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"Covidtest travels": New procedure for residents who must travel abroad (29.07.2020)
Following the upsurge of the COVID-19 virus in recent weeks, some countries are asking for a 14-day quarantine or a recent negative COVID-19 test for residents coming from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Therefore, for the summer holiday period, the State offers, one free COVID-19 test per person ahead of a trip or stay abroad – this within the limit of a quota that does not affect strategic testing capabilities.
To this end, a new procedure will be put in place to make it easier for Luxembourg residents to obtain a COVID-19 test before their departure.
Thus, from 31 July onwards, citizens are requested to submit their request for a COVID-19 diagnostic test exclusively online via www.covid19.lu. This platform will speed up the process by directing the citizens directly to the form to make an appointment at one of the country's test centres.
At first, the system will only allow appointments to be made for departures in August. In addition, only one test will be granted per identification number ("matricule" – 13-digit social security number). Information on the procedures and conditions of eligibility can be found at www.covid19.lu. Please note that all requests that have been previously validated and that concern a departure scheduled between August 3 and September 14 will remain valid.
For business trips, companies can request free tests for their employees travelling to countries that require a negative COVID-19 screening test via the following email address email@example.com.
Please note that a large number of European countries do not require a negative test.
Given the evolving nature of the situation, citizens are called upon to consult the regular updates of the measures put in place on entry by third countries which will be communicated on the government's websites. Travelers are also responsible for obtaining information from the competent local authorities (see websites of the embassies of the countries concerned) on the conditions in place at the time of travel.
Press release by the Ministry of Health