Consular services

IMPORTANT NOTICE - CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Updated on 21.9.2020

The Embassy of Luxembourg in Abu Dhabi is operating. However, due to exceptional circumstances embassy staff continues to operate in majority with teleworking. For general inquiries, please write to abudhabi.amb@mae.etat.lu or call +971 56 990 2902

Consular services for Luxembourg nationals, Luxembourgish UAE residents, or for third country nationals meeting the required criteria (outlined below) are by appointment only to be requested via the following address: abudhabi.consular@mae.etat.lu

If you are a Luxembourg national or resident in urgent need of consular assistance, please call the duty phone number +971 50 613 0248 or write to abudhabi.consular@mae.etat.lu

UAE authorities have, since the beginning of the outbreak, introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. As new measures are being introduced constantly and restrictions change rapidly, we urge that you closely and regularly follow local developments and comply with the advice of UAE federal institutions (Ministry of Health and Prevention UAE) and local authorities (Department of Health Abu Dhabi, Department of Health Dubai). Moreover, we invite you to remain vigilant on the information communicated on unofficial websites or social networks.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ):

Traveling to Luxembourg
  • I am a EU or Schengen member state citizen residing in the UAE. Can I travel to Luxembourg?

Nationals of EU Member States and Schengen Member States are not subject to any travel restrictions to enter Luxembourg.

Apart from Etihad and Emirates Airlines, other airline companies such as KLM and Air France are slowly resuming a normal travel schedule to various destinations in Europe with connections to Luxembourg. Kindly refer to their respective websites for all relevant information regarding bookings and conditions for departure from UAE airports. Kindly note that the Embassy cannot help you with flight reservations. 

Furthermore, we advise you, if you are travelling to Luxembourg via another country to confirm transit rules with your airline. You should have an onward flight booking to Luxembourg before boarding the flight in the UAE, as boarding might be denied otherwise.

Prior permission to leave the UAE are no longer required by the UAE authorities. However, please note that passengers travelling from the UAE to EU countries, the UK and other destinations must present a negative result from a Covid-19 test conducted within the previous 96 hours.

  • I am a third country national residing in the UAE. Can I travel to Luxembourg?

Please note that temporary entry restrictions for non-essential travel from third countries (= countries who are not part of the EU or the Schengen area) into Luxembourg, will continue to apply until 31 December 2020. There are, however, a number of exceptions to this rule:

1. On 30 June 2020, in view of the improved global epidemiological situation in some regions, the Council of the European Union adopted a recommendation on relaxing the entry restrictions for third country nationals on the basis of a draft list of countries drawn up by the Commission.

The Luxembourg Government has implemented this recommendation and from July 1st, 2020, only third-country nationals who are resident (primary residence) in one of the following countries are authorized to enter the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg:

Algeria, Australia, Canada, China (subject to reciprocity at EU level), Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay

It should be noted that this list will be subject to regular analysis and updating (every two weeks) by the EU Council, after close consultation with the European Commission and the relevant EU agencies and services.

2. While the UAE is not included in the above list, travel to Luxembourg is also possible for third country nationals residing in the UAE, if there are important grounds for doing so. On this basis, travel to Luxembourg is possible for the following groups or travel purposes of third country nationals coming from the UAE:

  • Third-country nationals with a valid residence permit for Luxembourg (visa D);
  • Healthcare professionals, health researchers and elderly care professionals;
  • Foreign experts and highly qualified personnel whose work is necessary from an economic point of view and which cannot be postponed or carried out abroad;
  • Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff;
  • Seasonal workers in agriculture;
  • Diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions;
  • Passengers travelling for urgent and duly justified family reasons;
  • Persons in need of international protection or seeking protection for other humanitarian
  • Third country nationals travelling for the purpose of study;
  • Sailors;

3. Furthermore, since 14 September 2020, travelling restrictions to the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg are exempted for the following categories:

  • Short stay visits of an EU citizen family member will be exempted from travel restrictions to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The following are considered as family members:
    • the spouse or registered partner;
    • the direct descendant of the EU citizen or his/her spouse/registered partner, if the child is under the age of 21.
  • In addition, short-stay visits by a family member who is a third-country national and resident in Luxembourg will be exempted from travel restrictions to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The following are considered to be family members
    • the spouse or registered partner;
    • the direct descendant of the third-country national resident in Luxembourg or of his/her spouse/registered partner, if the child is under 18 years of age.
  • Similarly, short stay visits by persons whose life partner resides in Luxembourg will be exempted from the travel restrictions for third country nationals. The persons concerned will have to, on the one hand, subscribe to a formal obligation (document which can be accessed found here) submitted to the Luxembourg Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office and, on the other hand, provide evidence of the existence of a long-term relationship and regular contacts. Evidence will have to be provided of joint activities, which may take the form of:
    • entry/exit stamps on passports;
    • airline tickets/boarding passes;
    • proof of common residence abroad.

Authorisation to enter Luxembourg will be subject to the usual conditions applicable to short-stay visits.

IMPORTANT:  Short-stay Schengen visa holders (Visa C) cannot for the time being travel to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, unless they also fall under one of the exceptional categories outlined above of the travel restrictions for Luxembourg.

For all other information, please contact our consular section: abudhabi.consular@mae.etat.lu

Traveling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Please note that the information provided below does not claim to be exhaustive; it is only of indicative value based on the most recent information available communicated by the relevant authorities in the UAE, in a very changing local context.

The UAE Government and the Government of Dubai have announced new international travel protocols that apply to citizens, residents, visitors and transit passengers. We advise those planning to travel to the UAE to consult official published guidelines, and to clarify requirements with your airline or travel provider. 

General information on travel to the UAE is available on Etihad Travel Updates and Emirates Travel Updates

  • I am a Luxemburgish citizen, with a valid UAE residency visa, currently abroad. How can I return to my place of residence in the UAE?

ATTENTION: Requirement for COVID testing prior to travel

On 23 July, the UAE Authorities announced new requirements for COVID-19 testing prior to travel to the UAE from all countries. All passengers flying to the UAE, including transit passengers, will be asked at check-in to produce a negative result from a COVID-19 test conducted in the previous 96 hours.

For more information, please visit: https://covid19.ncema.gov.ae/en/News/Details/1393

Abu Dhabi

The UAE authorities announced on 12 August 2020 that UAE residency visa holders abroad no longer require prior approval by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) to return to the UAE. However, the ICA advises residents abroad to enter their details on the ICA portal to confirm their eligibility to return to the UAE, in accordance with their UAE residence visa validity.

Residents abroad with expired visas should contact their UAE sponsor to liaise with the immigration authorities.

Queries on approval to return to the UAE should be directed to the airline or travel provider, or the ICA.

Passengers arriving in the UAE will be required to go through thermal screening and will be tested for Covid-19. There will be a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at home or in a designated facility.  Those arriving in the emirate of Abu Dhabi may be required to wear a “medically-approved tracking wristband” for the duration of their quarantine. There are exemptions for those under 18, over 60 or suffering from a chronic disease. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website.

Please note that you should follow the directions of the local authorities on arrival in Abu Dhabi.

Dubai

As the Emirate of Dubai has its own crisis authority and immigration service, there is a separate process for Dubai residents. Holders of Dubai residency visas should refer to the guidelines published by the Government of Dubai on 23 June. Dubai visa residency holders must obtain permission to return to Dubai from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.

Permission can be obtained through the airline or by applying directly to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA).  Any queries on permission to return to Dubai should be directed to the airline or the GDRFA.

  • I am a Luxemburgish citizen wishing to travel to the UAE for holiday. Is it possible?

For now, only the Dubai authorities have announced that tourists and visitors will be allowed to enter the Emirate of Dubai from 7 July.

Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel can be found on the Government of Dubai Website including information about requirements for entry, testing and quarantine measures.

Abu Dhabi is still not yet open to tourists and visitors because of COVID19 precautions.

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