UK Defence in Germany - Information notes

Information notes in support of UK Defence in Germany, produced by the Germany Enabling Office.


052022 Control of Aliens and Immigration Germany including Employment

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The Germany Enabling Office (GEO) is the United Kingdom’s military mission in Germany and the responsible authority for enabling, monitoring and assuring the conduct of United Kingdom defence in Germany under the United Kingdom’s obligations to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (NATO SOFA) and the Supplementary Agreement (SA) in Germany.

The NATO SOFA and the SA are the international legal agreements enabling the military of the United Kingdom to operate in Germany.

The GEO is the United Kingdom’s responsible and accountable authority to:

  • the Government of the United Kingdom
  • the Federal Government of Germany
  • Allied ‘sending states’ military missions in Germany: BEL, FRA, NLD, USA, CAN

Our engagement with UK defence personnel in Germany, and where applicable broader Europe, is routinely through the customer-facing UK National Support Elements (UK NSE).

Though the GEO is not directly customer facing you will receive communication from us via your NSE. Our routine official communications with those NSE are in the form of information notes.

Where possible those information notes will be made available on this webpage.

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Contact with the Germany Enabling Office is through your supporting UK NSE.

Published 18 November 2022
Last updated 1211 MarchJune 2024 + show all updates
  1. New information note 2024-10120 added supporting UK defence white fleet transport operations in Switzerland and the removal of the requirement for third-party commercial liability insurance.

  2. Updated: BFBS Direct to Home (DTH). Added: Personal Exports Scheme. Added: link to ‘Spousal employment - NATO Status of Forces Agreement’. Added: information about the NATO Status of Forces Agreement and Supplementary Agreement in Germany; who the Germany Enabling Office is responsible to.

  3. Expired information notes removed. New information notes introduced.

  4. All Germany Enabling Office information notes are reviewed annually and either removed or replaced as is appropriate. Updated: '2023-9605 Personal Imports'.

  5. Force Information Note 2023-9063 added due to annual expiry of previous edition. Previous version deleted.

  6. New information note added reference BFBS Direct to Home service.

  7. 022022 BFBS Direct to Home removed (expired 17 March 2023).

  8. Added: 2023-8557 Return of Goods Relief - Mid-Assignment and 2023-8568 Transfer of Residence and Return of Goods Relief.

  9. Expired information note removed.

  10. New information note added in regard to Nationwide Alert Day - Warnung der Bevölkerung in Germany

  11. First published.