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Travelling in the countries bordering Luxembourg: how does it work?

Coronavirus / Covid-19

In view of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Germany, Belgium and France have adopted various measures to limit the movement of people on their territory.

Which are these measures and what are the consequences for your trips/stays and travels in these countries?

Travelling between Luxembourg and France

Following the confinement established on 30 October 2020, France's intra-European borders remain open. However, there are travel restrictions in force on French territory that also apply to Luxembourg residents. Travels are only allowed in certain cases and only on the basis of a certificate.

In order to find out the precise terms and conditions applicable to each particular case, and given the changing nature of the situation, it is up to travellers to keep themselves constantly informed on the websites of the competent local authorities about the terms and conditions in force at the time of travel.

Travelling between Luxembourg and Belgium

Belgium's intra-European borders are not closed, but Luxembourg is classified as a "red" zone, i.e. as a country of origin from which travellers should in principle:

  • put themselves in quarantine on the first day of their arrival in Belgium; and
  • take a test on the 5th day.

However, certain journeys by Luxembourg residents are exempt from the quarantine obligation, particularly those lasting no more than 48 hours. You can find information on the following websites:

In order to find out the precise terms and conditions applicable to each particular case, and given the changing nature of the situation, it is up to travellers to keep themselves constantly informed on the websites of the competent local authorities about the terms and conditions in force at the time of travel.

Travelling between Luxembourg and Germany

Germany's intra-European borders are not closed, but Luxembourg is classified as a risk zone (Risikogebiet). As a general rule, there is a quarantine obligation for persons entering Germany from a risk zone.

Since 8 November 2020, people must in principle register electronically before entering Germany if, within the last 10 days, they have stayed:

  • in Luxembourg; or
  • in other regions classified by Germany as "risk zone".

However, people are exempted from the obligation to register if they:

  • have only passed through Luxembourg without stopping there; or
  • enter Germany solely for transit purposes; or
  • have been in Luxembourg for less than 24 hours in the context of cross-border traffic; or
  • enter Germany for a maximum of 24 hours; or
  • enter Germany for business reasons in order to transport people, goods or merchandise across borders by road, rail, sea or air.

Residents of Luxembourg whose travel to Germany is not covered by these exceptions can download the digital registration form from the following website: www.Einreiseanmeldung.de.

In addition, the quarantine measures for people returning from Risikogebiete are the responsibility of the federal states (Bundesländer), which provide for a number of exceptions for certain categories of travels. The restrictions applicable may differ widely from one Bundesland to another. You can therefore:

  • find information on the websites of the Bundesländer;
  • contact the respective hotlines (Bürgertelefone).

In order to find out the precise terms and conditions applicable to each particular case, and given the changing nature of the situation (frequent changes to the exceptions to the quarantine obligation in the various Bundesländer), it is up to travellers to keep themselves constantly informed on the websites of the competent local authorities about the terms and conditions in force at the time of travel.

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