COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 01/15/2021 

Country-Specific Information: 

Effective January 26, the United States will require all travelers to the United States – including all U.S. citizens and including transit passengers — ages 2 and older to present a negative COVID-19 viral or antigen test result or evidence of having contracted and recovered from COVID-19 prior to boarding the plane. Test samples must be collected within the 3 calendar days before the flight departs. Please see the CDC announcement for more information. A summary of the information can be found herePresidential Proclamation 9993 which severely limiting travel from the Schengen zone to the United States remains in effect. U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, and their spouses and minor children, can still travel to the United States.

The Luxembourg authorities have reviewed current pandemic restrictions. The following restrictions became effective on Monday, January 11 and continue until January 31:

  • A new curfew is in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 06:00 a.m. each day.
  • Non-essential shops are open with stricter measures on limiting the number of customers inside. Personal care services (such as hair salons, nail salons, etc.) are open. 
  • Cultural/entertainment venues (including movie theaters ) are allowed to open. 
  • Schools and daycares are open.  
  • Sport activities are permitted but under specific conditions
  • Restaurants and cafés are closed except for take-out. 
  • Alcohol consumption in public spaces is forbidden. 
  • No more than two guests are allowed in private homes. These guests must be from the same household. 
  • Shops that are 400 square meters or larger have to restrict the number of customers permitted to enter. Only one customer per 10 square meters is allowed. 
  • Face masks are mandatory on all public transport, for activities that welcome the public, for any gathering of more than 4 people and for any gathering from 10 to 100 people in a closed space as well as in open air – in addition to be seated and observing a minimum distance of two meters. 
  • Gatherings exceeding 100 people are prohibited. 
  • COVID-19 Consultation Centers (CCC) opened . Consultation in a CCC is open to all persons, whether or not they have social security insurance. The consultation is free of charge. Patients will be asked to present identification upon arrival and holders of a social security card will be asked to present it at the same time. The CCC welcomes only symptomatic people, i.e. those with signs of a COVID-19 infection and people already diagnosed with COVID-19. The CCC has basic medical equipment that enables it to provide outpatient care to people with suspected signs of COVID-19 infection as well as those diagnosed with COVID-19. Consultation Centre COVID-19 Luxembourg-Centre: 31, boulevard Konrad Adenauer L-1115 Luxembourg-Kirchberg – Opening hours: Everyday – from 10 am to 5 pm. In Esch-sur-Alzette : 2, rue Jos Kieffer L-4176 Esch-sur-Alzette Opening hours: Everyday – from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, please visit the government website www.covid19.lu.
  • The Department of State has issued a Level 3 – Reconsider Travel Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Luxembourg due to COVID-19. 
  • The Luxembourg Government provides daily updates in English (Luxembourgish, German and French) on the number reported cases, fatalities, and recoveries. 

It is strongly recommended to abide by health and safety measures in place.
Details on current measures are available here. 

COVID-19 Vaccine

  • It is the understanding of the U.S Embassy in Luxembourg that the government of Luxembourg will make the COVID-19 vaccination available to all residents, regardless of their nationality, and regardless of whether they have health insurance in Luxembourg. Read more about the Government of Luxembourg’s vaccination strategy here.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No (with a few exceptions, see below)
    • Luxembourg currently only allows EU citizens, EU residents, and residents of certain other specific countries to enter. The United States is not one of those countries. U.S. citizens traveling to Luxembourg from the United States will not be permitted to enter unless they meet one of only a few narrow exceptions:
      • Third -country nationals who have long-term resident status;
        A long term resident is an individual who holds residence status and has a resident card. Those individuals who are citizens or residents of Luxembourg are able to return to the country. You must have documentation – a Luxembourg passport or a Luxembourg-issued resident card – to qualify for this travel exemption. When you begin your trip back to Luxembourg, be sure to show your card when checking in with the airline. You will likely be asked to show the card again for any connecting flight.
      • Health professionals, researchers in the field of health and care professionals for the elderly
      • Cross-border workers;
      • Seasonal workers in the agricultural sector;
      • Persons employed in the transport sector;
      • Members of the diplomatic corps, staff of international organizations, military personnel, personnel in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and civil protection personnel;
      • Passengers in transit;
      • Passengers traveling for urgent and duly justified family reasons;
      • Seamen;
      • Persons wishing to apply for international protection in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg or for other humanitarian reasons;
      • Third country nationals traveling for study purposes;
      • Highly qualified third country workers if their employment is economically necessary and their work cannot be postponed or carried out from abroad.
    • If you do not meet one of these exceptions but believe your circumstances merit entry to Luxembourg, or if you need clarification, you should contact the Passport, Visa and Legalization Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding entry permission by email at service.visas@mae.etat.lu or phone (+352) 247-88300.  The U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg cannot give you permission to enter Luxembourg.
    • Short stay visits by family members or life partner of a resident in Luxembourg may be authorized by the Passport, Visa and Legalization Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please request permission by email at service.visas@mae.etat.lu or phone (+352) 247-88300.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? Yes
    • Third-country nationals aged 11 or over 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 72 hours before the flight
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  No
  • The Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has established the following temporary measures regarding non-EU citizens who have been in Luxembourg during the COVID-19 crisis:
    • Non-EU citizens who arrived in Luxembourg seeking resident status between 01 January and 31 July 2020: the period within which you must apply for a residence permit is extended from three months to six months.
    • Residence permits issued by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg which expired after 1 March 2020: the period of validity is extended until 31 August 2020.
    • Individuals with questions regarding immigration should contact the Directorate of Immigration by e-mail at immigration.public@mae.etat.lu or by telephone from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (+352) 247-84040.

Movement Restrictions: 

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes 
    • The curfew currently in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 06:00 a.m. each day.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
  • For current restrictions on entry/exit requirements from Luxembourg to France, please visit the U.S. Embassy France COVID-19 page.
  • For current restrictions on entry/exit requirements from Luxembourg to Germany, please visit the U.S. Embassy Germany COVID-19 page.
  • For current restrictions on entry/exit requirements from Luxembourg to Belgium, please visit the U.S. Embassy Belgium COVID-19 page.

Quarantine Information: 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

COVID-19 Testing: 

  • Luxembourg State offers residents the possibility to undergo a free test before a journey to a country that requires proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test and upon their return from a trip abroad. This test is also available to cross-border workers who have a Luxembourg national identification number (13-digit social security number).
  • You may also receive an invitation from the Luxembourg government (within the framework of the nationwide Covid-19 testing).
  • You can find the most up-to-date information on COVID testing  and register to obtain a free Covid-19 test in Luxembourg through Guichet.lu

Transportation Options: 

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Cloth face coverings are required on all public transportation and in all public spaces, including in the stations.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

    • Fines of €145 for not wearing face coverings in public transportation, shops or in areas were they are required.
    • Fines up to €500 for exceeding the limit in private gatherings.
    • Fines from €100 to €500 for people who are required to quarantine (COVID-19 positive case or close contact) and leave their homes.

Consular Operations: 

  • Appointments for passports and citizenship services are available. Wait times for appointments are longer than usual in order to maintain a safe distance for customers in the waiting room. Notary services are limited.
  • Appointments for visas are limited.

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