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 aged 12 years and 2 months or older wishing to travel by air to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg must present

  • Either a vaccination certificate attesting to a complete vaccination pattern (see FAQ) against COVID-19, drawn up in accordance with Article 3bis, paragraphs 1 to 2, of the amended law of 17 July 2020 on measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Namely a vaccination certificate issued by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a Member State of the European Union or the Schengen Area. Certificates issued by certain third countries are also accepted (see below for the third countries concerned).
    In this context, the four vaccines, that have been granted a marketing authorisation at European level, are accepted in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg:
    • BioNTech Pfizer / Comirnaty
    • Moderna / Spikevax
    • AstraZeneca / Vaxzevria
    • Janssen / Vaccine Janssen

      Along with these vaccines, Luxembourg accepts, as part of the recognition of vaccination certificates issued by third countries, other vaccines considered to be bio-similar to the vaccines used, namely:
    • Covishield (Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd (SII))
    • R-Covi (R-Pharm)
    • Covid-19 vaccine (recombinant) (FIOCRUZ)

      List of vaccination certificates issued by third countries recognised by Luxembourg: 
    • States
      • Albania
      • Andorra
      • Armenia
      • Brazil
      • Cabo Verde
      • Canada
      • El Salvador
      • Faroe Islands
      • Georgia
      • India
      • Israel
      • Japan
      • Lebanon
      • Moldova
      • Monaco
      • Montenegro
      • Morocco
      • New Zealand
      • Panama
      • Republic of North Macedonia
      • San Marino
      • Serbia
      • Singapore
      • South Korea
      • Thailand
      • Togo
      • Tunisia
      • Turkey
      • Ukraine
      • United Arab Emirates
      • United Kingdom
      • United States of America
      • Uruguay
      • Vatican
    • Entities and territorial authorities not recognised as States by at least one Member State of the European Union
      • Taiwan
  • 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 48 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 24 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

Until 14 January 2022 inclusive, additional sanitary measures are applicable to all travel from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Do I have to go into quarantine after entering Luxembourg?

Until 14 January 2022 included, any person (regardless of nationality and age) who stayed in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe during the 14 days prior to his or her arrival on Luxembourg territory must undergo as soon as possible a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA (PCR, TMA or LAMP methods) upon arrival in the Grand Duchy, and inform the medical analysis laboratory that he or she has stayed in one or several of these countries. This obligation applies to any person who has stayed in these countries during the 14 days preceding his/her arrival, regardless of the duration of the stay in these countries and in Luxembourg, and regardless of the means of transport to the Grand Duchy.

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.

Persons concerned must notify their presence to the Health Inspection Department (by e-mail: contact-covid@ms.etat.lu or by telephone: 247-65533), which ensures a reinforced monitoring and tracing system.

By way of derogation, this new testing and quarantine requirement does not apply to passengers in transit and to health professionals, health researchers and elderly care professionals on duty. By exemption, the quarantine may be lifted early for persons on duty in the transport sector, provided that these persons leave the national territory as soon as possible in the course of their professional activities.

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.

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