The status of NATO headquarters and its personnel is governed by the protocol on the status of the international military headquarters established under the North Atlantic Treaty of 28 August 1952 (Bundesgesetzblatt 1969 II P.2000). The complementary agreement to the Siege Protocol of 13 March 1967 also applies in Germany (agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Higher Headquarters of the Allied Powers of Europe on the special conditions for the creation and operation of an international military headquarters in the Federal Republic of Germany, Bundesgesetzblatt 1969 II, p.2009). If a person is posted to Germany for six months or more, he and his or her accompanying family, officially recognized by the employer, are considered a SOFA status. Some items are rationed because a separate agreement between the UK and Germany explicitly limits the amount of cigarettes and tobacco, whisky, gin and coffee that a person can buy duty-free, which is why your NAAFI Ration Card must be filled every time you purchase these products. In order to ensure that the exempt allowance for these goods is not exceeded, they cannot be purchased tax-free in outdoor stores: for example, if you make your weekly purchases at REWE with an exempt order form, you cannot buy rationed items (for example. B a glass of coffee or a packet of cigarettes) as part of your tax-exempt « Big Shops ». Please remember that if rationed items are included in obtaining a larger purchase in tax exemption, then the tax on the total purchase will have to be refunded (yes, the total amount of the weekly shop!) not only on rationed items, and you may be subject to disciplinary action. Below are some frequently asked questions that many people have about aspects of life as part of the SOFA agreement. The legal status of PfP forces legally residing in Germany is in principle governed by Article 1 of the 19 June 1995 Agreement on the Status of the Armed Forces of 19 June 1995 (Agreement between The States Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty and the other States participating in the Partnership for Peace, Bundesgesetzblatt 1998 II P.1340). , and by NATO`s agreement on the status of the armed forces on all other issues on which the SOFA PFP does not contain derogatory provisions. Visiting force agreements under the Visits Act contain certain derogatory provisions that apply to forces in other countries; They also refer to other aspects of NATO`s agreement on the status of armed forces. An agreement on visiting forces resembles an agreement on the status of the armed forces, with the exception of the first, which only temporarily covers intervention forces in a country that does not reside there. The NATO sofa and sofa agreement granted many privileges and immunities to the armed forces concerned.
These include, for example, civil, administrative and criminal immunity, as well as social security, customs, tax and motor vehicle privileges. In addition, they contain provisions on the use of premises and the employment of German personnel on the ground by forces stationed in the country, in particular the additional agreement on THE SOFA.