28 April 2020 - We advise all Irish citizens in Germany to register their details with us so that we can contact you or your family in case of emergency. You can register online at the following link www.dfa.ie/travel/citizens-registration/
Please remember to carry official ID with you at all times and to carry your Anmeldung if resident in Germany.
In the states of Hessen, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland (from 27 April), it is compulsory to wear a mask in certain public areas, notably shops, public transport and work places where distances of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
Important travel advice update:
On the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team the Government is advising against all non-essential travel overseas at least until March 29. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all cruise ship travel.
Those needing to return to Ireland should arrange to do so IMMEDIATELY.
Please be aware as an example of the level of disruption to be expected, that the Ryanair Group announced that it will greatly reduce its services by 80% and possibly more, by 24.00hrs on Tuesday, 24 March.
Anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, will be required to restrict their movements on arrival for 14 days. This includes Irish residents. Essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff are exempt.
What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
The Irish Health Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to self-isolate for 14 days, upon arrival, and to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form to this effect. Check the Irish Health Service COVID-19 Advice Page for full information on these requirements. This includes Irish residents. Exemptions are in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff.
Important COVID-19 Travel Advisory for Germany affecting Irish citizens
On the basis of advice received from the German authorities we are advising Irish citizens (unless legally resident in Germany) to avoid non-essential travel to Germany at this time. Those who are legally resident in Germany must be prepared to show proof of residency to border guards.
Passengers can continue to transit through German airports but should be aware that connectivity from German airports to Ireland is being reduced. Accordingly, passengers should confirm their onward flights with airlines.
Irish citizens can continue to transit through Germany if they are returning to Ireland and there is no alternative travel option available. This includes entry by land to travel to a German airport for onward travel to Ireland. The purpose of travel, and the entry requirements for the destination and transit countries, must be proven.
Passengers transiting via Germany should be aware that connectivity from German airports to Ireland has been greatly reduced and accordingly should confirm their onward flights with airlines.
Those travelling for urgent medical treatment as attested by a doctor should also be permitted to enter Germany. We advise anyone in this situation to contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for assistance.
People showing symptoms of the Covid-19 coronavirus will not be allowed to enter Germany.
Postponement of Events
In the light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 global health situation, we have taken the decision to postpone all public events at the Consulate General for the foreseeable future. While we regret that events cannot go ahead as planned, the health and well-being of our guests, staff and the wider public is paramount.
We would hope that we will be in a position to re-organise the events later in the year, though obviously this will depend on how the situation evolves in the coming months.
Consulate General appointments system
In order to contribute to containment efforts and to ensure continuity of our consular services, the Consulate General will be operating from Monday 16 March 2020, with reduced on-site staffing as we implement a system of staff rotation and home office. Our phone lines remain open at normal times but we would like to remind prospective visitors that we operate on an appointment only basis. If your query cannot be dealt with by phone or email, you can make an appointment by phoning us on +49 (0)69 5095 48400 or visiting the Contact Us page and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please be aware that these arrangements may be subject to change depending on developments.
Our out of hours duty service also continues as normal and Irish citizens who require urgent assistance can call the Embassy of Ireland in Berlin on +49 (0)30-22 07 20 and leave a message on the answering machine outside of normal working hours.
We continue to encourage all Irish citizens living in Germany to follow the advice of local authorities in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak. The advice is changing regularly.
The following websites are recommended:
- Robert-Koch Institute (federal government agency responsible for disease control and prevention): German site, English site
- German Health Ministry
- Health Service Executive (Ireland)
- The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
- World Health Organisation
Le gach dea-ghuí / Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Best regards.