TBE in Germany

In Germany, tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is predominantly confined to the south.

By using the zecken.de - "Google Maps tool for TBE distribution" you can quickly and easily check whether you are currently in a TBE risk area. The risk areas are specified. The Robert Koch-Institute, the German government's central scientific institution for surveillance and research into infectious diseases, is responsible for declaring counties as risk areas.

Google Maps tool for TBE distribution

Present distribution of TBE cases in Google Maps layout, with search function and zoom: Find out whether you live, work, or intend to take a holiday in a TBE risk area.


kartenlegende rot TBE risk areas defined by the Robert Koch-Institute

Kartenlegende gelb Counties with isolated TBE-cases that have not yet reached the status of a TBE-risk area according to the Robert Koch-Institute’s definition.

Source: Robert Koch-Institute, Epi. Bull. 9/2021.

Protect yourself with a TBE vaccination

Curing tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is not possible, as there is no medicinal treatment known that could fight the virus. Therapies for TBE are limited to mitigating its symptoms, such as relieving pain and lowering fever. Even the prompt removal of a tick offers no protection, because the TBE virus sits in the salivary glands of the ticks and is transmitted as soon as the tick bites. The most reliable safeguard against TBE are vaccines, in addition to avoiding tick bites by wearing the right clothes, using repellents and checking for ticks on your body and clothes that have not yet bitten. The Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) recommends that all residents in and people who travel to a risk area and are exposed to ticks, get vaccinated against TBE. For residents in risk areas and travelers within Germany, the costs of TBE vaccination are covered by the statutory health insurers. Many German health insurers also cover the cost of vaccination for traveling outside of Germany. Contact your health insurer for more information.