(UPDATED March 30, 2020)
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The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel. Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice. Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.
Please see the Global Health Alert for more information.
- Luxembourg has 1,988 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 22 people have passed away due to the virus. 40 people are reported as recovered.
- As of March 17, 2020, the Government of Luxembourg has issued a State of Emergency and implemented several new measures and suggestions to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Social Distancing Measures: the public is advised to only leave their homes for the following purposes, with deviations risking penalty fines via Grand Ducal Police patrols:
- Procurement of food, pharmaceuticals and basic necessities
- Travel to health facilities, travel to the workplace to perform job related functions.
- Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, the dependent, the disabled and the particularly vulnerable
- Travel to financial and insurance institutions in case of emergency
- In unavoidable circumstances or a situation of necessity
- Leisure activities (walking, jogging, etc.) subject to respecting an interpersonal distance of 2 meters
- School Closings: Schools are closed until April 20, 2020. This includes all primary and secondary schools, pre-K and kindergarten schools, and the University of Luxembourg. Parents can take an extended two-week leave for family reasons. Schools will organize learning plans for the closure.
- Event Restrictions: Activities of a cultural, social, festive, sporting and recreational nature are suspended.
- All public places are closed, including restaurants, bars, clubs, libraries, playgrounds, museums, and all shops except grocery stores, bakeries, pharmacies, telecoms outlets, gas stations, and newsstands. Restaurants can offer carry out and home delivery options.
- All visitors to elderly care homes and hospitals are prohibited.
- Avoid close contact with other persons. Keep a distance of 2 meters at all times. Avoid shaking hands or kissing.
- Public transportation will be severely reduced as usage of public transport has sharply dropped. The Ministry of Transport will reduce the frequency of public transportation, and will suspend some lines. It is recommended that travelers avoid public transportation and delay non-necessary travels.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Belgium has restricted border crossing with Luxembourg to those with valid reasons. Health care workers, vehicles carrying cargo, and diplomats are permitted to cross the border, as are U.S. citizens transiting through Belgium seeking to return to the United States via flights originating in Brussels. Flights to the United States from Brussels will be suspended beginning March 29, 2020.
- France has restricted border crossing with Luxembourg to workers and suppliers; a certificate is available via the Government of Luxembourg for French commuters/cross-border workers. The U.S. Embassy recommends that those individuals driving or taking a train to get to the airport in Paris from Luxembourg write the following statement on the required attestation form: “Je me rends à l’aéroport pour retourner dans mon pays de résidence.” and have a copy of the flight itinerary.
- Germany has restricted border crossing with Luxembourg to those with valid reasons, such as commuters/cross-border workers and for the transport of goods and craftsmen. Diplomats are also permitted to cross the border. U.S. citizens seeking to return to the United States via flights originating in Frankfurt or Munich are allowed to transit through Germany to the airport. The U.S. Embassy recommends that those individuals driving or taking a train from Luxembourg to get to the airport in Germany carry the following statement with you “Ich fahre zum Flughafen um zu meinem dauerhaften Wohnsitz/Heimatstaat zurueckzukehren” and have a copy of the flight itinerary. Read more about Germany’s restrictions here.
- The Government of Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel, and no longer lists possible risk zones as almost all the regions of the world are risk zones and present a risk of infection by the new coronavirus.
- The Luxembourg Airport will severely curtail operations as of March 23, 2020. All passenger traffic will stop. Only flights coming in that are repatriating stranded Luxembourgers will be permitted. Cargo flights will remain operational. Individuals seeking to return to their home country via air travel from Frankfurt or Munich will be allowed to transit through Germany.
- On March 19, 2020, the Government of Luxembourg announced that due to current exceptional circumstances, the permits to stay for all non-EU nationals in the country will be extended for the duration of the crisis. The Government’s statement can be found here.
Quarantine and Testing Information:
- Luxembourg’s Health Department advises those who develop COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to a COVID-19 patient, or have traveled to a risk region, to contact their healthcare provider by phone, not in person, or call the designated COVID-19 hotline: 8002-8080.
You will most likely be redirected to one of Luxembourg’s three medical clinics located in Luxembourg City, Esch/Alzette, and Ettelbruck. For more information, go to Sante.lu.
- As of March 18, general medical centers are accepting patients with symptoms of acute respiratory infection in order minimize the number of patients seeking emergency services and care in general medical practices. This is in an effort to contain the spread of the epidemic and to allow on-site access to diagnosis by personnel provided with the required protections.
- The country’s three on-call medical centers will be open weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm.
- The Luxembourg Health Department requests you do not go to a hospital or clinic.
- Individuals are asked to self-quarantine if they believe they are at risk.
- View U.S. Embassy Luxembourg’s Most Recent Alerts
- Government of Luxembourg’s English COVID-19 Website
- City of Luxembourg COVID-19 Page (Local Closures)
- Government of Luxembourg Information and Recommendation Page for Businesses and Employees
- Luxembourg Ministry of Health
- Luxembourg Ministry of Health Guidelines (English)
- Grand Ducal Police COVID-19 Control Measures (website in French)
- University of Luxembourg COVID-19 Page
- Center for Disease Control Page on COVID-19
- Department of State Global COVID-19 Travel Advisory Page
- Department of State Luxembourg Travel Advisory Page
- Global Health Alert
- White House
- Surgeon General/Health and Human Services
- Department of Homeland Security