Health & insurance
Before You Go
While Germany has excellent healthcare, some planning before departure, particularly for pre-existing illnesses, will be beneficial.
- Bring medications in their original, labelled, containers. A signed and dated letter from your physician describing your conditions and medications, including generic names, is a good idea.
- If carrying syringes or needles, be sure to have a physician’s letter documenting their medical necessity.
- Carry a spare pair of contact lenses and glasses, and take your optical prescription with you.
No jabs are required to travel to Germany. The World Health Organization (WHO), however, recommends that all travellers should be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, regardless of their destination.
If you’re an EU citizen, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) covers you for most medical care. An EHIC will not cover you for non-emergencies or emergency repatriation. Citizens from other countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and Germany. If you do need health insurance, make sure you get a policy that covers you for the worst possible case, such as an accident requiring an emergency flight home. Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
In Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest
Availability & Cost of Healthcare
Excellent healthcare is readily available and for minor illnesses such as colds pharmacists can provide advice and sell over-the-counter medication. They can also advise when more specialised help is required and point you in the right direction.