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On June 5, 2019, the German Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs issued guidance on the handling of A1 certificates for short notice and short-term business activities in EU countries, the EEA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as well as Switzerland. According to the Ministry, European law does not require that A1 certificates are obtained prior to any business travel, including short notice and short-term travel. Rather, this is subject to the Member States' discretion when implementing the European requirements. As a consequence, the German Ministry considers it sufficient that for short notice and short-term business travel to Germany, the A1 certificate is applied for retrospectively where necessary, for example in case of custom controls.

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