Travel Tips

Tourists planning a stay in Luxembourg must keep in mid they need to comply with certain regulations enforced both by the state of Luxembourg and by the European Union.

Passport / identity card

Visitors coming from one of the countries pertaining to the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland) or from a country member of the European Union need a passport or an identity card valid for at least three more months from the completion of their travel. If they come from countries other than the ones mentioned above, they need a passport valid for at least three more months from the completion of their travel. Also, they will need a visa in order to enter the country.

Official languages

There are 3 spoken and ascertained languages in Luxembourg: French, German and Luxembourghish, deemed by certain linguists a German dialect. The latter is also considered the national language of the Grand Duchy.

National currency

Luxembourg is one of the 6 founding states of the European Union. As from 1999, Luxembourg too, together with all the other countries of this organism, has adopted the sole European currency, the euro.

Credit cards and bank opening hours

As compared to any other country within the European Union, Luxembourg has the largest number of banks. Thus, one shouldn’t worry about finding an ATM. Generally, all ATMs accept European and North American credit cards with no problem whatsoever. Travel checks are also accepted. Banks are opened weekdays between 8.30am and 4.30pm, with a one-hour break at lunchtime. Most banks are closed during weekends; yet, certain branch offices are open on Saturdays.

Medical system and medical insurances

Medical insurances are mandatory in Luxembourg, so tourists must hold medical and travel insurances for the entire duration of the trip. In case you have health problems, you must get in touch with the Luxembourg partner of your insurance company, who will suggest the medical facilities able to provide you services on the basis of your insurance policy. Additional medical services are to be paid individually by the beneficiary.

Emergency Service: 112

Road traffic

The Grad Duchy of Luxembourg features right-hand road traffic. Speed limits range from 20 km/h in pedestrian and residential areas, 50 km/h within localities, 90 km/h on national roads and in tunnels, to 130 km/h on motorways.

Parking is an issue in the big cities. Generally, street parking must be paid, and regular checks are performed in view of identifying those intending to elude the regulations.

The use and the holding of radar detectors and anti-radar equipments are forbidden in Luxembourg. Fines range from € 250 to € 5000, to the suspension of the driving license for at least 60 days and to the seizing of the equipments.

In case visitors are involved in a minor accident, they should fill up the form made available by the local insurance companies, and write the identification information of the other vehicle and of the respective company alike.

In the event of a serious accident resulting in the complete damage of one of the vehicles or in the injury or death of a person, moving the vehicle before the arrival of the police on the site is forbidden.

Police: 113

Customs regulations

The customs regulations of the state of Luxembourg are similar to the ones pertaining to the states members of the European Union. Limits refer to the amount of goods carried in or out of the country: 200 cigarettes, 1 liter of liquor, 50 milliliters perfume. There are no limits as to the amount of money carried in or out of the country.

Useful telephones and addresses

Police: 113

Ambulance: 112

British Embassy in Luxembourg

Name:
British Embassy in Luxembourg
Address:
5, Boulevard Joseph II, L-1840, Luxembourg
Telephone:
00352 22 98 64
Fax:
00352 22 98 67
Website:
ukinluxembourg.fco.gov.uk
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 12am, and 2pm to 5pm (appointments only)

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