Germany is Europe’s largest economy, and the fourth strongest in the world, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of more than €3 trillion. And despite the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit, Germany remains the UK’s largest export market in Europe and second largest globally after the US. Its consistently strong economic performance offers long-term growth potential for UK businesses.
If you’re thinking of exporting to Germany, or you have colleagues or clients out there, instead of taking the time and money to fly across the continent, it makes more sense to stay in touch via teleconference, using your landline or mobile. Remember, current Covid-19 restrictions mean that travel is not permitted between the UK and Germany, so it’s the safe way to stay in touch.
How to set up a conference call between the UK and Germany
Open your browser and go to ConferenceCall.co.uk then tap in your email address to activate your free PIN.
Click the ‘Invite Participants’ tab to generate an email template and tap in the time, date and subject of the conference call – remembering to choose the correct dial-in codes for UK and Germany – before copying and pasting the invitation into an email.
This email invite can then be sent to up to 100 participants.
Dial-in numbers to call
At the allotted time participants dial the following numbers and enter your PIN:
- UK participants dial 0843 373 0843 (landline)+44 843 373 0999 (when overseas) 83000 (mobile)
- German participants dial +49(0)1803-127127 (from landlines) or +44 843 373 0999 (from mobiles)
Your conference call can now begin.
What’s the best time to call Germany from the UK?
You can fly from London to Berlin in just under two hours, and during summer Germany is just an hour ahead of the UK so just keep this in mind when calling – you’ll probably get away with calling during your normal business hours (give or take an hour!)
Where is Germany?
Located in northern Europe, Germany has North Sea and Baltic Sea coastlines to the north, where it also borders Denmark. It is bordered by Poland and Czechia to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, and by France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.
What’s the FCO advice on travelling to Germany?
Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.
In Germany, crime levels are similar to the UK. Take sensible precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pick pocketing. Be especially cautious at air terminals, rail line stations and swarmed public social events. Try not to leave resources unattended. In the event that your identification has been taken, you should go to the closest police headquarters and get a police report.
If you wish to drive in Germany you must carry a valid driving licence, insurance and vehicle documents with you in the vehicle at all times. In the event that the vehicle doesn’t have a place with the driver, composed consent from the enrolled proprietor may likewise be mentioned. The base age for driving a vehicle in Germany is 18.
You may require additional records from 1 January 2021.
In case you’re taking your own vehicle, you will require a green card and a GB sticker. You may likewise require a worldwide driving license (IDP) to drive in some EU nations and Norway on the off chance that you have:
- a paper driving permit
- a permit gave in the Isle of Man
The German Federal Transport Ministry has more data on the legitimacy of non-German driving licenses
You don’t need to convey your identification with you while in Germany, yet in case you’re approached to show your visa and you don’t have it with you, the police may accompany you to any place your identification is being kept so you can show it to them.
It is unlawful to cross German passerby intersections when the red walker light is on. Wrongdoers hazard a fine and installment of all expenses in case of a mishap.