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Fewer immigration restrictions



European countries have taken a series of measures limiting temporary visits in light of the health crisis.   Shutterstock

European countries have taken a series of measures limiting temporary visits in light of the health crisis.   Shutterstock

There’s some flexibility, but not much: the ministry has just announced certain adjustments to temporary immigration measures.

Already in effect, short visits by a family member who is an EU citizen will be exempt from travel restrictions to Luxembourg. Family members are considered to be a spouse or registered partner; the direct descendant of the EU citizen or their spouse/registered partner, if the child is under 21 years of age.

In addition, short visits by a family member who is a third-country national residing in Luxembourg will be exempt. The following are considered as family members: the spouse or registered partner; the direct descendant of the Luxembourg resident who is a third-country national or of his spouse/registered partner, if the child is under 18 years of age.

Evidence of partnership

Likewise, short visits by individuals whose life partner resides in Luxembourg will be exempt from travel restrictions. Those concerned will on one hand have to subscribe a commitment of responsibility with the passport, visa and legalisation office and, on the other hand, provide evidence of the existence of a long-term relationship and regular contact. Evidence includes entry/exit stamps in the passport; plane tickets/boarding passes; proof of common residence abroad, etc. Authorisation to enter Luxembourg will be subject to the usual conditions applicable in the context of short visits. 

A short visit is defined as a duration of less than 90 days.  

An express request for a specific certificate may be sent via email to the passport, visa and legalisation office ([email protected]).

Restrictions extended until the end of the year

As a reminder, Luxembourg has adopted temporary entry restrictions for third-country nationals on its territory, based on European Council recommendations. These have been extended until 31 December 2020.

Only nationals of Australia, Canada, China (subject to reciprocity at the EU level), Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay are allowed to come without restriction.

Family members of a citizen of the European Union, UK, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican/Holy See and Switzerland, in particular, are also not affected by these restrictions.

This article was originally published on French on Paperjam.lu and has been translated and edited for Delano.