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 negative test for travel to Luxembourg?

Any person, regardless of nationality, aged 6 years or over, wishing to travel by air to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, must present the negative test result (on paper or electronic document)

  • of a nucleic acid amplification tests of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA - PCR (polymerase chain reaction), TAM (transcription-mediated amplification) or LAMP (loop-mediated isothermal amplification)
  • or of a viral antigen test (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)

performed less than 72 hours before the flight by a medical analysis laboratory or any other entity authorised for this purpose. The negative test result must be presented, if necessary along with a translation, either in one of the administrative languages of Luxembourg, or in English, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese. This applies to all departures to Luxembourg, including those from Member States of the European Union or the Schengen area.

It should be emphasized that as of 29 January 2021, the obligation to present a negative test on boarding also applies to persons residing in one of the countries on the list of third countries whose residents are currently authorised to enter the Luxembourg territory, including for non-essential travel, namely Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore and Thailand.

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

Certain categories of people are exempt from the testing requirement:

  • People on duty employed in the transport sector and passengers in transit from the airport;
  • 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;
  • Members of the diplomatic corps, personnel of international organisations and persons invited by these international organisations whose physical presence is required for the proper functioning of these organisations, military personnel, personnel in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and civil protection personnel in the exercise of their respective functions, provided that their stay in Luxembourg does not exceed 72 hours;
  • Persons who have had a recent SARS-CoV-2 infection within 3 months prior to travel and who have completed the applicable isolation period in the respective country with the disappearance of any symptoms of infection. These persons may present a medical certificate attesting to these facts, issued either in one of the administrative languages of Luxembourg, or in English, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese. This allows them to board a flight to Luxembourg without having to undergo a new PCR or antigen test.

Do I have to go into quarantine after entering Luxembourg?

No.

Any person, regardless of nationality, aged 6 years or over, wishing to travel by air to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, must present the negative test result (on paper or electronic document)

  • of a nucleic acid amplification tests of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA - PCR (polymerase chain reaction), TAM (transcription-mediated amplification) or LAMP (loop-mediated isothermal amplification)
  • or of a viral antigen testing (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)

performed less than 72 hours before the flight by a medical analysis laboratory or any other entity authorised for this purpose. The negative test result must be presented, if necessary along with a translation, either in one of the administrative languages of Luxembourg, or in English, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese. This applies to all departures to Luxembourg, including those from Member States of the European Union or the Schengen area.

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. Passengers must be tested on the day of their arrival at the COVID-19 testing station at Lux-Airport, by presenting their voucher (available at the baggage claim area) and flight ticket. The PCR test results are usually available within 24 hours.

From 29 January 2021, any person, regardless of nationality, aged 6 years or over, wishing to travel by air transport to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, must present a negative result at boarding. This applies to all departures to Luxembourg, including those from European Union Member States or the Schengen area. For more information on the required tests to be presented before boarding, please refer to the section "Who has to present a negative test for travel to Luxembourg?".

For more information regarding screening in Luxembourg, please visit our Testing section.

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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