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- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Embassy Contact
High Degree of Caution
Latest Travel Alert
Anyone considering travel should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and all passengers should undertake proper research and carefully consider the necessity of their travel at this time. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. It is also important to check with your travel insurance provider on coverage before travel.
If considering travelling abroad, you are advised to monitor the official advice and information provided by the authorities at your destination. Information about entry restrictions applied by other countries is available below. Additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.
Travel to Luxembourg
Anyone considering travel to Luxembourg should check the latest information on Covid regulations from the local authorities. Restrictions are in place throughout the country and you are advised to follow the guidance of national and communal authorities.
Covid-Check is in place for entry to restaurants, cafés, bars, cinemas, theatres and public venues throughout Luxembourg.
For entry to Luxembourg, it is necessary to present one of the following:
- Proof of vaccination;
- Proof of recovery;
- Proof of a negative PCR test (carried out less than 72 hours before departure) or a negative antigen COVID-19 test (carried out less than 48 hours before departure) for all travelling, aged twelve and over. The test must be completed by a medical analysis laboratory or any other entity authorised for this purpose. The negative result of the test must be presented, if necessary accompanied by a translation, in one of the administrative languages of Luxembourg or in English, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese.
This regulation is applicable to all persons over 12 years and two months of age, regardless of nationality.
If arriving by air, you will be required to complete a passenger locator form on the airplane.
Further information on requirements for entering Luxembourg are available here.
Citizens of the European Union and of the countries associated with the Schengen area, as well as citizens of San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican/Saint See, are free to enter the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, regardless of the purpose of the stay and not only to return to their homes.
Third-country nationals may no longer enter the territory of the Grand Duchy until 31 December 2021 (inclusive). Please check Visiting Luxembourg for a full list of third countries which are exempt from this prohibition.
It should be noted that from 1 January 2021, these restrictions also apply to third-country nationals residing in the United Kingdom, including UK nationals who do not fall under the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement.
Covid Testing in Luxembourg
- Information on getting a PCR test in Luxembourg is available here
- List of Pharmacies which provide certified rapid antigen tests in Luxembourg: https://www.pharmacie.lu/test-rapides/
- Rapid Antigen Tests and PCR tests are also available at Luxembourg Airport, for more information visit: COVID Testing - Luxembourg Airport
Additional advice and information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
Luxembourg government advice on COVID-19 (in English)
Luxembourg government information on Covid-19 (in French)
Luxembourg Health Ministry information on COVID-19 (in English)
General Travel Advice
Most visits to Luxembourg are trouble-free. Luxembourg shares with the rest of Europe a threat from terrorism. You are advised to take the usual, sensible precautions with your valuables and travel documents.
Irish citizens in Luxembourg are reminded that they should be in possession of a valid form of photographic identification such as a passport or passport card at all times.
You can contact the emergency services in Luxembourg by dialling 112.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Although the threat from terrorism in Luxembourg is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Crime remains relatively low in Luxembourg but you should take sensible precautions:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- It’s advisable to carry your passport – or at least a clear photocopy of it – at all times should you be requested to produce a form of identification by the Luxembourg police.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Luxembourg, report it to the local police immediately. You can call the police in Luxembourg by dialling 112.
If you’re planning to drive in Luxembourg, you should take the same precautions as in Ireland but remember cars drive on the right hand side of the road. If you want to drive, bring your international driving license and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
European Health Insurance Card
As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.
The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.
In case of a genuine emergency (death, serious illness, arrest, etc.) a message can be left on the Embassy's answering machine which is monitored regularly. Tel. (+352) 450610-1.
This is an emergency number and only for cases that cannot wait until the office reopens.
Alternatively you may contact the duty officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.
Embassy of Ireland
Résidence Christina (2nd floor)
28 route d'Arlon
Monday to Friday 10:00-12:30
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.