Consular Information and Services
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.
Fact sheet for holders of foreign driving licences
Fact sheet for holders of foreign driving licences (ARAB)
Foreign driving licences
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.
Legalisation of UAE documents
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.
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...