Opening a bank account
For your initial expenses in Germany you may use a credit card (generally accepted in department stores and in restaurants) or traveler’s cheques.
To open a bank giro account (“Girokonto”) in a German bank, you may need (depending on the bank):
- Visa/Residence title
- Registration certificate (“Anmeldebestätigung”) at the local administration office (“Bürgeramt”)
- Approval letter
There are some banks in Germany where you can open a bank account from abroad. Please contact the bank of your choice for more information.
Here is a selection of German banks:
- Volks- und Raiffeisenbank
- Deutsche Bank
For short-term visitors it is not required to open a bank account. They will receive the money in cash.
You can find more details under: Newcomers Guide – Rhine-Neckar-Region – page 39-40 (“Banking in Germany”)