Liechtenstein Basics

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The Basics


Time: Local time is GMT +1

Electricity: Electrical current is 220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. Plugs are of the round, two-pin type common in Europe.

Money: Electrical current is 220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. Plugs are of the round, two-pin type common in Europe.

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

Language: The official language of Liechtenstein is German.

Entry requirements for Americans: US citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: British passports endorsed 'British Citizen', 'British Subject' (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom), and 'British Overseas Territories Citizen' issued by Gibraltar, only need to be valid for period of intended stay in Liechtenstein. All other endorsements require at least three months validity beyond the period of intended stay in Liechtenstein. A visa is not required for passports endorsed 'British Citizen', 'British Subject' (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom), and 'British Overseas Territories Citizen' issued by Gibraltar. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days in a 180 day period for holders of passports with any other endorsement. Holders of identity cards issued by Gibraltar authorities, and endorsed 'Validated for EU travel purposes under the authority of the United Kingdom', do not require a visa to visit Liechtenstein.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.

Entry requirements for Australians: Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.

Entry requirements for South Africans: South African citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay. A visa is required.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish citizens must have a passport valid for the period of intended stay. No visa is required.

Passport/Visa Note: The borderless region known as the Schengen Area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that has a multiple entry option, and which allows the holder to travel freely within the borders of all the aforementioned countries. Additionally, foreign visitors to Liechtenstein must be in possession of the necessary travel documentation for their next destination. Note that Liechtenstein shares border services with Switzerland, and so if you have a Schengen visa for entry into Switzerland, then you can automatically enter Liechtenstein. There are no border guards or immigration posts between the two countries. However, those entering from Austria will need a Schengen visa that allows for entry into Switzerland and Liechtenstein. NOTE: It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Travel Health: There are no particular health risks associated with travel to Liechtenstein and no vaccinations are required. Travellers are always advised to be up to date on vaccinations for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and tetanus-diphtheria. Long-term travellers spending time in forested areas should consider a vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis. High quality medical care is widely available but can prove expensive. Comprehensive travel insurance is recommended.

Local Customs: Travellers to Liechtenstein should expect to find a prosperous, highly industrialised society, that is of a piece with those found in the rest of Western Europe. One thing to bear in mind might be that Liechtensteinian women were only given the right to vote in 1984, and outmoded and sexist attitudes may still prevail among older members of society. Generally speaking though, Liechtenstein is a modern country with a well-educated and flourishing population that encourage tourism and are friendly to visitors.

Duty Free: Travellers to Liechtenstein may import the following goods without paying custom duty: 400 cigarettes/50 cigars/250g tobacco, 750ml liquor, 50ml perfume and 250ml eau de toilette. Cameras must be declared on arrival, and may be accompanied by a reasonable amount of film.