Consular Information and Services

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Here you will find all relevant information on German citizenship, other legal matters and Consular services.



The German Law on Nationality and Citizenship is rather complex and has undergone many changes in the past. The rules on citizenship were thoroughly revised with the entry into force of the amended Nationality Act (Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz) on 1st January 2000.

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Foreign driving licences in Germany

Fact sheet for holders of foreign driving licences Fact sheet for holders of foreign driving licences (ARAB)


Legalisation of UAE documents

UAE documents need to be legalised by the competent German diplomatic or consular mission before they can be used in Germany. The Embassy in Abu Dhabi can legalise only documents authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi.


Identity Verification for Bank Accounts – Opening a Blocked (limited withdrawal) Account for Students

Revised procedures for ID checks for German banks Following the amendment of the German Money Laundering Act the German missions abroad can no longer notarize signatures or perform identity verification to open a new account, for loan applications of more than 15.000 Euro or similar cases.

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Letter of obligation ("Verpflichtungserklärung") in a visa procedure

The inviting party or a sponsor may declare his obligation to finance the cost of the beneficiary's stay in Germany. For this purpose, the inviting party/sponsor needs to prove his/her creditworthines...

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VAT Refund

In Germany the amount paid for merchandise includes 19 % value added tax (VAT). The VAT can be refunded if the merchandise is purchased and exported by a customer whose residence is outside the Europe...

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Obligation to declare cash funds of EUR 10.000 or more

Please note that every person who enters Germany from a non-EU country, or who leaves Germany for such a country, carrying cash funds in a total amount of EUR 10,000 or more is obliged to declare this...

Rule on entering the European Union (EU) with dogs, cats and ferrets

Rule on entering the European Union (EU) with dogs, cats and ferrets

The entry with dogs, cats and ferrets from non-EU countries (so-called third countries) to the European Union is strictly regulated in order to provide protection against the introduction and spread of rabies.

Consular Information and Services

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Customs regulations when entering Germany and the EU

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