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About MollyWolly

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  • Location Koblenz
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  1. Travel to the US and back.

    2.5 hours would have been close for us. We have a 3 month old, and they let us and another family with a stroller go through the crew lane at passport control. They did not let in a different family with kids of walking age. Who knows why they closed the automatic lanes - if they hadn’t, it woulda been much faster. 
  2. Travel to the US and back.

    I think so, but we are not returning til Friday.   Also, be ready for long lines at Frankfurt everywhere. We had a long wait at United check-in, and there was an extremely long line at passport control. For some reason the electronic lanes were closed so everyone, including EU citizens, had to go to a police officer. At least that meant security was quick because passport control was the bottleneck.
  3. Travel to the US and back.

    Correct. I flew back two days after the test requirement was dropped. Nobody asked for anything for the US citizens. My German husband still had to show proof of vaccination to the airline. 
  4. I’m not Karin, but am a landlord. We have rented out our apartment four times in a few years, so obviously we’ve had some good luck and some not-such-good luck. The first tenant was a guy from my husband’s workplace - he was great but got a job offer in his home country and left after a year. The 2nd were bad ‘miet nomads’ and we were quite lucky they left on their own after 2 months. 3rd were two best friends just finished their apprenticeships - decent but left after two years when one moved in with his girlfriend.    All but the first came from ImmobilienScout24. Lesson learned from the bad people was to screen better and require documentation. When choosing who to invite out of all ad respondents, we screened for people with steady employment, decent salary, no pets, and person-to-room ratio. We were happy with the young guys (#3) but once they left wanted to find tenants who would stay longer. Frequent turnover is work.   Current renters (#4) are a middle-aged couple moving in together, both with strong ties to this neighborhood/area, and have each been working at their employer for many years. They included in the initial contact whatever comes with ImmoScout premium membership, I think confirmation of employment, salary, SCHUFA, etc. Some of the other people who viewed the apartment times #3 and #4 would probably have been fine; in the end of course only one can get the place.   We absolutely screened out people who included no info in their initial contact, people who seemed sketchy or like a scam, and people with too low an income-to-rental price ratio. We are fine with foreigners, but would want to see evidence that they’ll likely stay in Germany.
  5. Travel to the US and back.

    My parents just visited last month from the US and used schnelltests to return. Can’t speak for Munich since we are in the Koblenz area, but the airlines are fine with those tests.
  6. Your needs also depend on the destination country. For example, to enter the US, each passenger needs his/her own biometric passport. The German Kinderreisepass is not accepted because it is not biometric - only the full German passport is biometric (and for children only valid 5 years).   I would assume there is no alternative solution such as a temporary passport, but check with the government of the child’s nationality. If your child is not a German citizen, you should find this info out from Estonia or your country. There may be more paperwork required to get a passport than just the birth certificate (e.g. for US citizens you need the CRBA, which of course uses the local birth certificate as one part).