Travel to Germany

US and other Non-EU citizens need a valid passport to enter Germany. Information sheets listing the regulations for persons from the respective countries, who want to stay less than 90 days, are available at the respective German embassies. Non-EU citizens who want to stay longer than 90 days need a visa from a German Consulate.

German citizens or citizens of another EU member state do not require a visa to travel to Germany. (See Schengen Area information below.) You merely need to carry documentation that identifies you, either a valid passport or an ID card.

Schengen Area: Most EU countries allow unrestricted travel throughout the Schengen Area. Consult the list of Schengen Area countries to see if you will need a visa to enter the Schengen Area. For more information on visa and passport requirements, click here.


For US Passports

If you need to apply for a passport, or renew your passport, leave yourself enough time to do so as the application process can take up to 6 weeks. Additional fees apply for expedited services. To apply for a US passport, click here. For citizens of countries other than the US, please consult your local government for the passport application process. SMDM recommends that U.S. attendees register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

** It is the attendee's responsibility to confirm and acquire the proper travel documents for entry into Germany. SMDM does not refund conference registration fees for those denied entry into Germany.**


Travel within Berlin

Conference attendees flying to Germany should fly into Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) or Berlin Schoenfeld Airport (SXF).

For other travel options to Berlin, please consult the Visit Berlin Website.

Getting around Berlin on public transportation is fairly simple. For local transportation options, click here.

Consult the Langenbeck Virchow Haus website for more information on travel to the venue.


Map of Airports and Langenbeck Virchow Haus:

Please note: When using public transportation from Schonefeld Airport to center of Berlin, one must purchase fare for “C” section. If a traveler takes the S-bahn train and purchases fare for “A” or “B” section, the fare checkers may assess fines.”


Map of Langenbeck Virchow Haus and SMDM preferred hotels: