Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Germany. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Health services in Germany are good, tap water is safe and sanitation standards high. No immunisation is required.

English speaking doctors are usually easy to find, although medical costs are high and insurance cover is necessary. You can obtain non-prescription drugs used in Australia and prescription drugs are also available.

In an emergency, dial 110 anywhere in Germany and from any public phone without charge.

Medical expenses can be very high in Germany and visitors should ensure that they have effective medical insurance cover. Medical bills have to be paid in Germany during the stay and some schemes will only provide reimbursement after return to Australia.