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 health insurer gets a digital copy from your doctor. Your employer gets a digital copy from your health insurer. Only you get a paper copy.2


How sick leave works in Germany ➞

Sources and footnotes
  1. welt.de 

  2. arbeitgeber.de