Useful Country Information

Citizens of the EU:

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

Non-EU citizens:
All Non-EU citizens require a visa. However, 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.

You may apply for short stay visas (Schengen Visas) at missions of the German Federal Foreign Office, such as embassies and consulates.

Please also visit the homepage of "Auswärtiges Amt" to find a detailed table of all countries requiring a visa and more information on visa regulations, as well as a list of German missions around the world.

Invitation Letter

An invitation letter for the purpose of obtaining a travel visa or permission to attend the meeting will be handed out on request after successful registration for the conference.


As in most countries of the European Union, the official German currency is the Euro (€). Please note that there are no general bank hours in Germany. Most banks are open in the morning hours and just a few hours in the afternoon or early evening. Major credit cards are accepted at most cashpoints, stores, restaurants and hotels.


English is spoken by the staff of most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Telephone and internet

Germany's international pre-dial is +49 (0049). Public places such as airports,  universities, libraries, restaurants and cafés may offer "free"-WiFi Hotspots.


The electrical power supply in Germany is 220v, 50 Hz, AC. Official plugs in Germany are: "Schukostecker" (round) Type F/ CEE 7/4, "Eurostecker" (flat) Type C/ CEE 7/16.


Germany's standard time zone is UTC/GMT +1 hour.  


All visitors are advised to have valid international insurance before coming to Germany. Citizens of the EU are insured with their EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).