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    Liechtenstein is a mountainous little principality sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. How little? Well, visitors could technically drive right around the edge of the country in about eight hours. The eastern region of Liechtenstein, bordering Austria, is the highest point in a country of impressive mountains, with the peaks of Grauspitz reaching 8,527 feet (2,599m).

    Because of the small size of the country, ski enthusiasts like to joke about riding from Grauspitz right down the western slope into Switzerland. Of course, this is not technically possible. Besides the fact that the slopes end well before reaching Switzerland, the entire western border of Liechtenstein is made up of the mighty Rhine River - impossible to ski over even in the dead of winter. Having said that, border crossings are very relaxed in Liechtenstein and it is easy to bounce between Switzerland and Austria.

    On the route past the lush Rhine Valley that makes up the western half of the country, a visit to the capital of Vaduz will yield a handful of remarkable sights. The Vaduz Castle is the residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. It perches atop a hill overlooking the city and has become synonymous with the town despite the fact that no-one is actually allowed to visit the castle. There is an art gallery and the Liechtenstein National Museum which tells the story behind how this interesting little country came to be. Most sightseeing can be done by foot or on a bicycle; the city is very safe for such activity and certainly small enough. To see the rest of the country, simply rent a car.

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    Language:

    The official language of Liechtenstein is German.

    Electricity:

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

    Entry Requirements:

    US nationals: 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.

    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.

    UK nationals: 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.

    UK nationals: 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.

    CA nationals: 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.

    AU nationals: 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.

    ZA nationals: 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.

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

    NZ nationals: 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.

    Passport/Visa Note:Visa:

    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.

    Useful Contacts:

    Official tourism site: www.tourismus.li

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