Following the upsurge of the COVID-19 virus in recent weeks, some countries are obliging people from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to present a negative COVID-19 test upon entry.
In order to make it easier for Luxembourg residents who have to travel to one of these countries to obtain a COVID-19 test before their departure, the Luxembourg government, in an effort to respond quickly to a situation that was unpredictable at the time, has set up since 17 July 2020 a system that allows you to register to carry out the said test free of charge as part of the large-scale testing (www.covid19.lu).
This service, as it was recently set up, will remain applicable for trips that will be made until 2 August 2020 to a country explicitly requiring a negative COVID-19 test.
Among the countries of the European Union, such an obligation currently exists for travel to Germany and the Portuguese islands of Madeira and Azores. A negative test is also necessary for persons coming from Luxembourg transiting through Slovakia to another country. On the other hand, a negative COVID-19 test does not remove the obligation to self-isolate and to perform a PCR test on site during a stay in Slovakia itself. A negative COVID-19 test carried out within 48 hours also allows people from Luxembourg to transit through Lithuania to another country while a stay in Lithuania is prohibited for travelers from Luxembourg.
In order to transit through Germany or Switzerland, a negative COVID-19 test is not required. It will suffice to have the supporting documents requested by the local authorities.
Likewise, a negative COVID-19 test is not required for Luxembourg residents who travel to Portugal via France and Spain. Similarly, there is no COVID-19 test requirement for stays in France and Spain itself.
Travel to Italy and Greece also does not require negative COVID-19 tests for entry into the country. The same applies at this stage for entry into Austria.
Given the evolving nature of the situation, citizens are called upon to consult the regular updates of the measures put in place on entry by third countries which will be communicated on the government's websites. Travelers are also responsible for obtaining information from the competent local authorities (see websites of the embassies of the countries concerned) on the conditions in place at the time of travel.
For trips scheduled from 3 August, a new system will be put in place at the beginning of next week. Luxembourg residents are asked to submit their request for a COVID-19 diagnostic test.
Press release by the Ministry of Health / Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs