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The U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg does not offer Immigrant Visa appointments. Please contact our embassy in Brussels for information on the Immigrant Visa process.

INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 AND TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES

U.S. travel restrictions remain in place for travelers from Luxembourg and the rest of the Schengen Area, regardless if you have a valid U.S. visa, ESTA or are fully vaccinated.  In most cases, travel by non-U.S. citizens from Luxembourg to the United States is only possible if you qualify and are approved for a National Interest Exception (NIE), or you qualify under immediate family exemptions.

Tourism & leisure travel remains suspended! Such purposes of travel generally will NOT qualify for a National Interest Exception. 

Even if you have a valid U.S. visa or ESTA and you are fully vaccinated, you CANNOT travel from Luxembourg or another Schengen country to the United States, unless you also have a valid National Interest Exception (NIE) or qualifying exemption.

The fact that the Luxembourg government lifted most restrictions for travelers from the United States on June 28th does not change this policy, as this was not a reciprocal decision.

We cannot predict how long these restrictions will remain in place. Presidential Proclamation 10143, which suspended travel from several countries including Luxembourg, remains in effect until terminated by the President.

We understand the current regulations regarding travel to the United States are complex. There are multiple Presidential Proclamations currently in effect that govern entrance into the United States. Please see Visa News  published by the Department of State about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Please be sure to read the information below relevant to your specific circumstances. If you require further information, contact us at luxembourgconsular@state.gov.

On April 30, 2021, President Biden signed a Proclamation  suspending the entry of certain nonimmigrant travelers who have been physically present in India, effective at 12:01 AM EDT on Tuesday, May 4.

President Biden signed a presidential proclamation on Monday, January 25, 2021, reinstating the travel restrictions previously imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals who have been physically present in the countries identified in the proclamation in the 14 days immediately preceding arrival are prohibited from entering the United States. These countries include:

  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
  • The Republic of Ireland;
  • The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland);
  • The Federative Republic of Brazil;
  • The Republic of South Africa

In addition to the Presidential Proclamation prohibiting travel from the countries listed above, the previous proclamations prohibiting travel from Iran and China remain in effect.

It may be possible for you to travel to the United States from a country other than those listed in the presidential proclamation, remain there for no less than 14 days, and then enter the U.S. with the appropriate travel document (ESTA or visa). Please be aware, however, that the COVID situation continues to evolve and we cannot guarantee that additional countries will not be added to the list of those prohibited from entering the U.S. The U.S. Embassy assumes no responsibility if individuals who travel in this way are subsequently denied entry to the United States. Please read more information here:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html

There are a number of exceptions to existing Presidential Proclamations. If you are not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, and have an urgent need to travel to the United States, please review your category below for detailed information on possible exceptions.

Eligible​ Travelers

While routine nonimmigrant visa services remain suspended, U.S. Embassy Luxembourg’s Consular Section continues to provide emergency and mission critical visa services to applicants exempted from COVID-19 related Presidential Proclamations.  

National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) to the proclamations fall into the following categories:  students, academics, public health professionals, government officials, crew members, those needing emergency medical treatment, humanitarian exceptions, and others whose travel is 

What is a Visa?

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship or nationality.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program.  The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.  If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.

Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States, but when planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.

Do You Already Know What Type of Visa You Need?

For nonimmigrant visas, you can go directly to the online application for the DS-160; or for immigrant visas, directly to the USCIS site for the relevant forms.  If you are unsure, please use the Visa Wizard below to help you determine your visa type.

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