Advance moves international removals are specialist in Removals to Germany. This page is dedicated to all the information that you may require for a removal to Germany and then to be able to stay and live, work and retire in Germany. The whole subject of how to move to Germany after Brexit and the procedures of a removal to Germany after Brexit are covered in our guide below. Removals to Germany after brexit and removals to Germany after the corona virus are all covered to give you a one stop removals shop for moving to Germany. You can also get an instant online quote in just 3o seconds for your removal to Germany, just by clicking on the yellow quick quote buttons at the top of this page.
Germany has agreed, as with most other E.U. countries that it will adhere to the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and provide for a deal on citizens’ rights. It sets out a transition period which lasts until 31 December 2020. During this time you can continue to live, work and study in the EU broadly as you did before 31 January 2020.
If you are resident in Germany at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected for as long as you remain resident in Germany. If you are looking to undertake removals to Germany, and wish to be covered by the rights U.K. citizens have now, you need to move to Germany during what remains of 2020.
Whilst social distancing measures are in place as well as additional procedures with regard to all aspects of moving house. It is still possible to undertake a removal to Germany after the Corona virus travel restrictions are lifted. Those restrictions are on travel are currently lifted but you can keep up to date on any further travel restrictions by visiting the UK government site on Covid 19 travel restrictions in Europe. Obtaining a quote for your removal to Germany after Corona virus is easy with the advance moves quick quote syatem. No need for a home visit, just click on the yellow buttons at the top of this page and obtain an instant online quote for your removal to Germany after the corona virus.
If you are planning to undertake a removal to Germany and to then in Germany for more than 3 months, you must register at your local registration office within 14 days of arrival. The office is sometimes known as the Einwohnermeldeamt, Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR), Bürgerbüro or Bürgeramt. Whenever you undertake a removals in Germany, you must register at your new address.
If you are resident in Germany before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, you will be able to stay. To confirm your rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, you will need to obtain a new residence document.
The German authorities have not yet confirmed the process to obtain the residency document, but once it is announced you will have until at least 30 June 2021 to submit your request. You will need a valid passport when requesting a residence document. You can obtain updated advice on the U.K. Gov site.
If you are permanently resident in Germany, you may be able to apply for German citizenship , this document is in German. The UK has no restrictions on dual nationality. Germany only allows dual nationality in exceptional cases
The rules on travel will stay the same until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. During this time, you can continue to travel to countries in the Schengen area or elsewhere in the EU with your UK passport.
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.
You’ll need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.
We will update these pages with details of any changes to the rules as soon as information is available. You should sign up for updates to this guidance.
If you are undertaking removals to Germany, you should understand that health insurance is compulsory. As a resident in Germany, you must register with a health insurer (Krankenkasse) to access healthcare. This is usually done through your employer. Ask your employer’s HR department for more information. If you are looking to undertake removals to Germany to retire, you will need to pay for private health insurance.
If you are undertaking a removals to Germany, you are able to choose your health insurer (in German) and in some cases you can choose private health insurance (private Krankenversicherung) instead of the standard statutory health insurance (gesetzliche Krankenversicherung).
If you are living in Germany or move there permanently before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, you’ll have life-long healthcare rights in Germany as you do now, provided you remain resident.
If you are looking to undertake a removal to Germany and receive an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit, you may currently be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK. You must apply for a certificate of entitlement known as an S1 certificate.
You can apply for an S1 certificate through the Business Services Authority.
If you are looking to move to Germany as a permanent resident, you must not use your EHIC from the UK to access healthcare in Germany.
When you travel from Germany for a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland, you can use an EHIC to access state-provided healthcare in that country. During that short stay:
There will be no changes to your healthcare access before 31 December 2020. You can also continue to use your EHIC, as you did before, during this time.
If you are looking to undertake a removal to Germany as a Student, you must take out health insurance for the duration of their study
If you are looking to undertake removals to Germany to look for work, and you are resident in Germany on or before 31 December 2020, your right to work in Germany will stay the same, as long as you remain resident in Germany.
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If you are looking to undertake a removal to Germany and wish to study, or a family member wishes to study, as long as you are resident in Germany on or before 31 December 2020, your right to study in Germany will remain the same, as long as you remain resident in Germany. In Germany, schooling is compulsory for any child above the age of 6.
If you are undertaking removals to Germany, it is important to get your UK professional qualifications recognised in Germany. For help with this:
If you have already been recognised by an EU country as holding valid professional qualifications, this will remain valid.
If you have not had your professional qualifications recognised, you can submit an application under the current rules until 31 December 2020.
If you are looking to move to Germany, you need to be aware that the UK has a double taxation agreement with Germany to ensure that you do not pay tax on the same income in both countries. You can contact you local government tax office with any questions you may have.
Existing double taxation arrangements for UK nationals living in Germany have not changed.
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You will get an income tax ID number (Steueridentifikationsnummer) when you register your address at the local registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt). Your employer will need your tax ID number.
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Find out if you can pay National Insurance while in Germany, so that you protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.
If you are employed or self-employed in the EU or EEA and you have a UK-issued A1/E101 form, you will remain subject to UK legislation until the end date on the form.
If you are undertaking a removals to Germany, you must tell the UK government offices that deal with your benefits, pension and tax if you are retiring to Germany.
If you retire in Germany, you can claim:
If you are looking at undertaking removals to Germany, you should be aware that there will be no changes before 31 December 2020 to the rules on claiming the UK State Pension in the EU, EEA or Switzerland as a result of the UK leaving the EU.
You can continue to receive your UK State Pension if you live in the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you can still claim your UK State Pension.
If you are living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland by 31 December 2020 you will get your UK State Pension updated every year for as long as you continue to live there. This will happen even if you start claiming your pension on or after 1 January 2021, as long as you meet the qualifying conditions explained in the new State Pension guidance.
If you are living in Germany by 31 December 2020, you will be able to count future social security contributions towards meeting the qualifying conditions for your UK State Pension.
If you work and pay social security contributions in Germany, you will still be able to add your UK social security contributions towards your German pension. This will happen even if you claim your pension after 31 December 2020.
Read our guidance on benefits and pensions in the EU.
If you are looking to move to Germany, you will need to tell the UK government offices that deal with your benefits, pension and tax if you are moving or retiring abroad.
You may still be able to claim some UK benefits like child and disability benefits if you live in Germany.
You may be entitled to German benefits. Read the German government’s guide on social security in Germany.
You can request proof of the time you’ve worked in the UK from HMRC, if you are asked for this.
There will be no changes before 31 December 2020 to the rules on claiming UK benefits in the EU, EEA or Switzerland as a result of the UK leaving the EU.
If you are living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland by 31 December 2020, you will continue to receive any UK benefits you already receive. This will continue for as long as you live there and meet all other eligibility requirements.
If you work and pay social security contributions in Germany, your UK social security contributions will be taken into account when applying for German contributions-based benefits. This will happen even if you claim contributions-based benefits after 31 December 2020.
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Driving licence exchange rules will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
If you are a resident in Germany, you must exchange your UK licence for a German one within 6 months of moving to Germany. You can still use your German licence in the UK for short visits or exchange it for a UK licence without taking a test if you return to live in the UK.
An International Driving Permit is not a suitable alternative to exchanging your licence.
If your UK driving licence is lost, stolen or expires, you will not be able to renew it with the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) while you are resident in Germany.
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Moving to Germany after Brexit is your chance for expat life in a well-organized, modern country with a rich historical heritage and great regional diversity. Life in Germany can offer expatriates many advantages. Not only can you expect things to be clean and well-ordered, there is also an abundance of cultural and leisure activities throughout the year.
Moving to Germany is a great choice for expats looking for a career boost! Not only is the country one of the main players in the EU, but also one of the strongest economies worldwide. With the fifth largest economy in the world, Germany is Europe’s land of opportunity for skilled expats. In addition to high job security and a favorable work-life balance, expats are also thrilled with how safe the country is and with its high quality of medical care.
Are you moving to Germany from the UK with your household goods? One way van hire to Germany is an option, or a professional company offering removals UK to Germany may be easier and less stressful for you. Importation of household goods including the shipping from UK to Germany of cars is regulated. There are certain requirements that you are expected to satisfy if you want to avoid the payment of duties on your belongings. To have your personal items and household goods collected and delivered you can simply fill out our instant online quick quote to Germany. For our part load removals to Germany or Shipping to Germany from the UK, you can still use the Instant online quick quote system to obtain an instant removals quote.
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As far as moving to Germany after brexit is concerned, nothing will change until the transition period has expired which is currently scheduled to end on 31st December 2020. Until that date you can still move and live in Germany. However it is essential to gain German residency within this time frame to be able to stay in Germany once the transition period expires. If you are looking to move to Germany then do it before the transition period expires. Use the yellow quick quote buttons at the top of the page to obtain an instant online quote to budget for your move to Germany and get yourself moved whilst the process of moving to Germany is relatively simple. For further information and updates on the Brexit withdrawal agreement, visit the British government information page on living in Germany
Never mind that finding a place to live is quite difficult and expensive with all the fees you’ll have to pay. But when you move in, you will find the apartment empty. If you’re used to moving into a new place and having a few cupboards, a kitchen and a bathroom sink, and maybe a bed frame or closet, forget about that. Most German apartments don’t even have light fixtures, let alone other things. So be prepared to take all your effects with you when undertaking a removal to Germany, even the kitchen sink!. By completing a more detailed form that lists your furniture and effects, we can provide a more accurate quotation for a removal UK to Germany.
Life is pretty busy in Germany as in any other place. But in general, there is peace and quiet anywhere you go. Except for the clubs, which will rave with techno music. Other than that, you will find that Germans love their silence, that there is low corruption, and that it won’t be that difficult to find a job.
Employees are valued in Germany quite a lot. If you are an American living in Germany, you might have noticed this more than others. Employees have a lot of organizations that protect their rights and if you complain, someone will listen. As an employee, you will not be exploited and are not at the mercy of a mean boss
It’s the stereotypical opinion, but Germans are a rule loving bunch of people. They have written and unwritten laws which they adhere to religiously. And if you do something wrong, don’t expect to be let off the hook. Dare to jaywalk and cross the street on a red pedestrian light and you will inevitably either get a dirty look or someone will stop and scold you. So read up and get informed on what you can and cannot do in your new home.
Education is well ordered in Germany. It is high quality, and most importantly, it is FREE. You will most likely not have to pay any tuition for university, or maybe just a few hundred euros per term.
The train and bus are on time. They are also clean. Public transport is widely used in Germany and it is an incredibly good experience. If you’re used to saying that your bus or train were late as an excuse for not getting to work on time, that won’t be acceptable in Germany. Order and timeliness are extremely appreciated here, so you’ll have a great time using public transport. The roads in Germany are built for all kinds of transport. They are pedestrian friendly, and most important, bicycle friendly. When you move to a new city, the cheapest transport mode will be by bike, so you can use this in Germany a lot. Almost all roads have a specially designed lane for bikes and you will see cyclists everywhere.
If you live in a place where the saying “the customer is king” prevails, then you will be thoroughly surprised in Germany. Germans have a poor habit of not giving stellar customer service.
Order in Germany goes so far as to include your trash. You will see special bins for all kinds of garbage and there is a specific time when you must do your recycling. Germany is an environmentally friendly country, so you should brush up on your recycling skills and learn what materials go where when you move there.
This might sound strange, but it is not a myth. All stores are closed down on Saturday evening and do not open until Monday morning. Sunday is a time of rest (or drinking) in Germany, so anticipate it and use it well. Most foreigners when they first move to Germany forget this important fact and might end up without bread on Sunday, so be sure to go to the store on Saturday and pick up food and other things you need.
People go to Germany with the expectation of eating lots of sausage and nothing else. Germany has a wide selection of foods, from the meat to the desserts. You get a huge range of breads and other baked goods as well. You might not be able to find the comfort foods of your own country easily, but you will have the opportunity to try many different dishes and ingredients that will be delicious. The crown jewel of Germany is of course the beer. Everyone knows it and everyone expects it. The beer is brewed better and the selection is humongous. So you’ll get to try amazing beer flavors and it won’t be extremely expensive.
If you still haven’t chosen a place to stay in Germany, don’t rush into deciding. Germany is a huge country and each place has a distinct atmosphere and opportunities. So here we have listed some of the best cities to live in Germany according to job opportunities. Then we will also list some of the cheapest cities in Germany.
These cities are in the list since they offer immense job opportunities. Many high ranked German companies are located there and they all have vibrant infrastructure and high salary potential. They are also in the top cities of the world to live in, so you won’t go wrong if you move to any of them.
These are the cheapest cities to live in Germany. If you are on a budget and expect to not be making a lot of money the first few months or years when you are in the country, it is best to move to one of the cities above. Avoid moving to huge cities and the capital Berlin, since they are extremely expensive.
Thinking of moving to Berlin?, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city's turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall's graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. Much of Berlin was destroyed in the Second World War, and later, after the reunification of East and West Germany, there has been much rebuilding. The city is very green, with parks, forests, lakes and rivers covering an amazing third of the city. The districts within it are varied, each with their own distinct atmosphere. Charlottenburg is an upmarket – somewhat sedate - area in the west of the city with beautiful 19th-century townhouses but there are students here too. Kreuzberg, traditionally a major centre for the city’s Turkish and alternative residents is a fashionable, multi-cultural area. Traditional working class Wedding is up and coming. Prenzlauer Berg has up and come – a gentrified area that still attracts artists and students. Expensive Wilmersdorf, with its beautiful 19th-century buildings, borders Berlin’s most prestigious area: Grunewald.
A move to Düsseldorf, a city in western Germany known for its fashion industry and art scene. Moving to Düsseldorf, a beautiful cosmopolitan city straddling the Rhine river, and home to banks, industry, media companies, multi-national HQs, museums, restaurants and markets – and great international schools, what more could you ask for?. There are 49 ‘stadtteile’ across the city: Stadmitte is mix of cultures with rich and poor side by side. Houses are rare, apartments expensive but for some it’s the place to be. Pempelfort, with its diverse cultural scene, and up-and-coming Hafen are both popular with singles and younger people. Bilk is a densely populated area filled with foreigners and students who enjoy its thriving nightlife and lots of green open spaces. Close to the river, Oberkassel is perhaps the most attractive part of the city with its art nouveau architecture – with prices to match. Niederkasse is a sought-after area – and home to over a quarter of the city’s Japanese population.
Germany’s financial capital that's home to the European Central Bank, Frankfurt, may look a little like Manhattan with its skyscraper skyline.. A removal to Frankfurt would put you right in the heart of the 'it' place to be in Germany. Most of the 600,000 people who work here chose to commute in from the suburbs rather than live right in the centre This is partly because of the cost, partly because of availability. There are new-builds in Reidberg, the West and East Harbour, Rebstockpark and Friedberger Warte, while older mansions (and consulates) fill leafy Westend, Holzhausen Quarter, Poets' Quarter (Dichterviertel), and the Diplomatenvierte. Singles enjoy the restaurants and bars in Sachsenhausen and parts of Nordend. Lots of executives live in towns in the Vordertaunus, a wooded area 45 minutes north-west of Frankfurt. . Frankfurt is the birthplace of famed writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose former home is now the Goethe House Museum. Like much of the city, it was damaged during World War II and later rebuilt. The reconstructed Altstadt (Old Town) is the site of Römerberg, a square that hosts an annual Christmas market Frankfurt is ranked 7th in the world for quality of life, and joint 2nd with Munich for infrastructure.
Hamburg, a major port city in northern Germany, is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. A move to Hamburg – or to give its full name – the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg would put you in the second largest city in Germany with 1.7 million inhabitants, 3.5 million of whom live in the metropolitan area.. Although it’s a vast city, people have more living space than all the other major cities in the world, there are loads of green open spaces and many rivers and canals crossed by over 2,000 bridges (more than Venice and Amsterdam combined!). Near its core, Inner Alster lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by cafes. The city's central Jungfernstieg boulevard connects the Neustadt (new town) with the Altstadt (old town), home to landmarks like 18th-century St. Michael’s Church. Altona is a popular residential district, with beautiful old architecture, restored old factories and large, expensive villas with river views. Eimsbüttal is a mix of upmarket, trendy and where you’ll find the University. Wandsbek, in the far north-east of Hamburg has the highest number of residents and is a mainly suburban area divided into precincts and quarters. Hamburg Nord is traditionally working class with a few wealthy enclaves. Bergedof, to the south of the city, was once an independent town and still has its own castle in the middle.
Love culture? Then a move to Munich, Bavaria’s capital, would suit you. Home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums it has plenty to see. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and reenacts stories from the 16th century. Munich is one of Europe’s most expensive cities. Close to the universities, Schwabing is popular with students and young people. The area segues into the Maxvorstadt with its trendy shops and cafes. Isarvorstadt is the city’s gay area with lots of nightclubs. Haidhausen, in the right bank of the river Isar, is popular with professionals. Lehel and Bogenhausen are both extremely expensive: the former consists mainly of apartments lived in by the city’s stylish ‘in-crowd’; the latter are grand villas lived in by the city’s old money.
If you are looking for a slower pace of life Moving to Nürnberg (or Nuremburg in English) is for you. This beautiful city in the state of Bavaria (the second largest after Munich) situated on the Pegnitz river and Rhine-Main-Danube canal. Nuremberg is distinguished by medieval architecture such as the fortifications and stone towers of its Altstadt (Old Town). At the northern edge of the Altstadt, surrounded by red-roofed buildings, stands Kaiserburg Castle. The Hauptmarkt (central square) contains the Schöner Brunnen, the gilded “beautiful fountain” with tiers of figures, and Frauenkirche, a 14th-century Gothic church. It’s got a high percentage of foreigners living there, a reputation for being urban yet relaxed There are apartments in stunning art nouveau buildings and converted factory loft spaces. Moegeldorf, Rehof, Laufamholz and Zerzabelshof are among the most desirable areas in the city.
A removal to Stuttgart, capital of southwest Germany’s Baden-Württemberg state, puts you in the area known as a manufacturing hub. Mercedes-Benz and Porsche have headquarters and museums here. It might come as a surprise to discover that Stuttgart, despite its strong association with the automobile industry, is set out across a number of hills, valleys and parks. Popular parks include the Schlossgarten, Rosensteinpark and Killesbergpark. Wilhelma, one of the largest zoos and botanical gardens in Europe, is just northeast of Rosenstein Castle. Some of the city’s most desirable homes are on the steep hillside and have awesome views. Accommodation in the very heart of the city is limited but Stuttgart-West is an attractive area not far from the city centre with shops, markets, cafes, theatres and parks all within easy walking distance. Stuttgart-Ost and Stuttgart-Süd are also very central. Killesberg and Dogerloch are fairly exclusive areas. Sindelfingen, Böblingen or Vaihingen are all further out but you’ll stand more chance of finding accommodation with a garden if that’s important to you.