Press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs on temporary immigration restrictions

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs would like to inform that following today’s decision of the European Commission, certificates issued by the authorities of Georgia, Moldova, New Zealand and Serbia are to be treated as equivalent with effect from November 16, 2021.

Thus, starting today, third country nationals with a certificate proving a complete vaccination program issued by Georgia, Moldova, New Zealand and Serbia are required to enter the territory of the Great-Duchy of Luxembourg, including non-essential visits. will be allowed.

Along with vaccination certificates issued by a member state of the European Union or Schengen Area, Luxembourg also recognizes certificates proving a complete vaccination program issued by the following third countries:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • United States of america
  • Georgia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Israel
  • Morocco
  • moldova
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Panama
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • UK
  • san marino
  • Serbia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Vatican

Note that any person, regardless of nationality and place of residence, holding a vaccination certificate issued by one of the above states, may apply for any travel by transport through this certificate to meet the additional health measures can use. By air to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

The list of third countries whose residents are authorized to enter the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, including non-essential travel, remains unchanged at this stage.

Third country nationals are also authorized to enter the territory of the Grand Duchy if travel is deemed necessary. For this, an express request should be sent by email ([email protected]) to the Luxembourg Passport, Visa and Validation Office with a view to issue a specific certificate.

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In addition, it should be remembered that additional health measures apply to all travel by air transport to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Anyone between the ages of 12 years and 2 months must present one of the following documents upon boarding:

  • A vaccination certificate confirming a complete vaccination schedule [1] Against COVID-19, established pursuant to Article 3bis of the Revised Law of July 17, 2020, on measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, namely a vaccination certificate issued by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a state member of the European Union Or the Schengen area. Certificates issued by some third states are also accepted (see above for relevant third states);
  • For those who have recently suffered a SARS-CoV-2 infection within 6 months prior to their emigration and who have completed the applicable isolation period, in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2021/953, recovery certificate has been prepared. Concerned countries where all signs of infection are missing;
  • Negative result (on paper or electronic document) of nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) to detect SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA (PCR, TMA or LAMP methods) [2] Rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test performed less than 72 hours before flight or [3] At least 48 hours before the flight, a medical analysis is carried out by the laboratory or any other body authorized for this purpose. A negative result of the expected test must be submitted, with translation if necessary, into one of the administrative languages ​​of Luxembourg or into English, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese.

Details of applicable rules, definitions and exemptions of required trips as well as the exact procedures already to be followed can be consulted by following the link below: https://covid19.public.lu /fr/ voyageurs/visiter-luxembourg.html.

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[1] a) any schedule that defines the number and interval of injections required to achieve adequate protective immunity and which is completed in the event of administration of multiple doses or upon administration of the required dose provided for a single-dose vaccine , fourteen days after the reduction. b) In people who have been cured, and who have been vaccinated within 180 days of the first positive result of the NAAT test, the vaccination schedule is completed after a period of fourteen days after the administration of the first dose, even if vaccinated have gone

[2] PCR: polymerase chain reaction; TMA: transcription-mediated amplification; LAMP: loop-mediated isothermal amplification

[3] Meets WHO criteria: Antigen-detection in the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection using rapid immunoassay. Included in the list of rapid antigenic tests established based on interim guidance, September 11, 2020, and Recommendation 2021/C24/01 of January 22, 2021

Communicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs

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