Luxembourg

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Luxembourg - Exercise normal security precautions

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Luxembourg. Exercise normal security precautions.

Safety and security

Safety and security

Crime

The crime rate is low in Luxembourg. Petty crime (pickpocketing and purse snatching) occurs on public transportation, around train stations and at the airport, youth hostels and hotel lobbies in the city of Luxembourg. Do not leave personal belongings unattended, especially in vehicles.

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.

Terrorism

On November 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of State issued a Travel Alert for Europe, alerting U.S. citizens to the “heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season” and advising them to “exercise vigilance when attending large holiday events, visiting tourist sites, using public transportation, and frequenting places of worship, restaurants, hotels, etc.”

There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities and there is a potential for other violent incidents, which could target areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. Continue to exercise normal security precautions.

Road safety

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

Public transportation is fast and reliable. When seeking a taxi, opt for officially marked taxis. Taxi companies charge a 25 percent surcharge on Saturdays. 

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.

Air travel

The Government of Canada does not assess foreign domestic airlines’ compliance with international aviation safety standards. See Foreign domestic airlines for more information.

General security information

Exercise normal safety precautions. Ensure that your personal belongings, including passports and other travel documents, are secure at all times.

Entry/exit requirements

Entry/exit requirements

It is the sole prerogative of every country or territory to determine who is allowed to enter or exit. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry or exit requirements. The following information has been obtained from the Luxembourg authorities and is subject to change at any time. The country- or territory-specific entry/exit requirements are provided on this page for information purposes only. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, information contained here is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided. It is your responsibility to check with the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, based in Washington, D.C. (U.S.A.) for up-to-date information.

Customs officials may ask you to show them a return ticket or onward ticket, proof of accommodations or proof of sufficient funds for 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.

Passport

Luxembourg is a Schengen area country. Upon arrival, Canadians are required to present a passport that must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of expected departure from the Schengen area. Prior to travelling, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.

Temporary passport holders may be subject to different entry requirements. Check with diplomatic representatives for up-to-date information.

Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.

Visas

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.

Schengen area

Canadians do not need a visa for travel to countries within the Schengen area for stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Stays are cumulative and include visits to any country within the Schengen area. If you plan to stay in the Schengen area for longer than the 90 days in any 180-day period, you must contact the high commission or embassy of the country or countries you are travelling to and obtain the appropriate visa prior to travel. For more information, see Schengen area.

Children and travel

Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. See Children for more information.

Yellow fever

See Health to obtain information on this country’s vaccination requirements.

Health

Health

Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.
Vaccines

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis B

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.

Influenza

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.

Measles

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world. Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

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.

* 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.
Risk
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
Recommendation
  • Vaccination is not recommended.
Food/Water

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

Insects and Illness

In some areas in Western Europe, certain insects carry and spread diseases like Lyme disease, tick-borne encephalitis, and West Nile virus.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.


Malaria

Malaria

There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals

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.


Person-to-Person

Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.


Medical services and facilities

Excellent medical facilities are available.

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 are subject to local laws. See Arrest and detention for more information.

Canada and Luxembourg are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons (Council of Europe). 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.

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Luxembourg. However, Canadian officials may be limited in their ability to provide you with consular services if local authorities consider you a Luxembourg citizen. You should always travel using your valid Canadian passport and present yourself as Canadian to foreign authorities at all times to minimize this risk. You may also need to carry and present a Luxembourg passport for legal reasons, for example to enter and exit the country (see Entry/exit requirements to determine passport requirements). Citizenship is determined solely by national laws, and the decision to recognize dual citizenship rests completely with the country in which you are located when seeking consular assistance. See Travelling as a dual citizen for more information.

Illegal activities

Public intoxication and disorderly conduct is illegal. Offenders could be severely fined or detained.

Driving laws

You must be at least 18 years old to drive in Luxembourg. An International Driving Permit is recommended.

Penalties for drinking and driving are severe. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05 percent. Convicted offenders can expect heavy fines, and driver’s licences may be confiscated immediately.

The use of a cellular telephone while driving is prohibited, unless it is fitted with a hands-free device.

The use of high beams is required when driving in the countryside at night and in fog and other inclement weather.

Additional information about road safety and regulations can be found on the European Commission’s Mobility and Transport website.

Money

The currency of Luxembourg is the euro (EUR).

Credit cards are widely accepted and automated banking machines are widely available.

Traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at banks but are not usually accepted at retail outlets.

When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU), you must make a declaration to customs upon entry or exit if you have at least €10,000 or the equivalent in other currencies. The sum can be in 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. For more information on the EU legislation and links to EU country sites, visit the European Commission’s cash controls webpage.

Natural disasters and climate

Natural disasters & climate

Luxembourg is not prone to natural disasters.

Assistance

Assistance

Local services

Emergency services

In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 113
  • medical assistance: 112
  • firefighters: 112

Consular assistance

Due to a move, the Embassy of Canada in Brussels will be closed from December 9 to 12, 2016.

For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada in Brussels at 32 (2) 741-0611 or the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa directly at +1 613 996 8885 (call collect where available). You may also send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

Luxembourg - Consulate of Canada
Street Address15, rue Guillaume Schneider, L-2522 Luxembourg, LuxembourgTelephone352 26 270 570Fax352 26 270 670Emailcanada@pt.luInternetwww.luxembourg.gc.caTwitter@CanEmbBeLux
Brussels - Embassy of Canada
Street AddressAvenue de Tervuren 2, 1040, Brussels, BelgiumTelephone32 (2) 741-0611Fax32 (2) 741-0619Emailbru@international.gc.caInternetwww.belgium.gc.caServicesPassport Services AvailableTwitter@CanEmbBeLux


The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. The Government of Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provides credible and timely information in its Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad. In the event of a large-scale emergency, every effort will be made to provide assistance. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

See Large-scale emergencies abroad for more information.

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