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Luxembourg adds Ukraine to safe travel list



Child carries fluttering blue and yellow flag of Ukraine against background of mills in Pirogovo. (c) 2017 Lipatova Maryna/Shutterstock.

Child carries fluttering blue and yellow flag of Ukraine against background of mills in Pirogovo. (c) 2017 Lipatova Maryna/Shutterstock.

Ukraine residents would no longer be affected by the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the grand duchy.  On the other hand, Rwanda and Thailand have been removed from the list of safe countries.

The grand duchy has updated its list of third countries whose residents are exempted from the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to Luxembourg, according to a press release by the foreign affairs ministry.

This decision follows the European Council recommendation of 15 July concerning travel to the EU. Luxembourg added Ukraine to its list bringing the number of third countries permitted to enter the grand duchy to 27. On the other hand, it removed Rwanda and Thailand from the list following the Council’s recommendation. The criterion for updating the list is solely based on “the epidemiological situation and overall response to covid-19, as well as the reliability of the available information and data sources,” according to a press release by the Council.

Third-country nationals, with the exemption of certain categories, are not permitted to enter the country until 30 September 2021 when the current restrictions are expected to be updated.

The new decision takes effect from 26 July 2021.