Luxembourg Travel Advice
Security travel advice for Luxembourg
How safe is Luxembourg?
Threat level: Low-Medium
COVID-19 Situation in Luxembourg
Amid the new COVID-19 strain that appeared in the UK, entry to Luxembourg is restricted for UK travellers.
Due to a surge in coronavirus cases, Luxembourg has implemented new measures to contain the spread of the virus: imposing a curfew between 23:00 and 06:00, making compulsory the use of face masks in enclosed public places, closing eateries to the public until the 2nd of April (except for takeaways and deliveries), restricting the number of private guests to a house to two, limiting public gatherings to 10 people subject to wearing a mask, limiting capacity in shops to one client per ten square meter. Travellers must complete a passenger locator form and present a negative PCR test on arrival, taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Refer to our healthcare section for more details about preventive measures to follow.
Security in Luxembourg
The general travel advice for Luxembourg is to stay vigilant. Luxembourg faces an underlying threat of terrorism, although there is no specific target or location for attack. Luxembourg’s crime level is relatively low, however tourists are often easy targets of pick pocketing. This is most common at the main train station, Luxembourg Gare, and bus station, Hammilus and hotel lobbies. To avoid being targeted, ensure all your belongings are kept in sight and do not display high value items.
Luxembourg is a politically stable country and as such, it has not experienced any major recent security events.
Whilst there are relatively few security risks in the cities of Luxembourg, it has been reported that houses in the countryside have experienced higher numbers of burglaries. Tourists should also be aware of thieves pretending to be undercover police officers, who can stop drivers and pedestrians and demand cash fines for minor offences. Police cannot ask for cash payments as a fine.
Luxembourg's International Relations
Luxembourg is a country with strong international relations and is a strong supporter of many multilateral organisations. It was one of the founding members of both the European Union and NATO and plays host to several European institutions, including the Secretariat-General of the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice.
It maintains relations with many European countries which sees Embassies from countries such as Belgium, Greece, Portugal and the UK. It further has embassies from countries like China, India and Nicaragua.
Travelling around Luxembourg
When travelling by car in Luxembourg, British nationals do not need an International Driving Permit (IDP) but a motor insurance green card issued by their car insurer is required to drive a UK-registered car in the EU.
Most roads in Luxembourg are in excellent condition, regularly upgraded and well-illuminated. When there is an incident or a detour, a warning is omitted via a digital alert system to ensure precautions can be taken.
Between October and April, all-weather tyres must be worn by vehicles to prevent accidents caused by icy conditions. The standard of driving in Luxembourg is generally good, however there are sometimes inconsistencies due to the mix of drivers from neighbouring countries, so be wary when you are on the roads.
European visitors are able to use their driving licence, provided it is registered with the Ministry of Transport. Non-European nationals must obtain and International Driving Permit before driving in Luxembourg. Driving is on the right-hand side of the road and drivers must be 18 years old.
Public transport is a quick and efficient alternative, but passengers must ensure that they purchase tickets before boarding the vehicle. Taxis are also reliable and charge an additional 25% at weekends.
Commercial Travel Risk Services
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Emergency services in Luxembourg
Police emergency: 13
Fire emergency: 112
Medical emergency: 112
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Consular information for Luxembourg
U.S. Embassy Luxembourg
22 Boulevard Emmanuel Servais
L-2535 Luxembourg City
Telephone: + 352 460 123
Telephone: + 352 621 547 133 (Out of Hours)
British Embassy Luxembourg
5, Boulevard Joseph II
Telephone: +352 229 864
Visa requirements for Luxembourg
As Luxembourg is a party in the Schengen Agreement, most tourists are able to enter the country for up to 90 days without applying for a visa. You should contact your local Luxembourgian Embassy if you are unsure whether this applies to you. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the length of your intended stay.
As the UK is no longer part of the EU, British nationals can travel without a visa to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. However, to stay longer than 90 days in Luxembourg whether for work, study, business travel or any other reasons, a visa will be required. Please note that visits to other Schengen countries within the previous 180 days will be cumulative and will count towards the 90-day limit.
Healthcare and Immunisations
If you are a British citizen, your UK EHIC card remains valid when travelling to an EU country until it expires, providing access to state-provided healthcare in Luxembourg. After that, British citizens must apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which will cover them for state-provided healthcare in the EU. Nevertheless, you will be required to show proof on arrival that you have travel insurance for your trip.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is present in Luxembourg and there is no vaccination against the disease, so to prevent contracting the disease, self-isolate, apply good hygiene practices, maintain social distancing, avoid gatherings and unnecessary travel.
It is advised that visitors to Luxembourg are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. It is further recommended that most travellers get a Tetanus vaccination. Check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.
The health facilities in Luxembourg are of excellent quality, with modern medical facilities frequently available for all. If you request a SAMU ambulance when calling emergency services, an ambulance will arrive together with a doctor.