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You’re in the right place to see how to fax Germany from the United States! If the number you are faxing is a home-office number, remember that they are usually six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

Just enter the number as follows:

011-49-[city code]-[fax number in Germany]

( 49 ) is the country code for Germany and ( 011 ) is the international access number from the US.  Add a “9” first if you normally do to access a line outside of your company’s phone network. If not, just begin with the 011.

It may be necessary to insert a pause in your dialing sequence after the “011” to allow the phone network time to catch up. This differs by make of machine, but may be a comma or “#” sign inserted into the number. The network is often very good in Germany (unsurprisingly), so this is rarely needed.

Using Email to Fax Germany

Sending a fax to Germany can be expensive because of the long-distance charges for a landline call. You may want to consider using one of the 30-day trials offered for free by email faxing services. You attach your fax to an email as a PDF document then send it to a special address. The faxing service seamlessly converts it into a regular fax, dials the number, and sends your document.

eFax or iFax (use code GREG15) are the two industry leaders for sending paperless faxes.  These services allow you to send an unlimited number of faxes to Germany or Europe simply by using your regular email, their web interface, or your smartphone — therefore eliminating long-distance charges.

As a bonus, you’ll also get your own fax phone number to share and give out. But when people send faxes to it, they are forward to your email as attachments. You don’t have to print them unless you need to.