Important Travel Document Information – Please Read
If you are travelling to Luxembourg for a short trip of up to 90 days, you will need a Luxembourg Visa. The Schengen agreement is a document that allows for free travel across a selection of 27 European Countries that make up the Schengen Area. When applying for a Luxembourg Schengen Visa you may choose short-stay or long-stay and the number of entries you require. First time applicants are usually only granted a single-entry visa.
We advise you to make an application as soon as possible. The Embassy recommends that you submit your application at least 15 days before to your intended departure date, and no sooner than six months in advance.
Luxembourg Schengen C-Visas
Nationals of a third country who are required to have a visa and desire to visit Luxembourg for a duration of less than 90 during a period of 180 days for reasons such as business, family visits or tourism trips, etc. are required to apply for a short stay visa (visa C).
It does not authorise the visa holder to engage in paid work in Luxembourg. In this situation, the individual must apply for a type-D long-stay visa.
Luxembourg National D-Visas
You must apply for a residency permit or national D-Visa, rather than a Luxembourg Schengen Visa if you plan to stay in Luxembourg for more than 90 days.
Your long-stay visa is for a period of three months to one year, regardless of the length of your anticipated stay. You must apply for a residence permit at a prefecture in order to prolong your stay beyond the duration of your visa.
The long-stay visa is comparable to a Schengen visa throughout its validity term, allowing you to travel and remain in the Schengen area outside of Luxembourg for up to 90 days in any 180-day period, under the same circumstances as if you had a Schengen visa.
If you are a citizen of a country that can visit the Schengen zone without a visa, then you may travel visa-free and apply for your national visa / residence permit from within the country you wish to stay in long-term.
A Luxembourg Schengen visa allows you to stay in Luxembourg for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. You can use your visa to travel to any of the other 26 Schengen countries during your stay.
The following are the most common purposes for a Luxembourg Schengen visa:
Tourism: If you are planning to visit Luxembourg for sightseeing, visiting family or friends, or attending a cultural event, you will need a Schengen visa.
Business: If you are traveling to Luxembourg for business purposes, such as attending a conference or meeting with clients, you will need a Schengen visa.
Medical treatment: If you are traveling to Luxembourg for medical treatment, you will need a Schengen visa.
Study: If you are planning to study in Luxembourg for less than 90 days, you will need a Schengen visa.
Transit: If you are passing through Luxembourg on your way to another country, you may not need a visa, but it is always best to check beforehand
If Luxembourg is your main destination, you can start your application online.
Submissions on our website will go through our expert service including:
- Review of submission details to ensure there are no discrepencies
- Processing of the required documentation, delivered to you securely
- Guidance for the appointment booking process at the Luxembourg Consulate
- General advice and support for the visa application process
You will be required to attend an in-person interview and submit a file with supporting documents along with your application. We will advise on all of this once your application is submitted.
All Schengen visa applications require you to attend an appointment in order to lodge your application. For travellers to Luxembourg, you would be required to lodge at the consular representation of Luxembourg in your country.
During the appointment, you will have to submit your application form along with the supporting documents as advised by your case worker. During the appointment, you may be questioned about the purpose of your visit and your intentions.
It is crucial to ensure all supporting documents accompany your application form otherwise your application may be rejected.
After you attend an appointment, the processing time can be up to 15 working days.
Who can visit Luxembourg without a visa?
Nationals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia (excluding holders of passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate) who possess biometric passports are exempt from the visa requirement.
Additionally, citizens of any country in the European Union or the United Kingdom do not require a visa to Luxembourg for short stays of up to 90 days. For longer stays, travelers would require a National D-Visa for Luxembourg. ETIAS is expected to be operational in November 2023, which will mean all non-EU travelers who are currently visa exempt would need to apply for this travel authorization.
For detailed information on specific parts of the Luxembourg visa process, you can refer to the links below to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any detailed information, please contact us via email.
|EU Visa News|
|EU Visa Fees|
|Schengen Visa Types|
|How to submit a Visa Application|
A Schengen visa is required for any third national wishing to enter Luxembourg or any other 27 Schengen member states. It could be a short-stay Schengen C-visa for stays of up to 90 days or a national D-visa / residence permit for longer stays in the country.
What to do if your Luxembourg visa is refused?
If your Luxembourg visa is rejected, you can:
- Appeal the ruling.
- Write a letter of appeal to the embassy or consulate that denied your visa.
- Re-apply. In Luxembourg, you can reapply for the same visa once more.
- Submit an application for a Schengen visa to enter another Schengen country.
This depends on a number of things such as whether or not you have had a Schengen visa in the past or how many countries you intend to visit. Generally your first Schengen visa will be issued for the duration of your stay. Future Visa Applications may be granted for multiple entry for a number of years.
You can expect an update on any Visa Applications within 3 days of submission. You can choose express processing at checkout for a response within 24 hours.
Once you attend your appointment, your visa can take up to 15 working days to be processed by the Embassy.
As an EU national or national of a country treated as such, you automatically have the right to permanent residence in Luxembourg after 5 years of official residence. The permanent residence permit and the registration certificate are distinct.