Introduction

Airports

Transporting Pets

Public Transportation

Important Documents and Banks

Health

Accommodation

Cost of Living

Transferring Money Overseas

Schools

Taxes

Other Info

Introduction

Tourism – Germany inspiring

Airports

Berlin International Airport

Munich International Airport Transit and Directions

Transporting Pets

For movement between EU countries or from non-EU countries vaccination against rabies documented in the pet passport or the animal health certificate is the sole requirement for dogs, cats and ferrets to travel across EU borders, with certain exceptions.” – Food Safety – European Commission

Taking animals or plants with you as an European Union national – European pet (dogs, cats, ferrets) passport – LINK

Movement of pet from non-EU countries – LINK

  • Steps can take up to 5 months: Marking ( international microchip) > Rabies vaccination > Rabies antibody test> Treatment against Echinococcus multilocularis> Health certificate and declaration.

Public Transportation

Berlin – The transportation system is managed by the public company BVG. You will find trains, trams and buses running in the city. The train runs on the ground and the runs underground. Tickets can be purchased on a daily, monthly or annual basis at stations. Prices will vary according to the duration of the ticket.

It is important to note that some employers have partnership with BVG, and their employees can buy tickets at a cheaper price (check with the Human Resources department of your company). Moreover, the transit map is divided into 3 zones – A, B and C – you can choose the ticket according to the zones you transit.

Munich – In Munich MVG provides the service. Train – / Subway –

The transit map is divided into 4 zones and 16 rings ( each zone has 4 rings). The price of the ticket will vary according to your mobility inside the zones/rings. You can access the app MVV to find out about tickets prices, validation (make sure that the ticket has the date on it) and zones map.

Important Documents and Banks

  • Residence Registration (Anmeldung) – News residents must register within 7 – 14 days after arrival (it depends on the city). It is a crucial registration and it will allow you to sign contracts, open a bank account, and receive payments from employer.
  • The first step is booking an appointment online

Registering in Munich Registering in Berlin

  • Documents to bring with you:
  • Passport
  • Registration form
  • Rental agreement
  • Children’s identification documents or birth certificates of children also moving in
  • Marriage certificate
  • non-EU citizens, with the exception of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, also require a residency permit
  • Bank Account To open a bank account you can go to a branch with your passport and proof of your residence registration, and one of the bank representatives will help you.

Deutsche Bank Commerzbank KFW Bankgruppe DZ Bank Group

  • SCHUFA It is a credit check. The documents is usually requested to seal rental agreements. It can be obtained after opening a bank account ( the account should have at least 29,95 euros on it). You can get a SCHUFA online – visit Immobilien Scout 24 /

Health

In Germany, health insurance is mandatory. If the individual earns more than 56,250.00 euros/year, he/she can choose between public and private insurance. Those who earn less than that amount are obligated to register under public insurance. In general, employers cover half of the cost with the insurance. The other half is deducted from the pay stub.

You can sign up for public health insurance with one of the Krankenkassen (insurance administrator). The 5 most famous administrators are TK, AOK, BEK and DAK.

Accommodation

Short Term Accommodation

Airbnb

Wimdu

Vrbo

Long Term Accommodation

Immobilien Scout 24

Athome.de

Property Management / Real Estate Agents

rightmove.co.uk

Sotheby’s International Realty – Stephen Szucs ([email protected])

Engelvoelkers.com

tranio.com

Cost of Living

The following links give access to simulation of cost of living by city:

numbeo expatistan

Transferring Money Overseas

Tips: Transferwise WesternUnion

Schools

Image obtained from the Federal Government Website – https://www.make-it-in-germany.com/de/

There are many options for childcare in Germany, in particular:

  • For the under-3s ( Kinderkrippe):
    • toddler groups,
    • male and female childminders,
    • playgroups,
    • crèches,
    • kindergartens for mixed-age groups.
  • From 3 years to starting school (Kindergarten):
    • kindergartens,
    • other types of pre-school institutions that prepare children for school; child day care centres,
    • male and female childminders.
  • From school age:
    • all-day school
    • day nursery
    • supervised homework clubs.

Homeschooling is illegal in Germany and most of the public schools will offer classes in German. This is a better option for children in their early years of age and to be discussed by the family. Another option for international students is the international school, where they will be able to have classes in English. For more information on the educational system, visit:

Expatica.com

Germany’s School System – Federal Government

AGIS Association of German International Schools

Federal Office for Migration and Refugee

Taxes

German Income Tax

German Wage Tax Calculator

“Germany imposes income tax (applicable in every one of the 16 federal states of Germany) and a Solidarity Surcharge Law on individuals. Anyone carrying on a trade or business (including the self-employed) is also subject to business tax and municipal business tax; this is levied on all business enterprises in Germany, regardless of their legal form. Under the Church Tax Law, individual members of recognized churches are also subject to church tax.

Germany also levies value added tax, real estate transfer tax, an annual municipal tax on real property and a tax on insurance premiums.”

For more information regarding taxes in Germany, read expatica’s article – LINK.

Other Info

What are the emergency numbers?

Who to Call in an Emergency

What are the biggest cell phone providers in Germany?

To be able to get a phone plan, the companies will request bank information. On the other hand, to be able to open a bank account, the bank will request a phone number. So, the suggestion here is getting a prepaid phone to start with.

To activate the chip and use it, you will have an average cost of 10 and 25 euros. The biggest companies are Telekom (T-Mobile), Vodafone and O2.

Driving in Germany using a foreign driver’s licence?

https://www.expatica.com/de/living/transportation/driving-in-germany-using-a-foreign-drivers-licence-107645

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