[Updated on 22 November 2021] Measures concerning the entry into Luxembourg of third-country nationals and travel by air

Coronavirus / Covid-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the temporary restrictions on the entry into Luxembourg of third-country nationals have been extended until 31 December 2021 inclusive.

However, given the health situation at national and European level, new measures are applicable since 26 July 2021 for air travel to Luxembourg.

Persons authorised to enter Luxembourg

Citizens of the European Union (EU) and the countries associated with the Schengen area, as well as their family members from these territories (EU and Schengen area) can freely enter Luxembourg. However, in the case of travel to Luxembourg by air, the persons concerned are subject to the obligation of prior testing (see section "Travelling to Luxembourg by air").

The following categories of third-country nationals are also allowed to enter Luxembourg:

  1. third-country nationals who have long-term resident status as well as any other persons with a right of residence or holding a national long-term visa issued by an EU Member State or a Schengen country;
  2. healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals;
  3. cross-border workers;
  4. seasonal workers in agriculture;
  5. transport personnel;
  6. members of the diplomatic corps, staff of international organisations and people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organisations, military personnel, development cooperation personnel, humanitarian aid workers and civil protection personnel in the exercise of their functions;
  7. passengers in transit;
  8. passengers travelling for imperative and duly justified family reasons;
  9. seafarers;
  10. persons wishing to apply for international protection or for protection for other humanitarian reasons in Luxembourg;
  11. third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of study;
  12. highly qualified third-country workers if their employment is necessary from an economic perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed from abroad.

For traveller categories 8, 11 and 12, an express request for the issue of a specific certificate must be sent to the Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office (BPVL) by email (

For further information on this subject, third-country nationals may contact:

  • the BPVL via:
  • the embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in their country of residence.

Currently, third-country nationals who are resident in one of the following countries, special administrative regions or entities are also authorised to enter Luxembourg:

  • Saudi Arabia;
  • Argentina;
  • Australia;
  • Bahrain;
  • Canada;
  • Chile;
  • China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity at EU level);
  • Colombia;
  • South Korea;
  • United Arab Emirates;
  • Jordan;
  • Kuwait;
  • Namibia;
  • New Zealand;
  • Peru;
  • Qatar;
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region;
  • Macao Special Administrative Region;
  • Rwanda;
  • Taiwan;
  • Uruguay.

Please note: third-country nationals residing in a country not listed above are not allowed to enter Luxembourg, unless:

  • their journey is deemed to be essential; or
  • as from 22 September 2021, the third-country nationals are holding a certificate providing proof of a completed vaccination schedule which is considered to be equivalent in Luxembourg, i.e.:
    • it was issued by a Member State of the Schengen Area; or
    • it is issued by a third country and considered equivalent by an implementing act of the European Commission.

This exception currently applies to certificates issued by the following countries or territories : Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, Panama, Republic of Northern Macedonia, San Marino, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Vatican City.

Travellers from the countries listed above will need official documents proving their residence in one of these countries (residence permit, residence certificate, work permit, etc.). These documents must be accompanied by a translation, if applicable, into one of the administrative languages of Luxembourg (Luxembourgish, German or French) or into English.

Stay in India

As of 15 September 2021, the obligation to go into strict quarantine for 7 days upon arrival and taking a PCR test on the 6th day of the quarantine as well as the obligation to declare their presence to the Health Inspection Department no longer apply to persons who have stayed in India during the 14 days preceding their arrival in Luxembourg.

Travelling to Luxembourg by air

In view of the sanitary situation at national and European level, any person, regardless of their nationality, aged 12 years and 2 months or older, who wishes to travel by air to Luxembourg, must present the following upon boarding:

The biological examination must have been carried out less than 72 hours before the flight, or less than 48 hours before the flight in the case of a rapid antigen test SARS-CoV-2 by a medical analysis laboratory or any other organisation authorised for this purpose. The negative result must be accompanied, if necessary, by a translation into one of the administrative languages of Luxembourg (Luxembourgish, German or French) or into English. Documents in Italian, Spanish or Portuguese will also be accepted.

The testing requirements for all persons wishing to enter Luxembourg by air travel are in addition to the temporary restrictions already in place for non-essential travel to the European Union (EU).

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