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Luxembourg
Official Name:

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Last Updated: February 3, 2017

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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 Luxembourg

22 Boulevard Emmanuel Servais
L-2535 Luxembourg City
Luxembourg

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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6 months is recommended in the Schengen area

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

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1 page per stamp 

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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Not required for stays less than 90 days

VACCINATIONS:

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None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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10,000 Euros or equivalent 

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

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10,000 Euros or equivalent 

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U.S. Embassy Luxembourg

22 Boulevard Emmanuel Servais
L-2535 Luxembourg City
Luxembourg

Telephone: +(352) 46-01-23-00

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(352) 46-01-23-23

Fax: +(352) 46-14-01

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

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

  • Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington, D.C., phone: (202) 265-4171 or -4172, email   luxembassy.was@mae.etat.lu
  • Luxembourg Consulate General in New York, phone: (212) 888-6664, email newyork.cg@mae.etat.lu
  • Luxembourg Consulate General in San Francisco, phone: (415) 788-0816, email sanfrancisco.cg@mae.etat.lu

Luxembourg is a party to the Schengen Agreement. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.

  • Passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your stay.
  • You will need to apply for a temporary-residence permit for stays longer than 3 months.
  • You must apply for residence permits prior to entering Luxembourg.

Please visit the CDC’s web site for immunization information.

HIV/AIDS RESTRICTIONS:

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

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

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.

Demonstrations occur regularly. Large, public demonstrations take place for a variety of political and economic issues. Demonstrations tend to take place on politically significant holidays and during international summits hosted in the country. 

  • Demonstration organizers must obtain prior police approval, and police routinely oversee participants.
  • Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. 
  • Avoid areas around protests and demonstrations. 
  • Check local media for updates on the situation and traffic advisories.  
  • Security messages issued regarding demonstrations are now posted on the U.S. Mission’s website.

Crime:

  • Thefts of backpacks, laptops, or other valuables regularly occur on the trains to/from Brussels.
  • Home burglaries are increasing with the highest number occurring during the holidays when residents are likely to be on vacation.
  • Low-level drug vending has increased in some of Luxembourg’s city parks at night.
  • Incidents of petty crime spike during the annual “Schueberfouer,” a three-week funfair held in Luxembourg City every summer.

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

Victims of Crime:

Report crimes to the local police at 113 and at 112 for medical emergencies. Contact the U.S. Embassy at +(352) 46 01 23 00 and the emergency after-hours phone at +(352) 46 01 23 23.

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 our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide information on help from Luxembourg authorities:  http://www.police.public.lu/fr/aide-victimes/flyer-aide-victime-fr.pdf
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • 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:

Modern medical facilities are widely available. Pharmacies can be found throughout the country. Most operate on a 24-hour rotation system for after-hours services, including emergency prescriptions. The on-call pharmacy is listed daily in the local newspaper or can be obtained by calling 112.

  • A doctor's prescription is sometimes necessary for drugs that are sold over the counter in the United States.
  • Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.
  • Obtain supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. 
  • Carry prescription medication in original packing, along with your doctor's prescription.
  • If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Luxembourg to ensure the medication is legal in Luxembourg.
  • Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Dial 112 for a medical emergency or the fire department, and 113 for the police.

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

Medical Insurance: 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

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date 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 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.

Luxembourg authorities typically do not permit foreigners accused of crimes to leave the country while legal proceedings are ongoing.

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

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Luxembourg. 

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our U.S. Department of State’s  Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance

  • Public buildings, sports and cultural centers, theaters, and museums have good accessibility for disabled persons. Information is available in German or French from the Luxembourg Ministry of Health.
  • Buses operated by Luxembourg City are all accessible to persons with physical disabilities.
  • Train stations also provide assistance to travelers with disabilities.

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

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Road Conditions and Safety:

Highways and secondary roads are modern and well-maintained. Road signs and markings are clear and primarily worded in French. Streets in the city, construction sites, and crossroads are well illuminated at night. On highways, a digital alert system warns drivers of incidents or detours.

  • Roads are congested during the morning and evening rush hour. Visitors should drive defensively in high-volume commuter traffic.
  • A digital alert system warns drivers of incident or detours on highways.
  • Fog and ice can cause sudden slowdowns on highways and secondary roads during the fall and winter. Cars must be equipped with all-weather or snow tires from October to April.
  • Annual car maintenance inspections are required for vehicles registered in Luxembourg.
  • A warning triangle sign and brightly colored driver’s vest are compulsory for vehicles.
  • Police can perform random road checks at any time.

Traffic Laws:  

The daily mix of drivers from Luxembourg and its three neighboring countries results in a variety of driving practices and courtesies. While most drivers respect speed limits, traffic signals, and rules, some do not.

Drivers should also carry a blank accident report in their vehicle, available through all local insurance companies. This report is necessary for any accident not involving injury; typically, police do not respond to these types of accidents, and it is the driver’s responsibility to exchange information and file the report with their insurance companies.

Call the police at 113 if you are involved in a car accident involving an injury or dispute. The police will make an official assessment of the accident's circumstances that can subsequently be used if further legal action becomes necessary.

The maximum allowable blood-alcohol content in Luxembourg is 0.05 percent. Driving while intoxicated may result in penalties including imprisonment from eight days up to three years, plus a fine of 145 to 10,000 Euros (approximately 156 USD to 10,732 USD) and demerit points on a driving license.

Other common traffic violations that may result in penalties are:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Driving without a license
  • Failure to wear a seat belt
  • Using a cell phone (other than using hands-free technology) while driving

Public Transportation:

Public transportation throughout the country is highly developed and considered very safe.

Visit our road safety page for more information. Visit the website of Luxembourg’s national tourist office and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, the national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight:

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Luxembourg’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Luxembourg’s air carrier operations.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

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