PCR COVID-19 test before or after a stay abroad

Last update 12.10.2020

In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, some countries require proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter their territory.

In order to meet this requirement, the Luxembourg State is offering a free test per person before their trip or tourist stay in such a country. This test is available to all residents.

Furthermore, since 14 August 2020, the Luxembourg State also offers residents the possibility to undergo a free test upon their return from a trip or journey abroad. In addition, since 9 October 2020, this test is also available to cross-border workers who have a national identification number (13-digit social security number).

Who is concerned

Any person can be tested for COVID-19 if they:

  • reside in Luxembourg and:
    • have a planned trip (tourist stay) to a country that requires proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test; or
    • are returning from a trip or tourist stay abroad;
  • reside in Germany, Belgium or France and:
    • have a Luxembourg social security number (CNS) (13-digit matricule); and
    • are returning from a trip or tourist stay abroad.

In case of a trip of several persons, each person must request their appointment individually.

The test is free of charge for people travelling to a country that requires a negative COVID-19 test result. If the destination country does not explicitly require proof, the test cannot be offered free of charge at the moment. It is nevertheless possible for persons who wish to be tested, to contact a private laboratory and have the test carried out at their own expense.

Likewise, if no time slot is available for the desired date of the free test, it is possible to contact a private laboratory and have the test performed at their own expense.

Prerequisites

Going abroad

In order to make an appointment, the person must:

  • have a Luxembourg national identification number (matricule);
  • reside in Luxembourg (cross-border workers are subject to the travel conditions of their country of residence);
  • have a planned trip after 30 September 2020;
  • have a planned trip to a country that requires proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test;
  • travel in their leisure time.  

Return to Luxembourg

In order to make an appointment, the person must:

  • have a Luxembourg national identification number (matricule);
  • reside in Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium or France. All other persons are subject to the travel conditions in force in their country of residence;
  • have been on a private holiday trip in a foreign country.

Costs

The procedure is free of charge.

How to proceed

Applying for a test

The application must be submitted using MyGuichet.lu (see the section "Forms / Online services" below). It is not necessary to have a LuxTrust product or an electronic identity card. 

In particular, the person must indicate:  

  • the dates and places of stay abroad;
  • their name and first name;
  • their national identification number (matricule);
  • their e-mail address;
  • their telephone number;
  • their residential address in Luxembourg.

In the case of a return after a stay abroad, the person can also indicate if they have symptoms in relation with COVID-19.

They then choose one of the testing centres and the desired time for the test:

The possibility of making an appointment is available on a biweekly basis.

Once the date of the appointment has been chosen, the applicant must confirm the transmission of the appointment booking form. Following this, the applicant receives an appointment confirmation, which is to be printed and presented on the day of the appointment.

The test is part of the COVID-19 large-scale testing project and follows the same procedures.

Test result

The test person is informed of the result by SMS, which also contains a link to download the certificate. The deadline for transmission of results is approximately 48 hours. In some cases, delays in excess of 48 hours have been observed.

It is possible to choose the language in which to receive proof of the test result. To do so, the following procedure should be followed:

  1. the result of the test is received by SMS;
  2. click on the link in the SMS;
  3. select the language (top right) in which to receive the certificate;
  4. download the document and show it if necessary.

Good to know

Each decision with regard to border control measures falls within the competence of the respective local authorities. The information and procedures relating thereto are therefore the responsibility of these local authorities, and not of the Luxembourg authorities. As the situation is changing from day to day, it is recommended that you check with the respective local authorities on the arrangements in force at the time of the travel abroad.

Forms / Online services

Application for an appointment for COVID testing for travellers

To complete your application, the information about you collected from this form needs to be processed by the public administration concerned.

That information is kept by the administration in question for as long as it is required to achieve the purpose of the processing operation(s).

Your data will be shared with other public administrations that are necessary for the processing of your application. For details on which departments will have access to the data on this form, please contact the public administration you are filing your application with.

Under the terms of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, you have the right to access, rectify or, where applicable, remove any information relating to you. You are also entitled to withdraw your consent at any time.

Additionally, unless the processing of your personal data is compulsory, you may, with legitimate reasons, oppose the processing of such data.

If you wish to exercise these rights and/or obtain a record of the information held about you, please contact the administration in question using the contact details provided on the form. You are also entitled to file a claim with the National Commission for Data Protection (Commission nationale pour la protection des données), headquartered at 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

By submitting your application, you agree that your personal data may be processed as part of the application process.

Demande de rendez-vous pour le dépistage du COVID-19 pour les voyageurs

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

Terminanfrage für den COVID-Test für Reisende

Ihre in diesem Formular erfassten personenbezogenen Informationen werden von der zuständigen Verwaltungsbehörde verarbeitet, um Ihren Antrag erfolgreich abzuschließen.

Diese Informationen werden von der Behörde für den zur Verarbeitung erforderlichen Zeitraum gespeichert.

Die Empfänger Ihrer Daten sind die im Rahmen Ihres Antrags zuständigen Verwaltungsbehörden. Um die Empfänger der in diesem Formular erfassten Daten zu erfahren, wenden Sie sich bitte an die für Ihren Antrag zuständige Behörde.

Gemäß der Verordnung (EU) 2016/679 zum Schutz natürlicher Personen bei der Verarbeitung personenbezogener Daten und zum freien Datenverkehr haben Sie das Recht auf Zugang, Berichtigung und gegebenenfalls Löschung Ihrer personenbezogenen Informationen. Sie haben zudem das Recht, Ihre erteilte Einwilligung jederzeit zu widerrufen.

Weiterhin können Sie, außer in Fällen, in denen die Verarbeitung Ihrer Daten verpflichtend ist, Widerspruch einlegen, wenn dieser rechtmäßig begründet ist.

Wenn Sie diese Rechte ausüben und/oder Einsicht in Ihre Informationen nehmen möchten, können Sie sich unter den im Formular angegebenen Kontaktdaten an die zuständige Verwaltungsbehörde wenden. Sie haben außerdem die Möglichkeit, bei der Nationalen Kommission für den Datenschutz Beschwerde einzulegen (Commission nationale pour la protection des données, 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux).

Wenn Sie Ihren Vorgang fortsetzen, akzeptieren Sie damit, dass Ihre personenbezogenen Daten im Rahmen Ihres Antrags verarbeitet werden.

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