Guidance

Living in Luxembourg

Official information British people moving to and living in Luxembourg need to know, including EU Exit guidance, residency, healthcare and driving.

EU Exit: what you need to know

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There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Luxembourg while the UK remains in the EU.

While the government continues to negotiate Brexit, you should:

Before you go

See our travel advice for Luxembourg and sign up for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.

See moving or retiring abroad.

Visas and residency

See entry requirements for Luxembourg in our travel advice.

You are required to register at the local town hall (“commune”) in Luxembourg when you arrive. See how to register your arrival

If you plan to stay in Luxembourg for more than 90 days, you must make a declaration of arrival (déclaration d’arrivée) at the Municipal Office in your locality within 8 days. Within 3 months of arrival, you must get an address registration certificate (déclaration d’enregistrement) from the Municipal Office.

As an EU national, you automatically acquire the right of permanent residence in Luxembourg if you have lived here legally for a continuous period of 5 years.To confirm your permanent residency status, you can get an “attestation de séjour permanent” from your local commune or fill out this form and send to the address mentioned. For more information, please visit myguichet.lu.

The UK and EU have agreed the full legal text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement in principle. The agreement on citizens’ rights will allow UK nationals to stay in their Member State of residence after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.

In the event of changes to residency rules or registration processes after 29 March 2019, we will update this page as soon as information is available.

Healthcare

See our travel advice for Luxembourg.

The NHS has information about healthcare for British people living in and visiting Luxembourg.

You need a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC.

You can find English-speaking doctors in Luxembourg. You should also check your prescriptions are legal in Luxembourg.

S1 form – healthcare paid for by the UK

You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Luxembourg and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit.

You need to apply for a S1 form – contact the Department for Work and Pensions’ International Pension Centre.

Working in Luxembourg

See working in another EU country.

Criminal records check

Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).

You can get the UK equivalent of a ‘casier judiciare’ from the ACRO Criminal Records Office.

Tax

See tax if you leave the UK to live abroad and tax on your UK income if you live abroad.

We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in Luxembourg.

See paying income tax in Luxembourg.

You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.

Pensions

See State Pension if you retire abroad and new State Pension.

If you have worked in Luxembourg, see old-age pensions.

If you haven’t worked in Luxembourg, you should claim your UK state pension by contacting the International Pension Centre.

If you’ve worked in several EU countries, see state pensions abroad.

Life certificates for UK state pensions

If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.

Benefits

See claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad.

Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.

Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.

You may be eligible to claim some Luxembourg social security benefits – see Luxembourg social security benefits.

Driving in Luxembourg

See driving abroad and road travel in Luxembourg.

See driving licence renewal and exchange and taking a vehicle out of the UK.

Voting

British citizens living abroad can vote in some UK elections – you’ll need to register as an overseas voter.

If you’re resident in Luxembourg, you can vote in local municipal and European parliamentary elections.

Births

See register a birth abroad.

Deaths

See what to do after someone dies.

See also:

Getting married

See getting married abroad.

Renewing passports

See overseas British passports applications and get an emergency travel document (sometimes called an emergency passport).

Pets

See travelling with pets.

UK nationals will still be able to travel to and from the UK with a pet (cat, dog or ferret) when the UK leaves the EU, but the rules will change. See pet travel to Europe after Brexit for more information.

Emergencies

As well as the European emergency number 112, Luxembourg also uses 113 for the police.

See Luxembourg – emergency numbers.

If you need urgent help, contact the British Embassy Luxembourg.

Accommodation and buying property

See buying a property abroad.

Other useful information

Returning to the UK

To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.

See tax if you return to the UK.

See bringing your pet to the UK.

Disclaimer

Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Luxembourg authorities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.

Published 17 April 2018
Last updated 22 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. EU Exit update: New information in residency and visa section on draft withdrawal agreement in principle between the UK and EU. Plus information on travelling with pets in Europe in pet section.
  2. Updated how UK nationals should register at the local town hall under the ´visas and residency´ section
  3. First published.