Foreign travel advice


Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays or leisure purposes. Check the rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, from 8 March you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).

Check our advice for all the countries you will visit or transit through. Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules with little warning.

To enter or return to the UK from abroad (except from Ireland), you must follow all the rules for entering the UK. These include providing your journey and contact details, and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. When you arrive, you must quarantine and take additional COVID-19 tests. This will take place in a managed quarantine hotel if you enter England from a red list travel ban country, or enter Scotland.


The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Luxembourg based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

If you are returning to the UK from Luxembourg, you will need to self-isolate on your return (unless you are exempt). Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Travel is subject to entry restrictions

  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Luxembourg Government has announced that from 1 January 2021 UK nationals will not be permitted entry to Luxembourg for non-essential purposes due to EU-wide COVID-19 restrictions on non-EU and EEA nationals. More information is provided on the Luxembourg government website. Essential travel is still permitted and a list of exemptions for entering Luxembourg can be found here
  • From Friday 29 January to Sunday 28 February, the Luxembourg Government requires all airline passengers, from the age of 6 years old to be in possession of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result. This test should be taken no more than 72 hours before the flight. Proof of a negative viral antigen (rapid test), taken no more than 72 hours before the flight, will also be accepted
  • In addition, all airline passengers from the UK will have to undergo an additional rapid antigen test on arrival at Luxembourg airport. Those refusing will be required to quarantine for 14 days, or until in receipt of a negative test
  • If you are travelling to Luxembourg by air, you will also be asked to complete a passenger locator form while on the plane

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Luxembourg, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

There are rules about taking food and drink into the EU. See Taking food and drink into the EU for further information.

Around 120,000 British nationals visit Luxembourg every year (Source: STATEC (Statistics Office in Luxembourg). Most visits are trouble-free.

If you’re living in or moving to Luxembourg, visit our Living in Luxembourg guide in addition to this travel advice.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Luxembourg. Attacks could happen anywhere, including in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism

All vehicles must have winter tyres when temperatures are zero or below. See Road travel

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.