United Kingdom: introduction of temporary entry restrictions in the context of 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 the link below:

https://covid19.public.lu/en/travellers/visiting-luxembourg.html

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.

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