Consular services

IMPORTANT NOTICE - CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

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 or Luxembourgish UAE residents 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.

Attention: On 23rd June 2020, the UAE authorities introduced new measures for all passengers flying to the UAE (please see below)

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ):

Here you will find a list of FAQ in light of the most recent announcements of the UAE authorities. The information provided does not claim to be exhaustive; it is only of indicative value based on the most recent official information available from the UAE authorities, in a very changing local context.

The information hereafter is current as of July 31, 2020

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

Abu Dhabi

Since June 1st, UAE residents stranded abroad, including Luxembourg nationals, are allowed to return to the UAE based on certain criteria and upon prior approval from UAE authorities.

All residents wishing to return must register and apply for approval with the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and applications should be made through the UAE Residents Entry Permission service. Upon approval by UAE authorities residents can book their flight. Special rules will apply upon arrival to the UAE with regards to thermal screening, PCR testing and quarantine.

Dubai

Attention: 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 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).

Please note that the granting of permission to return to the UAE is at the sole discretion of the UAE immigration authorities.

IMPORTANT: 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.

We strongly urge all passengers to double-check the requirements for COVID testing with your airline prior to travel.  Additional information can be found here or is available on Etihad Travel Updates and Emirates Travel Updates

 

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. Kindly note that the Embassy cannot help you with flight reservations. 

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 for holidays and swab tests before departure are no longer required by the UAE authorities. However, prior permission to re-enter the UAE will have to be granted by UAE authorities according to the required procedures from ICA or GDFRA outlined above.

 IMPORTANT: On 23rd of July, the UAE authorities announced that that all travelers from the UAE heading to the EU, Britain or countries requiring Covid-19 PCR tests should do so before boarding a plane

 

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.

Please note that ads of 23 July, UAE Authorities announced new requirements for COVID-19 testing prior to travel to the UAE from all countries (please see above). 

 

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 15 September. There are, however, a number of exceptions to this rule:

  1. In view of the global epidemiological situation in some regions, the Council of the European Union regularly adopts a recommendation on relaxing the entry restrictions for third country nationals.

    The Luxembourg Government has implemented this recommendation and, 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:

    (1) Australia, (2) Canada, (3) China (subject to reciprocity at EU level), (4) Georgia, (5) Japan, (6) Morocco, (7) New Zealand, (8) Rwanda, (9) South Korea, (10) Thailand, (11) Tunisia, (12) 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;

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 of the travel restrictions for Luxembourg.

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

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