Moving to Germany

Wherever you’re moving to in Germany, whether a major city like Berlin or Hamburg or a place in the countryside, our specialist team will take care of everything to make sure your move goes smoothly and your goods arrive at your new home safe and sound.  Here at Arrowpak International we’ve been moving people to and from Germany since 1979, and have the local knowledge, contacts and skills to make sure your move goes smoothly - you couldn’t be in better hands.

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Germany

Germany is Europe’s most populous country with over 80million inhabitants and is a major economic and political power. Germany is truly at the heart of Europe having borders with nine other countries. Its landscape varies from snow-capped mountains to wide river valleys and fairy-tale castles clinging to rocky hillsides. 

Germany is famous for its beer and every year millions of litres are consumed at the Munich Oktoberfest where locals and visitors gather to enjoy both the beer and the agreeable revelry.

The capital, Berlin, has changed almost beyond recognition during the years following reunification, offering vibrant nightlife conjuring up memories of the songs of Marlene Dietrich and Liza Minnelli in the film Caberet.

Helpful information

Personal effects

You can import any used personal effects and household goods to Germany providing VAT has been paid in the EU.  You will need a detailed inventory of all items and a customs declaration form.

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 or 225 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Pets

You are welcome to take your dog or cat to Germany provided they are at least 3 months old and have been vaccinated against Rabies within 21 days of moving.  An EU pet Passport attesting valid rabies vaccination delivered by a Government-approved vet in the UK or local veterinary inspector is required.

Regulations frequently change so it is advisable to check the latest situation before travelling. The team at Arrowpak will be happy to give advice about transport and the shipment of domestic pets and more unusual animals.

Cars and motorcycles

Importing cars and motorcycles into Germany can be complicated so please ask our specialist team for advice well in advance of your move.

Driving licences 

Driving licences issued by an EU country are valid in Germany for an unlimited period (subject to their normal renewal date) providing there are no endorsements or suspensions, etc.

Holders of non-European licences may drive for up to one year, again providing there are no endorsements, etc.  After twelve months the German theory and practical test will need to be passed to obtain a licence. Some countries have reciprocal arrangements to exchange licences for their German equivalent. 

German Embassy: www.london.diplo.de

Customs info: www.zoll.de/EN/Home/home_node.html

Pets: www.pettravel.com/immigration/Germany.cfm

 
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