Germany: Travel Health Information

Germany is known for its rich history of arts and culture, with many museums, galleries, theatres, concert halls, cultural centres, and historical regions for travellers to explore.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Germany may differ from your home country. Germany has public and private health sectors that both provide a high standard of care. It is common for doctors and nurses to speak at least some English.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Germany typically require upfront payment in cash or credit, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Germany.

Germany has many well-stocked pharmacies servicing most areas of the country. Prescriptions for medications must be obtained from a doctor and prescription drugs cannot be purchased without one. Pharmacists are trained and licensed.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Germany’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Germany’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Germany are well maintained. Visiting drivers should be cautious of high speeds on the highways - known as the autobahn. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers in vehicles at all times. Cycling is popular for locals and tourists alike. Helmets are not mandatory when cycling but should be worn at all times for safety.

Travelling to Germany?

Before you go, check the list of vaccines and relevant health risks for Germany. For personalized advice, check out our Travel Health Planner to get health information that’s tailored to all the destinations on your itinerary:

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Germany At A Glance

Capital: Berlin

Population: 82.52 million

Official language: German

Time zone: Central European Time (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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