Luxembourg Entry Visa

This page was last modified on 18-01-2016

Nationals from certain non-EU countries who wish to visit, transit through or work in Luxembourg must, before their departure, have a valid travel document with a visa issued by a consular authority from one of the countries in the Schengen area.

The visa enables free movement in the Schengen area: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.

The nationality of the non-EU national determines whether or not he is obliged to have a visa. Different types of visa exist depending on the duration and nature of the visit.

The Schengen visa must be requested at the consulate of the country the applicant intends to visit, or, if he intends to visit more than one Schengen State, at the consulate of the country of his primary destination (i.e. main purpose of stay or longest stay). If the applicant intends to visit several Schengen states for a stay of equal duration, the visa application must be sent to the consulate of the country whose external borders the applicant will cross first when entering the Schengen area.

As a general rule, the visa application must be submitted in the country in which the applicant legally resides, at a Luxembourg consulate or a diplomatic mission representing Luxembourg. Should there be no Luxembourg consulate in that country and should Luxembourg not be represented there, the application must be submitted at the consulate with territorial competence for visa applications.

See the list of frequently asked questions on the website of the European Commission.

The visa application and attached documents must be translated by a sworn translator if they are not drawn up in German, French or English.

The eTracking feature of paper forms is available in this procedure. This feature enables users to stay informed about the advancement of their applications by email and/or by SMS.

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Who is concerned

Nationals from certain countries must have a visa to enter or pass through a country in the Schengen area.

Depending on the reason for the visit, they will need:

  • either an airport transit visa (visa A) to pass through the international zone in airports, but which does not allow travellers to enter Schengen countries;
  • or a short stay visa (visa C) to transit through or stay in the Schengen area for an uninterrupted period of 90 days maximum or for 90 days accumulated in stages over 180 days for:
    • tourist or family visits;
    • business trips (visiting professional partners, negotiating and concluding contracts, etc.);
    • participating in conferences (conference speakers and university lecturers) exhibitions, fairs or shows;
    • participating in board of directors' meetings and general meetings;
    • providing services within the same business group, etc.;
  • or a long stay visa (visa D) for:

If the third country national has a residence permit for family members of an EU citizen or a valid residence permit issued by another EU Member State, a visa is not required.

Prerequisites

In any case, the third country national must, before applying for a visa, have a valid passport which is valid for at least another 3 months after the expiration date of the visa applied for.

Costs

Costs according to the type of visa
Type of visaNormal fee
Airport transit visa (A) EUR 60
Short stay visa (C) EUR 60
Long stay visa (D) EUR 50

A reduced fee of EUR 35 is granted to:

  • children between 6 and 12 years old;
  • nationals of Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Georgia, FYROM (Macedonia), Armenia, Azerbaijan and Cape Verde.
In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 as amended, nationals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova and Serbia (excluding holders of passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate) holding biometric passports are exempt from the visa obligation.

No visa is required for:

How to proceed

Applying for a short stay visa (visa C)

Third country nationals subject to a visa obligation who wish to stay in Luxembourg for less than 90 days over a period of 180 days for business, family or tourist visits, etc. must apply for a short stay visa (visa C).

Visa applications should in principle be lodged at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit and cannot be lodged earlier than 3 months before the start of the intended visit.

Holders of a multiple-entry visa may lodge the application before the expiry of the visa valid for a period of at least 6 months.

The applicant must submit a completed and signed Schengen visa application in person at:

The application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • 2 recent and identical identity photos;
  • a valid passport or a travel document accepted in the Schengen area, which is valid for at least 3 months after the expiry date of the requested visa;
  • supporting documents associated with the purpose of the journey, such as:
    • an authenticated formal obligation (undertaking of financial responsibility) from a guarantor resident in Luxembourg;
    • official letter of invitation for a business visit;
    • a hotel reservation;
    • a return airline ticket;
  • proof of sufficient means of subsistence (bank account statements, cash, credit cards, etc.);
  • proof of legal residence in the normal country of residence;
  • health insurance covering the travel period.

Before sending the formal obligation to the third country national for whom he is acting as guarantor, the guarantor must:

  • officially authenticate his signature on the form at his commune of residence;
  • send the form to the Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office (Bureau des passeports, visas et légalisations) for a stay of less than 90 days or to the Immigration Directorate for a stay of more than 3 months along with:
    • his last 3 salary slips or a document stating his monthly revenue;
    • a copy of his passport or national identity card;
    • if he is a foreign national, proof of lawful residence in Luxembourg;
    • a copy of the non-EU national's valid passport for whom he is a guarantor.

If his application is accepted, the guarantor receives an official stamped copy of the document. The foreign national then has 6 months to use this document to apply for his visa.

The issuance of the visa alone does not necessarily give the right of entry or stay in Luxembourg.

Other supporting documentation, in relation to the purpose of the visit, may be requested.

Applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days of the date of their lodging. In particular cases, namely when further scrutiny of the application is needed or if the if the application is submitted to a consulate of a State representing Luxembourg, this period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days. As an exception, when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days.

When the visa is granted, it is affixed in the passport in the form of a visa sticker.

The visa type C allows for stays for a duration not exceeding 90 days over any 180-day period. The visa can be issued for one or several entries, depending on the reasons of stay.

The Schengen calculator may help keep track of the number of days authorized in the Schengen area, based on the travel dates. A user guide for the calculator is also available.

The results shown by this tool are not legally binding.

It does not give the holder the right to carry out a paid activity in Luxembourg. In this case, the person must apply for a visa type D.

Possession of a visa does not confer an irrevocable right of entry. The holder of a visa is required to show evidence, at external borders, that he fulfills the conditions of entry in accordance with the Schengen Borders Code (article 5).

Note that the Passeport, Visa and Legalisation Office is competent for visa applications regarding stays not exceeding 90 days over any 180-day period. For applications concerning a stay of more than 3 months, the competent authority is the Department for Foreigners of the Immigration Directorate.

Refusal to issue the visa C

This decision is notified to the applicant by the consulate.

Applicants may lodge an appeal against this decision with the administrative tribunal. The appeal must be filed by a court lawyer within 3 months from the notification of the decision.

The information on possibilities of recourse can be found on the refusal form.

Extension of the visa C

When applying for a visa extension, the applicant must show that he cannot leave Luxembourg before the expiry of his visa or the authorized period of stay, for reasons of force majeure, for humanitarian reasons or for serious personal reasons.

As a rule, the visa can only be extended if the applicant has stayed less than 90 days in the Schengen area, in the course of the past 180 days, and if his current visa is not expired.

The application has to be sent to the Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office.

Applying for a long stay visa (visa D)

Staying for more than 3 months

Third country nationals subject to a visa obligation who wish to stay in Luxembourg for more than 3 months must apply for a long stay visa (D).

Before applying for a visa D, a non-EU national must apply, from his country of origin, for a temporary authorisation to stay at the Immigration Directorate of the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes).

The application procedure for the authorisation to stay depends on the proposed activity:

In the 90 days following receipt of the temporary authorisation to stay, the applicant must submit, in person, a long stay visa application (D) in 2 copies to the Luxembourg diplomatic or consular mission in his country of residence or, failing that, to the embassy or consulate of the country in the Schengen area which represents Luxembourg for the issuance of long-stay visas (only the Belgian embassy or consulate).

The application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • 2 recent and identical identity photos;
  • a valid passport or a travel document accepted in the Schengen area, which is valid for at least 3 months after the expiry date of the requested visa;
  • the temporary authorisation to stay.

When the visa is granted, it is affixed in the passport in the form of a stamp or vignette.

A visa type D is valid for a period of 90 days to one year maximum.

Note that the Passeport, Visa and Legalisation Office is competent for visa applications regarding stays not exceeding 90 days over any 180-day period. For applications concerning a stay of more than 3 months, the competent authority is the Department for Foreigners of the Immigration Directorate.

Staying less than 90 days and carrying out a paid activity

Third-country nationals subject to a visa obligation who wish to work in Luxembourg during a stay of less than 90 days must apply for a long stay visa (D).

Before applying for a visa type D, third-country nationals must apply, from their country of origin, for a work permit/authorisation to stay for trainees at the Immigration Directorate of the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes).

Family ties with an EU citizen

Third country nationals subject to a visa obligation who wish to join a member of their family who is an EU citizen or from a country treated as such, must also apply for a long stay visa (D).

Who to contact

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
26, route d'Arlon
Luxembourg
Postal box B.P. 752 L-2017
Luxembourg
Phone (+352) 247-84040 (from 14.00 - 16.00)
Fax (+352) 22 16 08
Email immigration.public@mae.etat.lu

Opening hours
Monday to Friday from 08.30 - 12.00
Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
43, boulevard Roosevelt
L-2450 - Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Phone (+352) 247 88300
Fax (+352) 22 29 07 ou (+352) 46 49 80 (Visas) ; (+352) 22 02 91 (passports)

Opening hours
Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 16.15