Departure conditions and formalities

Leaving Europe | Departure conditions/formalities | Germany

As a German citizen you have the right to enter another Member State of the EU / EEA State and Switzerland without any special formalities. You are not required to apply for a visa. Article 21 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons reached with Switzerland on 21 June 1999 form the basis of the European legislation. However, should you wish to spend more than 3 months in another EU/EEA member state, you must report to the authorities in the respective country for confirmation of your residence permit ("Aufenthaltserlaubnis") immediately after entering the country.

Germans planning a research stay in a country outside of the above-mentioned region, i.e. neither within the EU, EEA nor Switzerland, must contact the representation of the respective country in Germany for information on the applicable regulations. The same applies to citizens of other countries currently in Germany for research stays within and outside Europe.


De-registration when leaving Germany

Anyone permanently leaving Germany is required to de-register with the registration office responsible for their place of residence.

In order to be able to de-register, you need to provide identification to the registration office at a de-registration appointment.


For citizens of third countries, you generally will need to show your passport and your residence permit (if you have been issued one); EU, EEC and Swiss citizens require a valid passport or ID card and German citizens require their identity cards as well as their passport if both documents have been issued and remain valid.


De-registration then takes place at the registration office.


Many registration offices are in the process of introducing an online de-registration process in addition to de-registrations in person. It is important to note here that certain limitations to online de-registration may apply, for example that underage residents are unable to be deregistered online.


The registration office responsible for your place of residence can provide you with more detailed information about their de-registration procedures. 




Further information

  • EURAXESS - The European Services Network
    EURAXESS Services is a network of more than 500 centres located in 40 European countries. As a researcher, these centres assist you and your family to plan and organise your stay in a foreign country.
    European Commission

  • Your Europe
    Information on your rights and opportunities in the EU and its Internal Market plus advice on how to exercise these rights in practice. Useful information on living, working and studying in another EU country, including taxation.
    European Commission

  • EURAXESS Worldwide
    EURAXESS Worldwide is a networking tool for European researchers, scientists and scholars abroad. EURAXESS Worldwide exists in ASEAN, Latin America and the Carribean, Korea, China, India, Japan, Australia & New Zeland and North America. It keeps European researchers in these regions fully informed of EU research policies, career opportunities in Europe and opportunities for collaboration with Europe. In addition to e-mail alerts, an e-newsletter and the web forum, networking events are organised on a regular basis.
    EURAXESS Worldwide