Based on their original pantograph configuration, a VB configured 189 could theoretically travel from Germany to Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Netherlands, Belgium, France or Luxembourg. DB 189 004-023 were delivered configured as such, but were not used outside of Germany.
As of February 2006, 189 003-012 got a restricted approval for the Czech Republic, being able to haul trains on the Bad Schandau - Decin route, but only with the electrical brake system turned off.
All locomotives have refitted meanwhile with the VM50 Hz package (DE / PL / CZ) or the VJ package (DE NL).
Pos. 1: AC: CH, FR (AC), LU (AC), BE (AC)
Pos. 2: DC: IT, SI, HR (DC)
Pos. 3: DC: IT, SI, HR (DC)
Pos. 4: AC: DE, AT, NL (AC), DK, SE, CZ (AC), HR (AC), HU, RO