However, depending on the provider and landlord, fees may also apply.

The German passport: For trips abroad, every person needs a passport from birth. (Source:

The children’s passport is valid for six years or until the age of twelve and costs 13 euros (as a temporary passport 26 euros).

Lost passport abroad

If you lose your passport abroad, you should first inform the local police about the loss. Here you can get a certificate of the loss or theft report. If the incident has been registered, the German embassy or consulate will be notified. 

Tip: For security reasons, you should always have a copy of your passport or identity card with you. 

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Now you have to contact the institution and submit a document confirming your identification. If the confirmation is successful, you will be issued a replacement passport. With this you can start your return journey to Germany. However, you should not travel to other countries with the replacement document. It is used exclusively for travel home.

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The vacation is coming. For many dog ​​owners, giving their own dog to a boarding house during this time is not an option. Because traveling with the dog is often possible without any problems. That’s how it’s done.

What is the right travel destination for your vacation? Top 5 dog beaches in Germany How do I find the right accommodation? What do I need to know about traveling with my dog? Why does my dog ​​need a pet passport? How long before the vacation do I have to see the vet? Does my dog ​​need insurance for the vacation, how do I transport my dog?

If you do not want to go without the company of your four-legged friend while traveling, you should consider a few important points. 

What is the right destination for your vacation?

You can vacation with your dog on the beach, in the mountains or in the country. City trips are also possible. When choosing your travel destination, however, pay attention to your dog’s fitness. Hiking holidays and city trips can be very exhausting for older dogs or dogs with limited mobility. A vacation in the country or on the beach is recommended here. You also have more opportunities to let your dog run free at these travel destinations. In cities there is almost always a leash, sometimes even a muzzle.

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Caution In nature reserves and during the breeding and setting seasons, you must not leave your dog unleashed. Before booking your trip, find out whether there are enough opportunities to run out on site.

Beach vacation with the dog

If you want to take your dog on vacation on the beach, you should make sure that there is a dog beach when choosing your travel destination.

Ideal vacation spots are, for example

Denmark, the North and Baltic Seas, Poland or Holland.

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Another popular travel destination with dogs is Spain. Note, however, that the temperatures here can be very high, especially in summer. The sand will heat up accordingly and can burn your dog’s paws. 

Top 5 dog beaches in Germany

Norderney: There are designated dog beaches in three places on the island. However, there is also a leash obligation here. On the meadow "Old air base" Your dog can then romp around without a leash. Sylt: There are 15 dog-friendly beach sections on the island. And a dog beach without a leash? In the period from November 1st to March 14th, all beaches on Sylt are available for exercise. A leash obligation then only applies on heavily frequented beaches. Timmendorfer Hundestrand on the Schleswig-Holstein Baltic Sea coast: Your dog can be off the leash here. And in the winter months from October 1st to April 30th, you can visit the entire Timmendorfer Strand with your dog. The Grömitz cliffs or the numerous hiking trails around the town are also suitable for trips with your dog.

Dog vacation in the country or farm

You can take long walks along fields and meadows during your holiday in the country. If your dog is not afraid of large animals such as cows and horses, you can take a vacation on the farm. 

For example, ideal vacation spots in Germany are 

Altes Land, Heide, Havelland, Ludwigslust or Kraichgau.

But you can also find dog-friendly holiday homes and farms in Holland, Sweden or France.

If you are looking for suitable places for a dog-friendly holiday in the country, you can look directly for holiday villages. Some resorts and villages are specially designed to meet the needs and wishes of dog owners. Here you will also find other dog friends with whom you can go on trips together. Your dog will surely enjoy the company of other dogs.

City trip with the dog

A trip into the city with your dog is only recommended if he has already gained experience with city noise and large crowds and gets along well with them. In addition, your dog should listen carefully to the common commands. Before your city trip, find out whether your dog may have to wear a muzzle on site. Also, make sure to clear away your leftovers immediately. Most European cities face fines of up to 200 euros.

Our tip If your dog does not get seasick and is not afraid of water, you can take a vacation on the houseboat.

Some cities and regions have special dog fees. These must then be paid directly on site. 

How do I find the right accommodation? 

There are special booking sites on the Internet that offer dog-friendly holiday apartments and holiday homes. If you are staying in a hotel, you can ask the travel agency about dog-friendly providers. In addition, many hotel search engines on the Internet offer corresponding selection filters. Your search results will only show hotels that allow dogs in their rooms. 

Once you have found dog-friendly accommodation, inform your host or hotel management about the breed and size of your dog.

What does a dog cost in a holiday home?

It is relaxed when you have your own holiday apartment and can also take your dog with you. However, depending on the provider and landlord, fees may also apply. These include daily fees and a cleaning fee. The daily flat rate is sometimes up to ten euros. Up to 50 euros can be incurred for the additional work involved in the basic cleaning of the holiday apartment. It is best to find out about the additional costs before booking if you are taking your dog into your holiday apartment.

If you stay with your dog in your holiday apartment, your four-legged friend absolutely needs dog liability insurance.

Are dogs allowed on the campsite?

Dogs are not allowed on every campsite. However, there are pitches for RVs and tents that allow dogs, or at least have an area where dogs are welcome or partially allowed. Here you should stay with your dog in the appropriate areas and not step over them. 

How much does a dog cost in the hotel?

Overnight stays in a hotel with a dog are rarely free. There are often certain additional fees per day. They are an average of twenty euros. Some hotels also have a cleaning fee. 

When choosing a hotel, make sure that dogs are only tolerated or welcome Is there a place for dogs? Can you take your dog to the restaurant? If there are other dog owners at the hotel, you should ask yourself or the tour operator all of these questions in advance. 

If you are staying with your dog in a hotel, it is essential that they have dog liability insurance.

What do I need to know about traveling with my dog?

If you want to travel abroad with your dog, it is important to have adequate vaccination protection. This regulation does not apply within Germany due to the standard vaccination, but for some trips abroad you even need an EU pet passport with certain proof of vaccination in order to be allowed to enter with your dog. 

Why does my dog ​​need a pet passport?

In addition to adequate vaccination protection, certain countries have certain entry requirements for your dog. Entry requirements for dogs are standardized almost everywhere in the European Union. To cross the border within the EU with your dog, you need the pet passport. This blue ID card, which all German veterinarians are allowed to issue, is primarily used to prevent rabies. The pet passport indicates that your pet has an effective vaccination protection. It is important that the document is clearly assigned to your animal. This means that your dog has a microchip or a corresponding tattoo with the identification number, which is also noted on the ID card.

The costs for issuing the pet pass are regulated in the fee schedule for veterinarians (GTO).

Dog: Your four-legged friend should also feel comfortable on vacation. (Source: Chalabala / Getty Images)

Pet ID Cards – Important Exceptions and Special Rules

The pet pass is valid in most EU countries, including Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and the small states of Liechtenstein, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino and the Vatican City.

Exceptions, however, are Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden and Malta. In these countries, a rabies blood test is also required during the protection period. You must also be able to demonstrate that there are treatments against tapeworms and ticks, advises the "Federal Veterinary Association" on your website. (Winter vacation with dog: tips for planning and goals)

How long before vacation do I have to go to the vet? 

If you want to get your dog adequately vaccinated before going on holiday, there are certain deadlines that you should keep to. You can only leave the country with your animal from the 21st day after the vaccination (protection period). You must also be back in time for the day the revaccination is required. This period always depends on the vaccine used and in some cases can be up to a year. Nevertheless: Make sure you check with your vet before you start your journey.

Does my dog ​​need vacation insurance?

When traveling with your dog, you should make sure that your dog liability insurance is valid. If you travel abroad, you should also check the range: For which countries is insurance cover for personal injury and property damage? To what extent are these covered?

Furthermore, travel cancellation insurance for the dog can be useful. Especially if you have to pay additional costs for your four-legged friend, for example for flight or train tickets.

In addition, you should check the health insurance for your dog and update it if necessary. As with dog liability insurance, this applies particularly to trips outside Germany.

Dog: Damage to property should also be covered by dog ​​liability insurance during your trip. (Source: smrm1977 / Getty Images)