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Luxembourg

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Still current at: 07 January 2011
Updated: 24 December 2010

This advice has been reviewed and reissued with an amendment to the Travel Summary (travel disruption). The overall level of the advice has not changed; there are no travel restrictions in place in Luxembourg.

(see travel advice legal disclaimer)

Travel advice for this country

Travel Summary

  • Severe weather has been causing disruption to road, rail and air travel. Check with your airline or travel operator before travelling. See our Travel News page.

  • There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

  • Visitors from Britain accounted for 107,000 overnight stays in 2009. Around 120,000 British nationals visit Luxembourg every year (Source: STATEC (Statistics Office in Luxembourg). Most visits are trouble-free. See General - Consular Assistance Statistics. Luxembourg can only issue Emergency Passports in a genuine emergency. Otherwise, full passport services can be obtained from the British Consulate-General in Paris.

  • You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. See General - Insurance.

Safety and security

Safety and Security - Terrorism
There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. See our terrorism abroad page.

Safety and Security - Crime
You are advised to take the usual sensible precautions against crime.

Safety and Security - Crime - Scams
Foreign visitors and residents can be targeted by scam artists. These scams can pose great financial loss to victims. If you receive an e-mail purporting to be from HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) offering a tax refund on provision of your bank details you should make absolutely sure that it is not part of a scam.

See our victims of crime abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Road Travel
In 2009 there were 47 road deaths in Luxembourg (source: DfT). This equates to 9.5 road deaths per 100,000 of population and compares to the UK average of 3.8 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2009.

It is advisable to travel with vehicle registration documents to prove you are the legal owner of the vehicle you are driving. Failure to do so could lead to the police confiscating and impounding your vehicle as well as imposing fines.  When you drive, remember that there are different speed restrictions to the UK. 'On the spot fines' are common.  When driving, be aware that it is easy to cross into neighbouring countries without realising it. You must have your passport with you for identification.

Heavy Goods Vehicles, transiting Luxembourg on the way to France
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There is a restriction for HGVs over 7.5 t transiting Luxembourg  between 21:45 on a Saturday and the day before a  public holiday and 21:45 on a Sunday and the day of the French public holiday.

Heavy Goods Vehicles, transiting Luxembourg on the way to Germany
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There is a restriction for HGVs over 7.5 t transiting Luxembourg  between 23:30 on Saturday and the day before a public holiday and 21:45 on Sunday and the day of the German public holiday.

See our driving abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Air Travel
The revised EU-wide security measures that came into effect for all passengers departing from UK airports in November 2006 are also being implemented in Luxembourg. For more details about this see airline security.

Safety and Security - Political Situation

Luxembourg country profile


Local laws and customs

French, German and Luxembourgish are the administrative languages. English is spoken in Luxembourg City itself, but less so elsewhere.

See our your trip page.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements - Visas
Holders of British passports, describing them as 'British Citizens', do not require visas to enter Luxembourg. You need a passport to enter Luxembourg.

Entry Requirements - Passport Validity
Your passport should be valid for at least six months.

Entry Requirements - Travelling with children
For information on exactly what will be required at immigration please contact the Luxemburg Embassy in London.

Health

You should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Luxembourg nationals. It also does not cover you for medical repatriation, on-going medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. See our EHIC page. 

Exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. See our HIV and AIDS page.

Seek medical advice before travelling to Luxembourg and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention visit the websites of the NaTHNaC and NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

See our t ravel health page.

General

General - Insurance
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake. See our travel insurance page.

If things do go wrong when you are overseas then see our When Things Go Wrong page.

In an emergency, telephone 112 for medical treatment and 113 for the Police services.

General - Registration
Register with our LOCATE service to tell us when and where you are travelling abroad or where you live abroad so our consular and crisis staff can provide better assistance to you in an emergency.

General - Money
Legislation on the controls of cash entering or leaving the EU apply in all Member States. Any person entering or leaving the EU will have to declare the cash that they are carrying if this amounts to 10,000 euros or more; this includes cheques, travellers' cheques, money orders, etc. This will not apply to anyone travelling via the EU to a non-EU country, as long as the original journey started outside of the EU nor to those travelling within the EU. You are reminded that the currency of Luxembourg is the Euro.

General - Consular Assistance Statistics
3 British nationals required consular assistance in Luxembourg in the period 01 April 2009 – 31 March 2010 for the following types of incident: one hospitalisation; and two arrests. During this period assistance was also requested with regard to lost or stolen passports (16 cases).

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Contacts

Luxembourg, British Embassy

Address:

British Embassy
5 Boulevard Joseph II, L-1840
Luxembourg

Telephone:

+352 22 98 64

Fax:

+352 22 98 67

Office hours:

Local time:
Mon-Fri: 09:30-12:00

Afternoons, by appointment only, 14:00-17:00
 

Website: http://www.ukinluxembourg.fco.gov.uk

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