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Travel Security Advice for Luxembourg

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COUNTRY DESCRIPTION:

Luxembourg is a highly developed, stable constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. Tourist facilities are widely available. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Luxembourg for additional information.

REGISTRATION/EMBASSY LOCATION:

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Luxembourg are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate at the Department of State's travel registration page in order to obtain updated information on local travel and security. American citizens without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Registration is important; it allows the State Department to assist U.S. citizens in an emergency.

Local embassy information is available below and at the Department of State's list of embassies and consulates.

U.S. Embassy Luxembourg


22, Blvd Emmanuel Servais, L-2535 Luxembourg City
Telephone: (352) 46 01 23 (available 24/7),
Emergency after-hours telephone: (352) 621 547 133 (duty officer)
Facsimile: (352) 46 19 39

ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS:

American citizens can enter Luxembourg and stay for a maximum of three months (tourist visit, family visit, business trip) without a visa provided they have a passport valid for at least three months beyond the proposed stay.

Luxembourg is a party to the Schengen agreement. For further details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our fact sheet. No immunization is necessary.

US citizens who plan to stay longer than three months have to apply for a temporary residence permit ('autorisation de séjour') before entering Luxembourg. This permit, established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, applies to students, employees, self-employed persons, interns, research workers, and family members. If the permit is issued, it will be mailed to the applicant, who then has 90 days to enter Luxembourg. A 'déclaration d'arrivée' must be made within three weekdays from the date of entry at the town office ('administration communale') of the future place of residence. The final 'titre de séjour' must be requested from the 'Direction de l'immigration' of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within three months after arrival.

For further information concerning entry requirements for Luxembourg, travelers may contact the Embassy of Luxembourg at 2200 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008, phone: (202) 265-4171 or 4172, or the Luxembourg Consulate General in New York, phone: (212) 888-6664 or in San Francisco, phone: (415) 788-0816.

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

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. However, like other countries in the Schengen area, Luxembourg's open borders with its Western European neighbors could allow the possibility of terrorist groups to enter/exit the country unnoticed.

Prior police approval is required for public demonstrations in Luxembourg, and police oversight is routinely provided to ensure adequate security for participants and passers-by. Nonetheless, situations may develop which could pose a threat to public safety. American citizens are advised to avoid areas where public demonstrations are taking place.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State.

Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free within the U.S. and Canada, or by calling a regular toll line, 1-202-501-4444, from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The Department of State urges American citizens to take responsibility for their own personal security while traveling overseas. For general information about appropriate measures travelers can take to protect themselves in an overseas environment, see the Department of State's extensive tips and advice on traveling safely abroad.

CRIME:

The crime rate in Luxembourg is moderate as compared to other European countries. The predominant form of crime in Luxembourg is the non-violent theft of valuables through snatching of purses/bags, or more sophisticated breaking and entering of unoccupied homes. Travelers should take commonsense precautions while in Luxembourg; in particular, travelers should be especially cautious while in public areas, the airport, and train terminals, where pickpockets can be a problem. 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; tourists should avoid these parks after dark because of the higher risk of crime at night. During the summer season, Americans should be particularly alert to purse snatchings and confidence scams against tourists. Incidents of petty crime spike during the annual “Schueberfouer,” a traveling fun fair that visits the country every year for 3 weeks in the summer.

In many countries around the world, counterfeit and pirated goods are widely available. Transactions involving such products may be illegal under local law. In addition, bringing them back to the United States may result in forfeitures and/or fines.

INFORMATION FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME:

If you are the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate (see end of this sheet or see the Department of State's list of embassies and consulates). This includes the loss or theft of a U.S. passport. The embassy/consulate staff can, for example, help you find appropriate medical care, contact family members or friends and explain how funds may be transferred. Although the investigation and prosecution of the crime are solely the responsibility of local authorities, consular officers can help you to understand the local criminal justice process and to find an attorney if needed.

This website offers information about police and justice procedures in Luxembourg and also about victim support services.

The local equivalent to the "911" emergency line in Luxembourg is 113 for the police.

Please see our information on victims of crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.

CRIMINAL PENALTIES:

While in a foreign country, an American citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime, prosecutable in the United States.

Persons violating Luxembourg's 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.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

Luxembourg customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Luxembourg of items such as live animals, plants, endangered species, medication (except for personal use), firearms and ammunition, cultural artifacts, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington or one of Luxembourg's consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements. The amount of imported currency is not limited. The Euro is the official currency in Luxembourg. Please see our Customs Information sheet.

MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION:

Medical facilities are widely available. In an emergency, dial 112 for an ambulance or in case of fire; dial 113 for the police. Hospitals in Luxembourg operate on a 24-hour rotation system. The on-call emergency room can be determined by calling 112. Patients may self-refer to any clinic Monday-Friday between 8am-5pm. In Luxembourg City, three major hospitals offer comprehensive general medical and surgical treatment, as well as specialized care in orthopedics, cardiology and psychiatry. In addition, there are two pediatric clinics and two obstetric clinics in Luxembourg City. Hospitals also exist 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.

Most drugstores are located in the city of Luxembourg 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 determined by calling 112. A doctor's prescription is sometimes necessary for drugs that are sold over the counter in the United States.

Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the
CDC's website. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the infectious diseases section of the World Health Organization's (WHO) website. The WHO website also contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.

MEDICAL INSURANCE:

The Department of State strongly urges American citizens to consult their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to determine whether the policy applies overseas and whether it covers emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. For more information, please see our medical insurance overseas.

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS:

While in a foreign country, American citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. Luxembourg has a modern, well-maintained system of highways and secondary roads. Road signs and markings are clear and, as applicable, 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 towards 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 advisable to call the police at 113. The police will make an official assessment of the accident's circumstances that can consequently 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, others 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 8 days up to two years plus a fine of 251 to 5000 Euros (approximately US$ 370 to US$ 7,400).

Public transportation throughout the country, including bus services and taxis, is highly developed and is considered very safe.

Emergency road services in Luxembourg are excellent. For breakdown and towing service call the Automobile Club of Luxembourg (ACL) at 26000. In case of an accident, call 112 for a medical emergency and 113 for the police.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information. Also, we suggest that you visit the website of Luxembourg's national tourist office and 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.

CHILDREN'S ISSUES:

Please see our Office of Children's Issues web pages on intercountry adoption and international parental child abduction.

This replaces the Country Specific Information for Luxembourg dated April 1, 2009, to update sections on Registration/Embassy Location, Entry/Exit Requirements, Victims of Crime, Traffic Safety and Road Conditions.


The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office also has information regarding Luxembourg HERE.....

Looking for an Embassy ?, You can also check out our World Wide Embassy Listings Section HERE (For US Citizens) or HERE (For UK Citizens)........

Regards

The SW Team....

 

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