Visiting Luxembourg

Restrictions apply with regard to persons authorised to enter Luxembourg. 

Citizens of the European Union and of the countries associated with the Schengen area, as well as citizens of San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican/Saint See, are free to enter the territory of the European Union, regardless of the purpose of the stay and not only to return to their homes. 

Third-country nationals may no longer enter the territory of the Grand Duchy until 31 March 2021 (inclusive). Exempt of this rule are persons (see FAQ) and nationals from the following third-countries:

  • Australia
  • China, Hong Kong and Macao (subject to reciprocity at European Union level)
  • New Zealand
  • Ruanda
  • South Korea
  • Singapore 
  • Thailand

It should be noted that from 1 January 2021, these restrictions also apply to third-country nationals residing in the United Kingdom, including UK nationals who do not fall under the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement (see FAQs).

In addition, there is an obligation to present a negative COVID-19 test result (not older than 72 hours) before boarding any flight to Luxembourg.

Thus, 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.

In addition, any person travelling by air from a third country, i.e. a country that is not a member of the European Union or the Schengen area, will have to undergo an additional test for viral antigen (rapid test) on arrival at Luxembourg airport. This also applies to air transport of persons bound for the Grand Duchy from a third country who are in transit through an airport of a Member State of the European Union or of the Schengen area.

The rapid antigen test will be performed at a dedicated space in the baggage area of the airport and costs €10. You will have to wait approximately 15-20 minutes for your test result. If you test positive for COVID-19, a member of the health directorate will inform you about the next steps.

If you choose not to take a rapid antigen test, you are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine, which can be terminated if a negative test result is provided during that time.

Passengers arriving from Schengen area countries or European member states will no longer be able to receive a free of charge PCR test upon arrival as part of Large Scale Testing.

If you wish to get a test after having left the airport, visit the following website to book a free of charge PCR test at one of our Large scale testing stations: https://guichet.public.lu/en/citoyens/sante-social/coronavirus/rdv-large-scale-testing.html

Please note, that this service is only available to residents with a social security number (CNS Number).

The terms and conditions as well as the exceptions applicable to these testing obligations are detailed in the "frequently asked questions" section that follows. 

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 transport to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, must present at boarding the aircraft the negative result (on paper or electronic document) of a PCR viral detection test for SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA or a viral antigen test (rapid test) carried out less than 72 hours before the flight. The negative test result must be presented, if necessary accompanied by a translation, in one of the administrative languages of Luxembourg or in English. This applies to all departures to Luxembourg, including those from Member States of the European Union or the Schengen area.

In addition, any person travelling by air from a third country, i.e. a country that is not a member of the European Union or the Schengen area, will have to undergo an additional test for viral antigen (rapid test) on arrival at Luxembourg airport. This also applies to air transport of persons bound for the Grand Duchy from a third country who are in transit through an airport of a Member State of the European Union or of the Schengen area. In the event of refusal to undergo a test, the person will remain in quarantine for a period of 14 days. This quarantine may end at any time, as soon as a negative test result is obtained. 

It should be emphasized that the obligation to present a negative test on boarding and to submit to an additional test on arrival now 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, which allows them to board a flight to Luxembourg without having to undergo a new PCR or antigen test.

I am a national of an EU country or one of the Schengen Area associated countries. Am I allowed to visit the Grand Duchy, and what conditions apply to travelling to the Grand Duchy?

Nationals of an EU country or one of the Schengen Area associated countries are free to enter the European Union, irrespective of the purpose of their stay and not only to return to their home. 

If travelling to Luxembourg by air transport, however, the persons concerned are subject to the obligation of prior testing. For any questions relating to this obligation to present a negative test before entering the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, applicable from 29 January 2021, please consult the section "Who must present a negative test for journeys to Luxembourg".

I am a citizen of San Marino, Andorra, Monaco or Vatican City/Holy See. Am I allowed to visit the Grand Duchy, and what conditions apply to travelling to the Grand Duchy?

People in this category are free to enter the European Union, irrespective of the purpose of their stay and not only to return to their home.

However, in the case of travel to Luxembourg by air transport, the persons concerned are subject to the obligation of prior testing (see section "Who must present a negative test for travel to Luxembourg?"). 

Are UK nationals allowed to travel to Luxembourg?

From 1 January 2021, the UK is considered a third country with regards to temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU. Hence, from that date, third-country nationals residing in the UK, including UK nationals not falling under the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement, will be subject to the same temporary restrictions as nationals of other third countries as regards entry into the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (see FAQs below).It should be noted that UK nationals and their family members who fall within the scope of the Withdrawal Agreement, as well as any UK national holding a residence permit for a family member of a Union citizen, a temporary residence permit or a residence permit issued by a Member State of the European Union and Schengen Area associated countries, will be exempt from these temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU and will be allowed to travel to Luxembourg, even after the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

However, in the case of travel to Luxembourg by air transport, the persons concerned are subject to the obligation of prior testing (see section "Who must present a negative test for travel to Luxembourg?"). 

I am a third-country national. Am I allowed to visit the Grand Duchy, and what conditions apply to travelling to the Grand Duchy?

Third-country nationals are no longer allowed to enter the Grand Duchy; this rule will apply until 31 March 2021 (inclusive).

These travel restrictions are waived for people resident in the following third countries:

  • Australia
  • China, Hong Kong and Macao (subject to reciprocity at European Union level)
  • New Zealand
  • Ruanda
  • South Korea
  • Singapore 
  • Thailand

The following categories of third-country nationals are also allowed to enter the Grand Duchy:

  1.  nationals of third countries who have long-term resident status in accordance with European Directive 2003/109/EC on long-term residents, as well as any other person with a right of residence in accordance with European directives, and the national law of a Member State of the European Union and the countries associated with the Schengen area, or who hold a long-term national visa from one of the above-mentioned States
  2. Health professionals, health researchers and professionals involved in the care of the elderly
  3. Cross-border workers
  4.  seasonal workers in agriculture
  5.  people employed in the transport sector
  6.  members of the diplomatic corps, personnel of international organisations and persons invited by such international organisations whose physical presence is required for the proper functioning of those organisations, military personnel, personnel in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and civil defence personnel in the exercise of their respective functions
  7. transit passengers
  8. passengers travelling for urgent and duly justified family reasons
  9. sailors
  10. persons wishing to apply for international protection in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg or for other humanitarian reasons
  11.  third-country nationals travelling for study purposes
  12. highly qualified third-country workers if their employment is economically necessary and their work cannot be postponed or carried out from abroad

The persons referred to in points 8°, 11° and 12° of the categories of persons listed above must have a specific certificate. To this end, they must make an express request to be sent by e-mail (service.visas@mae.etat.lu) to the Passport, Visa and Legalization Office, with a view to the issue of this certificate. For further information on this subject, please contact the Passport, Visa and Legalization Office by e-mail: service.visas@mae.etat.lu or by telephone: 247-88300.

However, in the case of travel to Luxembourg by air transport, the persons concerned are subject to the obligation of prior testing (see section "Who must present a negative test for travel to Luxembourg?")

I am a European Union citizen or a national of a Schengen Area associated country. Are the members of my family allowed to visit me in the Grand Duchy, and what conditions apply to their travelling to the Grand Duchy?

Third-country nationals who are family members of a citizen of the Union and the countries associated with the Schengen area are free to enter the territory of the European Union, regardless of the purpose of the stay and not only to return to their home, under certain conditions:

  • The following are considered members of the family of a European Union citizen: 
    • the spouse/registered partner of the EU citizen:
    • direct descendant of the EU citizen or his/her spouse or registered partner, if the child is under 21 years of age.
  • The persons concerned must have:
    • Either a letter agreeing to family reunification or a residence permit for family members of an EU citizen;
    • Or a specific attestation issued by the Luxembourgish authorities for the purpose of a short visit. A specific application for such an attestation must be sent by e-mail to the Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office (service.visas@mae.etat.lu). For further information, contact the Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office by e-mail (service.visas@mae.etat.lu) or by phone ((+352) 247-88300).

However, in the case of travel to Luxembourg by air transport, the persons concerned are subject to the obligation of prior testing (see section "Who must present a negative test for travel to Luxembourg?")

The same conditions and rules apply to third-country nationals who are family members of a national of San Marino, Andorra, Monaco or the Vatican City/Holy See.

From 1 January 2021, the UK is considered a third country for temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU. Thus, from that date onwards, third-country nationals who are family members of UK nationals, who do not fall under the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement will be subject to the same temporary restrictions as nationals of other third countries as regards entry into the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

I am a third-country national resident in the Grand Duchy. Are the members of my family allowed to visit me in the Grand Duchy, and what are the conditions for their travelling to the Grand Duchy?

The family members of a third-country national residing in Luxembourg are free to enter the territory of the European Union, regardless of the purpose of the stay and not only to return to their home under certain conditions:

  • The following are considered to be family members:
    • the spouse/registered partner of the EU citizen:
    • the direct descendant of the third-country national resident in the Grand Duchy or of his/her spouse or registered partner, if the child is under 18 years of age.
  • The persons concerned must have:
    • Either a temporary residence permit or a residence permit issued to a family member by a European Union member State.
    • Or a specific attestation issued by the Luxembourgish authorities for the purpose of a short visit. A specific application for such an attestation must be sent by e-mail to the Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office (service.visas@mae.etat.lu). For further information, contact the Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office by e-mail (service.visas@mae.etat.lu) or by phone ((+352) 247-88300).

However, in the case of travel to Luxembourg by air transport, the persons concerned are subject to the obligation of prior testing (see section "Who must present a negative test for travel to Luxembourg?")

What about couples who aren't married? Is a third-country national who is an unmarried partner allowed to enter the Grand Duchy? Subject to what conditions?

Short visits by third-country nationals whose life partners are resident in the Grand Duchy are exempted from the travel restrictions covering third-country nationals. Persons concerned must subscribe an undertaking to assume financial responsibility with the Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office, and supply proof of the existence of a long-term relationship and regular contact (proof attesting joint activities may, for example, take the form of entry/exit stamps in passports, plane tickets/boarding cards, proof of living together abroad).

The persons concerned must be in possession of a specific attestation issued by the Luxembourg authorities. A specific application for such an attestation must be sent by e-mail to the Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office (service.visas@mae.etat.lu). Further information on this is available from the Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office, which may be contacted by e-mail (service.visas@mae.etat.lu) or by phone ((+352) 247-88300).

However, in the case of travel to Luxembourg by air transport, the persons concerned are subject to the obligation of prior testing (see section "Who must present a negative test for travel to Luxembourg?")

Are any checks carried out at the border?

No border checks are carried out on persons entering the Grand Duchy other than the normal checks carried out on external borders (Luxembourg airport).

Do I have to go into quarantine after entering Luxembourg?

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 at boarding the aircraft the negative result (on paper or electronic document) of a PCR viral detection test for SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA or a viral antigen test (rapid test) carried out less than 72 hours before the flight. The negative test result must be presented, if necessary accompanied by a translation, in one of the administrative languages of Luxembourg or in English. This applies to all departures to Luxembourg, including those from Member States of the European Union or the Schengen area.

In addition, any person travelling by air from a third country, i.e. a country that is not a member of the European Union or the Schengen area, will have to undergo an additional test for viral antigen (rapid test) on arrival at Luxembourg airport. If the person refuses to submit to a test, he or she will remain in quarantine for 14 days. This quarantine may be terminated at any time, as soon as a negative test result is obtained. 

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

Will my temperature be measured at the airport?

No.

Am I entitled to take a test in Luxembourg?

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.

In addition, any person travelling by air from a third country, i.e. a country that is not a member of the European Union or the Schengen area, will have to undergo an additional test for viral antigen (rapid test) on arrival at Luxembourg airport. This also applies to air transport of persons bound for the Grand Duchy from a third country who are in transit through an airport of a Member State of the European Union or of the Schengen area.

The rapid antigen test will be performed at a dedicated space in the baggage area of the airport and costs €10. You will have to wait approximately 15-20 minutes for your test result. If you test positive for COVID-19, a member of the health directorate will inform you about the next steps.

If you choose not to take a rapid antigen test, you are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine, which can be terminated if a negative test result is provided during that time.

Passengers arriving from Schengen area countries or European member states will no longer be able to receive a free of charge PCR test upon arrival as part of Large Scale Testing.

If you wish to get a test after having left the airport, visit the following website to book a free of charge PCR test at one of our Large scale testing stations: https://guichet.public.lu/en/citoyens/sante-social/coronavirus/rdv-large-scale-testing.html

Please note, that this service is only available to residents with a social security number (CNS Number).

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.

Are hotels open?

Hotels and other accommodation facilities remain open. However, their restaurants and bars are closed to the public, while room service and take-away service are available.

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