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Road Conditions and Safety: Highways and secondary roads are modern and well-maintained. 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 are congested during the morning and evening rush hour. The city of Luxembourg more than doubles its population Monday to Friday due to the influx of cross border workers. Visitors should drive defensively in high-volume commuter traffic.
  • Fog and ice can cause sudden slowdowns on highways and secondary roads during the fall and winter. Cars must be equipped with all-weather or snow tires from October to April.
  • Annual car maintenance inspections are required for vehicles registered in Luxembourg.
  • A warning triangle sign and brightly colored driver?s vest are compulsory for vehicles.
  • Police can perform random road checks at any time.

Traffic Laws: 

  • 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.
  • Drivers should carry a blank accident report in their vehicle, available through all local insurance companies and rental car companies. This report is necessary for any accident not involving injury. Typically, police do not respond to these types of accidents and it is the driver?s responsibility to exchange information and file the report with their insurance companies.
  • Call the police at 113 if you are involved in a car accident involving an injury or dispute. The police will make an official assessment of the accident’s circumstances that can then be used if further legal action is necessary.
  • The maximum allowable blood-alcohol content in Luxembourg is 0.05 percent. Driving while intoxicated may result in penalties including fines and imprisonment. Police frequently conduct sobriety checks throughout the country.

Other common traffic violations that may result in penalties are:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Driving without a license
  • Failure to wear a seat belt
  • Using a cell phone (other than using hands-free technology) while driving

Public Transportation: Public transportation throughout the country is highly developed and considered very safe.

See our road safety page for more information. Visit the website of Luxembourg?s national tourist office and the Ministry of Mobility and Public Works, the 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.

Health

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on the type of insurance you should consider before you travel.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor?s prescription or be prepared to show that it is required for your personal use. As there are very limited flights coming to Luxembourg from outside the Schengen area, follow the guidelines for medications allowed into the Schengen area.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals. We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Local laws and Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Luxembourg authorities typically do not permit foreigners accused of crimes to leave the country while legal proceedings are ongoing.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Luxembourg.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our U.S. Department of State?s  Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Public buildings, sports and cultural centers, theaters, and museums have good accessibility for disabled persons. Information is available in French and German from the National Center for disabled persons. This group is affiliated with Luxembourg?s Ministry for the Family and Integration.

Buses operated by Luxembourg City are all accessible to persons with physical disabilities.

Train stations also provide assistance to travelers with disabilities.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Safety and Security

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.

Demonstrations occur occasionally in Luxembourg and have historically been non-violent. Public demonstrations take place for a variety of political, economic, or social causes. Demonstrations tend to take place on politically significant days and during international summits hosted in the country.

  • Demonstrations tend to be small, well organized and non-violent, and generally sanctioned in advance by local officials.
  • However, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. 
  • Avoid areas around protests and demonstrations. 
  • Check local media for updates on the situation and traffic advisories.
  • Alerts issued regarding demonstrations are now posted on the U.S. Mission?s website.

Crime:

Thefts of backpacks, laptops, or other valuables regularly occur on the trains with notably more incidents on the trains to and from Brussels.

  • Although overall crime has decreased in recent years, home burglaries have increased with the highest number of incidents occurring during the Christmas season and summer holidays when residents are likely to be on vacation or out of the house.
  • Low-level drug vending has increased in some of Luxembourg?s city parks at night and around the main train station in Luxembourg City.
  • Incidents of petty crime spike during the annual ?Schueberfouer,? a three-week fair held in Luxembourg City every summer.
  • Thefts from cars have also increased where perpetrators often damage vehicles to gain access and steal items.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

  • Report crimes to the local police at 113 and at 112 for medical emergencies. Contact the U.S. Embassy at +(352) 46 01 23 00 and the emergency after-hours phone at +352 4601 2323
  • Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim?s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide information on help from Luxembourg authorities (in French).
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodations and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the Embassy for assistance.

Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules with regard to best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide lifesaving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

Entry exit Requirementsh

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

Traveling Through Europe: If you are planning to visit or travel through European countries, you should be familiar with the requirements of the Schengen Agreement.

  • Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. If you plan on transiting a Schengen country, review our U.S. Travelers in Europe page.
  • You will need sufficient proof of funds and a return plane ticket.
  • For additional information about visas for the Schengen area, see the Schengen Visa page.

For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.

HIV/AIDS RESTRICTIONS:

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Luxembourg.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Destination Description

See the Department of State?s Fact Sheet on Luxembourg for information on U.S.-Luxembourg relations.

Travel Embassy and Consulate

U.S. Embassy Luxembourg

22 Boulevard Emmanuel Servais
L-2535 Luxembourg City
Luxembourg
Telephone:
 +(352) 46-01-23-00
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(352) 46-01-23-23
Fax: +(352) 46-14-01
Email: LuxembourgConsular@state.gov

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