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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.


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


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.

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.
• 110L of beer.
• 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22% or 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

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 Germany 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.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €175 for children under 15).

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, firearms, eggs, and endangered species apply.

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.