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Luxembourg - Take normal security precautions
Take normal security precautions in Luxembourg.
Safety and security
Safety and security
The crime rate is low in Luxembourg.
However, petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs :
- on public transportation
- around train stations
- at the airport
- at youth hostels
- at hotel lobbies in the city of Luxembourg
Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.
Carjacking incidents occur throughout the country. Ensure that valuables in vehicles are kept out of sight. Drive with the windows closed and car doors locked.
Thieves will sometimes pose as undercover police officers and demand an on-the-spot fine for minor offences (littering, for example). Be cautious of these imposters; a legitimate officer will never ask for cash payment for a fine.
There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities. There is a potential for other violent incidents.
Targets could include:
- government buildings, including schools
- places of worship
- airports and other transportation hubs and networks
- public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners
Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.
Traffic congestion in urban areas can be a problem.
If your vehicle has been hit and you feel your personal safety is at risk, do not leave your vehicle. Call the police or drive immediately to the nearest police station.
Public transportation is fast and reliable in Luxembourg.
Public transportation tickets must be purchased in advance and must be validated by machines located either on board the bus or on the boarding platform. Failure to validate tickets may result in on-the-spot fines requiring immediate payment.
Opt for officially marked taxis.
Taxi fares are no longer regulated in Luxembourg. Each taxi is free to apply its own rates. However, they are required to clearly display the fares.
Ask the driver for a detailed list of tariffs.
We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
We have obtained the information on this page from Luxembourg authorities. It can, however, change at any time.
Verify this information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.
Luxembourg is a Schengen area country. Canadian citizens do not need a visa for travel to countries within the Schengen area. However, visa-free travel only applies to stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Stays are cumulative and include visits to any Schengen area country.
If you plan to stay in the Schengen area for a longer period of time, you will need a visa. You must contact the high commission or embassy of the country or countries you are travelling to and obtain the appropriate visa(s) prior to travel.
Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.
Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
Regular Canadian passport
Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave the Schengen area.
Passport for official travel
Different entry rules may apply.
Other travel documents
Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination.
Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days*
Business visa: not required for stays up 90 days*
Student visa: required
* The 90-day period begins upon initial entry into any country of the Schengen area. Stays are cumulative and include visits to any Schengen area country within any 180-day period.
Stays of more than 90 days require a residence permit, which must be obtained prior to arriving in Luxembourg.
Other entry requirements
Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket, a proof of accommodations or proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay.
You must register your arrival with the local municipality. Registration will normally be arranged by your hotel.
If you are not staying in a hotel, registration must be organized by your host. Failure to register can result in fines and difficulties when departing.
Children and travel
Learn about travel with children.
Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).
- Measles in Europe - December 13, 2018
Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health professional about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Outbreaks of measles are ongoing.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause serious complications for some people.
You are at increased risk of measles infection if you have not had the illness or if you are not up to date on your vaccinations.
Yellow Fever - Country Entry Requirements
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
- There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
- Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
- Vaccination is not recommended.
About Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada
* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Western Europe. When in doubt, remember…boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
Insects and Illness
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in Western Europe, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Medical services and facilities
Health care is excellent. Service is available throughout the country.
Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws and culture
Laws & culture
You must abide by local laws.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.
Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons
Canada and Luxembourg are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Luxembourg to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Luxembourger authorities.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe.Public intoxication and disorderly conduct is illegal.
Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences or heavy fines.
Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Luxembourg.
If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Luxembourg, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements.
You must be at least 18 years old to drive in Luxembourg.
If you become a legal resident of Luxembourg and wish to drive, you will need a local driver’s licence. To exchange your Canadian Driver’s licence, you will need a certified criminal record check, which you must obtain from the RCMP before you leave Canada.
Penalties for drinking and driving are severe. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.02 percent for a commercial and learner drivers and 0.05 percent for others.If a police officer suspects you of drinking and driving, they could confiscate your driver’s license on the spot. If you’re convicted, you can expect heavy fines.
You should carry an international driving permit.
- Driving in Luxembourg - European Commission
- Certified criminal record check – RCMP
- More about the International Driving Permit
The currency of Luxembourg is the euro (EUR).
When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU), you must make a declaration to customs if you have at least €10,000, or the equivalent in other currencies.
This includes the sum of cash, cheques, money orders, traveller’s cheques or any other convertible assets.
This does not apply if you are travelling within the EU or in transit to a non-EU country.
Cash controls - European Commission
Natural disasters and climate
Natural disasters & climate
Luxembourg is not prone to natural disasters.
In case of emergency, dial:
- police: 113
- medical assistance: 112
- firefighters: 112
Luxembourg - Consulate of Canada
Brussels - Embassy of Canada
For emergency consular assistance, call the embassy of Canada in Belgium, in Brussels, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.
The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.
If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
Learn more about consular services.
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