LiechtensteinOfficial Name: Principality of Liechtenstein
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
1 page per entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not required for stays under 90 days
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
No min/10,000 Swiss Francs (CHF) max
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
No min/10,000 Swiss Francs (CHF) max
Embassies and Consulates
3007 Bern, Switzerland
Telephone: +(41) (31) 357-7011 (2 p.m. - 4 p.m.)
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(41) (31) 357-7777
Fax: +(41) (31) 357-7280
Routine and emergency services for U.S. citizens are provided by the American Citizens Services section of the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. Appointments are required for routine consular services. Additional information is available through the U.S. citizen Services page on the Embassy Bern website. To make an appointment, please visit the U.S. Embassy’s online appointment system for U.S. Citizen Services.
U.S. CONSULAR AGENCIES
There are two part-time consular agencies in Switzerland. They provide limited services to U.S. citizens. Passport applications may be submitted at the agencies. However, the agencies are not authorized to issue passports and will forward the applications to U.S. Embassy in Bern for processing. Anyone requesting service at one of the consular agencies should email ahead to verify that the service requested will be available on the day to expect to visit the agency.
U.S. Consular Agent - Geneva
Rue Versonnex 7
Telephone: +(41) (22) 840-5160 (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Fax: +(41) (22) 840-5162
Hours by appointment - 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
U.S. Consular Agent - Zurich
Zurich America Center
Telephone: +(41) (43) 499-2960 (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Fax: +(41) (43) 499-2961
Hours by appointment - 10:00 until 13:00, Monday through Friday.
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on U.S.-Liechtenstein relations for information.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
Liechtenstein is a party to the Schengen Agreement. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
- Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your stay
- You may enter Liechtenstein for up to 90 days for tourism or business without a visa
- You will need a visa for stays over the 90-day limit should contact the Embassy of Liechtenstein for most current visa and entry requirement information.
HIV/AIDS Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors or foreign residents of Switzerland.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.
Safety and Security
Terrorism: Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
Crime: Pick-pocketing and purse snatching are the most common type of crime and frequently occur in the vicinity of train and bus stations and public parks, especially during peak tourist periods (such as summer and Christmas) and on overnight trains to neighboring countries..
- Take sensible precautions to protect your passport and money.
- Thieves target train passengers.
- Use common sense and the same personal security measures you would use normally
- Do not leave bags unattended. Avoid placing passports, cash or other valuables in the outer pockets of backpacks or purses
- See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.
Victims of Crime:
You should report crimes to the local police at 144 and contact the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland at (41) (31) 357-7011 or the emergency after-hours telephone :(41) (31) 357-7777. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crimes in Liechtenstein.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States
- support in cases of destitution
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: Victims of domestic violence should contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Liechtenstein is a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights, which requires:
- Arrestees to be immediately heard before an independent magistrate to determine if they will be held for investigative detention.
- Individuals “highly suspected” of a crime are generally placed under police detention until such time that their case can be heard by the magistrate.
Mountain Search and Rescue Insurance: Alpine hazards such as avalanches and snowdrifts, landslides and flooding, glacial crevasses, falling rocks, sun exposure, and sudden weather changes are common year round. You should;
- stay on designated paths,
- follow the advice given by local authorities and guides,
- take note of weather forecasts and conditions,
- be in a team of two when participating in mountain activities, and inform someone of your plans
You should buy (summer and winter) mountain search and rescue insurance, Swiss post offices offer inexpensive search and rescue insurance. More information is available from the Swiss National Tourist Office and with the Swiss Air Rescue Organization.
Swiss Banking: You should be aware that numerous banking institutions do not accept U.S. citizens as clients. The U.S. Embassy can provide information on banking in Switzerland. ATMs are widely available and operate with U.S. debit cards.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Switzerland.
See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of the Department of State's Human Rights report for further details.
Persons with Mobility Issues: Liechtenstein is in process of improving facilities for people with disabilities. To date, local experts estimate that only 50 percent of public buildings are wheelchair accessible.
Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
- Obtain supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation
- Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
- Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.
- Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For further health information, go to:
Travel & Transportation
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: Roads in Liechtenstein are mountainous and winding. Vehicle snow chains are required in some mountain areas during winter. Road travel can be more dangerous during summer, winter holidays, the Easter break, and Whitsunday weekend (late spring) because of increased traffic.
- Travel on expressways requires purchase of a sticker (“vignette”) which must be affixed to the car’s windshield.
- “Vignettes” can be purchased at most border crossing points, gas stations and Swiss post offices.
- Drivers using the highway system without a “vignette” are subject to hefty fines. Please consult with the Federal Office of Transport for the latest information http://www.bav.admin.ch/org/aufgaben/index.html?lang=e
Public Transportation: Public transportation is excellent and punctual. There is an extensive bus network that connects the capital Vaduz with the bus and railway stations in Sargans and Buchs (St. Gallen) in Switzerland and Feldkirch in Austria. The tourist offices and train stations are the best places to obtain information about special fares for tourists.
Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Switzerland’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Switzerland’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.