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Money and duty free for Luxembourg

Currency and Money

Currency information

Euro (€) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. In practice, higher domination notes (above €100) are rarely seen in circulation; 1 and 2 cent coins are regarded as a nuisance and rarely used.

Credit cards

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa and other major credit cards are all widely accepted. Many retailers require a minimum (eg €10-25) before accepting credit/debit cards. If paying with a credit card you will need to know your 4- or 6-digit PIN code in order to authorise payments.

ATM

ATMs are very common, and located in all but the smallest villages. Most are linked up to all international networks (CIRRUS etc) and will accept most international cards.

Travellers cheques

Travellers’ cheques are becoming less widely accepted than they once were. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Euros. Using cash obtained from an ATM with a credit/bank card can work out as a cheaper alternative.

Banking hours

Generally Mon-Fri 0900-1630, with some opening on Saturday. Hours vary from one bank to the next.

Currency restrictions

There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency if arriving from or travelling to another EU country. If you travelling to or arriving from a country outside the EU, amounts greater than €10,000 - including banker’s drafts and cheques of any kind - must be declared.

Currency exchange

Foreign currencies, traveller's cheques and cheques can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change, the airport and some major hotels (generally at a less advantageous rate). Check commission charges carefully before deciding where to change money, as these can vary greatly from one outlet to the next.

Luxembourg duty free

Overview

Luxembourg is within the European Union. If you are travelling from outside of the EU, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are over 17 years old, you are free to buy and take goods with you when travelling between EU countries, provided that you have paid tax on these goods and they are for your own use (not for sale). However, if you bring in more than the following, customs officials are likely to question you:

Luxembourg's duty-free allowance for travellers from EU countries:

Goods obtained duty and tax paid in the EU are unlimited, as long as they are for your own use. However, if you bring in more than the following, customs officials are more likely to ask the reason for holding the goods:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 90L of still wine (60L of sparkling).
• 110L of beer.
• 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22% or 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Beware that each EU country has different rules for travellers under 17 years old. Please check before you travel.

Luxembourg's duty-free allowance for travellers from non-EU countries:

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Luxembourg by travellers with a minimum age of 17 years without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each) or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco. You may combine any of these tobacco products provided you do not exceed the total limit.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volumeor a proportional mix of these products provided the limit is not exceeded.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers.

Banned Imports

You can't import living animals or products of wild flora and fauna which originate from outside the EEA or Switzerland. International restrictions on narcotics, counterfeit or pirated goods, child pornography, cultural artefacts, firearms, eggs, and endangered species apply. The import of medication is limited to personal use only.

You also cannot bring meat, fish or dairy products from outside the EU to Luxembourg.

Banned Exports

International restrictions on the movement of narcotics, firearms and endangered species apply. There are also restrictions on the export of cultural goods such as antiques or works of art.

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