COVID-19 Testing

Participate in large-scale testing for COVID-19

In the context of the lifting of the confinement, the Luxembourg government invites residents and cross-border workers to participate voluntarily in the free of charge large-scale COVID-19 testing.

The COVID-19 test (PCR throat swab) indicates whether the person being tested is contagious. By getting tested and respecting the recommendations of the Health Directorate (Direction de la Santé), the person helps reducing the total number of infected people to a minimum. This is the best way to break the chains of infection and to efficiently trace the contacts of the people infected (contact tracing).

Why should one get tested, even without showing any symptoms?

It allows to protect one's family, friends, colleagues and, last but not least, risk groups.

Important: A majority of those infected show little or no symptoms or are already contagious before showing symptoms. Hence, it may be that one carries the virus (and is therefore contagious) without knowing it.

Now that PCR tests are also available for people without symptoms, more infected people can be identified and the necessary measures to prevent other people from being infected can be taken as soon as possible. Every test helps to keep the pandemic under control. It is essential to collectively avoid having to take lockdown measures again that severely restrict our social and economic life.

Why is each person invited to be tested individually when other family members, friends or co-workers are not tested yet?

The large-scale testing strategy divides people into representative groups based on their work sector and their residential area. This means that within one’s family, one’s neighbourhood or among one’s colleagues, the invitations are deliberately delayed by several weeks. The underlying strategy is as follows: instead of testing the entire population at the same time, the objective is to ensure that every week someone in one’s environment is tested; this reinforces everyone's protection. Indeed, the test groups create, so to speak, a safety net that leaves virtually no room for the virus, and this for many weeks. The test becomes a gesture of solidarity, and allows to protect one another: "your test, our summer!"

What happens if the test is negative and the person is infected a few days later?

A negative PCR test does not mean that one is immune. A person can get infected later. Therefore, everyone, including those who test negative, should continue to observe the usual protective gestures. But thanks to the system of testing representative groups spread over time, the tests are not just a snapshot of the situation. The fact that there is always one person from a particular group being tested helps identify at any moment chains of infections to which that person may belong. Even if all new infections cannot be prevented, a second wave can be prevented collectively.

In case of questions regarding the large-scale testing for COVID-19, it is possible to call the dedicated Helpline at the number (+352) 28 55 83-1, from Monday to Friday between 8.00 and 18.00.

Who is concerned

The COVID-19 tests (PCR) are for:

  • residents; and
  • cross-border workers.

Appointments can only be made if the invitation letter with the code has been received.

Deadlines

Residents and cross-border workers will be given the opportunity to undergo voluntary testing over a period of several weeks.

Costs

The COVID-19 test upon invitation by the Luxembourg government is free of charge.

How to proceed

Invitation to make an appointment

Invitations to participate in the large-scale testing are mailed by post each week to residents and cross-border workers divided into representative groups.

Each week, a new representative group will receive the invitation letter for an appointment.

Over a period of several weeks, residents and cross-border workers will have the opportunity to be tested on a voluntary basis.

Persons who are the most exposed to the virus and who are in contact with numerous persons will be tested regularly.

Appointment booking via MyGuichet.lu

The applicant can make an appointment online using the form provided for this purpose on MyGuichet.lu. The procedure can be completed without using a LuxTrust authentication method.

The applicant must indicate, in particular:

  • the invitation code received by post;
  • their surname(s) and first name(s);
  • their 13-digit Luxembourg national identification number (matricule);
  • their email address and mobile phone number;
  • their address and country of residence.

Next, the applicant selects:

Please note: the appointment booking must be validated by clicking on "Send".

The applicant receives an appointment confirmation by email after transmitting the request. This document must be presented in paper or electronic format at the appointment.

Cancelling and rescheduling an appointment

Anyone who has already made an appointment can cancel it and make a new one using the link provided in the appointment confirmation email.

It is not possible to cancel or change the appointment directly on the website.

Result

The person tested is informed of the result by text message (SMS) within two working days.

If the result is positive, the person tested will also be contacted by the services of the Health Directorate which will provide support.

It is important that everyone, including people with a negative result, continues to observe the usual barrier gestures.

Good to know

In case of questions regarding the large-scale testing for COVID-19, it is possible to call the dedicated Helpline at the number (+352) 28 55 83-1, from Monday to Friday between 8.00 and 18.00.

Please consult the FAQ on large-scale testing for COVID-19.

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