The ETIAS visa waiver, to be launched in 2022, will allow certain third-country nationals to spend up to 90 days in Luxembourg visa-free.
Eligible foreigners can obtain the ETIAS for Luxembourg online: the application form takes just a few minutes to complete and most requests are approved almost immediately.
ETIAS is being implemented to make the 26 Schengen Area countries, including Luxembourg, even safer by strengthening borders and pre-screening foreigner visitors. This new visa waiver programme is also meant to provide a better, more secure travel experience for both member States’ citizens and third-country nationals visiting the region.
Once the system is in operation, registering with the European Travel and Information Authorisation System will be mandatory for all citizens of visa-waiver countries.
The ETIAS visa waiver for Luxembourg is valid for tourism, business, and transit purposes. To successfully apply, travellers need to meet the ETIAS requirements for Luxembourg.
It is worth mentioning ETIAS is not and will not be a visa, but a visa waiver, which equals a special travel permit.
Luxembourg, the EU and the Schengen Area
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was one of the founding countries of the European Union (EU) and has played an important role since its formation. Luxembourg has also been part of the Schengen Area since 1995.
Luxembourg boasts an advanced economy with one of the highest GDP per capita in the world. The City of Luxembourg became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 to recognise the historical importance of its fortifications.
It is a popular tourist destination for its rich cultural, historical, and architectural heritage as well as being one of the safest countries on Earth.
The strategic location of Luxembourg in the heart of Europe also makes it a top choice for a number of companies. Banking is the largest sector in the economy of Luxembourg whilst steel and industrial industries are also predominant.
An ETIAS visa waiver can be used to travel to Luxembourg for business purposes, provided the stay does not exceed the 3-month limit.
How to apply for Luxembourg ETIAS
Eligible foreign nationals can obtain a Luxembourg visa waiver by completing the short ETIAS application form.
The following basic personal information and passport details are required:
- Full name
- Contact details including an email address
- Date of birth
- Passport number, issue and expiry date
A few questions relating to health and security complete the Luxembourg ETIAS request. The ETIAS fee is paid using a debit or credit card and the application is submitted for review.
On approval, the ETIAS Luxembourg visa waiver is linked electronically to the passport and a notification is sent via email. Conveniently, it is not necessary to present a paper permit on arrival, but travellers are advised to print a copy and keep it on their person.
The permit remains valid for 3 years from the issue date, or until the passport expires, and can be used for stays of up to 90 days in a 180-day period.
Passport requirements for Luxembourg ETIAS
To be eligible, applicants need a valid biometric passport issued by one of the ETIAS eligible countries.
The same passport must be used to apply for ETIAS Luxembourg and to enter the country. Foreigners with dual citizenship should take this into account when submitting the ETIAS request.
As the ETIAS Luxembourg visa waiver cannot be transferred from one passport to another. If the passport expires during the 3-year ETIAS validity period, a new authorisation must be obtained.
Travel information about Luxembourg
Measuring 998 square miles (2,586 km2), Luxembourg may be small in size but it has a great deal to offer tourists from around the world.
The landlocked nation lies between Belgium, France, and Germany and boasts true cultural diversity. The 3 official languages, German, French, and Luxembourgish, are all widely spoken.
Tourists in Luxembourg can enjoy many outdoor activities. Hiking, trekking, and cycling are all popular and a great way to explore the country’s nature reserves and idyllic countryside.
The cosmopolitan character of Luxembourg is reflected in the nation’s many museums and galleries. There are also shows and festivals throughout the year celebrating Luxembourg’s history and traditions.
The country’s capital, Luxembourg City, is home to people of more than 160 different nationalities. Such multiculturalism is shown in its commercial offering: from internationally renowned stores to a wide range of independent boutiques.