Travelling between Luxembourg and the United Kingdom
After the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU, what conditions will apply for the movement of British citizens between United Kingdom and Luxembourg?
Introduction of temporary entry restrictions in the context the COVID-19 pandemic
After the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, the United Kingdom will be considered a third country as regards the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU. These restrictions have been put in place at EU Member State-level as part of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, the United Kingdom does not figure on the list of third countries whose residents are exempt from temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU.
As such, third-country nationals residing in the United Kingdom, including UK nationals who do not fall under the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement, will be subject to temporary entry restrictions to the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg from 1 January 2021.
However, certain categories of third-country nationals residing in the United Kingdom will still be able to travel to Luxembourg. This applies to, inter alia, people travelling for urgent and duly justified family reasons, short-term visits by people whose life partner resides in Luxembourg, and highly qualified workers.
The above-mentioned categories of persons must have a specific certificate issued in advance by the Luxembourg authorities. This request must be submitted by e-mail to the Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, or to the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in London (email@example.com).
Moreover, in the context of the temporary restrictions at the external borders, certain categories of persons are subject to the obligation to present the negative result of a diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA.
A list of all the exemptions provided for, as well as the exact details of the prior steps to be taken, can be consulted by following this link.
In addition, it is pointed out that specific measures have been put in place for passengers returning from the United Kingdom following the lifting of the temporary suspension of scheduled passenger flights on 23 December 2020. These specific measures, for as long as they apply, are in addition to the rules established in the context of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU and apply to all travellers coming from the UK on a scheduled passenger flight, irrespective of the nationality of the persons concerned.
After the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, what will the arrangements be for Luxembourg nationals traveling between the United Kingdom and Luxembourg?
Since 1 January 2021, Luxembourg nationalsneed to be in possession of a valid passport or identity card. No visa is required for leisure travel (such as tourist or family visits), as long as the duration of the trip is less than 6 months.
Please note that according to the UK Government's indications it will no longer be possible for citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland to enter the UK solely with an identity card from 1 October 2021. From that date onwards, Luxembourg nationals will therefore be required to carry a valid passport.
However, the possibility of using identity cards will be maintained until 2025 for Luxembourg nationals who reside in the United Kingdom on 31 December 2020 and who hold either "settled" status or "pre-settled" status.
It should be noted that specific measures have also been put in place for passengers returning from the United Kingdom following the lifting of the temporary suspension of scheduled passenger flights on 23 December 2020. These specific measures, as long as they are applicable, apply to all passengers arriving from the United Kingdom on a scheduled passenger flight, regardless of the nationality of the persons concerned.
Similarly, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, specific conditions currently apply to travelers to the United Kingdom.
For further information, interested parties may contact the competent authorities in the United Kingdom, as well as the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in London (email: firstname.lastname@example.org | phone: (+44-20) 7235 6961).
What impact will the end of the transition period have on my mobile subscription with regard to roaming charges?
From 1 January 2021, roaming providers (i.e., the national provider of mobile communication services - voice, SMS or data calls) operating in the European Union will be entitled to charge their roaming customers additional roaming charges.
In principle, EU law on roaming services prohibits any provider of roaming services in the EU from imposing additional charges, over and above the national retail price, on customers travelling within the EU.
However, following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, this obligation will no longer apply either to roaming providers operating in the EU when their customers roam in the UK or to roaming providers operating in the UK when their customers roam in the EU. Providers will have to inform their roaming customers of the applicable roaming charges for the services provided.
Providers will nevertheless remain free to continue to apply the current tariffs to their customers.