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- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
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High Degree of Caution
Security Status Last Updated: 22 October 2020
Latest Travel Alert
COVID-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it will be possible to travel internationally. You will need to plan your travel carefully and there are risks.
Department of Foreign Affairs services and practical supports to all Irish Citizens travelling abroad can be found on dfa.ie/Travel
Travel to Luxembourg
Anyone considering travel to Luxembourg should check the latest information from the local authorities regarding requirements for international passengers arriving in the country.
Information about restrictions on passengers entering Luxembourg is available here: https://covid19.public.lu/en/travellers.html
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 30 September 2021 (inclusive). Please check Visiting Luxembourg for full list of exempt third-countries.
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.
For any person authorised to enter Luxembourg (regardless of nationality), it is compulsory to present, before boarding a flight to Luxembourg
- either a vaccination certificate attesting to a complete vaccination pattern carried out with a vaccine that has been authorised for use by the European Medicines Agency, i.e. the vaccines of the companies AstraZeneca, BioNTech/Pfizer, Johnson&Johnson and Moderna, issued by a public or medical authority of a Member State of the European Union or of a Member State of the Schengen Area
- or a recovery certificate issued by a practitioner or national authority of an EU Member State or Schengen Area Member State for persons who have had a recent SARS-CoV-2 infection within 6 months prior to travel and who have completed the applicable isolation period in the respective country with resolution of all symptoms of infection
- or the negative result (on paper or electronically) of a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA (PCR, TMA or LAMP methods) carried out less than 72 hours before the flight or of a SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test carried out less than 48 hours before the flight, 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 applies to all departures to Luxembourg, including those from Member States of the European Union or the Schengen area.
Information on getting a PCR test in Luxembourg is available here
Restrictions are in place throughout Luxembourg, and you are advised to follow the guidance of national and communal authorities.
Please refer to https://covid19.public.lu/en.html for information about national restrictions and to https://mint.gouvernement.lu/fr/actualites/2020/03-mars/Coronavirus.html for Covid-19 related information at Communal level (in French).
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.