International Moving to Germany

Information for an International Moving to Germany

Member of the UN, Germany has the fourth largest economy in terms of GDP and thi third largest group of international emigrants.

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Accommodation search in Germany

Looking for an apartment in Germany can be complicated. There is high supply but also high competition. The apartments tend to be unfurnished, which literally means that there are no lamps, curtains, washing machine etc. You should consider, therefore, the extra costs when calculating your housing budget.

Mudinmar recommends you consult this guide to check doubts and learn more about the rental and subsidised rental market, amongst other things.

Many hotels offer a reduction or special rate for long-term guests. This is a viable option whilst you look for an apartment.


Customs and Traditions in Germany

There are numerous and varied festivities that are celebrated throughout the country. The German markets are a stand out feature. They run from spring until autumn, with the streets filled with food and sweet stalls. There are also wine festivals between May and November, where you can enjoy regional wines, live music and witness the crowning of the Queen of Wine. A good tip for everyone: take along a raincoat, regardless of the time of year, because of the abrupt climate changes that can occur in the country.

Areas of interest in Germany

Berlin-Mitte is in the heart of the city. It is a neighborhood that gives life to the city, where the majority of foreigners in Berlin can be found. Another important area is Kruezberg, the historical district par excellence. Tiergarten is also integral to Berlin, with a park measuring 210 hectares. Wilmersdorf exudes elegance and if you want to visit an Egyptian museum and do some shopping, your perfect neighborhood is Charlottenburg.

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German Customs information

To enter Germany you must have a valid passport (with at least 4 months validity at the moment you cross the border or enter the Schengen area). Citizens of the European Union only require a document of identification. The rules sometimes vary, therefore Mudinmar recommends that you get in touch with the embassy or consulate (see the right of this page). According to the official website regarding residence in Germany: “There are several products that can be imported tax free, eg. 100 cigars, 2 liters of alcohol, 200 cigarettes, 2 liters of sparkling wine or liqueurs, up to 250g of tobacco, 1 liter of alcohol with a strength of over 22%, 500g of coffee, 50g of perfume, 200g of extracts, concentrates and coffee essences or coffee based products, and 250 mil of eau de toilette.  All this is in addition to items for personal use. For non-EU citizens, the value of said products should not exceed 175 euros.”

Prohibited Products on your Germany international moving

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Drugs or prohibited substances
  • Aerosols or flammable products
  • Living plants

Services associated with your arrival to Germany

  • Furniture storage in Germany: through our vast network of agents, we offer furniture storage service in the main Swiss cities.
  • Insurance: It is recommended that you take out full insurance cover for your international move to Germany. Remember that the insurance company does not cover merchandise packaged by the customer.
  • Deliveries at destination: you can choose between direct door to door service of a combined, more economical option. In the latter case it must fit with one of our pre-established trips.

Importing Animals to Germany

Germany is part of the European community and as such follows the EU guidelines on the importation of animals. Firstly the origin is taken into account, then whether the animal is entering Germany for commercial purposes and whether it will pass through further customs before arriving at its destination. In terms of cats and dogs, the most common companions, the factors are the following:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Rabies certificate (10 days before departure)

According to the German Guide: ‘Whilst advised that you consult foreign delegations of the German embassy prior to travel, in order to bring pets such as cats, dogs and ferrets into the country you must have a pet passport corresponding to the animal you wish to ingress. It must be possible to identify the animal via means of microchip or tattoo and the passport ID number. The passport must improve vet certification showing the rabies vaccine.’


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