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. European countries that have abolished border controls between each other 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.
One of the most well-known reasons for visiting the Schengen Zone is for tourism. However there are many reasons you can list as your travel purpose on your application such as:
Visiting Family or Friends - those who desire to visit family or friends who are lawfully resident in the Schengen region.
Business - Many individuals travel to and from the Schengen nations on a regular basis for business.
Medical reasons — For heading to any of the Schengen member states for medical treatment
Students and learners - who intend to attend any form of educational institution, such as university courses, language courses, and other courses, for a duration of less
Cultural, Sports, and Film Crews - a visa created for those residing outside of the Schengen region who want to go to Europe for a Cultural, Sports, or Religious Event, a
There are four types of visas available in Luxembourg, they are as follows:
- Work Visa. If you are a foreign national planning to work in Luxembourg, you must submit an application for a long-stay employment visa.
- Student Visa. International students who wish to pursue higher education in Luxembourg must apply for a student visa.
- Visa for family reunion.
- Investment Visa
Schengen visas are utilised by business persons, tourists, speciality workers, and students who want to stay in Luxembourg for a limited time for specific travel purposes. Those who apply for a Schengen visa must prove that they intend to leave the Schengen zone at the end of their temporary stay.
Once you submit an application, we will check to ensure there will be no issues with your authorization. You will be kept up to date from the moment your application is submitted.
You will receive all updates to the email address you present on your application and our phone lines are open 9am-5pm (GMT+0) if you have any queries.
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 in the table on the right to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
A Visa is required for any third national wishing to enter Luxembourg or any other Schengen country. 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.