LuxembourgOfficial Name: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area.
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TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not required for stays less than 90 days
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
10,000 Euros or equivalent
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
10,000 Euros or equivalent
Embassies and Consulates
22 Boulevard Emmanuel Servais
L-2535 Luxembourg City
Telephone: +(352) 46-01-23
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(352) 621-547-133
Fax: +(352) 46-14-01
Luxembourg is a highly developed, stable constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. There are many tourist facilities in Luxembourg. Read the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Luxembourg for additional information on U.S.- Luxembourg relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
Luxembourg is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Luxembourg for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. We recommend that your passport be valid for at least six months whenever you travel abroad to avoid unintended travel disruptions. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
If you plan to stay longer than three months, you must apply for a temporary-residence permit (“autorisation de séjour”') before entering Luxembourg. This permit, issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, applies to students, employees, self-employed persons, interns, research workers, and family members. If you apply for and receive a permit, it will be mailed to you. You will then have 90 days to enter Luxembourg. You must then register your arrival (“déclaration d'arrivée”) within three weekdays from your date of entry at the town office (“administration communale”) of your future place of residence. You must request your official residency card (“titre de séjour”) from the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within three months of your arrival.
Visit the Embassy of Luxembourg website for the most current visa information. If you need additional information about entry and exit requirements, including visas for employment or study in Luxembourg, you can contact the Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington, D.C., phone: (202) 265-4171 or -4172, email Washington.firstname.lastname@example.org; or the Luxembourg Consulate General in New York, phone: (212) 888-6664, email email@example.com; or the Luxembourg Consulate General in San Francisco, phone: (415) 788-0816, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Luxembourg.
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
Terrorist incidents are rare in Luxembourg. Luxembourg's open borders, however, could possibly allow terrorist groups to enter or exit the country unnoticed. Prior police approval is required for public demonstrations in Luxembourg. Police routinely provide supervision to ensure adequate security for participants and passers-by. Nonetheless, situations may develop which could pose threats to public safety. We advise you to avoid areas where public demonstrations are taking place.
To stay connected:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.
- Follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and Facebook.
- Bookmark the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.
- Follow the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg on Twitter and visit the Embassy’s website.
- In the event of an emergency, contact us at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free within the U.S. and Canada, or via a regular toll line, 1-202-501-4444, from other countries.
- Take some time before traveling to consider your personal security and checking for useful tips for traveling safely abroad.
CRIME: The predominant forms of crime in Luxembourg are non-violent. Common crimes include the theft of valuables through purse/bag snatching, and breaking and entering of unoccupied homes. Crime is more pronounced in Luxembourg City, especially at bus terminals and the main train station and its surroundings. Street robbery can turn violent if the victim is isolated and cannot seek help from passers-by. You should take common-sense precautions while in Luxembourg; be vigilant with your personal belongings and refrain from carrying visible jewelry and more cash than necessary. Pickpockets often operate in teams, usually one team member distracts the victim while another empties the pockets or bag. You should be especially careful when taking the train to/from Brussels; theft of backpacks, laptops, or other valuables regularly occurs on this route.
Luxembourg has many public parks that are safe during the daylight hours, though the volume of low-level drug vending has increased in some of the city parks. You should avoid these parks after dark, though, because they pose a higher risk. During the summer season, you should be particularly alert to purse snatchings and confidence scams against tourists. Incidents of petty crime spike during the annual “Schueberfouer,” a three-week event held every summer.
Public transportation throughout the country, including bus services and taxis, is highly developed and is considered very safe.
Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal to bring back into the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.
VICTIMS OF CRIME: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. We can:
- Replace a stolen passport.
- Help you find appropriate medical care if you are the victim of violent crimes such as assault or rape.
- Put you in contact with the appropriate police authorities, and if you want us to, contact family members or friends.
- Help you understand the local criminal justice process and direct you to local attorneys, although it is important to remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
The Government of Luxembourg published a flyer in French about local police and justice procedures, as well as victim support services.
The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Luxembourg is 112 for medical emergencies and 113 for the police.
Please see our information for victims of crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While you are traveling in Luxembourg, you are subject to its laws. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from our own. Persons violating Luxembourg laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Luxembourg are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. If you break local laws in Luxembourg your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution.
There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States. You can be prosecuted in the United States for engaging in sexual conduct with children or for using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country regardless of the legality of these activities under that country’s laws. Counterfeit and pirated goods are illegal in the United States and if you purchase them in a foreign country, you may be breaking local law as well.
Arrest notifications in host country: While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in that country, others may not. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: Luxembourg law requires resident aliens and visitors to carry identification at all times. Third country nationals residing in Luxembourg must be able to show a valid residence permit (“autorisation de séjour” or ”titre de séjour”) if requested by the police.
Luxembourg customs authorities may enforce strict regulations on the temporary import or export of certain items into or out of Luxembourg. Such items may include live animals, plants, endangered species, medication (except for personal use), firearms and ammunition, cultural artifacts, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco products. Please contact the Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington or one of Luxembourg's consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements. You may travel with any amount of imported currency, though amounts over 10,000 euros or the equivalent must be declared. The Euro is the official currency in Luxembourg.
WOMEN TRAVELER INFORMATION: If you are a women traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.
LGBT RIGHTS: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBT events in Luxembourg. For more detailed information about LGBT rights in Luxembourg, you may review Section 6 of the Department of State’s Human Rights Report. For further information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel, please read our LGBT Travel Information page.
ACCESSIBILITY: While in Luxembourg, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from in the United States.
The law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical, sensory, intellectual, and mental disabilities in employment, education, air travel and other transportation, access to health care, the provision of other state services, or other areas. The government mostly enforces these provisions. The law does not require government or privately owned buildings to be accessible to persons with disabilities, but the government subsidizes the construction of such structures. The NGO Aid for Handicapped Children advocates for the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities. Children with disabilities attend one of nine such specialized schools, based on the nature and degree of their disability. Children with disabilities can attend regular schools at their parents’ discretion, in close consultation with advisory services of the Ministry of Education.
Persons with disabilities can request a special public transportation system (Novabus) for a small fee to transport the customer anywhere within Luxembourg. The buses operated by Luxembourg City are all accessible to persons with physical disabilities. It is also possible to book a special ‘Rollibus’ (minivan). The Luxembourg train station provides assistance to travelers with disabilities. Travelers can request this service from any platform at the station or by email in advance. Luxembourg CFL (local railway system) is improving accommodations for persons with disabilities by installing ramps, broader doors, etc. Most public buildings, sports and cultural centers, theaters, and museums have good accessibility for disabled persons. More information in German or French is available from the Luxembourg Ministry of Health.
Medical facilities are widely available. Dial 112 for a medical emergency or the fire department, and 113 for the police. Hospitals in Luxembourg operate on a 24-hour rotation system, with an exception: the “Centre Hospitalier” is always on-call for emergency cases involving children under the age of 14. For emergencies involving adults, please call 112 for the name of the hospital accepting emergency cases.
In Luxembourg City, three major hospitals offer comprehensive general medical and surgical treatment. Additionally, there are two pediatric clinics and two obstetric clinics in Luxembourg City. There are also hospitals in the south of the country (Esch-sur-Alzette) and in the north (Wiltz). For more specialized care, including major burns, transfer to a regional burn center in Belgium or France is necessary. Three medical services (maisons médicales) provide general medical treatment (not suitable for emergency cases) after hours, on weekends, and holidays, when a treating physician is not available. More information in French is available from the Ministry of Health in Luxembourg.
Most drugstores are located in Luxembourg City but can also be found throughout the country in all major communes. Drugstores 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 ascertained by calling 112. A doctor's prescription is sometimes necessary for drugs that are sold over the counter in the United States.
You can find detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions, on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website, which also contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.
Travel & Transportation
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in Luxembourg, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. Persons residing in Luxembourg who wish to drive must have their driver’s license transcribed within one year. To start the process, the driver must have been a registered resident of Luxembourg for at least 185 days and the license must have been issued in the country where the person was actually residing at the time of issuance. Additional documents to be submitted with the application include a recent medical certificate, a criminal record (affidavit from the U.S. Embassy), and a residence permit for Luxembourg. It is not possible to receive a Luxembourg driver’s license and keep the foreign (U.S.) license, which has to be surrendered to the driver’s license office and will be returned to the issuing authority.
Luxembourg has a modern, well-maintained system of highways and secondary roads. 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 into and out of Luxembourg City are congested during the morning and evening rush hour. Visitors should drive defensively in high-volume commuter traffic. During the fall and winter, fog and ice can cause sudden slowdowns on highways and secondary roads.
In case of a car accident involving injury or dispute, it is a good idea to call the police at 113. The police will make an official assessment of the accident's circumstances that can subsequently be used if further legal action becomes necessary.
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. Vehicle maintenance for cars registered in Luxembourg is controlled by the mandatory yearly car inspection; police can perform random road checks at any time. The possibility of encountering an intoxicated driver increases on weekends, especially during the late evening hours. Driving while intoxicated may result in penalties including imprisonment from eight days up to two years, plus a fine of 251 to 5,000 Euros (approximately 315 USD to 6,300). USD).
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