insurance companies are not allowed to offer this service. Only private travel insurance companies pay for return transport. It is therefore recommended that you take out health insurance abroad for the duration of your stay, which covers risks which are not covered by statutory health insurance. In emergencies, the police emergency number (110) and the accident ambulance (112) can be called. There is also a medical emergency service in every city that helps at night and on weekends. The respective telephone number can be found in the local telephone book. Pharmacies are open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-12pm. At every pharmacy there is a notice about doctors and pharmacists working at night and on Sundays. 350 recognized spas and health resorts offer state-of-the-art therapy facilities as well as numerous entertainment and sports facilities for relaxation and recreation. Information from the GNTB (see addresses) or from the German Health Baths Association e. V., Schumannstrasse 111, D-53113 Bonn. Phone: (0228) 20 12 00. Check directoryaah for more information.

Other risks

The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci, poliomyelitis and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. Nationwide, from March to October, there is a risk of transmission of Lyme disease from ticks, especially in grass, shrubs and undergrowth. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. The risk of transmission is highest in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia. Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is also transmitted nationwide (except in Hamburg, Berlin and Bremen) and mainly from March to October by ticks. Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia are particularly affected. A vaccination against TBE is recommended for professional activities or leisure activities with possible exposure to ticks in endemic areas. Hepatitis B occurs. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. The viral disease West Nile fever is transmitted by infected mosquitoes, especially in late summer and autumn. A risk area for West Nile fever is the Upper Rhine region. Germany is considered terrestrially rabies-free.

Health certificate

In Germany and all other EU countries, in addition to the digital COVID-19 vaccination pass (EU Digital COVID Certificate), proof of the COVID vaccination status with the vaccination card in paper form is also valid. Germany accepts the Swiss COVID certificate.



1 euro = 100 cents. Currency code: €, EUR (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros, coins in denominations of 1, 2 and 5* euros and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents. * The German 5 euro coin is only valid as a means of payment in Germany. The 500 euro banknote has not been printed since January 1, 2019, 500 euro notes in circulation remain legal tender.

Credit cards

All major credit cards are accepted. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Girocard With the Girocard (formerly EC card) such as the Maestro card, V Pay or Sparcard and PIN number, cash can be withdrawn from ATMs in the national currency throughout Europe. In many European countries it is also possible to pay with a debit card in shops. Cards with the Cirrus, V-Pay or Maestro symbol are accepted throughout Europe. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and hardly any in Austria. Traveller’s checks in Germany can only be cashed in a few banks or bureaux de change in large cities. They are not accepted as a means of payment in shops, hotels or restaurants.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 08.30-13.00 and 14.00/14.30-16.00, Thu until 17.30 in larger cities. Centers are usually open all the time.

Foreign exchange regulations

For travelers within the EU (entry and exit to / from Germany): Means of payment from 10,000 euros must be declared verbally. For travelers within and from outside the EU, there are no restrictions on the import or export of national and foreign currencies, but there is an obligation to declare funds with an equivalent value of €10,000 or more (in addition to cash, funds also include travelers cheques, savings books, other currencies, to third parties checks drawn, the true value of precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum (gold coins containing at least 90 percent gold grade, uncoined gold in the form of bars, nuggets or nuggets containing at least 99.5 percent gold grade), precious stones (but not jewelry). )).

Currency Exchange

In banks, savings banks, post offices and exchange offices. Cash is available around the clock from ATMs with EC/Maestro cards or with international credit cards. There are also electronic exchange machines at the airports and major train stations that change international currencies into euros.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
EUR 1 EUR = 1.00 €
1 CHF = 1.19 €
1 USD = 0.96 €

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