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Press release from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs on temporary immigration restrictions

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs wishes to inform that the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has followed up on the recent decision to amend Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 concerning the temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the EU and the possible lifting of this restriction. Thus, the list of third countries whose residents should not be affected by a temporary restriction at external borders non-essential travel to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is therefore updated removing, with effect from January 31, 2022, Argentina, Australia and Canada from the list.

Third-country nationals residing in Argentina, Australia or Canada will therefore no longer be authorized to enter the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for non-essential travel from 31 January 2022.

Proof of residence is the responsibility of the third-country national.

The updated list of third countries whose residents are authorized to enter the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, including for non-essential travel, is now as follows:

  • States
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Bahrain
    • Chile
    • China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity at European Union level)
    • Colombia
    • South Korea
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Indonesia
    • Kuwait
    • Peru
    • Rwanda
    • New Zealand
    • Qatar
    • Uruguay
  • Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China
    • Hong Kong SAR
    • Macau SAR
  • Territorial entities and authorities not recognized as States by at least one Member State of the European Union

Third-country nationals residing in a country that is not on the aforementioned list are not authorized to enter the territory of the Grand Duchy, except in one of the following cases :

  • If they hold a residence permit or residence card family member of a Union citizen, including persons falling under the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom, as well as any other person with a right of residence or a long-term national visa in accordance with the national law of a Member State of the European Union or of the countries associated with the Schengen area.
  • Or if they meet one of the following conditions:
    • If they hold a certificate proving a complete vaccination schedule and considered equivalent in Luxembourg. The validity of the vaccination certificate is 9 months from the date from which the vaccination schedule is considered complete. The validity of the certificate relating to the booster vaccination is unlimited (see link below);
    • or if their travel is considered as essential or if they fall under one of the exceptions provided for family members of Luxembourg residents (see link below).

Furthermore, it should be recalled that additional health measures are applicable for any travel by air transport to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Every person, from the age of 12 years and 2 monthsmust present one of the following documents when boarding:

  • a vaccination certificate attesting to a complete vaccination schedule[1] against COVID-19. Provided that the vaccine administered is accepted in the Grand Duchy, vaccination certificates issued by a Member State of the European Union or the Schengen area (EU27 + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) are accepted, as well as the certificates issued by a number of third countries (see link below). The validity of the vaccination certificate is 9 months from the date from which the vaccination schedule is considered complete. The validity of the certificate relating to the booster vaccination is unlimited;
  • a certificate of reinstatement drawn up by a doctor or a national authority of a Member State of the European Union or of a Member State of the Schengen area (EU27 + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) for people who have suffered a SARS- recent CoV-2 within 6 months prior to travel and who have completed the isolation period applicable in the respective country with disappearance of all symptoms of infection;
  • the negative result (on paper or electronic document) of a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA (PCR, TMA or LAMP methods)[2] achieved less than 48 hours before the flight or a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test[3] achieved less than 24 hours before the flight, by a medical analysis laboratory or any other organization authorized for this purpose. The negative result of the examination in question must be presented, if necessary accompanied by a translation, in one of the administrative languages ​​of Luxembourg or in English, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese.

Details of the applicable rules, including the definition of essential travel and the derogations in place, the list of third countries whose residents are authorized to enter the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the list of accepted vaccination certificates, as well that the exact terms of the steps to be taken beforehand can be consulted by following the link below:

https://covid19.public.lu/fr/voyageurs/visiter-luxembourg.html

[1] a) Any schedule which defines the number and interval of injections necessary to obtain sufficient protective immunity and which is complete upon administration of the necessary doses provided for in the event of administration of several doses or, for single-dose vaccines, after a 14-day deficiency. b) For people who have recovered, and who have been vaccinated within one hundred and eighty days from the first positive result of a NAAT test, the vaccination schedule is complete after a period of fourteen days after the administration of the first dose regardless of the vaccine administered

[2] PCR: polymerase chain reaction; TMA: transcription-mediated amplification; LAMP: loop-mediated isothermal amplification

[3] Compliant with WHO criteria: antigen-detection in the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection using rapid immunoassays. Interim Guidance, September 11, 2020, and included on the list of rapid antigen tests established on the basis of Recommendation 2021/C24/01 of January 22, 2021

Press release by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

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