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Liechtenstein
Official Name:

Principality of Liechtenstein

Last Updated: June 19, 2017

Embassy Messages

Bern

 

Further Safety and Security Information

Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.

Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.

Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Bern

Sulgeneckstrasse 19
CH-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
  • Email bernacs@state.gov
  • U.S. Embassy Bern
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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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At least 90 days on the date of departure from the Schengen area

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1 page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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Not required for stays of less than 90 days

VACCINATIONS:

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No legal requirement

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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No restrictions. Liechtenstein Customs exercises the right to question the importation of currency.

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

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No restrictions. Liechtenstein Customs exercises the right to question currency upon departure.

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U.S. Embassy Bern

Sulgeneckstrasse 19
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
Email: BernACS@state.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USBotschaftBern/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/USEmbassyBern

The American Citizens Services section of the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy provides routine and emergency assistance to U.S. citizens.  The Embassy requires appointments for routine consular services.  Additional information is available through the U.S. Citizen Services page on the Embassy’s website.  Please schedule an appointment through the 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.  Please visit our website for more information on available services.

U.S. Consular Agency – Geneva
Geneva America Center, Rue Francois-Versonnex 7, 1207 Geneva
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5266, 3001 Bern, Switzerland
Telephone: + (41) (22) 840-5160 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Fax: + (41) (22) 840-51 62
Email: Geneva-ca@state.gov

U.S. Consular Agency – Zurich
Zurich America Center
Dufourstrasse 101
8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Telephone: + (41) (43) 499-2960
Email: Zurich-ca@state.gov.

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Liechtenstein for information on U.S. - Liechtenstein relations.

Visit the Embassy of Liechtenstein website for the most current visa information.

Liechtenstein signed the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Liechtenstein for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the period of your stay. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. For additional details about travel to and in Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.

HIV/AIDS restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Liechtenstein.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue to plot possibley near-term attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks. However, all European countries are potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.

Liechtenstein remains largely free of terrorist incidents. However, like other countries in the Schengen area, Liechtenstein’s open borders with its neighbors allow may permit terrorists to enter and exit the country anonymously.

We urge U.S. citizens to remain vigilant about their personal security and to exercise caution.

When traveling or living in Liechtenstein, you should:

  • Be aware of your local security situation, and take appropriate steps to bolster your personal safety. 
  • You should monitor media and local information sources, Bern’s  Safety and Security  webpageSecurity webpage, and use updated information to plan your travel and activities.
  • Address specific safety concerns to Liechtenstein law enforcement authorities who have responsibility for the safety and security of all residents and visitors to Liechtenstein.

Know that peaceful demonstrations and large events can become confrontational.

  • You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
  • Large public gatherings can affect all major incoming arteries to the city where they occur.
  • Demonstrations in one area may lead to additional public rallies or demonstrations in other locations.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy.

Report crimes to the local police at 117, and contact the U.S. Embassy at +41 31 357 7 011, or after-hours at +41 31 357 77 77. Contact 118 for fire services and 144 for health emergencies. Contact 112 for general emergencies. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

  • We can:
  • 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 information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide contact information for Liechtenstein’s Victim’s Assistance
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support if you are destitute
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

Excellent medical care is widely available. Doctors and hospitals often require payment in cash at the time of service.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not cover overseas care. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most health care providers overseas accept cash payments only. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Government of Liechtenstein to ensure the medication is legal in Liechtenstein.  Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be current on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you face expulsion, arrest, or prison. 

Furthermore, some laws are 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 arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Liechtenstein. Anti-discrimination laws protect the LGBT community in Liechtenstein.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our  our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance:  Experts estimate that 50% of public buildings are wheelchair-accessible. A new law in Liechtenstein requires all new buildings and restaurants to be wheelchair-accessible.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Road Conditions and Safety: In Liechtenstein, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.

Although many roads are mountainous and winding, Liechtenstein road safety standards are high. In some mountain areas, snow chains are mandatory in winter. Road travel may be more dangerous during summer, winter holidays, the Easter break, and the Whit Sunday weekend (in late spring) because of increased traffic.

If you drive to Liechtenstein from Switzerland or Austria, you must purchase and display a motorway sticker, or you will receive large on-the-spot fines in those countries. Travel on expressways (indicated by green signs with a white expressway symbol) requires purchase of a “Vignette,” a sticker which you must display clearly on the car’s windshield. Buy vignettes at gas stations, Post Offices, and some shops and kiosks.

Traffic Laws: Should you witness, or be involved in, a road traffic accident, call 117 for Police emergency. 112 is the European-wide general emergency number, equivalent to 911 in the U.S.

Public Transportation: Public transportation in Liechtenstein is excellent. An extensive bus network connects the capital, Vaduz, with bus and railway stations in Sargans and Buchs (St. Galen), Switzerland, and in Feldkirch, Austria.

See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of Liechtenstein’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: Because there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Liechtenstein, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not evaluated the government of Liechtenstein’s Civil Aviation Authority compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

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