Luxembourgers abroad

Luxembourg nationals and residents are invited to enquire about the rules of entry applicable in the destination countries. Some countries require travellers from Luxembourg to have a recent negative COVID-19 test or to self-isolate / quarantine themselves for a certain period of time.

To help you plan your travels in Europe, the European Commission has launched the Re-open EU platform, providing real-time information on borders, available means of transport, travel restrictions, public health and safety measures (e.g. physical distancing or wearing a mask), as well as other practical information for travellers.

The consular assistance service of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is available for Luxembourg nationals an residents to give specific information regarding a particular destination. Furthermore, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs invites all persons who travel abroad to declare their travel plan on the site Lëtzebuerger am Ausland prior to embarking on their trip.

FAQ

Who has to present a vaccination certificate, a recovery certificate or a negative SARS-CoV-2 test for travel to Luxembourg?

Upon boarding, all persons over the age of 12 wishing to travel by air to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg must present

  • either a vaccination certificate attesting to a complete vaccination pattern (see below) carried out with a vaccine that has been authorised for use by the European Medicines Agency, i.e. the vaccines of the companies AstraZeneca, BioNTech/Pfizer, Johnson&Johnson and Moderna, issued by a public or medical authority of a Member State of the European Union or of a Member State of the Schengen Area
  • or a recovery certificate issued by a practitioner or national authority of an EU Member State or Schengen Area Member State for persons who have had a recent SARS-CoV-2 infection within 6 months prior to travel and who have completed the applicable isolation period in the respective country with resolution of all symptoms of infection
  • or the negative result (on paper or electronically)
    • a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA - polymerase chain reaction (PCR), transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) or loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) - carried out less than 72 hours before the flight by a medical analysis laboratory or any other entity authorised for this purpose
    • or a SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test (in accordance with the World Health Organization criteria: antigen-detection in the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection using rapid immunoassays, Interim Guidance, 11 September 2020, and listed in the list of rapid antigen tests established on the basis of Recommendation 2021/C24/01 of 22 January 2021) carried out less than 48 hours prior to the flight by a medical analysis laboratory or any other body authorised for this purpose

The negative test result must be presented, if necessary accompanied by a translation, in one of the administrative languages of Luxembourg, in English, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese. This applies to all departures to Luxembourg, including those from EU Member States or the Schengen area.

A complete vaccination pattern means any pattern that defines the number and interval of injections necessary to achieve sufficient protective immunity and is complete upon administration of the required doses if multiple doses are given or, for single-dose vaccines, after a 14-day interval. For persons who have recovered and have been vaccinated within 180 days of the first positive NAAT test result, the vaccination pattern is complete 14 days after the administration of the single dose of any vaccine administered.

These obligations do not apply to travel by land or sea.

Certain categories of people are exempt from this requirement:

  • Health professionals, health researchers and care professionals for the elderly in the course of their work
  • People on duty employed in the transport sector
  • Persons making a return journey by air, for less than 72 hours, from the Grand Duchy to a country which is a member of the Schengen area or the European Union, provided they have not left the Schengen area or the territory of the EU Member States during this period
  • Diplomats, staff of international organisations and people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organisations, military personnel, development cooperation personnel, humanitarian aid workers and civil protection personnel in the exercise of their functions

Do I have to go into quarantine after entering Luxembourg?

There is currently no requirement for quarantine on arrival.

However, upon boarding, all persons over the age of 12 wishing to travel by air to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg must present

  • either a vaccination certificate attesting to a complete vaccination pattern (see below) carried out with a vaccine that has been authorised for use by the European Medicines Agency, i.e. the vaccines of the companies AstraZeneca, BioNTech/Pfizer, Johnson&Johnson and Moderna, issued by a public or medical authority of a Member State of the European Union or of a Member State of the Schengen Area
  • or a recovery certificate issued by a practitioner or national authority of an EU Member State or Schengen Area Member State for persons who have had a recent SARS-CoV-2 infection within 6 months prior to travel and who have completed the applicable isolation period in the respective country with resolution of all symptoms of infection,
  • or the negative result (on paper or electronically)
    • a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA - polymerase chain reaction (PCR), transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) or loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) - carried out less than 72 hours before the flight by a medical analysis laboratory or any other entity authorised for this purpose
    • or a SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test (in accordance with the World Health Organization criteria: antigen-detection in the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection using rapid immunoassays, Interim Guidance, 11 September 2020, and listed in the list of rapid antigen tests established on the basis of Recommendation 2021/C24/01 of 22 January 2021) carried out less than 48 hours prior to the flight by a medical analysis laboratory or any other body authorised for this purpose

The negative test result must be presented, if necessary accompanied by a translation, in one of the administrative languages of Luxembourg, in English, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese. This applies to all departures to Luxembourg, including those from EU Member States or the Schengen area.

A complete vaccination pattern means any pattern that defines the number and interval of injections necessary to achieve sufficient protective immunity and is complete upon administration of the required doses if multiple doses are given or, for single-dose vaccines, after a 14-day interval. For persons who have recovered and have been vaccinated within 180 days of the first positive NAAT test result, the vaccination pattern is complete 14 days after the administration of the single dose of any vaccine administered.

These obligations do not apply to travel by land or sea. 

Is Luxembourg considered an at-risk country?

Currently, some countries consider Luxembourg to be an at-risk zone and require residents of the Grand Duchy to present a negative COVID-19 test or impose isolation or quarantine for a specific period of time.

Please consult the conditions of entry that apply in the destination countries. The consular assistance service of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is at your disposal in case of specific questions regarding a particular destination. 

Will my temperature be measured at the airport?

No.

Am I entitled to take a test in Luxembourg?

All travellers arriving in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg by air will be able to benefit from a free PCR test at Findel airport. It should be noted that passengers must be tested on the same day of their arrival at the COVID-19 test centre at Lux-Airport, by presenting their voucher (available with their luggage) and flight ticket. PCR test results are usually available after 24 hours.

However, when travelling to Luxembourg by air, the persons concerned are subject to the obligation to present a vaccination certificate, a recovery certificate or a negative SARS-CoV-2 test. (see section "Who has to present a vaccination certificate, a recovery certificate or a negative SARS-CoV-2 test for travel to Luxembourg?)

If the result is positive, what steps should I take?

People who test positive must isolate themselves for 10 days. During this period of isolation, contact with other people must be avoided and a surgical mask must be worn whenever in presence of other people. Failure to comply with an isolation measure is punishable by a fine. Accommodation facilities for tourists who test positive are available for cases identified by the Health Inspection Department and which require it.

People who have had contact with a person who has tested positive are subject to a quarantine measure: they must avoid all social contact and remain in their home or temporary accommodation for a period of 7 days starting with the date of the last contact with the person tested positive. These people receive a prescription to get tested from the 6th day onwards.

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