Last update 09.08.2018
A third-country national who wishes to stay for less than 90 days or transit through Luxembourg must:
- before entering the country:
- be in possession of a valid passport;
- for persons subject to visa requirements in order to enter Luxembourg: apply for a visa (short stay);
- after entering the country:
Who is concerned
Third-country nationals (i.e. nationals from a country which is not an EU Member State or a country treated as such - Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) are concerned if they wish to reside in Luxembourg for less than 90 days over a 6-month period for:
- touristic or family visits (without undertaking work);
- business trips.
All third-country nationals who wish to work in Luxembourg during their period of stay of less than 90 days must first apply for a work permit at the Immigration Directorate (Direction de l'Immigration).
Specific case: a third-country national wishing to come to Luxembourg to get married
There is no specific provision for entering the country in order to get married. Third-country nationals wishing to marry a third-country national legally residing in Luxembourg must follow the usual procedures for a short stay. If necessary, they must also apply for a short-stay visa, and must meet the conditions for entry and for a short stay.
Third-country nationals must, before coming to Luxembourg:
- check whether or not they have to obtain a visa to enter the Schengen area;
- hold a passport which is valid for more than 3 months from the start date of the journey.
In order to lawfully enter Luxembourg territory, in addition to holding a valid passport and a visa where required, third-country nationals must meet the following conditions:
- they cannot be listed in the Schengen Information System (SIS);
- they cannot have lost the right to enter Luxembourg territory;
- they cannot be considered as a threat to public order, national security, public health or international relations of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg or of one of the signatory States of an international convention on the crossing of external borders and binding the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg;
- they must be able to prove the object and conditions of the intended stay;
- they must possess sufficient personal resources, for the duration of the intended stay as well as for the return to the country of origin or the transit to a third country in which their admission is guaranteed (or prove the possibility to lawfully acquire these means);
- they must have comprehensive health insurance valid in Luxembourg.
How to proceed
Before entering the country
If the third-country national is not subject to visa requirements
Third-country nationals (not family members of an EU citizen) who are not subject to visa requirements must, to meet the conditions to enter and stay for less than 3 months, provide the following documents when entering the country:
- a passport which is valid for more than 3 months from the start date of the journey;
- proof of comprehensive health insurance valid in Luxembourg;
- supporting documents proving, in case of a control at the outside border of the Schengen area:
- the object of the journey (official letter of invitation for a business trip, hotel reservation, return airline ticket, etc.);
- sufficient resources for the duration of their stay, as well as for the return to the country of origin or the transit to another country (examples of proof of sufficient resources: cash, travellers cheques, credit cards, document attesting the possibility to lawfully acquire the necessary resources, letter of credit issued by a bank). In the case of a private or family visit, this proof may be in the form of a statement of financial support.
If the third-country national is subject to visa requirements
Third-country nationals subject to a visa obligation must submit, before their journey and from their country of origin, a visa application to the Luxembourg diplomatic or consular representation in their country of origin or, failing this, to the diplomatic or consular representation of the country of the Schengen area who represents Luxembourg for the issuance of visas (only Belgian embassy or consulate)
The visa, valid for a maximum period of 3 months, is affixed in the passport in the form of a seal.If the applicant's passport is due to expire in less than 6 months, it should be renewed before coming to Luxembourg.
If the non-EU national has a valid residence permit as a family member of an EU citizen or a valid residence permit issued by another EU Member State, the visa is not required.
After entering the country
Third-country nationals who want to stay in Luxembourg for less than 90 days must, within 3 days of arriving in Luxembourg:
The maximum duration of the stay in the Schengen area is limited to 3 months over a 6-month period from the date of entry into the Schengen area.
- either make a declaration of arrival at the communal administration where they will be staying by presenting, in particular:
- a valid travel document (passport and, where applicable, a visa or a residence permit issued by another EU Member State);
- a valid proof of address (i.e.: rental agreement, electricity bill, etc.), where applicable.
- or complete an accommodation form at the establishment where he is staying. It serves as a declaration of arrival.
Forms / Online services
Liste des observations sur les titres de séjour pour ressortissants de pays tiers
Who to contact
Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office (BVPL-MAEE)6, rue de l'Ancien Athénée
Phone : (+352) 247 88300Fax : (+352) 22 29 07 ou (+352) 46 49 80 (Visas) ; (+352) 22 02 91 (passports)Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 16.15
Development Cooperation Directorate6, rue de la Congrégation
Phone : (+352) 247 82351Fax : (+352) 46 38 42
Immigration Directorate - Department for Foreigners26, route d'Arlon
Phone : (+352) 247-84040 (from 14.00 to 16.00)Fax : (+352) 22 16 08Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 12.00
Communes (communal administrations)