We want to contact you about the recent uncertainties with respect to the current COVID19 Coronavirus global health crisis. Your health and safety are of utmost importance to us, and we want to share updated information about possible effects on travel to Luxembourg.
PLEASE NOTE: This article pertains to individuals on the path to reclaim Luxembourg Citizenship under Article 89 of the Luxembourg Nationality Law. That is to say, individuals who must travel to Luxembourg by December 31, 2020 to obtain citizenship. Applicants for Luxembourg Citizenship under Article 7 do not need to travel to Luxembourg. Applicants for Luxembourg Citizenship under Article 23 (Citizenship by Option) do not have a deadline to make their in-person declarations.
As we write, recently announced temporary regulations affecting travel in the USA and EU are only for dates through April. The United States has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory, effectively advising all citizens not to travel at this time. Flights remain operating between Europe and North America, but non-EU citizens cannot enter the EU until further notice. For those in Europe, Luxembourg’s borders will not be closed. However, its border countries have closed their land borders with Luxembourg and Luxembourg’s Findel Airport will be closed from March 23rd until further notice. Therefore, it is not currently possible to travel to Luxembourg. Luxembourg is currently under a state of emergency and the Bierger-Center is not currently processing Luxembourg citizenship applications for a minimum of two weeks. All movement within its territory is currently restricted. Because of the changing situation, we are providing you links to the latest information.
To get the latest news updates from Luxembourg, we recommend you follow https://today.rtl.lu.
LUXEMBOURG CITIZENSHIP GUIDANCE – FOR ARTICLE 89 TWO-STEP CITIZENSHIP PROCESS WITH DECEMBER 31, 2020 DEADLINE ONLY
We appreciate that the prospect of international travel seems unpredictable for the near future. We have received a number of questions regarding how this might affect applying for Luxembourg Citizenship.
The deadline to apply to recover Luxembourg Citizenship remains December 31, 2020. This final deadline is enshrined in law and cannot be changed without an act of Parliament. We do not expect an extension of this deadline. All political parties in Luxembourg have already taken a position against extending this deadline.
We have received questions if Luxembourg might allow for applicants to submit documentation by mail or electronically. There can be no changes to the in-person application requirement without an Act of Parliament to change the law. Parliament has other legislative priorities in the current climate and changes to the application process by Parliament seem unlikely.
Current circumstances prove that it is possible for world events to affect one’s ability to travel. The current health crisis may continue or new travel difficulties may arise. Due to the impending final application deadline, LuxCitizenship maintains our previous recommendation that our clients not plan for travel to Luxembourg in the last quarter of 2020. LuxCitizenship assumes no responsibility for individuals who for any reason fail to complete their citizenship recovery.
LUXEMBOURG CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL GUIDANCE
For the latest updates on the COVID19 Coronavirus in Luxembourg and any measures that may be taken in Luxembourg, you can visit the Luxembourg Government’s special English language website:
UNITED STATES CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL GUIDANCE
As you are probably aware, on Wednesday, March 12th, President Trump announced a 30-day ban on entry to the United States by non-US citizen/residents who have been in 26 European countries over the last two weeks. This ban lasts until around April 12th. This may disrupt or affect availability of flights between the United States and Europe. As this is a changing matter, we recommend you check with the Department of Homeland Security https://www.dhs.gov/keywords/coronavirus-covid-19 and your airline for further information. On March 19th, the US Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html
FRANCE, GERMANY, AND OTHER EU COUNTRY TRAVEL GUIDANCE
We continue to monitor the press and public announcements in Luxembourg as well as throughout the European Union and United Kingdom for the latest regulation updates. We are aware that many individuals traveling to Luxembourg first must travel through Germany or France.
For travel advisory on these countries, we recommend to read both the pages of the US State Department and the UK Home Office (which is updated more frequently) for the most comprehensive guidance.
If you have travel booked through another European country and need official guidance on travel updates, you can contact us and we’ll provide you with the Government Links.
OTHER TRAVEL CONSIDERATIONS
-We encourage all travelers to obtain travel insurance and any other available/applicable insurances for their travel. Flight reservations originating in the European Union may benefit from European legal protections and entitlement to reimbursement for the impossibility to travel. You should check the individual terms and conditions of the travel you booked for more information.
-As in any case when traveling outside of the United States, you should check with your medical insurance provider to confirm that medical care outside the United States is covered under said policy. If not, you should take out a travel insurance or other policy that provides for medical care outside the USA. These policies are usually quite affordable.
We are here to be a resource for you and your family. The well-being of our clients is our highest priority. We will continue to keep you in the loop while encouraging everyone to make preparations for the next steps in the application process. Considering the deadline later this year and that a deadline extension is unlikely, it is best to continue application preparation and be ready to submit when possible