Top Tips for Americans Visiting Luxembourg
- Check your passport validity: Check the expiration date on your passport carefully before traveling to Luxembourg. To enter Luxembourg or the Schengen area, have at least six-month’s validity remaining on your passport. If your passport does not meet the requirements, you may be refused boarding by the airline at your point of origin or while transferring planes or denied entry when you arrive in the Schengen area or Luxembourg, regardless of how long you will stay. More details about Schengen requirements.
- Keep track of your time in the Schengen area: You can travel up to 90 days visa free in Luxembourg and the Schengen area. Currently, 26 European countries are members of the Schengen area. Crossing national borders within the Schengen does not count as leaving the Schengen and will not reset the region’s 90 day tourist visa. Once you spend 90 days in the Schengen, you must wait another 90 days before re-entering the Schengen area if you do not have a visa. Be sure your passport is stamped when you enter and exit the Schengen area. More details about Schengen requirements.
- Verify your health insurance: You should know if your health insurance includes international coverage. Many U.S. insurance companies will not pay if you break a leg, get food poisoning, or run out of medication and need to see a doctor outside of the United States. Check your insurance provider’s travel policy before going abroad. If you do have international coverage, carry your policy identity card as proof of insurance and a claim form. Generally, Medicare does not include international coverage. While the U.S. State Department can assist in locating appropriate medical services, contacting loved ones, and transferring funds from family and friends to citizens overseas, the Department cannot pay medical bills. If your insurance does not offer overseas coverage, purchase travel insurance before you begin your trip.
- Be informed: For safe travels, enroll in STEP, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. STEP provides local security updates and allows the U.S. State Department to contact and assist you in case of emergency. Research Luxembourg’s laws and regulations before you go. Stay connected with the U.S. Embassy through Twitter, Facebook, and our webpage.
- Notify your bank:Credit cards with microchips and cash are widely accepted in Luxembourg and ATMs are plentiful. Before going abroad, notify your bank and credit card companies of your travel and check exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and Euro.
- Learn the rules of the road: Planning to drive in Luxembourg? American tourists may use a U.S. driver’s license, but check your auto insurance before driving in Luxembourg. Luxembourg road safety standards are considered high. Failure to comply with traffic rules can result in large fines. In the event of a traffic accident, call the police at 113.
- Know who to contact in case of an emergency: To call the Luxembourg equivalent of 911, dial 112 for medical, ambulance services, and the fire department. Call 113 for police.
- Try the local cuisine: No trip to Luxembourg is complete without indulging in the local cuisine! Surrounded by three larger and culturally distinct countries, Luxembourg cuisine can have French, German, and Belgian influences! Luxembourg’s cuisine is straightforward because the culinary originality of a country is closely linked to its geographical conditions, its history, its social structure, its mentality, and the attitude of the individuals that make up that country.
- Enjoy the breathtaking views: Don’t miss some of the charm of Luxembourg City, like the Grund and Casemates du Bock. In the city center, you can enjoy various squares and terraces in Place d’Armes and Place Guillaume II. For Luxembourg’s “Little Switzerland”, hike the Mullerthal Trail in the north of the country. For Luxembourg’s wine country, head to the Moselle region. For Luxembourg’s rich history, see our array of castles, like Vianden Castle and Beaufort Castle.When travelling to Luxembourg, be prepared for some sticker shock as it is one of the most expensive countries in Europe. One bargain here is tipping – it is not necessary to add a tip, but it is common to round up when paying the bill in a restaurant.
- Brush up on a foreign language:Luxembourg has three national languages: German, French, and Luxembourgish. If you do not speak one of these languages, don’t worry, English is widely spoken, especially in the city center.
- Have fun! No one plans for things to go wrong while traveling. Enjoy your trip and know that the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg is here to help if something does not go as planned. You can always reach us at +352 46 01 23 00
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