Alert – Required COVID Test Prior to Entering Luxembourg by Air

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Luxembourg August 17, 2020
Required COVID Test Prior to Entering Luxembourg by Air

Event: Message to U.S. citizens regarding new COVID-19 testing requirement for those seeking to enter Luxembourg by air.

On August 14, the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg received notification of the following from the Luxembourg government:

Effective August 12, 2020, individuals seeking to enter Luxembourg by air, whose travel does not originate from an EU member country or one of the countries exempted by the European Union (Australia, Canada, China (subject to reciprocity at European Union level), Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Korea from the South, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay), must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test at the time of boarding. This test must have been administered less than 48 hours before the flight.

As previously designated by the Luxembourg government, the below categories of travelers from any country (including the United States) may enter Luxembourg with appropriate documentation. Please note that Americans from the below categories will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test upon boarding if arriving by air from the United States or any other country outside the EU (except from countries currently exempted by the European Union, i.e., Australia, Canada, China (subject to reciprocity at European Union level), Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Korea from the South, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay):

  • Long-term residents
  • Health professionals
  • Cross-border workers
  • Seasonal agricultural workers
  • Passengers traveling for urgent and duly justified family reasons
  • Sailors
  • Persons wishing to apply for international protection
  • Students
  • Highly qualified third country workers if their employment is economically necessary and their work cannot be postponed or carried out from abroad

Further, the following categories of travelers from any country (including the United States) may enter Luxembourg with appropriate documentation and may enter Luxembourg by air without undergoing a COVID-19 test:

  • Transport sector workers
  • Members of the diplomatic corps, staff of international organizations, military personnel, humanitarian aid workers, civil protection personnel and their family members
  • Transit passengers

More information (in French) can be found here: http://legilux.lu/eli/etat/leg/rgd/2020/08/07/a669/jo

Please share this information with other U.S. citizens in Luxembourg.

Actions to Take:

  • If traveling to Luxembourg from outside of the Schengen Area or one of the exempted countries, plan to undergo a COVID-19 test no more than 48 hours prior to your flight. Ensure that you will receive the test results before you fly.
  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  • Check with your airline regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Luxembourg.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.

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