Key Facts

At one Glance

Official name

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Currency

Euro ​(EUR)

Languages

National language: Luxembourgish (Lëtzebuergesch)
Administrative languages: French, German and Luxembourgish
English widely spoken

Climate

Temperate: From May to mid-October, the temperatures are particularly pleasant. Whereas May and June are the sunniest months, July and August are the hottest. In September and October, Luxembourg often experiences its own “Indian Summer”.

Geography

Area: 2.586 sq kilometres / 999 sq miles
Neighbouring countries: Germany, Belgium and France

Government

Form of government: Constitutional Monarchy under a system of Parliamentary Democracy
Head of State: HRH Grand Duke Henri

Population

Total population: 613,894 inhabitants (1st January 2019)

Time zone

UTC+1

Capital city

Luxembourg-city: 119,214 inhabitants (1st January 2019)

 

Climate

The Grand Duchy enjoys a temperate climate without extremes. It profits from the beneficial and moderating influence of the sea, but the sea winds (SW and NW) shed a great part of their moisture before reaching the Luxembourg frontiers. The period from May to mid-October is particularly suitable for vacations. While July and August are the warmest, May and June are the sunniest months. September and October often offer an "Indian Summer". For the celebrations by the end of the year the weather gets dry, cold and snowy.

Money & Currency

Officiel currency

The official currency unit of Luxemburg is the euro. Foreign travellers are free to import and export notes and other means of payment in euro or foreign currencies without any restriction. Lots of automatic bank terminals are accessible 24 hours a day.

Convertible units can be exchanged at the office windows of the large banks. Over 150 banks welcome international investors, focussing on asset management. Though the banks have no standard opening hours, most of them are open from Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. Some offices open on Saturdays.

Credit cards

(VISA, MasterCard, American Express, etc.) are generally accepted everywhere.

Tax free

In many retail shops in Luxembourg-City, the value added tax (VAT) can be deducted from the products’ prices for travellers residing outside the EC.
www.do.etat.lu

Western Union

Fast money transfer service throughout the world, available amongst others at the Post Office.
www.westernunion.com

Passports

For information about passports and visas, please contact :

Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes
9, rue du Palais de Justice | L-1841 Luxembourg
Phone +352 247-88300 | Fax +352 22 29 07
E-mail:
E-mail:
Internet: www.gouvernement.lu/maee

Customs

Tourists (travellers) who come from a member state of the European Union, and who enter the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, can import, duty-free, within the limits of the quantities mentioned hereafter, the products subject to duty, under the condition that:

  • they transport the products themselves
  • the products will be used by themselves or their family members
  • the products have been bought according to the market conditions prevailing in the European Union

 

Tabacco

Tabacco: Maximum Quantity allowed
Goods Maximum quantity allowed
Cigarettes 800 pieces
Cigarillos 400 pieces
Cigars 200 pieces
Tobacco 1 kg
Other articles no limitations

 

Alcoholic beverages

Alcoholic beverages: Maximum Quantity allowed
Goods Maximum quantity allowed
Spirits (eg whiskey, gin, vodka) 10 liters
Intermediate products (for example, vermouth, port wine, Madeira) 20 liters
Wines (with a maximum of 60 liters of sparkling wine) 90 liters
Beer 110 liters
Other articles no limitations


Please note:
If the travellers land directly at the airport of Luxembourg, coming from a region which is not part of the duty territory and/or VAT territory of the European Union (e.g. the Canary Islands), the quantities are reduced as described hereafter.

Tourist (travellers) who come from a third party country (not a member state of the European Union) are allowed the following duties:

Food and beverages Quantities
Tobacco products 200 cigarettes or
100 cigarillos or
50 cigars or
250 gr tobacco
Alcoholic beverages - in total, one liter of alcohol and alcoholic beverages with an alcoholic strength of more than 22% vol., or undenatured ethyl alcohol of 80% vol. and more, or
- in total, two liters of alcohol and alcoholic beverages of an alcoholic strength not exceeding 22% vol.
- in addition, four liters of quiet wine and up to 16 liters of beer in total (only for VAT and excise duties)
Other goods, including perfume, coffee or tea - of a value not exceeding 430 € for persons traveling by air or sea
- of a value not exceeding 300 € for other travelers


We would like to draw the attention of our readers to the fact that the import of living animals and plants and of products of wild fauna or flora (with regard to extinction) regulated by the Convention of Washington, is almost totally forbidden, with the exception of some cases stated by law. To avoid all problems (confiscation of goods) at your arrival, we advise you not to buy or transport those kinds of products (e.g. made from ivory, coral, orchids, etc.). If in doubt, please make inquiries at the customs authorities beforehand.

Road vehicles admitted without customs documents

Temporary importation of any road vehicles, including carvans and trailers, applies in the following cases:

  • if they are imported by a person established outside the customs area of the European Union and
  • if they are used for their private use and
  • if they are registered outside the customs area of the European Union in the name of a person established outside the Union.
     

Vehicles imported temporarily without payment of duty may be driven by persons other than the owner or the holder of the vehicle documents, provided that they normally reside abroad. If re-exportation is not guaranteed, these vehicles may stay in the customs area of the European Union for a continuous or non-continuous period of 6 months in any twelve-month period. In this case, temporary importation shall be allowed without payment of bonds or compliance with formalities. The same provision applies to leisure aircraft registered for international travel and pleasure boats.

This simplification of customs procedures also applies to spare parts, accessories and equipment normally imported with the means of transport.

Road vehicles for which customs documentation is required

This applies to vehicles which do not simultaneously fulfil all the conditions mentioned above. Temporary importation is allowed provided that the appropriate single customs documents IM5, EU5, COM5 or a travel carnet or a triptyque is at hand.

Luggage of persons established abroad

Temporary exemption from customs duties and taxes shall apply to personal effects of travellers from third countries and transported about their person or in their luggage:

Clothing, underclothes and toilet articles, the objects listed below:

  • personal jewellery,
  • two cameras plus a reasonable quantity of film and accessories,
  • two cine-cameras plus a reasonable quantity of film,
  • one portable projector for cine films or transparencies,
  • a pair of binoculars,
  • a portable musical instrument,
  • a portable record player with records,
  • a portable sound recording or playback machine (including dictaphone) with tapes,
  • a portable radio,
  • a portable television set,
  • a portable video camera and recorder,
  • a portable typewriter,
  • a portable calculator,
  • a portable computer,
  • a wheelchair,
  • a baby carriage,
  • sports equipment such as a tent or other camping equipment, fishing tackle, mountaineering equipment, two hunting weapons with cartridges, bicycle without engine, canoe or kayak less than 5,5 m long, skis, tennis rackets, wind surfing board and accessories, hang-glider.
  • a portable dialysis machine and similar medical equipment as well as disposable articles imported to be used with this equipment.
  • Other objects are only admitted with a temporary customs document, on deposit of any duties and taxes involved.
     

Goods from the customs area of the European Union, but not belonging to the fiscal territory, are admitted on exemption, provided that:

  • they are destined for re-exportation, without undergoing any procession.
  • they are in free circulation in the exporting country,
  • they were acquired according to the tax conditions of the internal market, and did not benefit from any exemption whatever,
  • they are not consumable goods,
  • they belong to a person established outside the fiscal territory of the European Union.
     

However, temporary tax-free admission is not granted if the goods were not acquired in accordance with the taxation rules in that country, or have benefited from any exemption whatever, and the importer is not entitled to deduct the tax already paid.

Personal effects coming from the VAT territory of the European Union are admitted without any restriction, provided they have not benefited from any exemption whatever.

Public Holidays

2019

2020

Tu 01/01/2019 - New Year's Day
Mo 22/04/2019 - Easter Monday
We 01/05/2019 - Labour Day
Th 09/05/2019 - Europe Day
Th 30/05/2019 - Ascension
Mo 10/06/2019 - Whit Monday
Su 23/06/2019 - National Holiday
Th 15/08/2019 - Assumption
Fr 01/11/2019 - All-Saint's Day
We 25/12/2019 - Christmas Day
Th 26/12/2019 - St Stephen's Day/Boxing Day

We 01/01/2020 - New Year's Day
Mo 13/04/2020 - Easter Monday
Fr 01/05/2020 - Labour Day
Sa 09/05/2020 - Europe Day
Th 21/05/2020 - Ascension
Mo 01/06/2020 - Whit Monday
Tu 23/06/2020 - National Holiday
Sa 15/08/2020 - Assumption
Su 01/11/2020 - All-Saint's Day
Fr 25/12/2020 - Christmas Day
Sa 26/12/2020 - St Stephen's Day/Boxing Day

School Holidays

School year 2018/2019

The school year starts on Monday 17 September 2018 and ends on Friday 12 July 2019:

  • the All Saints Day holidays start on Saturday 27 October 2018 and end on Sunday 4 November 2018;
  • the Christmas holidays start on Saturday 22 December 2018 and end on Sunday 6 January 2019;
  • the Carnival holidays start on Saturday 16 February 2019 and end on Sunday 24 February 2019;  
  • the Easter holidays start on Saturday 6 April 2019 and end on Monday 22 April 2019;
  • public holiday: Wednesday 1 May 2019;
  • the Pentecost holidays start on Saturday 25 May 2019 and end on Sunday 2 June 2019;
  • day of leave on Whit Monday: Monday 10 June 2019;
  • the summer holidays start on Saturday 13 July 2019 and end on Sunday 15 September 2019.
     

School year 2019/2020

The school year starts on Monday 16 September 2019 and ends on Wednesday 15 July 2020:

  • the All Saints Day holidays start on Saturday 26 October 2019 and end on Sunday 3 November 2019;
  • the Christmas holidays start on Saturday 21 December 2019 and end on Sunday 5 January 2020;
  • the Carnival holidays start on Saturday 15 February 2020 and end on Sunday 23 February 2020;  
  • the Easter holidays start on Saturday 4 April 2020 and end on Sunday 19 April 2020;
  • public holiday: Friday 1 May 2020;
  • day of leave on Ascension Day: Thursday 21 May 2020;
  • the Pentecost holidays start on Saturday 30 May 2020 and end on Sunday 7 June 2020;
  • public holiday for the public celebration of HRH the Grand Duke's birthday: Tuesday 23 June 2020;
  • the summer holidays start on Thursday 16 July 2020 and end on Monday 14 September 2020.
     

School year 2020/2021

The school year starts on Tuesday 15 September 2020 and ends on Thursday 15 July 2021:

  • the All Saints Day holidays start on Saturday 31 October 2020 and end on Sunday 8 November 2020;
  • the Christmas holidays start on Saturday 19 December 2020 and end on Sunday 3 January 2021;
  • the Carnival holidays start on Saturday 13 February 2021 and end on Sunday 21 February 2021;
  • the Easter holidays start on Saturday 3 April 2021 and end on Sunday 18 April 2021;
  • day of leave on Ascension Day: Thursday 13 May 2021;
  • the Pentecost holidays start on Saturday 22 May 2021 and end on Sunday 30 May 2021;
  • public holiday for the public celebration of HRH the Grand Duke's birthday: Wednesday 23 June 2021;
  • the summer holidays start on Friday 16 July 2021 and end on Tuesday 14 September 2021.

Emergency calls

Police Grand-Ducale
Phone 113 - www.police.lu

Medical and fire rescue
Phone 112

On-duty pharmacies
Phone 112 - www.pharmacie.lu

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