CAN THEY HELP?: The US embassy in Berlin. Pic: CC Bleuchoi.
Here’s a run-down of the kinds of services consulates usually do and don’t provide to their countrymen and women.
Consulates in Munich will usually do the following:
▪ Issue replacement passports.
▪ Provide support if you are arrested
(such as organising a lawyer).
▪ Try to contact you if they’re told you’re being held by police.
▪ Contact friends and family back for you if you’re in trouble.
▪ Take special action in the case of natural disasters, civil disturbances or terrorism.
▪ Give information on dealing with local authorities and transferring money.
▪ Help if you’re a victim of crime or are in hospital.
They usually cannot:
▪ Get you out of jail or interfere with the local criminal or civil court proceedings.
▪ Get you preferential treatment in hospital or prison.
▪ Pay any bills for you or give you money (although some will lend you some cash in exceptional circumstances).
▪ Make arrangements for work, accommodation or business.
- Details of selected consulates in Munich (or nearest representation) -
Australian Honorary Consul Munich (limited service)
Maximilian Strasse 13
Office hours: Tuesdays 9am to 1pm
Address: Main Tower, 28th Floor
Neue Mainzer Strasse 52-58,
Phone: 069 90558-0
Konsulat von Kanada
Address: Tal 29 / III
Phone: 089 21 99 570
Generalkonsulat der Republik Indien
Address: Widenmayer Strasse 15
Phone: 089 210239-0
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