Identity checks have been implemented along Germany's air, sea, and land borders in the lead-up to the G20 summit, taking place in Hamburg on July 7 and 8. The border checks were launched on Monday, June 12, and will remain in place at least through the end of the summit. As such, travelers will be required to present a passport or an ID issued by an EU member state, as well as valid visas and/or residence cards if applicable, upon entry. The border controls could result in increased waiting times for individuals arriving at German airports from abroad.
These temporary measures are intended to provide greater security during the summit.
The 12th G20 summit will include leaders from the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Turkey, South Africa, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Italy, India, Indonesia, France, China, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and Argentina, and the European Union (EU).
Germany is a member of the EU’s Schengen Area, a collection of 26 European countries that allow for passport-free travel between their borders. Under Schengen rules, countries can implement internal border controls for up to ten days for national security or public policy reasons. These controls can be renewed for periods of up to 30 days, with a maximum limit of six months.
Travelers are advised to carry relevant ID documents and to anticipate longer waiting times at German airports.