Moving to Germany: what you need to know

With quality healthcare, low unemployment and a focus on cleanliness and organisation, Germany is an increasingly popular destination for many British expats.

If you’re considering relocating to Germany, there are a number of things to arrange before you move:

Arranging the paperwork

British citizens do not require a visa to enter Germany, but you will need a valid British passport. You will also need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) prior to travel, to ensure you are covered for state-provided healthcare when in Germany.

One you arrive, you’ll need to register for a Certificate or Registration (“Anmeldebestaetigung”) for your residency within seven days, obtained from your local registration office.

Organising pet travel

If you are considering taking your pet with you to Germany, he or she will need a European Pet Passport to travel freely across European borders. The Pet Travel Scheme allows for appropriately vaccinated pets to travel across European countries without being placed in quarantine. Talk to your vet about fitting your pet with a microchip prior to travel. Pickfords’ pet shipping service will arrange all the details of your pet’s relocation.

Learning the language

While 56% of the Germany population speak English, it is normally as a second or third language. Learning at least basic German will prove incredibly helpful when communicating with local residents.

Before you emigrate, you may wish to join a German class at your local adult education centre or community college to gain a basic knowledge and help you communicate effectively in-country.

Understanding the culture

As with any new country, you’ll likely experience a number of cultural differences when emigrating to Germany. For example, Germans have a strong sense of planning and timing, so events and appointments typically start on time and lateness is frowned upon. German people also place importance on cleanliness and tidiness, so expect others to be presentable and have a low tolerance for litter.

German cuisine varies from region to region; a lot of common dishes are similar to the UK, although many meals will incorporate some form of sausage. Beer is well known as the German national drink, although German wine is becoming increasingly popular.

Conducting some research on the culture of your region before you leave the UK will help you integrate into your local community after you arrive.

Transporting your goods

When you come to arranging the transport of your effects to Germany, choosing an experienced removal company with the international expertise is vital to ensure your goods arrive on time, safely and securely. Pickfords transports customers’ belongings to Germany every week, more frequently than any other BAR member. With partner offices in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, Pickfords can transport your goods to any German destination.

Click here to find out more about transporting your goods to Germany with Pickfords.

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