What is a Krankschreibung or AU-Bescheinigung?

A sick note (Krankschreibung, Arbeitsunfähigkeitsbescheinigung, AU-Bescheinigung or gelber Schein) is a document you get from a doctor. It confirms that you are sick, and that you should get sick leave.

Most German employers ask for a sick note if you are sick for more than 3 days.1

Since 2023, sick notes are digital. You get a paper copy. Your employer and your health insurer get a digital copy from your doctor.2

Krankschreibung example

How sick leave works in Germany

Sources and footnotes
  1. welt.de 

  2. arbeitgeber.de