For Filipino Tourists/ Temporary Residents in Germany with Expiring/ Expired Status in view of Restrictions Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Filipino tourists/temporary residents who are in Germany and whose pending return to the Philippines/ request to extend legal status in Germany are delayed due to restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic are advised of the following:
1. For those with flights, please contact your airline directly for definite information on your flight details, or if they have earlier flights, or may be able to offer alternative flight options.
2. For those who have travel insurance, contact your company and get guidance for any possible claim coverage arising from this unforeseen delay/travel rerouting.
3. In the event that your visa/permit expires or is expiring soon, please contact the Local Foreigner’s Office/ Ausländerbehörde nearest you to obtain an appointment for an extension of your stay and note the following:
a) If you are unable to obtain an appointment, compile any document / proof (i.e. note your phone call inquiry/keep emails from the airline, note efforts you made to obtain an appointment with the Local Foreigner’s Office) that you may have which shows you have exerted efforts to leave Germany on time and/or made efforts to obtain an appointment from the Ausländerbehörde.
b) The operations of the Ausländerbehörde are currently restricted, do not proceed to their office without contacting them first.
c) For tourists, you are requested by the German government to make use of early opportunities to return to your country of residence, even if this does not correspond to your original travel plans.
4. Please ensure that you continue to have insurance coverage while you are in Germany for any contingencies.
We reiterate that the situation is very fluid. Updates and changes in policies and procedures may occur at any point. The Embassy will continue to disseminate additional information as these become available. Please continue to follow our Facebook page for updates.
Thank you for your usual understanding.
Berlin, 19 March 2020