Guidance

Living in Liechtenstein

Official information for UK nationals moving to and living in Liechtenstein, including guidance on residency, healthcare and driving.

What you should do

You should:

Coronavirus

You should follow the advice of the Liechtenstein Government and your local authority. You can also read our Liechtenstein travel advice for our latest guidance.

Stay up to date

You should:

The British Embassy regularly holds events for UK nationals in Liechtenstein and online (Facebook). To keep up to date on working and living in Liechtenstein, you can also read the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement.

Visas and residency

Check the entry requirements for Liechtenstein.

Residency

If you are resident in Liechtenstein before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, you will be able to stay.

Read our guidance on moving or retiring abroad.

If there are changes to residency registration processes, we will update this guidance as soon as information is available. You should sign up for updates to this guidance.

Passports and travel

The rules on travel will stay the same until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. During this time you can continue to travel to countries in the Schengen area or elsewhere in the EU with your UK passport.

You can apply for or renew your British passport from Liechtenstein.

Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

You’ll need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.

We will update these pages with details of any changes to the rules as soon as information is available. You should sign up for updates to this guidance.

Healthcare

Social security coordination is covered by the Separation Agreement for those residing in Liechtenstein. Current healthcare arrangements will continue to apply in full to UK nationals who are resident in Liechtenstein before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, for as long as they remain in scope. This includes students and S1 holders.

You must register for healthcare as a resident in Liechtenstein.

Read our guidance on who is able to access healthcare in Liechtenstein and how to register.

State healthcare: S1

If you live in Liechtenstein and receive an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit, you may currently be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK. You will need to apply for a certificate of entitlement known as an S1 certificate.

You can apply for an S1 certificate through the Business Services Authority.

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

If you are resident in Liechtenstein, you must not use an EHIC from the UK to access healthcare in Liechtenstein.

When you travel from Liechtenstein for a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland, you can use an EHIC to access state-provided healthcare in that country. During that short stay:

You can continue to use your EHIC, as you did before, until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. If you’re travelling to other countries make sure you have comprehensive health insurance.

You should also read guidance on:

Working in Liechtenstein

Read our guidance on working in an EU country, including Liechtenstein.

If you live abroad and require a police certificate from the UK, you can apply for one through the ACRO Criminal Record Office.

If you are resident in Liechtenstein on or before 31 December 2020, your right to work will stay the same, as long as you remain resident in Liechtenstein.

Money and tax

The UK has a double taxation agreement with Liechtenstein to ensure people do not pay tax on the same income in both countries. Ask the relevant tax authority your questions about double taxation relief.

Existing double taxation arrangements for UK nationals living in Liechtenstein have not changed.

Read the guidance on:

You should get professional advice on paying tax in Liechtenstein. You can find English-speaking lawyers in Liechtenstein.

National Insurance

Find out if you can pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.

If you are employed or self-employed in the EU or EEA and you have a UK-issued A1/E101 form, you will remain subject to UK legislation until the end date on the form.

Pensions

You will need to tell the UK government offices that deal with your benefits, pension and tax if you are moving or retiring abroad.

If you retire in Liechtenstein you can claim:

Life certificates for UK State Pensions

If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible. Your payments may be suspended if you don’t.

Pensions after 31 January 2020

Social security coordination is covered by the Separation Agreement for those residing in Liechtenstein. Current benefit arrangements will continue to apply in full to UK nationals who are resident in Liechtenstein before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020 for as long as they reside in an EEA EFTA state (Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway). This includes the right to an uprated UK State Pension.

Benefits

You will need to tell the UK government offices that deal with your benefits, pension and tax if you are moving or retiring abroad.

You may still be able to claim some UK benefits like child and disability benefits if you live in Liechtenstein.

Many income-related benefits such as pension credit and housing benefit cannot be paid to you if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.

You can request proof of the time you’ve worked in the UK from HMRC if you are asked for this.

Liechtenstein benefits

You may be eligible to claim some Liechtenstein social security benefits. Read Liechtenstein social security benefits.

Benefits after 31 January 2020

Social security coordination is covered by the Separation Agreement. Current benefit arrangements will continue to apply in full to UK nationals who are resident in Liechtenstein before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, for as long as they reside in Liechtenstein.

Driving in Liechtenstein

If you are resident in Liechtenstein, you have 12 months to swap your UK licence for a Liechtenstein one. Your UK licence will be accepted in Liechtenstein for up to 12 months. This will not be affected by the UK leaving the EU.

For information on driving in Liechtenstein, read the guidance on:

Bringing a UK-registered vehicle to Liechtenstein

Read our guidance on taking a vehicle out of the UK.

Read the EU´s guidance on car registration and taxes in Liechtenstein. You may be exempt from some of these taxes. If so, you will need certificates of exemption.

Voting

You may be able to vote in some UK elections.

Births, deaths and getting married

If your child is born in Liechtenstein, you will need to register a birth abroad.

If someone dies in Liechtenstein:

Find out about how to get married abroad

You may also need:

Accommodation and buying property

Read the guidance on buying a property abroad.

Pets

For travel to EEA EFTA countries from the UK, pet owners should check the requirements of their destination country.

If you’re travelling with your pet for the first time, you must visit your vet to get a pet passport.

Read guidance on returning your cat, dog or ferret to the UK.

For moving pet horses and other equines read guidance on export horses and ponies: special rules.

Emergencies

You can dial the European emergency number 112 in Liechtenstein or:

  • 117 for police
  • 118 for fire brigade
  • 140 for alpine rescue

If you’re the victim of crime, have been arrested, or are affected by a crisis abroad, contact the British Embassy Berne.

Returning to the UK

Tell the UK and the Liechtenstein authorities if you are returning to the UK permanently.

To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.

If you get healthcare in Liechtenstein through the S1 form, you must contact the Overseas Healthcare Team on +44 (0)191 218 1999 to make sure your S1 is cancelled at the right time.

Read the guidance on returning to the UK permanently which includes information on, amongst other things, tax, access to services and bringing family members.

Disclaimer

Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Liechtenstein authorities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.

Published 13 April 2018
Last updated 23 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. Brexit update: includes further details on passport validity if the UK leaves the EU with a deal.

  2. EU Exit update: Updated sections on passports, healthcare and visas and residency

  3. We have updated the contact details you need to apply for an S1 form.

  4. Updated information on passports: you must use the checker tool to see if your passport is still valid for your trip

  5. EU Exit update: new information on the EEA EFTA citizens’ rights agreement which will apply in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal

  6. EU Exit update: updated information on access to healthcare

  7. EU exit update - updated information on pensions and driving

  8. EU exit update: link to EEA EFTA Separation Agreement added

  9. We have included a link to our roadshow in Liechtenstein.

  10. EU exit update: New information in residency and visa section on draft withdrawal agreement in principle between the UK and EU. Plus information on travelling with pets in Europe in pet section.

  11. First published.