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Welcome to the German Embassy in Washington, DC, the official representation of the Federal Government of Germany in the United States.

In our Visa, Passport, Legal section you will find information on the numerous consular and legal services for US residents and German citizens within the Embassy's area of consular jurisdiction: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

  • Jun 19, 2017 | | Book of Condolences for Helmut Kohl

    Flags at half-staff for former Chancellor Helmut Kohl

    A book of condolences will be open at the German Embassy on Tuesday, June 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on Wednesday, June 21, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. for all those who wish to convey their remembrances.

    Book of Condolences
  • Jun 15, 2017 | | Handball Star Henning Fritz Asks: Can the Sport Make it in the USA?

    Henning Fritz (center) with members of the DC Diplomats handball team

    On a recent visit to the German Embassy Washington, Henning Fritz debated how to popularize the lighting-fast, high-scoring, physically demanding sport of handball with representatives of the Washington area’s premiere handball club: the DC Diplomats.

    Henning Fritz
  • Jun 1, 2017 | | Ambassador Wittig on PBS NewsHour: Good and Productive Relationship

    Ambassador Wittig on PBS NewsHour

    "The chancellor has been committed to transatlantic relations, to a friendship with the U.S. right from the start of her career as few other leaders have been," Ambassador Wittig said in the interview with anchor Judy Woodruff.

  • May 31, 2017 | | Honoring Germany’s Armed Forces at Tag der Bundeswehr 2017

    German Armed Forces Day

    The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany hosted 250 guests to observe German Armed Forces Day. Celebrated annually, the day recognizes the sacrifices made and services provided around the world by the nearly 178,000 soldiers current serving in the German Bundeswehr.

    German Armed Forces Day
  • May 26, 2017 | | Markus Lüpertz in America: German Artist Marks First U.S. Retrospective

    Markus Lüpertz: Donald Ducks Heimkehr, detail (Donald Ducks Homecoming, detail), 1963

    Markus Lüpertz, one of Germany's most significant—and enigmatic—postwar artists, believes in the painter's mandate to explain the world. At his first major museum retrospective in the United States, visitors to DC’s Phillips Collection and Hirshhorn Museum this summer can immerse themselves in his practice over five decades.

    Markus Lüpertz
  • May 18, 2017 | Federal Foreign Office | Gabriel Back in Washington: Transatlantic Partnership Benefits Both Sides

    Foreign Minister Gabriel and Secretary of State Tillerson

    Foreign Minister Gabriel noted positively after his talks with his counterpart, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “That was a really good conversation!”

    Gabriel in USA
  • May 5, 2017 | | Ambassador Wittig: Dual Education - A Competitor to College

    Worker in a protective mask works on vehicles

    "The success of the German apprenticeship model builds on the conviction that it is an equivalent alternative to college education," Ambassador Wittig writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

    Wall Street Journal Op-Ed
  • Apr 25, 2017 | | Chancellor Merkel Receives Holocaust Museum's Elie Wiesel Award

    Screenshot from video

    In accepting the award on behalf of Chancellor Merkel, Ambassador Wittig said: "The lessons we have learned from our history are our moral compass. They define our values today. Our past makes it our duty to combat all forms of anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and intolerance."

    Elie Wiesel Award
  • Mar 30, 2017 | | German Immigrant’s Drawing of Hamburg Shipyard Returns to Home City

    William Karl Wilburn

    William Karl Wilburn is donating the drawing his great-grandfather made in 1855 of Hamburg's Reiherstieg shipyard to the city's history museum. "I felt that it should be given new life."

    1855 Shipyard Drawing
  • Mar 28, 2017 | | Professor, Publisher Norman Birnbaum Receives Order of Merit

    Professor Birnbaum and Ambassador Wittig

    Ambassador Peter Wittig presented Norman Birnbaum, professor emeritus at the Georgetown University Law Center, with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

    Order of Merit for Birnbaum

Ambassador Peter Wittig

Ambassador Peter Wittig

Ambassador Peter Wittig represents German interests in the United States and works to foster and deepen German-American relations in the political, economic and cultural spheres.

Learn more about his work here

Closing Announcement

The Embassy and Legal & Consular Department will be closed on Wednesday, September 6.

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For security reasons it is not allowed to bring cell phones, laptops, tablets and similar electronic devices onto the premises of the German Embassy. Visitors carrying unauthorized objects will not be granted entry.

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