Before You Go to Hamburg
Before You Get on the Plane
Before visiting Hamburg, you’ll want to make sure that all of your important documentation is up to date. Best practice is making a check list before you leave. These documents are must-brings: a visa, driver’s license or picture identification card, passport, marriage certificates, and health care cards.
If you are citizen of the EU/EEA you do not need a visa to enter Germany. It's advisable that you alert the local police if you plan on staying for longer than 90 days. For this, you will need your passport (or a photo ID) and a copy of your lease agreement in Hamburg. For more information on longer stays in Hamburg, read further on, to our Relocation Tips.
Non-EU/EEA citizens are required to have a valid visa to enter Germany. There are exceptions to this rule, and they apply to nationals from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States; all of whom do not need a visa to enter Germany for stays less than 90 days.
Many Germans speak English. This is not guaranteed, however. It’s therefore a good idea to brush up on some basic phrases while staying in Hamburg.
Have a check-up with your doctor and dentist before you go. Receive all immunizations before you leave. Stock up on prescriptions to take with you – you'll most likely be able to get them while staying in Hamburg but it's just another thing to worry about while you're there.
Hamburg is served by one major airport.Hamburg Airport - The largest airport in the region, here you can take the S-Bahn to Ohlsdorf and beyond. There are also multiple bus lines running right outside of the airport that go around the whole of Hamburg, more or less.
As with any city, your personal safety needs to be a priority while visiting Hamburg. Take the time to program these numbers into your phone:
- Police (Polizei) Tel: 110
- Fire Service (Feuerwehr) Tel: 112
- Ambulance (Rettungswagen) Tel: 112
- Non-Emergency – Doctor on call Tel: 116, 117
A few general safety tips will help ensure that your trip to Hamburg is both safe and enjoyable:
- Make sure to carry your cell phone with you at all times, but stay alert when using your smartphone.
- Avoid going out alone at night.
- Don’t carry excessive amounts of cash on your person in the event you are pickpocketed.
- Ensure that you don’t have your valuables on display, particularly when using public transport.