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Liechtenstein Country Guide

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Quick Facts

Region: Europe
Full Name: Principality of Liechtenstein
Capital City: Vaduz
Language Spoken: German (official),Alemannic dialect

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Geographic data

47 16 N, 9 32 E

Elevation Extremes

lowest point: Ruggeller Riet 430 m highest point: Vorder-Grauspitz 2,599 m

Land boundaries

total: 76 km border countries: Austria 34.9 km, Switzerland 41.1 km

Natural hazards

NA

Natural resources

hydroelectric potential, arable land

Land use

arable land: 25% permanent crops: 0% other: 75% (2005)

Environmental current issues

NA

Climate

Liechtenstein has a temperate, alpine climate, with warm, wet summers and mild winters. Required clothing Mediumweights with some lightweight clothing is advised for summer. Warmer heavyweights are worn in winter. Waterproofs are needed throughout the year.

Time difference

time difference: UTC+1 daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October

Population

33,987 (July 2006 est.)

Age structure

0-14 years: 17.4% (male 2,922/female 2,988) 15-64 years: 70.2% (male 11,842/female 12,022) 65 years and over: 12.4% (male 1,773/female 2,440) (2006 est.)

Median age

total: 39.6 years male: 39.2 years female: 40.1 years (2006 est.)

Population growth rate

0.78% (2006 est.)

Birth rate

10.21 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Death rate

7.18 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Net migration rate

4.77 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Sex ratio

at birth: 1.01 male(s)/female under 15 years: 0.98 male(s)/female 15-64 years: 0.99 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 0.73 male(s)/female total population: 0.95 male(s)/female (2006 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

total population: 79.68 years male: 76.1 years female: 83.28 years (2006 est.)

Total fertility rate

1.51 children born/woman (2006 est.)

Business Practices

Business meetings tend to follow formal prodeedures and formal attair is required. Personal visits are very important as are business cards and titles Office hours are generally 0800-1200 and 1330-1700 Monday to Friday.

Crime

Liechtenstein has a very low crime rate. Nonetheless, visitors should take appropriate precautions against petty thieves such as purse-snatchers and pickpockets.

Hotels

There are a few business class hotels in Vaduz and along the Rhine Valley, however, most establishment cater to vacationers seeking to get away from business.

Communications

Full telephone IDD service is available. The country code is 41 75 and the outgoing international code is 00. Most hotels have fax facilities. Telex and telegram services are available from post offices and hotels. Service is reliable and efficient. Post office opening hours: 0800-1200 and 1400-1800 Monday to Friday, 0800-1200 Saturday (0800-1800 Monday to Friday, 0800-1100 Saturday in Vaduz). No extra charge is made for letters sent by airmail within Europe. Post to European destinations takes three to four days.

Electricity

is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Electricity 230 volts AC, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are used.

Plug Types

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Food And Dining

The cuisine is Swiss with Austrian overtones and there are numerous restaurants. Liechtenstein specialties include K?sekn?pfle, small dumplings with cheese. Some extremely good wines are produced in Liechtenstein, particularly Vaduzer (red wine). All internationally known beverages are obtainable. There are strict laws against drinking and driving.
Tipping:
A service charge will be included in most bills.
Nightlife
There are cinemas at Vaduz and Balzers. Dancing can be enjoyed at the Maschlina-Bar and the Hubraum in Triesen; Tiffany in Eschen; Derby in Schaanwald; and Pacha and Schlosshof at Balzers.

Entry departure requirements

Entry requirements for Liechtenstein are the same as those for Switzerland * Please see passport section below

Visa immigration information

Entry requirements for Liechtenstein are the same as those for Switzerland

Passports

Passport valid for three months after intended period of stay required by all except:

(a) 1. nationals of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain and the UK holding a valid national identity card, providing not taking up employment and for stay up to three months;

(b) 2. Foreigners holding national Identity Cards issued by the Governments of Belgium, France or Luxembourg, provided they are resident in one of these countries.

(c) 3. nationals of Austria, Belgium, France, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino and Spain with normal passports, expired for up to five years, providing not taking up employment and for stay up to three months;

(d) 4. Nationals of Germany with passports expired for up to one year;

(e) Nationals of Liechtenstein who may enter Switzerland without valid identity papers.

Visas

Required by all except the following for stays of up to three months:

(a) Nationals of countries referred to in the chart above;

(b) nationals of countries in South and North/Central America, including nationals of Caribbean island/West Indies states (except nationals of Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti and Peru who do need a visa);

(c) nationals of Andorra, Brunei, Bulgaria, Croatia, Fiji, Hong Kong (SAR), Iceland, Israel, Kiribati, Korea (Rep), Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tuvalu and Vatican City;

(d) nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan (China, PR), Thailand and United Arab Emirates, if in possession of passport valid for three months after leaving Switzerland, endorsed with a valid multiple-entry Schengen visa (valid for all Schengen states);

(e) Nationals in direct transit travelling within 48 hours providing they hold all valid documents, except nationals of certain countries (see note).

Note: Stateless persons require a transit visa at all times. Nationals of Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem Rep), Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Turkey require a transit visa unless they hold a visa or residence permit for an EU country, Canada, Iceland, Norway or the USA.

Tourists and business visitors who travel repeatedly to Switzerland but stay less than three months each time must apply for a residence permit if their total stay exceeds six months within a period of twelve months.

Types of visa and cost

Tourist; Visitor; Business; Transit; Airport Transit. All visas cost US$43 (to be paid in cash only).

Validity

Three months. Transit visas: 48 hours.

Application to

Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy responsible for place of residence; see Passport/Visa Information) not more than three months before planned entry. Visa applications must be made in person; postal applications are not accepted.

Application requirements

Tourist: (a) Valid passport or travel document valid for three months after the intended visit to Switzerland. (b) One completed application form. (c) One recent passport-size photo (three for student visas). (d) Fee, payable in cash only. (e) Travel ticket to/from or via Switzerland to final destination. (f) Proof of sufficient funds in the form of a recent bank statement/travellers' cheques (?50 per day, ?25 for students). (g) Hotel reservation. Transit: (a)-(e) and, (f) Proof of flight with an airline licensed in Switzerland. (i) Visa(s) for ongoing destination(s). (j) Valid ticket for the whole journey to the destination. Visitor: (a)-(e) and, (f) Invitation letter from Swiss resident sent directly to the Embassy, with a copy of their Swiss Passport/ID card or Resident Permit. In special cases, a 'declaration of guarantee' might be required which has to be approved by the Swiss authorities. Business: (a)-(e) and, (f) Invitation from Swiss company sent directly to the Embassy. Student: (a)-(f) and, (g) Student identity card or letter from university/college.

Working days required

Visas may be issued within 24 hours, but travellers are advised to apply at least one week prior to departure and no earlier than three months before proposed travel. Some applications may need to be referred to the Swiss authorities, which can take six to eight weeks for approval.

Temporary residence

Nationals of most European and some other countries do not require a visa if they intend to take up employment or residence in Switzerland; however, before entry they must obtain an Assurance of a Residence Permit from their employer in Switzerland.

Passport/Visa Information

Embassy of Switzerland in the UK

16-18 Montagu Place, London W1H 2BQ, UK

Tel: (020) 7616 6000 or (09065) 508 909 (recorded visa information).

Website: https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/united-kingdom/en/home/services/liechtenstein.html

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1200 (for personal visa applications).

Embassy of Switzerland in the USA

2900 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA

Tel: (202) 745 7900.

Website: http://www.liechtensteinusa.org/

Most visits to Switzerland are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.

This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organizations for the latest travel advice:

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Website: www.fco.gov.uk

US Department of State

Website: http://travel.state.gov/travel

Travel Advice

Most visits to Liechtenstein are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.

This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organizations for the latest travel advice:

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Website: www.fco.gov.uk

US Department of State

Website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html

HIV entry requirements

No Test Required

Departure tax

None

Embassies

HM Ambassador to Liechtenstein resides at Berne.

Currency

Swiss Franc (CHF) = 100 rappen or centimes. Notes are in denominations of CHF1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of CHF5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes. Eurocheques Eurocheques are no longer guaranteed and can not be accepted for encashment but may be useable for payments without the guarantee.

Currency exchange

Personal cheques within the Eurocheque system are accepted. ATMs provide a convenient means of obtaining Swiss Francs. There are Bureaux de Change at train stations and banks.

Currency restrictions

There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currencies

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0830-1630. Currency exchange

Credit cards

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. Check with your credit or debit Card Company for details of merchant acceptability and other facilities which may be available.

Travellers cheques

Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Euro or Swiss Franc cheques are accepted at airports, railway stations and banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Pounds Sterling, Euros or US Dollars.

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Dental care

Good quality dental care is available

Medication Availability

Supplies of international medications are generally available

Blood supplies

Blood supplies are considered safe and screened to international standards

Medical facilities

Good medical care is widely available.

General caution

Recent medical and dental exams should ensure that the traveler is in good health. Carry appropriate health and accident insurance documents and copies of any important medical records. Bring an adequate supply of all prescription and other medications as well as any necessary personal hygiene items, including a spare pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses if necessary.

Specific concerns

Hikers should take protective measures against ticks.

Immunization

All routine vaccines (such as DTP or Td, Hib, MMR, polio, varicella, influenza and pneumococcal) should be kept up-to-date as a matter of good health practice unrelated to travel.

Disease risk summary

The incidence of communicable diseases in most areas is such that they are unlikely to prove a hazard to the international traveler greater than that found in his or her own country. There are, of course, health risks, but in most areas the precautions required are minimal. High levels of immunization coverage have reduced the incidence of diseases such as measles and diphtheria. Influenza risk extends from November to April. Rabies occurs in wild animals. Lyme disease occurs.

Entry requirements

None.

Recent disease outbreaks

No recent disease outbreaks

NameAddress
National HospitalHeiligkreuz 25 Vaduz 9490

Media

Viewers rely on foreign and satellite broadcasters for most services.
Press There are two daily newspapers, Liechtensteiner Vaterland and Liechtensteiner Volksblatt, and two weekly papers, Apotheke und Marketing and Liechtensteiner Wochenzeitung. All are published in German.
Radio: Radio Liechtenstein.

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