Luxembourg Travel Information

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No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

Entry to Luxembourg

There are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for travellers entering Luxembourg.

The conditions to enter and stay in Luxembourg depend on the length of the planned stay and on the country of origin of the foreign national who is making the request.

Staying in Luxembourg for less than 90 days

EU citizens

All EU citizens, as well as members of their family (who are also EU citizens), enjoy freedom of movement within the EU, giving them the right to work and reside in any EU Member State. Nationals of an EU Member State or a country treated as such must, when planning their journey, hold a valid national identity card or passport.

Third-country nationals

A third-country national who wishes to stay for less than 90 days or transit through Luxembourg must:

  • before entering the country:
    • be in possession of a valid passport;
    • for persons subject to visa requirements in order to enter Luxembourg: apply for a visa (short stay);
  • after entering the country:
    • either make a declaration of arrival in their new commune of temporary residence;
    • or complete an accommodation form at the establishment where they are staying (hotel, bed & breakfast, etc.).

Third-country nationals must, before coming to Luxembourg check whether or not they have to obtain a visa to enter the Schengen area and hold a passport which is valid for more than 3 months from the start date of the journey.

Visas

Nationals from certain non-EU countries who wish to visit, transit through or work in Luxembourg must, before their departure, have a valid travel document with a visa issued by a consular authority from one of the countries in the Schengen area. The nationality of the non-EU national determines whether or not he is obliged to have a visa. Different types of visa exist depending on the duration and nature of the visit.

There are separate requirements for those who are resident in Luxembourg. If you are resident in Luxembourg, you should carry proof of residence as well as your valid passport when you travel. For further information on these requirements, see our Living in Luxembourg guide.

Passport validity

To travel to Luxembourg, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements.

To enter Luxembourg (and all Schengen countries) :

  • Nationals of an EU Member State or a country treated as such must hold a valid national identity card or passport.
  • Third country national must, before applying for a visa, have a valid passport which is valid for at least another 3 months after the expiration date of the visa applied for.

You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document, or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen.

Crime

Violent crime isn’t common in Luxembourg cities, but incidents of burglaries are on the increase. Ensure you take adequate precautions to secure your home, particularly during the traditional holiday periods in August and around Christmas.

Pickpockets operate on buses and in train stations, particularly the Luxembourg Gare (main train station). Be aware of your immediate surroundings, keep your bags within sight, and avoid displaying high value items.

Hotel lobbies, especially in the Findel area, are reported to be hot spots for thefts and pickpocketing.

Report any thefts in person to the nearest local police within 24 hours and get a police report crime number.

Scams

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

Public transport

All public transport in Luxembourg is free (bus, train, tram). You will only need to buy a ticket if you travel in first class on national trains, or if you are planning to cross the border to Germany, France or Belgium. For more detailed information, see the mobiliteit website.

Taxis

It’s safer to use official taxis (on clearly marked taxi stands). Always check the fare per km before getting in as some taxis can charge highly inflated prices. Taxi drivers charge 25% extra on Sundays.

Road travel

In 2019 there were 22 road deaths in Luxembourg (source: Department for Transport). This equates to 3.6 road deaths per 100,000 of population and compares to the UK average of 2.6 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2019.

Licences and documents

You can drive in Luxembourg with a UK driving licence.

If you’re living in Luxembourg, check the Living in Guide for information on requirements for residents.

Driving regulations

Many of the driving rules on Luxembourg’s roads are different to those in the UK:

  • the minimum age for driving a car is 18
  • driving is on the right
  • mobile phones may only be used ‘hands free’ while driving
  • priority is given to traffic from the right in towns – drivers must stop for traffic joining from the right unless a yellow diamond sign or other priority road sign has been posted
  • you must use headlights on full-beam outside towns and cities at night and in times of low visibility

Keep vehicle registration and car insurance documents with you to prove you’re the legal owner and the car is properly insured. Failure to do so could lead to a fine and confiscation of the vehicle. On the spot fines are common. It’s easy to cross into neighbouring countries without realising it. Keep your passport with you for identification.

All vehicles should have winter tyres when temperatures are zero or below.

Drink-drive laws are strictly enforced. You can be arrested for having a blood alcohol content of 0.05%. See the European Commission,RAC guide on driving in Luxembourg.

Road safety

Heavy goods vehicles

Heavy goods vehicles exceeding 7.5 tons, with or without a trailer, intended for the transport of goods from Belgium or Germany to France are prohibited on public roads in Luxembourg from Saturday 9:30pm to Sunday at 9:45pm, and on the days before public holidays from 9:30pm to the following day at 9:45pm.

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