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 Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, 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 December 2021 (inclusive), except in one of the following cases: 

  • If they are residents of the following third-countries, Special administrative regions and entities and territorial authorities not recognised as States by at least one Member State of the European Union:
    • States
      • Argentina
      • Australia
      • Bahrain
      • Canada
      • Chile 
      • China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity at EU level)
      • Colombia
      • Indonesia
      • Kuwait
      • New Zealand
      • Peru
      • Qatar  
      • Rwanda
      • Saudi Arabia 
      • South Korea
      • United Arab Emirates
      • Uruguay
    • Special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China
      • Hong Kong SAR
      • Macao SAR
    • Entities and territorial authorities not recognised as States by at least one Member State of the European Union
      • Taiwan
  • Or if their travel is considered essential (see FAQs)
  • Or if they hold a certificate proving a complete vaccination pattern that is considered equivalent in Luxembourg (see FAQs)

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).

For any person, aged 12 years and 2 months or older, authorised to enter Luxembourg (regardless of nationality), it is compulsory to present, before boarding a flight to Luxembourg

  • either a vaccination certificate attesting to a complete vaccination pattern (see FAQ) carried out with a vaccine that has been authorised for use by the European Medicines Agency, 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 vaccination certificate, issued by a third country, attesting to a complete vaccination pattern and considered as equivalent in Luxembourg in accordance with Article 3bis of the amended law of 17 July 2020 on measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This currently applies to certificates issued by the following countries or territories: 
    • Albania
    • Andorra
    • El Salvador
    • Faroe Islands
    • Georgia
    • Israel
    • Moldova
    • Morocco
    • Monaco
    • New Zealand
    • Panama
    • Republic of Armenia
    • Republic of North Macedonia
    • Republic of Serbia
    • San Marino
    • Singapore
    • Switzerland
    • Togo
    • Turkey
    • Ukraine
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America
    • Vatican
  • 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) of a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA (PCR, TMA or LAMP methods) carried out less than 72 hours before the flight or of a SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test carried out less than 48 hours before the flight, by a medical analysis laboratory or any other entity authorised for this purpose. The negative result of the test must be presented, if necessary accompanied by a translation, in one of the administrative languages of Luxembourg or in English, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese

This applies to all departures to Luxembourg, including those from Member States of the European Union or the Schengen area.

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

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

During the 14 days preceding my arrival in Luxembourg, I stayed in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe. What additional health measures must I respect?

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.

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 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 vaccination certificate, issued by a third country, attesting to a complete vaccination pattern and considered as equivalent in Luxembourg in accordance with Article 3bis of the amended law of 17 July 2020 on measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This currently applies to certificates issued by the following countries or territories: 
    • Albania
    • Andorra
    • El Salvador
    • Faroe Islands
    • Georgia
    • Israel
    • Moldova
    • Morocco
    • Monaco
    • New Zealand
    • Panama
    • Republic of Armenia
    • Republic of North Macedonia
    • Republic of Serbia
    • San Marino
    • Singapore
    • Switzerland
    • Togo
    • Turkey
    • Ukraine
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America
    • Vatican
  • 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

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

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 Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, irrespective of the purpose of their stay and not only to return to their home.

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?) 

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

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 Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, irrespective of the purpose of their stay and not only to return to their home.

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?) 

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

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 may no longer enter the territory of the Grand Duchy until 31 December 2021 (inclusive), except in one of the following cases: 

  • If they are residents of the following third-countries, Special administrative regions and entities and territorial authorities not recognised as States by at least one Member State of the European Union:
    • States
      • Argentina
      • Australia
      • Bahrain
      • Canada
      • Chile 
      • China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity at EU level)
      • Colombia
      • Indonesia
      • Kuwait
      • New Zealand
      • Peru
      • Qatar  
      • Rwanda
      • Saudi Arabia 
      • South Korea
      • United Arab Emirates
      • Uruguay
    • Special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China
      • Hong Kong SAR
      • Macao SAR
    • Entities and territorial authorities not recognised as States by at least one Member State of the European Union
      • Taiwan
  • If their travel is considered essential. This applies to the following categories of third-country nationals:
    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.

  • If they hold a certificate proving a complete vaccination pattern that is considered equivalent in Luxembourg, i.e. if it is issued by a Member State of the Schengen area or if it is issued by a third country and considered equivalent by an implementing act of the European Commission. This currently applies to certificates issued by the following countries or territories: 
    • Albania
    • Andorra
    • El Salvador
    • Faroe Islands
    • Georgia
    • Israel
    • Moldova
    • Morocco
    • Monaco
    • New Zealand
    • Panama
    • Republic of Armenia
    • Republic of North Macedonia
    • Republic of Serbia
    • San Marino
    • Singapore
    • Switzerland
    • Togo
    • Turkey
    • Ukraine
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America
    • Vatican

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?) 

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

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:
    1. the spouse/registered partner of the EU citizen
    2. 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, 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?)

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.

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

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 Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, 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 or registered partner
    • 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, 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?)

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

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, 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?)

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

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?

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.

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