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Information for Luxembourg citizens residing in the United Kingdom

I am a Luxembourg citizen and I work/study in the United Kingdom. Will I continue to be entitled to reside and work in the United Kingdom after Brexit?

Luxembourg citizens residing temporarily in the United Kingdom are advised to visit the website of the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in London to find out about the conditions and formalities they will need to fulfil if they wish to continue living there.  

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: londres.amb@mae.etat.lu | phone: (+44-20) 7235 6961).

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 (service.visas@mae.etat.lu) of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, or to the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in London (londres.amb@mae.etat.lu).

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.

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.

I hold a valid driving licence issued in Luxembourg and live in the United Kingdom. Am I still able to use my Luxembourg licence after the end of the transition period (31 December 2020)?

Your Luxembourg driving licence will have to be transcribed into a British driving licence. Please contact the British authorities to find out the details of how this transcription can be done.

I hold a valid driving licence issued in Luxembourg and I plan to travel to the United Kingdom as part of my vacation or business trip. Am I still able to use my Luxembourg licence after the end of the transition period (31 December 2020)?

Yes.

Since the United Kingdom is, like Luxembourg, a contracting party to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic of 8 November 1968, you will be able to continue using your valid Luxembourg driving licence while traveling in the United Kingdom, also after 31 December 2020.

I reside in Luxembourg and I am covered by the Luxembourg social security scheme. I intend to go on holiday / to stay temporarily in the United Kingdom after 31 December 2020. Will I be entitled to healthcare treatment in the United Kingdom if I get sick or have an accident?

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom contains specific provisions on social security coordination. These provisions are currently under review and this site will be updated as soon as possible.

I am a Luxembourg student in the United Kingdom. What will happen to my healthcare coverage in the United Kingdom after 31 December 2020?

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom contains specific provisions on social security coordination. These provisions are currently under review and this site will be updated as soon as possible.

I work and reside in the United Kingdom and I am covered by the British social security scheme on 31 December 2020. My spouse, who is not employed, and my children reside in Luxembourg. How will they be covered for healthcare in Luxembourg after that date?

Your spouse and children have derived rights as family members for sickness benefits in kind under Regulation (EC) No. 883/2004.

They will therefore be able to continue to receive health care in Luxembourg, at the expense of the United Kingdom, after 31 December 2020, if the situation does not change.

I am receiving a pension from Luxembourg only and I reside in the United Kingdom on 31 December 2020. What will happen to my health care coverage?

In accordance with the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement, the European regulations regarding social security coordination (No. 883/2004 and No. 987/2009) will continue to apply to you.

Your health insurance cover and the conditions under which you are insured do not change.

You will be able to continue to receive health care in the United Kingdom after 31 December 2020, at the expense of Luxembourg, using the S1 portable document issued to you by the Luxembourg National Health Fund (Caisse nationale de santé – CNS).

I am receiving a pension from Luxembourg only and I reside in the United Kingdom on 31 December 2020. After that date, can I still come to Luxembourg to receive medical treatment if I wish to?

In accordance with the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement, the European regulations regarding social security coordination (No. 883/2004 and No. 987/2009) will continue to apply to you.

Your health insurance cover and the conditions under which you are insured do not change.

After 31 December 2020, you will therefore be able to continue to receive health care in the United Kingdom and Luxembourg at the expense of Luxembourg, if your situation does not change.

I work in the United Kingdom and I am covered by the British social security scheme, but I reside in Luxembourg on 31 December 2020. How will I be covered for healthcare after that date?

In accordance with the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement, the European regulations regarding social security coordination (No. 883/2004 and No. 987/2009) will continue to apply to you.

Your health insurance cover and the conditions under which you are insured do not change.

Thanks to the S1 portable document issued to you by the competent British body, you will be able to continue to receive health care in Luxembourg, at the expense of the United Kingdom, after 31 December 2020, if your situation does not change.

I work in Luxembourg and I am covered by the Luxembourg social security scheme but I reside in the United Kingdom on 31 December 2020. How will I be covered for healthcare after that date?

In accordance with the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement, the European regulations regarding social security coordination (No. 883/2004 and No. 987/2009) will continue to apply to you.

Your health insurance cover and the conditions under which you are insured do not change.

Thanks to the S1 portable document issued to you by the Luxembourg National Health Fund (Caisse nationale de santé – CNS), you will be able to continue to receive health care in the United Kingdom, at the expense of Luxembourg, after 31 December 2020, if your situation does not change.

Health care obtained in Luxembourg will continue to be paid for directly by the Luxembourg National Health Fund (Caisse nationale de santé – CNS).

I am receiving a pension from Luxembourg and I reside in the United Kingdom on 31 December 2020. Will I continue to receive my pension after that date?

Yes, your Luxembourg pension will continue to be paid to you after 31 December 2020.

I have worked in Luxembourg and in the United Kingdom before 31 December 2020. Will my periods of employment in the United Kingdom be taken into account for the calculation of my Luxembourg pension?

Yes, in accordance with the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement, the European regulations regarding social security coordination (No. 883/2004 and 987/2009) will continue to apply to you.

As provided for in these regulations, your periods of work in the United Kingdom will be taken into account in the calculation of your Luxembourg pension.

I bought products online from a company based in Luxembourg. This company transmits my purchase history to one of its subsidiaries in the United Kingdom for the purpose of its stock management. Is the Luxembourg company authorised to transfer my personal data to its UK subsidiary after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal?

Yes.

Until the end of the transition period, the European regulation continues to apply.

In addition, the data subject has certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation, including the right to information. As such, anyone who decides to process a data subject’s personal data, is obliged to inform the data subject of :

  • their identity;
  • the purpose of collecting data and whether the provision of the data is mandatory or optional;
  • the recipients of the data;
  • the rights granted to the data subject under the General Data Protection Regulation;
  • any transfers of data to a country outside the European Union.

The controller must provide these elements in plain and clear language when personal data are collected or, at the latest, within one month following the data collection, if the data are not collected directly from the data subject.

Consequently, and subject to compliance with the general principles of the General Data Protection Regulation, including the right to information detailed above, the Luxembourg company is able to continue to transfer the data subject’s personal data to its UK subsidiary, at least until the end of the transition period.

I bought products online from a company established in the United Kingdom. Will I have the same rights as currently under the General Data Protection Regulation after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal?

Yes.

The European regulation continues to apply until the end of the transition period. Therefore, the data subject will have the same rights as currently, at least until the end of the transition period.

In addition, the data subject has certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation, including the right to information. For example, anyone who decides to process a data subject’s personal data, is obliged to inform the data subject of :

  • their identity;
  • the purpose of collecting data and whether the provision of the data is mandatory or optional;
  • the recipients of the data;
  • the rights granted to the data subject under the General Data Protection Regulation;
  • any transfers of data to a country outside the European Union.

The controller must provide these elements in plain and clear language when personal data are collected or, at the latest, within one month following the data collection, if the data are not collected directly from the data subject.

I am employed in Luxembourg and regularly travel to the UK for professional reasons. In this context, my Luxembourg employer systematically sends my personal data (name, first name, telephone number, etc.) to an entity based in the United Kingdom, which is responsible for managing my work-related journeys. Will my employer have the right to continue to transfer my data after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal?

Yes.

The European regulation continues to apply until the end of the transition period.

In addition, the data subject has certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation, including the right to information. For example, anyone who decides to process a data subject’s personal information, is obliged to inform the data subject of :

  • their identity;
  • the purpose of collecting data and whether the provision of the data is mandatory or optional;
  • the recipients of the data;
  • the rights granted to the data subject under the General Data Protection Regulation;
  • any transfers of data to a country outside the European Union.

The controller must provide these elements in plain and clear language when personal data are collected or, at the latest, within one month following the data collection, if the data are not collected directly from the data subject.

Consequently, and subject to compliance with the general principles of the General Data Protection Regulation, including the right to information detailed above, the Luxembourg employer can continue to transfer the data subject’s personal data to its UK entity, at least until the end of the transition period.

I am a natural person holding shares in a Luxembourg investment fund. The financial institution which set up the investment fund, is established in the UK and wishes to receive my personal data for statistical purposes. Is the Luxembourg investment fund authorised to transfer my personal data to the UK financial institution after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal?

Yes.

The current European regulation continues to apply until the end of the transition period.

In addition, the data subject has certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation, including the right to information. For example, anyone who decides to process a data subject’s personal information, is obliged to inform the data subject of :

  • their identity;
  • the purpose of collecting data and whether the provision of the data is mandatory or optional;
  • the recipients of the data;
  • the rights granted to the data subject under the General Data Protection Regulation;
  • any transfers of data to a country outside the European Union.

The controller must provide these elements in plain and clear language when personal data are collected or, at the latest, within one month following the data collection, if the data are not collected directly from the data subject.

Consequently, and subject to compliance with the general principles of the General Data Protection Regulation, including the right to information detailed above, the investment fund can continue to transfer the data subject’s personal data to the financial institution, at least until the end of the transition period.

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