In 2016, roughly 73.6 billion euros were spent by the German residents on travelling abroad. Preferred travel destinations of the German citizens were Austria and Netherlands.
Nevertheless, some countries don’t yet to recognize the German passport as an entry permit, so they apply also a visa regime towards its holders.
Visa Free Countries for German Citizens
The majority of world countries can be visited by the Germans only by holding a valid German passport. Traveling to such countries, thus, is very much simpler compared to the visa regime countries.
Here are the 145 world countries that can be visited by German citizens without a visa:
|Anguilla||Antigua and Barbuda||Argentina|
|St. Eustatius and Saba||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Botswana|
|Brazil||British Virgin Islands||Brunei|
|Colombia||Cook Islands||Costa Rica|
|Dominican Republic||Ecuador||El Salvador|
|Estonia||Falkland Islands||Faroe Islands|
|French Guiana||French Polynesia||French West Indies|
|Honduras||Hong Kong (SAR China)||Hungary|
|Luxembourg||Macao (SAR China)||Macedonia (FYROM)|
|New Caledonia||New Zealand||Nicaragua|
|Sao Tome and Principe||Senegal||Serbia|
|Solomon Islands||South Africa||South Korea|
|Spain||St. Kitts and Nevis||St. Lucia|
|St. Maarten||St. Vincent and the Grenadines||Swaziland|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Tunisia||Turkey|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||Tuvalu||Ukraine|
|United Arab Emirates||United Kingdom||Uruguay|
Visa on Arrival for German Citizens
Certain countries have abandoned the classic visa requirements where you have to get the visa early before traveling. They have replaced them with a visa taken at the borders of the country by the immigration staff, known as a visa on arrival.
There are 39 countries where holders of the German passports can visit with a visa on the arrival:
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde Islands
- Comores Islands
- Papua New Guinea
- Sri Lanka
- St. Helena
Countries Requiring Electronic Travel Authorization for German Nationals
For traveling to few foreign countries, Germans are required to obtain an electronic travel authorization (eTA) beforehand, through a simple online application procedure.
These 7 countries apply an electronic travel authorization, as an entry requirement, towards German citizens:
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Puerto Rico
- United States
- US Virgin Islands
E-Visa for the German Citizens
The very few world countries require from the German citizens obtaining beforehand their travel an electronic visa (e-visa).
These 5 world destinations are where Germans passport holders can enter on the grounds of an e-visa:
Countries With Visa Regimes Towards the Germans
Apart from the main percentage of the world countries, there are remaining states which have retained the visa regime towards German nationals.
Thus, for visiting such countries a German passport holder should obtain a visa at the consular service abroad, usually to be stamped on a blank page of their passport, early enough before traveling.
Every country has its own visa requirements, usually accessible on the official website of the respective country’s embassy in Germany.
The following 33 countries apply a visa regime towards all the holders of German passports coming to visit their territory:
- Central African Republic
- Congo (Dem. Rep.)
- Congo (Rep.)
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Equatorial Guinea
- North Korea
- Russian Federation
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- South Sudan
Countries That Use EURO Currency
There are 18 foreign countries where you can pay with Euro currency, used as the official local currency. This includes Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
Further countries and territories recognizing Euro as their main currency are the Azores, the Canaries, Ceuta and Melilla, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Madeira, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion, Saint Barthélemy, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City.
Moreover, two countries outside the EU also use the Euro as their currency: Kosovo and Montenegro.
Risk Countries for International Travelers
International travelers, including German citizens are highly advised not visiting a country labeled as a “Risk Destination”, either in transit or to stop by there. This is because these destinations possess either unfavorable political, social or medical local conditions which may put people’s life in danger, particularly or incidentally of foreigners.
However, essential travels to such countries must be accompanied by prior detailed information about the potential threats and available professional security support for traveling there.
Risk countries for traveling to are:
|Travel Risk Country||Travel Risk Areas by Country|
|Afghanistan||Badakhshan, Badghis, Baghlan, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Jawzjan, Kandahar, Khost, Kunar, Kunduz, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Nuristan, Paktia, Paktika, Sar-e-Pul, Takhar, Uruzgan, Wardak and Zabul countrysides.|
|Algeria||Northern provinces (urban areas), oil and gas producing areas in the provinces of Adrar, Tamanrasset, Illizi, Ouargla and Ghardaia. Also urban areas such as Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Biskra, Bejaia, Constantine, Jijel, Mostaganem, Oran, Setif, Sidi Bel Abbes, Skikda, Tiaret and Tlemcen and northern urban capitals.|
|Bahrain||Shia Muslim villages such as Sitra, A’ali, Saar, Diraz and further.|
|Bangladesh||Dhaka and Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).|
|Burkina Faso||Oudalan, Soum, and Loroum, as well as Apoa, Komandjari, and Kompienga provinces.|
|Burundi||Bubanza and Cibitoke as well as Bujumbura Rural province.|
|Central African Republic||Bangui and rural areas.|
|Congo, Democratic Republic||North Kivu Province (except Goma and Beni), Ituri Province (except Bunia), central and Northern Katanga (Mitwaba, Pweto, Manono and Malemba-Nkulu areas). Also, Kinshasa, south of Katanga (Kolwezi district, south of Haut-Katanga province, including Lubumbashi) and Kongo-Central province.|
|Cote d’Ivoire||West (Moyen-Cavally, Dix-Huit Montagnes, north-west of Bas-Sassandra) and north (Bafing, Worodougou, Vallée du Bandama, Zanzan, Savanes, Denguélé).|
|Egypt||Ndjamena and Western Desert.|
|El Salvador||No specific region.|
|Ethiopia||Somali region and areas bordering Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan.|
|Guatemala||Guatemala City, Chiquimula, Petén, Zacapa and Izabal departments.|
|Haiti||No specific region.|
|Honduras||No specific region.|
|India||Asom (Assam), Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, non-coastal districts of Odisha (Orissa), eastern areas of Maharashtra and parts of the Kashmir valley. As well as Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Leh district (Ladakh region).|
|Iran||Areas within approximately 60 miles (100km) of Turkish, Iraqi, Afghan borders, Khuzestan province and Sistan-e Balochistan.|
|Iraq||Southern provinces, Kurdistan Region border areas and Kurdistan Region.|
|Israel||No specific region.|
|Kenya||The Somali-border counties of Wajir, Mandera, Garissa and Lamu, Nairobi, the northern counties of Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Marsabit and Isiolo.|
|Korea, North||No specific region.|
|Lebanon||Baalbek-Hermel governorate, areas within five miles (8km) of the Syrian-Israeli borders.|
|Libya||Tripoli and Misrata city.|
|Mali||Gao, Kidal, Menaka, Mopti, Taoudeni and Timbuktu regions and Border with Mauritania, Mopti city, northern half of Segou region.|
|Mauritania||Eastern desert areas|
|Mexico||Baja California, Chihuahua, Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacán, Morelos, Sinaloa, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz states.|
|Nicaragua||No specific region.|
|Niger||North, departments of Téra, Tillabéri, Ouallam and Filingué, Areas of Zinder, Diffa regions bordering Nigeria.|
|Nigeria||Borno state and Abuja.|
|Pakistan||Districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bordering the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Balochistan except for Gwadar and central districts, the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province).|
|Papua New Guinea||No specific region.|
|Somalia||Western Somaliland, Bosaso (Puntland) and Hargeisa.|
|Sudan||South Kordofan, West Kordofan and Blue Nile states and Darfur.|
|Syrian Arab Republic||No specific region.|
|Tajikistan||Afghan border and Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast.|
|Turkey||Hakkari, Sirnak, Diyarbakir provinces, Areas within ten miles (16km) of the Syrian border.|
|Uganda||Areas within 18.6 miles (30km) of the Congo (DRC), South Sudan borders.|
|Venezuela||No specific region.|
Passport Validity Requirements for German Citizens
Commonly, German travelers to overseas countries are required to possess at least 3 to 6 months remaining validity period on their passports, beyond the period of their visit.
Return/Onward Travel Ticket
Most of the countries you will attempt to visit require from you to have a return or onward travel ticket when you enter the country.