Information for British citizens residing in Luxembourg in the event of a "No Deal Brexit"

I am a British citizen and I reside in Luxembourg. Will I be allowed to stay in Luxembourg after Brexit?

Yes.

The Luxembourg Government has decided that all British citizens and their family members who are resident in Luxembourg when Brexit occurs will retain their right to reside in Luxembourg after 29 March 2019 on the strength of the residence documents issued to them as EU citizens.

These documents will remain valid until 30 March 2020.

British citizens will need to obtain a residence permit before 30 March 2020 and, accordingly, will need to submit a residence permit application before 31 December 2019. The application conditions and procedure will be announced at a later date.

British citizens will be considered third country nationals after 29 March 2019. This means that the rights deriving from that right to reside in Luxembourg will no longer be the same as those which they enjoyed as EU citizens.

I am a British citizen and I reside in Luxembourg. What conditions do I need to satisfy to obtain a residence permit after Brexit?

The Luxembourg Government has decided to simplify the formalities for issuing residence permits to British citizens residing in Luxembourg when Brexit occurs. The details of these simplified procedures and applicable conditions will be announced at a later date.

I am a British citizen and I live and work in Luxembourg. Will I need a special permit to continue working in Luxembourg after Brexit?

British citizens residing in Luxembourg when Brexit occurs will be authorised to reside in Luxembourg after 29 March 2019 on the strength of their current residence document, which was issued in the context of the free movement of persons.

They will be allowed to continue working (as an employee or self-employed worker) on the strength of their current employment contract or business permit.

However, as they will be considered third country nationals, these people will be subject to the entry and residence rules that apply to third country nationals, as set out in the amended law of 29 August 2008 on the free movement of persons and immigration.

The persons concerned will be issued a residence permit allowing them to continue working in their capacity as an employee or self-employed worker.

I am a British citizen and I work in Luxembourg, but reside in France. Will I be allowed to continue working in Luxembourg after Brexit?

British citizens residing in another Member State and working in Luxembourg will need to obtain a special work permit.

In order to enable the persons concerned to continue their professional activity without interruption, it is planned that this permit will be issued to them under simplified conditions.

The exact conditions will be announced at a later date.

I am married to a British citizen and am, myself, a citizen of a third country (non-EU and non-UK). Will I be allowed to stay in Luxembourg after Brexit?

Yes.

Family members of a British citizen who are, themselves, nationals of a third country, and who are already resident in Luxembourg when Brexit occurs, will be allowed to continue living in Luxembourg after 29 March 2019 on the strength of their current residence document (temporary or permanent residence permit).

However, their rights deriving from that right to reside in Luxembourg will no longer be the same as those which they enjoyed as family members of an EU citizen.

These people will need to obtain a residence permit before 30 March 2020 and, accordingly, will need to submit a residence permit application before 31 December 2019. The application conditions and procedure will be announced at a later date.

 

I am married to a British citizen and am, myself, a citizen of another EU Member State (non-UK). Will I be allowed to stay in Luxembourg after Brexit?

Yes.

Family members of a British citizen who are, themselves, EU citizens will continue to enjoy their right of residence in their capacity as EU citizens. They will not be required to complete any specific formalities, and their current residence document (registration certificate or permanent residence permit) will remain valid.

In this case, British citizens will enjoy the right to reside in Luxembourg as the family member of an EU citizen. The British citizens concerned will need to apply for a family member residence permit.

The conditions applicable to British citizens residing in Luxembourg when Brexit occurs wishing to apply for a will be announced at a later date.

 

I am a British citizen and I work in Luxembourg. What will become of my registration with the Luxembourg social security services after 29 March 2019?

As a worker in Luxembourg, according to Luxembourg law, British citizens in this situation will continue to be registered with the Luxembourg social security services.

As such, they will continue to be covered for:

  • healthcare services;
  • illness;
  • long-term care;
  • work-related accidents or illnesses;
  • pension;
  • family allowances.
I am a British citizen and I live and work in Luxembourg. I currently receive family benefits for my children who live with me. Will I continue to receive the family benefits after 29 March 2019?

Given that European regulations will no longer apply after 29 March 2019, Luxembourg law will apply.

Luxembourg law provides that family benefits are paid provided that the child giving rise to the entitlement to family benefits actually resides in Luxembourg on an ongoing basis and is legally domiciled there.

I am a British citizen and I live and work in Luxembourg. I currently receive family benefits for my children, who reside in the UK with my unemployed spouse. Will I continue to receive the family benefits after 29 March 2019?

Given that European regulations will no longer apply after 29 March 2019, Luxembourg law will apply.

Luxembourg law provides that family benefits are paid provided that the child giving rise to the entitlement to family benefits actually resides in Luxembourg on an ongoing basis and is legally domiciled there.

In principle, therefore, the family benefits will not be paid for children residing in the United Kingdom.

I am a British citizen employed by the Luxembourg government. Will Brexit affect my job?

No.

By way of derogation from Article 40, section 1, item a) of the amended law of 16 April 1979 establishing the general status of public servants, the Government intends for civil servants, trainee civil servants, and government employees of British nationality which are employed on 29 March 2019  to keep their jobs and retain their rights and responsibilities after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU.

After the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU, what conditions will apply to British citizens who wish to travel between the United Kingdom and Luxembourg?

If the Withdrawal Agreement is not ratified before 30 March 2019, the regulation currently in force will cease to apply as of 30 March 2019.

British citizens will need to be in possession of a passport and may be subject to visa requirements.

However, on 13 November 2018, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation exempting British citizens travelling to the Schengen Area from visa requirement for stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period, subject to the United Kingdom subject to the United Kingdom granting reciprocal visa-free travel to Schengen area nationals.

 

Will the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU have an impact on British nationals in terms of acquiring Luxembourg nationality?

No.

The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU will not affect the conditions applicable to British nationals wishing to acquire Luxembourg nationality

You will find the conditions for acquiring Luxembourg nationality under this link.

I am a British national residing in Luxembourg. Will I be entitled to participate in the European elections on 26 May 2019?

No.

The United Kingdom is meant to leave the EU on 29th March 2019. After this date, British nationals will no longer fulfil the nationality requirement of the electoral law of 18th February 2003 (as amended), namely being a national of an EU Member state. Thus, they will lose their voting right in the European elections.

I am a British national residing in Luxembourg and I have the nationality of another EU Member State (non-UK). Will I be entitled to participate in the European elections on 26th May 2019?

Yes.

Under the electoral law of 18th February 2003 (as amended), nationals of EU Member States residing in Luxembourg may participate in the European elections either in their country of origin or in Luxembourg.

However, if you wish to participate in the European elections in Luxembourg you must register on the electoral roll by 5 p.m. on 28th February 2019. Further information on registration procedures are available here.

Please note that if you were already registered on the electoral roll in Luxembourg for the previous European elections, your registration on the electoral roll is maintained automatically.

I live in Luxembourg with a valid driving licence issued by the United Kingdom. Will I still be able to use my UK driving licence after Brexit?

Yes.

However, if the Withdrawal Agreement is not ratified before 30 March 2019, the European regulation currently in force will cease to apply after 29 March 2019. Accordingly, your UK driving licence will be considered as having been issued by a third country to the European Economic Area.

As such, your valid UK driving licence must be converted into a Luxembourg one within 12 months from 30 March 2019. Driving licences corresponding to categories A and B will be converted without further formalities. Holders of category C and D licences must pass a practical driving test in order to convert their driving licences. The precise terms of conversion are detailed here.  

Please note that it is also possible to exchange your UK driving licence for a Luxembourg one before 30 March 2019. In this case, holders of category C and D licences will not need to take a practical driving test in order to exchange their driving licences. The precise terms of exchange are detailed here.

I hold a valid UK driving licence and I plan to travel to Luxembourg as part of my vacation or business trip. Will I still be able to use my UK driving licence after Brexit?

Yes.

If the Withdrawal Agreement is not ratified before 30 March 2019, the European regulation currently in force will cease to apply after 29 March 2019.

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 UK driving licence during your travels in Luxembourg after 29 March 2019.

I am covered by the British social security scheme. I intend to go on holiday to Luxembourg after 29 March 2019. Will I be entitled to healthcare in Luxembourg in case I get sick or have an accident?

As European regulations will no longer be applicable after 29 March 2019, the provisions applicable will depend on national legislation.

You will have to pay the Luxembourg healthcare provider for his services. The British legislation will determine if those expenses are subject to a refund by your British institution.

I am a British student in Luxembourg. What will happen to my healthcare coverage after 29 March 2019?

As European regulations will no longer be applicable after 29 March 2019, the provisions applicable will depend on national legislation.

Under Luxembourg legislation, you will be subject to the mandatory healthcare insurance in Luxembourg, unless you are already insured elsewhere, for instance in the United Kingdom.

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

As European regulations will no longer be applicable after 29 March 2019, the provisions applicable will depend on national legislation.

Your family’s healthcare coverage will depend on British legislation.

I only have a British pension and I reside in Luxembourg. What will happen to my healthcare coverage?

As European regulations will no longer be applicable after 29 March 2019, the provisions applicable will depend on national legislation.

You may apply for the Luxembourg voluntary healthcare insurance and pay contributions in this regard. The application must be submitted to the Centre Commun de la Sécurité Sociale by 30 June 2019 at the latest.

I am covered by the British social security scheme. Could I go to Luxembourg to receive specific healthcare treatment needed because of my health condition after 29 March 2019?

As European regulations will no longer be applicable after 29 March 2019, the provisions applicable will depend on national legislation.

Your healthcare coverage will depend on British legislation.

I work in the United Kingdom and I am covered by the British social security scheme, but I reside in Luxembourg. How will I be covered for healthcare after 29 March 2019?

As European regulations will no longer be applicable after 29 March 2019, the provisions applicable will depend on national legislation.

In order to be covered for healthcare in Luxembourg, you can apply for voluntary insurance via the voluntary health insurance and pay contributions in this regard.

The application must be submitted to the Centre Commun de la Sécurité Sociale on 30 June 2019 at the latest.

I work in Luxembourg and I am covered by the Luxembourg social security scheme but I reside in the United Kingdom. How will I be covered for healthcare after 29 March 2019?

As European regulations will no longer be applicable after 29 March 2019, the provisions applicable will depend on national legislation.

Your healthcare coverage in the United Kingdom will depend on British legislation. As you are covered by the Luxembourg social security scheme through your work, healthcare treatment received in Luxembourg will continue to be covered by the Caisse nationale de santé (National Health Fund).

I have a British pension and I reside in Luxembourg. Will I continue to receive my pension after 29 March 2019?

As European regulations will no longer be applicable after 29 March 2019, the provisions applicable will depend on national legislation.

Please contact your pension fund in the United Kingdom for further information.

 

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

Unilateral measures have been taken in order to take into account your periods of employment in the United Kingdom prior to 29 March 2019 for the calculation of your Luxembourg pension.

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