Guidance

Liechtenstein: providing services and travelling for business

Guidance for UK businesses on rules for selling services to Liechtenstein.

The authoritative source for Liechtenstein market regulations is the Liechtenstein government. This guidance links to official Liechtenstein sources wherever possible.

Trade and services regulations in Liechtenstein

If you’re a UK business providing services in Liechtenstein, you need to follow specific regulations about:

  • getting an authorisation or a licence to provide a service
  • complying with local business regulations
  • EEA nationality requirements which could prevent you from providing services in some sectors

Liechtenstein’s e-government portal for service providers can help you to:

  • find out what you need to know about providing services in Liechtenstein
  • understand local regulations
  • complete the relevant administrative procedures online

Consider appointing an English-speaking lawyer in Liechtenstein to help you comply with specific regulations.

To find out if EEA nationality requirements apply to you, contact the appropriate competent authority.

Ownership of companies registered in Liechtenstein

If you have a UK business, you might face restrictions on your ability to own, manage or direct a company registered in Liechtenstein or any other EEA country.

Read more about this in our guidance relating to the EEA and Switzerland.

If you’re a UK legal professional who has investments in law firms in Liechtenstein, contact the Liechtenstein Bar Association for information on the implications for your investment.

Travel and entry requirements

See the latest information on all travel to Europe. Check Liechtenstein Business Location for more information about:

  • visas including intra-corporate transfers
  • work and residence permits
  • supporting documentation
  • other conditions

Social security payments for employees

Find out if you need to pay National Insurance in the UK or social security contributions in Liechtenstein.

Recognition of professional qualifications

To check what you need to do in Liechtenstein read our guidance on professional qualifications in the EEA and Switzerland.

If you need to take action to secure the recognition of your professional qualification in Liechtenstein, these sources can help you:

UK statutory auditors working in Liechtenstein

For UK statutory auditors, the Financial Market Authority Liechtenstein should be able to provide further information.

If you’re a UK-qualified lawyer working in Liechtenstein, using a professional title from either Liechtenstein or the UK, you should contact the local Bar association in the region in which you are working or the Liechtensteinian Bar Association and the Financial Market Authority for specific advice.

Data transfer and GDPR

As part of the wider UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the free flow of personal data from the EEA to the UK will continue after 1 January 2021 for no longer than 6 months, until adequacy decisions come into effect.

As a sensible precaution during this 6 month period, it is recommended that you work with EEA organisations who transfer personal data to you to put in place alternative transfer mechanisms to safeguard against any interruption to the free flow of EU to UK personal data.

Read guidance on using data in your personal business or other organisation.

Published 6 March 2019
Last updated 28 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated the following sections to reflect the changes created by the UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: overview, trade regulations, VAT on sales of digital services, business travel and entry requirements, social security payments for employees, recognition of professional qualifications, and data transfer and GDPR.

  2. Guidance for ‘Recognition of professional qualifications’ and ‘Social security payments for employees’ updated.

  3. Change to title to include travelling for business

  4. Update to 'Business travel and entry requirements' section

  5. First published.