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icyeuny asked this question 1 year, 3 months ago:

HELP! CIVILIAN WITH NAF MOVING TO KMC : lots of questions???

Hi Everyone,

I am new to this site and new to moving since my husband is a civilian.
We are coming to the KMC area (working on the sembach base) end of the month and I have soooo many questions so please humor me and give me your thoughts.

1. Is it advisable to rent a car from Frankfurt airport? or take a shuttle to our hotel and rent a car in the KMC area? Any suggestions on car rental places: to do and to not dos, And idea of a range of prices? best days to rent vs bad days? Shuttle Suggestions?: How do we communicate with the shuttle since we wont have working phones :(

Can you tell I am OCD yet? That is my first question - I have more

2. I will be working from home with my company that is corporate in US but I will be working on the Germany payroll.
On my start date they want me to have my social insurance ID, Tax id, health insurance etc - any adivce on how/where to get these done?

3. Hotels/Temporary Lodging : We will be in temporary housing for a while from the look of things since out HHG is not picked up yet and out delivery target date is May 23rd. Until then I am trying to find hotels with reliable internet or an alternate way for internet since I will need it to work from home(Hotel).

4.POV: Since we are not military we don't have USAA nor was any family member AD so any suggestions of companies on how to get an inexpensive car insurance will be great

5. Housing ( he will be working on the sembach base): As we start eyeing around for a place to live. Please give me your thoughts on areas to stay that will have some newer buildings > 2006 (I know this could be a stretch)
Areas to stay where we will have better internet since my job relies heavily on it.

6. Any advise on cell phone plans with data etc ( we both have unlocked phones)

7. Advise on a gps device that has European maps since we won't have a working phone when we initially get there



Let me stop here for now (luck #7): that is not to say I don't have more.



1 year, 3 months ago

Welcome to the site, icyeuny!

You've asked a lot of very good questions. Most of them can be answered elsewhere on the site, but rather than make you hunt, I will do my best to answer them here.

I am on my way out for lunch, but will be back in about an hour and will start answering.

In the meantime, I will answer #3. Call Hans at TDYhomes. He's got the best homes to stay in while you wait for your permanent residence and HHG. He's got all of the luxuries of home, including high speed Internet, full kitchen, large screen TV with satellite, etc. You really cannot do better!

Send Hans an email and tell him Sam from EverythingKMC sent you. I will PM you the email info.

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1 year, 3 months ago

Quote by icyeuny:
Hi Everyone,

I am new to this site and new to moving since my husband is a civilian.
We are coming to the KMC area (working on the sembach base) end of the month and I have soooo many questions so please humor me and give me your thoughts.

1. Is it advisable to rent a car from Frankfurt airport? or take a shuttle to our hotel and rent a car in the KMC area? Any suggestions on car rental places: to do and to not dos, And idea of a range of prices? best days to rent vs bad days? Shuttle Suggestions?: How do we communicate with the shuttle since we wont have working phones :(

Can you tell I am OCD yet? That is my first question - I have more

2. I will be working from home with my company that is corporate in US but I will be working on the Germany payroll.
On my start date they want me to have my social insurance ID, Tax id, health insurance etc - any adivce on how/where to get these done?

3. Hotels/Temporary Lodging : We will be in temporary housing for a while from the look of things since out HHG is not picked up yet and out delivery target date is May 23rd. Until then I am trying to find hotels with reliable internet or an alternate way for internet since I will need it to work from home(Hotel).

4.POV: Since we are not military we don't have USAA nor was any family member AD so any suggestions of companies on how to get an inexpensive car insurance will be great

5. Housing ( he will be working on the sembach base): As we start eyeing around for a place to live. Please give me your thoughts on areas to stay that will have some newer buildings > 2006 (I know this could be a stretch)
Areas to stay where we will have better internet since my job relies heavily on it.

6. Any advise on cell phone plans with data etc ( we both have unlocked phones)

7. Advise on a gps device that has European maps since we won't have a working phone when we initially get there



Let me stop here for now (luck #7): that is not to say I don't have more.


1. Technically you are not allowed to drive until you have a USAEUR license. These's really no way to enforce this rule and even if something happens USAREUR really has no recourse. Problem is that it's the equivalent disobeying an order to some people.

2. If you are working in Germany and are here under the SOFA agreemet then you should be limited taxable. That means you don't need a social security number, just a tax payer ID and you won't need medical coverage as you are already covered. You can PM me for more info about tax accounts who understand the process.

3. Feel free to PM on a place to stay.

4. AIG has always been cheaper for me than USAA. You can PM me for more info.

5. Sembach is a little further than most posts and it just closed it's commissary. You might want to think bout staying closer to the KL area.

6. Plenty of cell phone options. The issue is the plans change often. You can wait and when you get her start that process and compare.

7. Get the nav free app for Germany. It will work without data and uses the phones GPS signal to navigate.

Hope this helps! Where's the sponsor in all of this. The sponsor should be at the airport when you arrive.

1 year, 3 months ago

Quote by Bergman:
1. Technically you are not allowed to drive until you have a USAEUR license. These's really no way to enforce this rule and even if something happens USAREUR really has no recourse. Problem is that it's the equivalent disobeying an order to some people.

2. If you are working in Germany and are here under the SOFA agreemet then you should be limited taxable. That means you don't need a social security number, just a tax payer ID and you won't need medical coverage as you are already covered. You can PM me for more info about tax accounts who understand the process.

3. Feel free to PM on a place to stay.

4. AIG has always been cheaper for me than USAA. You can PM me for more info.

5. Sembach is a little further than most posts and it just closed it's commissary. You might want to think bout staying closer to the KL area.

6. Plenty of cell phone options. The issue is the plans change often. You can wait and when you get her start that process and compare.

7. Get the nav free app for Germany. It will work without data and uses the phones GPS signal to navigate.

Hope this helps! Where's the sponsor in all of this. The sponsor should be at the airport when you arrive.


Why PM for a place to stay? If you have someplace you recommend, other than TDYhomes, feel free to share.

1 year, 3 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
Welcome to the site, icyeuny!

You've asked a lot of very good questions. Most of them can be answered elsewhere on the site, but rather than make you hunt, I will do my best to answer them here.

I am on my way out for lunch, but will be back in about an hour and will start answering.

In the meantime, I will answer #3. Call Hans at TDYhomes. He's got the best homes to stay in while you wait for your permanent residence and HHG. He's got all of the luxuries of home, including high speed Internet, full kitchen, large screen TV with satellite, etc. You really cannot do better!

Send Hans an email and tell him Sam from EverythingKMC sent you. I will PM you the email info.

Thank you very much I will reach out to him. I assume he speaks english because my German is not there yet.

1 year, 3 months ago

Quote by icyeuny:
Hi Everyone,

I am new to this site and new to moving since my husband is a civilian.
We are coming to the KMC area (working on the sembach base) end of the month and I have soooo many questions so please humor me and give me your thoughts.

1. Is it advisable to rent a car from Frankfurt airport? or take a shuttle to our hotel and rent a car in the KMC area? Any suggestions on car rental places: to do and to not dos, And idea of a range of prices? best days to rent vs bad days? Shuttle Suggestions?: How do we communicate with the shuttle since we wont have working phones :(

Can you tell I am OCD yet? That is my first question - I have more

2. I will be working from home with my company that is corporate in US but I will be working on the Germany payroll.
On my start date they want me to have my social insurance ID, Tax id, health insurance etc - any adivce on how/where to get these done?

3. Hotels/Temporary Lodging : We will be in temporary housing for a while from the look of things since out HHG is not picked up yet and out delivery target date is May 23rd. Until then I am trying to find hotels with reliable internet or an alternate way for internet since I will need it to work from home(Hotel).

4.POV: Since we are not military we don't have USAA nor was any family member AD so any suggestions of companies on how to get an inexpensive car insurance will be great

5. Housing ( he will be working on the sembach base): As we start eyeing around for a place to live. Please give me your thoughts on areas to stay that will have some newer buildings > 2006 (I know this could be a stretch)
Areas to stay where we will have better internet since my job relies heavily on it.

6. Any advise on cell phone plans with data etc ( we both have unlocked phones)

7. Advise on a gps device that has European maps since we won't have a working phone when we initially get there



Let me stop here for now (luck #7): that is not to say I don't have more.


#1: Agree with Bergman. If, for some reason, you decide to drive without your USAREUR driver license, which as explained is not allowed, I would take a shuttle from the airport and rent in Kaiserslautern. You can avoid the higher rental rates from renting at the airport, and avoid the fee for not returning the car to the same location. That is, unless, you plan on driving back to the airport just to return the car.

Agree with pretty much everything else Bergman says, other than #7. If you have a smart phone with GPS, I find that Google Maps does the job just fine. Assuming you have Google Maps, of course. That is the only thing I use whenever I am in Germany, and I've never had any problem with it. And, it's free. Bergman also recommended a nav free app, but I am unfamiliar, so no comment from me on that.

** Check this out regarding getting the maps without having data or wifi: https://support.google.com/gmm/answer/6291838?hl=en

1 year, 3 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
Why PM for a place to stay? If you have someplace you recommend, other than TDYhomes, feel free to share.


They don't have a website to refer anyone to. It's being develpd and the place has never been stayed in.

Quote by JOFTAA:
#1: Agree with Bergman. If, for some reason, you decide to drive without your USAREUR driver license, which as explained is not allowed, I would take a shuttle from the airport and rent in Kaiserslautern. You can avoid the higher rental rates from renting at the airport, and avoid the fee for not returning the car to the same location. That is, unless, you plan on driving back to the airport just to return the car.

Agree with pretty much everything else Bergman says, other than #7. If you have a smart phone with GPS, I find that Google Maps does the job just fine. Assuming you have Google Maps, of course. That is the only thing I use whenever I am in Germany, and I've never had any problem with it. And, it's free. Bergman also recommended a nav free app, but I am unfamiliar, so no comment from me on that.


Doesn't google maps need data to download the maps while moving around?

Oh sure! Edit your post so it looks like I'm asking a dumb question! Lol

1 year, 3 months ago

Quote by Bergman:




Doesn't google maps need data to download the maps while moving around?


Not any more. You can download chunks of map data and use GM offline. Another alternative is Here Maps (free). The whole of Germany is about 1GB.

1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you very much for all the cheat sheet.

Quote by Betze4Ever:
Not any more. You can download chunks of map data and use GM offline. Another alternative is Here Maps (free). The whole of Germany is about 1GB.

1 year, 3 months ago

for fee maps - see the touristoffice of your town - or Kaiserslautern City. Looot of free material.

about going from Airport to our area: maybe use shuttle - if you not use to the Autobahn - and many hours in the plane = more save. beside the usual Services, there are drive-service, Charge by car. If you Need Infos, feel free to ask, gone send 2-3 adresses.
if you living sembach = lot of posibilities to live.
if you like city-life = go Kaiserslautern.
if you like countryside = check Winnweiler Area, if you like very countryside see the area about Falkenstein or the Little towns in the rolling hills.
more you drive, as cheaper the rent.....

if you Need Infos here - happy to help.
about fast Internet.... tricky!!!! if the area got glasfibre = lots of posibilities for very low Price. if just Telecom....you have a Problem + expensive.....
check out via Internet.
here is a link by the "green Party" of Germany, might help

http://www.gruene-bundestag.de/breitbandcheck/

more questions??? pls ask!

7 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi, everyone, this is a great starter post for moving.

I am tagging on because I am coming to the area in December. JOFTAA, is it okay if I, too,  drop your name when I call TDYHomes to set up temporary housing? :) I am just getting started on planning all the details and thought that might be a great way to start. Thanks!

7 months, 2 weeks ago

Quote by trek621:

Hi, everyone, this is a great starter post for moving.

I am tagging on because I am coming to the area in December. JOFTAA, is it okay if I, too,  drop your name when I call TDYHomes to set up temporary housing? :) I am just getting started on planning all the details and thought that might be a great way to start. Thanks!


Please feel free to give my name.  Tell Mike or Hans that Sam sent ya.  Enjoy your time in Germany!

7 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much!

6 months, 1 week ago

hallo again, did you made it over??   More questions, we can help with??  Hope you enjoy the season... happy chrismas and a good start into the new year (german: frohe weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch).

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5 months, 2 weeks ago

@diwil Was that for me or OP? If me, we are headed that way soon...

5 months, 2 weeks ago

hi and happy new year - happy to help you, if needed - of cause.

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