General Information

Language: German is the official language

Time zone: CET (Central European Time)

Money & Banking facilities:  The official currency in Germany is the Euro. Credit cards have a low level of usage by Germans as most pay by cash and therefore not all shops accept credit cards.

In general banks are open from 8.30/9.00 hrs. until 16.00 hrs. Outside banking hours you will find ATMs on nearly every street corner, most of which are linked to international networks such as Cirrus, Plus, Star, Maestro, Visa and MasterCard.

Phone code: For Germany 0049/+49; For Hannover 0511

Electricity and plugs: 230V, 2 pin plugs 

Emergency numbers: 112 (Ambulances) 110 (Police)

Average temperature: 18°C

Mobile Bands: Telekom, E-Plus, O2, Vodafone

Running/Tab water: drinkable


EU nationals: EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.

Non-EU nationals: Generally speaking, all foreigners from non EU countries require a visa for stays in Germany. A visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days in an 180‑day period for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement. It is recommended for nationals from non-EU countries to check visa requirements with the German Embassy or Consulate in the home country.