Wednesday 21 December 2016

Brits Must Carry Their IDs At All Times During Berlin Visits


In the wake of the attack, which claimed the lives of 12 people, police are currently carrying out more frequent ID checks.

If visitors are asked to show their passport and they don’t have it, the police can demand to escort them to wherever their passport is.

This is part of increased security that will be in place over Christmas and New Year, particularly at major events that draw large crowds of people.

The foreign and commonwealth office (FCO) report: "There’s no requirement to carry your passport with you, but the police are currently carrying out more frequent ID checks.

"If you’re asked to show your passport and you don’t have it with you, the police may escort you to wherever your passport is being kept so that you can show it to them."

They also issued this warning: "There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in public places visited by foreigners.

"The German government has announced that increased security has been put in place as a precaution at public buildings, major events, transport hubs and large public gatherings."

Britons are not legally required to carry their passports in Germany according to the foreign office, however, they are advised to have ID with them in case of spot checks.

These new passport rules in Germany have been prompted by the most recent terror attack in Berlin, which saw a Pakistani man reportedly plough into a Christmas market in a lorry on December 19.

The man is currently being detained by police, but denies any involvement in the attack.

British visitors to Germany are advised to remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.



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