AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS VISITING GERMANY
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian citizen for short-stay period in Germany starting from 2021.
A valid passport is required to enter Germany. All tourists entering German territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to German authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.
A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of Australia who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every Australian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
Goods brought from outside the European Union by air or sea can be subject to the following limitations:
If arriving from a non-EU country:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigarillos (100), cigars (50), tobacco (250g).
- Alcohol: strong liquor (1L), of beverage with less than 22% alcohol volume (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L).
If arriving from an EU Member State:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), tobacco (1Kg).
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% volume (10L), alcoholic beverages under 22% volume (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L)
Money Amounts of over €10,000 (or equivalent in foreign currencies) in cash or travelers' cheques must be declared at the point of entry or exit of the EU. Visitors entering Germany with a one-way ticket and not having sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket might be refused to enter.
Joint passports must contain a photo of each child up to 15 years of age. Children aged 16 and above must hold their own passport or equivalent document.
Australia and Germany
Germans arrived in Australia with the first European settlers in 1788. At least seventy-three Germans arrived in Australia as convicts. Following the ultimate failure of the European Revolutions of 1848, many Germans emigrated to Australia. After World War II, an influx of ethnic Germans made up a great proportion of Australia’s post-war immigrants. German scientists were also recruited through the ESTEA scheme. German immigration floated on assisted migration programs through the 1950s and 60s.
Australia and Germany have aligned interests and perspectives on many issues as outlined in the Berlin-Canberra Declaration of Intent on a Strategic Partnership. They work closely in many multilateral forums to address global economic governance, counter-terrorism, poverty alleviation, climate change and non-proliferation and disarmament issues.
Germany is Australia’s tenth-largest trade partner, with a multi-billion-dollar two-way goods and services trade. Australia’s goods and services exports to Germany sees goods accounting for a little more than half and include oilseeds, gold coins, precious metal ores and concentrates, coal and pharmaceutical products. Germany is Australia’s fifth-largest source of imports, comprising mostly goods, including cars, medication, pharmaceuticals and goods vehicles.
Germany is the sixth-largest destination for Australian investment abroad and is worth over 65 billion dollars. Germany is Australia’s thirteenth-largest source of foreign investment, amounting to almost 40 billion dollars, including automotive and manufacturing, information and communications technology, pharmaceuticals and finance.
Australia sees a large presence of German companies across many industries, including automotive and advanced manufacturing, pharmaceuticals/chemicals, logistics and transport and banking and insurance. A number of Australian companies also operate in Germany.
Strong ties in innovation and research are to be seen in over 500 partnerships and cooperation agreements between Australian and German universities. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Universities Australia signed a Scheme to support bilateral research exchanges. Australian established an innovation landing pad in Berlin to assist Australian start-ups and entrepreneurs in accessing business development, investment and mentorship in Germany and across Europe.
ETIAS will impact Australians wanting to enter Germany once it is in effect. Australians now only require a valid travel document to enter this Schengen and EU country. After 2021 Australians will need to apply online, a process which takes only minutes, and pay the nominal fee. The authorisation is granted or refused within minutes and authorisation is electronically attached to the passport.
List of Australian diplomatic offices in Germany
Australian Honorary Consul Munich, Germany
Address: C/- Computershare, Pranner Str. 8, 80333 Munich, Germany
Phone: (+49) 308 800 880
Office Hours: Tuesdays 9am 1pm (by appointment only)
Details: Ms Rebecca Liebel - Consul
Australian Consulate-General in Frankfurt, Germany
Address: Main Tower - 28th Floor, Neue Mainzer Strasse 52-58, 60311 Frankfurt, Germany
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 16:30 Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Australian Embassy in Berlin, Germany
Address: Wallstrasse 76-79, 10179 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)30 - 880088-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 - 880088-210
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 08:30 - 17:00 Friday 08:30 - 16:15
Details: Mr David Ritchie AO - Ambassador
List of German diplomatic offices in Australia
German Consulate-General in Melbourne
Address: 480 Punt Rd. (PO Box 76), South Yarra VIC 3141
Phone: +61 (0)3 9864 6888
Fax: +61 (0)3 9820 2414
Office Hours: Opening hours: We are open to the public Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. If you wish to speak to a Consular officer, you can reach us by phone (++61 3 9864 6888) between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm (Monday to Thursday) or 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm (Friday). Individual appointments may be arranged at other times.
Details: Jurisdiction: Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.
Consulate General of Germany in Sydney
Honorary Consulate General of Germany in Tasmania
Address: 143 Hampden Road, Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: (0061 3) 62 23 82 39
Fax: (0061 3) 62 34 61 55
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 10.30am - 1.30pm
Honorary Consulate General of Germany in Darwin
Address: Action Sheet Metal Lot, 1824 Berrimah Road, Berrimah, NT 0828., P.O Box 38995, Winnellie 0821, Darwin, N.T.
Phone: (0061 8) 89 84 37 70 / (0061 8) 89 84 37 69
Fax: (0061 8) 89 47 00 37
Honorary Consulate General of Germany in Cairns
Address: Shop 11 The Conservatory, 12 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD 4870
Phone: (0061 7) 40 41 53 44
Fax: (0061 7) 40 41 53 66
Honorary Consulate General of Germany in Brisbane
Address: 10 Eagle Street, 32 Floor, AMP Place, Brisbane, Qld. 4000, Australia
Phone: (0061 7) 32 21 78 19
Fax: (0061 7) 32 21 73 35
Honorary Consulate General of Germany in Adelaide
Address: 1st Floor, 23 Peel Street, Adelaide, S. A. 5000.
Phone: (0061 8) 82 31 63 20
Fax: (0061 8) 82 31 63 20
Honorary Consulate General of Germany in Perth
Address: 16 St. George's Terrace, Perth, Western Australia 6000.
Phone: (0061 8) 93 25 88 51
Fax: (0061 8) 92 21 32 00
Office of the Honorary Consul-General of the Fed.Rep.of Germany in Melbourne
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