Press release in relation to the new health measures for all travel from the Republic of India to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

In view of the development of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus at international level, particularly in India, and the circulation of mutated strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the transmissibility of which appears to be increased, and which thus exposes the population to an increased risk of infection, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Ministry of Health wish to inform you of the new health measures applicable as of 1 May 2021 and until 15 May 2021 inclusive, for all travel from India to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Any person who stayed in India during the 14 days prior to his or her arrival on Luxembourg territory must undergo a COVID-19 test (PCR, TMA or LAMP [1] methods) as soon as possible by indicating to the medical analysis laboratory that he or she has stayed in India. This obligation applies to any person who has stayed in India during the 14 days preceding his/her arrival, regardless of the duration of the stay in India and in Luxembourg, and regardless of the means of transport to the Grand Duchy. If the person arrives in Luxembourg by air, the test will be carried out free of charge at the COVID-19 test centre at Luxembourg airport.

Upon arrival in the Grand Duchy, the persons concerned are placed in strict quarantine for 7 days with the obligation to undergo a second nucleic acid amplification tests of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA (PCR, TMA or LAMP methods) from the 6th day of quarantine. In the event of refusal to submit to the test on arrival or at the end of the 7-day quarantine period, the quarantine will be extended for a further 7 days, bringing the total duration to 14 days.

Those concerned are required to report their presence to the Health Inspection Department (per e-mail: contact-covid@ms.etat.lu or by telephone: 247-65533), wich ensures a reinforced monitoring and tracing.

As a reminder, the measures already in place, namely that any person, regardless of nationality, aged 6 years or older, wishing to travel by air to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg must present at the boarding gate the negative result (on paper or electronic document) of an amplification test for the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA (PCR, TMA or LAMP methods) or of a viral antigen test (rapid test) [2] carried out less than 72 hours before the flight by a medical analysis laboratory or any other body authorised for this purpose, remain in force.

In addition to the temporary restrictions already in place for non-essential travel to the European Union, testing requirements for all persons wishing to enter Luxembourg by air are also in place.

Details of these restrictions and various exemptions are available on the following website: https://covid19.public.lu/en/travellers/visiting-luxembourg.html.

[1] PCR: polymerase chain reaction; TMA: transcription-mediated amplification; LAMP: loop-mediated isothermal amplification

[2] In line with the World Health Organization criteria: Antigen-detection in the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection using rapid immunoassays, Interim Guidance, 11 September 2020

 

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