COUNTRY DESCRIPTION ^
Luxembourg is a highly developed, stable constitutional monarchy. Tourist facilities are widely available.
SAFETY AND SECURITY ^
Luxembourg remains largely free of terrorist incidents. However, like other countries in the Schengen area, Luxembourg's open borders with its Western European neighbors allow the possibility of terrorist groups entering/exiting the country with anonymity.
Prior police approval is required for public demonstrations in Luxembourg, and police oversight is routinely provided to ensure adequate security for participants and passers-by. Nonetheless, situations may develop which could pose a threat to public safety. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid areas where public demonstrations are taking place.
The crime rate in Luxembourg generally is low. However, travelers should take common-sense precautions while in Luxembourg. In particular, travelers should be especially cautious while in airports and train terminals, where pickpockets can be a problem.
CRIMINAL PENALTIES ^
While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens are subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating Luxembourg law, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Luxembourg are strict and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.
Under the PROTECT Act of April 2003, it is a crime, prosecutable in the U.S., for U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens to exploit children sexually via pornography, the Internet or other means or to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a person under the age of 18 in a foreign country, regardless of whether there was intent.
MEDICAL FACILITIES ^
Medical facilities are available, but may be limited outside urban areas.
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS ^
While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning Luxembourg is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.
Safety of Public Transportation: Good
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: Good
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: Good
Availability of Roadside Assistance: Good
Luxembourg has a modern, well-maintained system of highways and secondary roads. In mountainous areas, winding roads and cyclists sometimes slow traffic, and roads can be congested during rush hour in the Luxembourg City environs. Visitors should drive defensively in high-volume commuter and tourist traffic, or during winter fog and ice. In case of a car accident, it is advisable to call the police at tel: 113. The police will make an official assessment of the accident's circumstances.
For additional general information about road safety, including links to foreign government sites, see the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet home page at
http://travel.state.gov/road_safety.html. For specific information concerning Luxembourg driver's permits, vehicle inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance contact the Luxembourg National Tourist Office in New York via the Internet at
www.visitluxembourg.com. For international driving permits (IDPs), contact the American Automobile Association (AAA) at
or call the American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA) at 1-800-622-7070.
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT ^
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed Luxembourg Civil Aviation Authority as Category 1 - in compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight of Luxembourg's air carrier operations. For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation within the United States at 1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA's Internet website at
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign air carriers for suitability as official providers of air services. For information regarding the DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may contact DOD at (618) 229-4801.
Please also refer to the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.
May 4, 2004