The ETIAS Luxembourg visa for U.S. citizens
Citizens of the United States will be required to present an ETIAS visa when travelling to Luxembourg. ETIAS permit can be obtained online, by filling out the ETIAS application form online and receiving your ETIAS via e-mail once the application is approved.
The ETIAS visa will allow U.S. citizens to enter Luxembourg for work, tourism, transit, or medical reasons, provided that the duration of the trip is no more than 90 days, and the permit will be valid for multiple trips made via air, sea, or land. Also, minors and people over 70 years of age will be able to apply for this visa free of charge.
What is ETIAS Luxembourg visa for U.S. citizens
The ETIAS visa will come into force in 2023, as part of a European Commission program aimed at strengthening European borders and keeping a digital track on all people entering the territories of the European Schengen Area. Following some terrorist attacks that affected some European countries, this program was already approved in 2016. In the last years, data sharing between EU member countries has been expanded, and this allowed for the creation of the ETIAS visa system, that connects the applications for ETIAS visa with already existing databases.
How does ETIAS Luxembourg permit work for U.S. citizens
Starting from November 2023 American citizens must be in possession of an ETIAS visa before travelling to Luxembourg. If the trip is longer than 90 days or has other purposes than those required for the ETIAS visa, they will require a Schengen permit at the embassy or consulate of Luxembourg, respecting requirements and timing for the permit they are applying for. Once issued, the ETIAS permit has a duration of 3 years, and can be used for multiple entries in Luxembourg and other Member countries of Schengen Area, as long as each visit has a duration of less than 90 days. In order to get your approved ETIAS permit in time for your trip, it is recommended to apply for ETIAS at least 4 days before the departure date. If the ETIAS visa is denied, you can still apply for a Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of Luxembourg or present an appeal to the country that denied ETIAS visa.
ETIAS destinations for U.S. citizens
Starting from November 2023 ETIAS visa will come into force for American citizens to travel to the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
At the moment, Americans are not required to obtain an ETIAS permit to enter Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, and Romania, since these countries are not Schengen Area members yet. However, this may change in the future, so please keep updated with the requirements.
ETIAS requirements for Americans and how to apply
In order to apply for the ETIAS permit, you have to be a U.S. citizen and hold a valid electronic passport issued by the United States of America. If you do not have an American passport, you will require a Schengen visa. ETIAS visa application can be completed online, entering all necessary information by following the required steps, and making sure all the data is entered correctly. Once the application form is completed, you will also be required to pay a 7 euros fee, applicable to all citizens aged between 18 and 70 years, using a credit or debit card. Normally, most ETIAS are issued within few minutes, or at most in a few hours, and you will receive the approved visa via e-mail as a PDF file.
How much does ETIAS visa cost for U.S. citizens
The ETIAS application for Americans has a cost of 7 euros for all citizens with an age between 18 and 70 years, which has to be paid at the end of the online application process, using a credit or debit card. Americans under 18 and over 70 years of age can apply for the ETIAS permit free of charge.
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
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Languages: Luxembourgish, French, German
Area: 2,586 KM2
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +352
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.
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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
Facts: J. Randolph Evans – Ambassador
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