Will I need an ETIAS to visit Luxembourg?
The Schengen Agreement is a very confusing concept for the majority of travelers. It is an agreement that was reached between most of the countries in the E.U. agreeing on a common policy for movement across national borders.
With the Schengen agreement, there are three groups of traveler
- Citizens of E.U. countries and citizens of other members of the Schengen group
- Citizens of the roughly 60 countries that have relatively relaxed rules for traveling in Europe
- Citizens of all other countries.
The first group are allowed free travel within the Schengen zone for as many days as they like. The second group are allowed 90 days out of 180 days within the Schengen zone. The third group must apply for a visa to enter the Schengen zone.
The E.U. Travel Information Authorization System, which will have a soft launch in 2021, will ensure that travelers from the second group will have to get travel authorization prior to travel. This will improve the level of information about who is visiting Europe, and should prevent a lot of the problems that Europe has been experiencing with terrorism and migration.
The process of applying for your ETIAS will be quite simple. There will be an online application form taking about 20 minutes to fill in, a seven euro fee to be paid, and travelers will need an up to date passport.
Once approved, the ETIAS will be attached electronically to the applicant’s passport and will be valid for three years or upon expiry of the passport, whichever comes first.
Luxembourg, officially The Grand Duchy Of Luxembourg, is a small landlocked country in Western Europe. It shares borders with Belgium, Germany, and France. Luxembourg is the smallest sovereign state in Europe with an area of 2,586 sq. km.
With a population of 576,249, it is one of the least populated countries in Europe, but it also has the highest population growth rate. Nearly half of Luxembourg’s population is made up of foreigners.
There are three official languages, Luxembourgish, French, and German. The major religion is Christianity, and the official currency is the euro. The people of Luxembourg are called Luxembourgers.
The capital city is Luxembourg City, which together with Strasbourg and Brussels, is one of the three official capitals of the European Union and the seat of The European Court of Justice, the highest judicial authority in the European Union.
Luxembourg has two principal regions
- The Oesling – part of the Ardennes Massif, a hilly region with large mixed forests
- The Gutland – urbanized area in the south
Luxembourg is a member of both the E.U. and the Schengen Agreement. The Schengen agreement was named after the town of Schengen in Luxembourg, where the agreements were signed. The Schengen goals are the free movement of citizens among member states.
Luxembourg at a glance
Area: 2,586 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +352
Languages: Luxembourgish, French, German
Travel in Luxembourg
Luxembourg is one of the wealthiest nations in Europe; it is also one of the smallest.
It is a diverse land, with beautiful nature and historical monuments.
The capital City of Luxembourg is set high on a cliff, overlooking both the Alzette and Pétrusse rivers. Several parts of the old town are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Some of the most interesting places to visit include the Gothic Revival Cathedral of Notre Dame, the town Fortifications and of course the Grand Ducal Palace. The Bock Casements, Neumünster Abbey and the Place d’Armes are also popular with visitors.
There are numerous museums and World War memorial sites also.
Luxembourg has a cuisine influenced by its neighbors France and Germany; it has also been recently enriched by its many Italian and Portuguese immigrants.
White wines from the Moselle valley to the east of Luxembourg include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Rivaner and Elbling.
In the fall, many villages along the Moselle river hold wine-tasting village festivals.
The most commonly available eau-de-vie are Mirabelle and Quetch, these are popular after dinner digestives. Both are made from plums, and due to their strength are sometimes taken in coffee to make them more palatable.
Luxembourg has been named ‘safest country in the world’ in many surveys. Providing travelers follow usual precautions, trips to Luxembourg should be uneventful.
The US and Luxembourg
Luxembourg is a longstanding ally of the U.S. The two countries share a friendship that is strengthened by a shared commitment to advancing freedom and prosperity.
Luxembourg is a major financial center in Europe, as such U.S. banks have a significant presence. U.S. firms are some of the most prominent foreign investors in Luxembourg.
The U.S. and Luxembourg both belong to the following organizations
- The United Nations
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
- International Monetary Fund
- World Bank
- World Trade Organization
Luxembourg is an observer to the Organization of American States. There are numerous flights into Luxembourg from Europe but no direct flights from the U.S.A. There is a high-speed TGV link to Paris and a passenger train terminal at Luxembourg airport.
The University of Luxembourg is based in Luxembourg, as are two American Universities; the Miami University Dolibois European Centre and Sacred Heart University Luxembourg.
List of US diplomatic offices in Luxembourg
The Embassy of USA in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Address: 22 Boulevard Emmanuel Servais L-2535 Luxembourg
Phone: +352 46 01 23 00
Fax: +352 46 14 01
Email: [email protected]
Facts: J. Randolph Evans – Ambassador
List of Luxembourgish diplomatic offices in USA
The Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington, USA
Address: 2200 Massachusetts Avenue N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008
Phone: (202) 265-4171
Fax: (202) 328-8270
Email: [email protected]