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.
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.
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.
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
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.
We recommend you get professional advice on paying 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.
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.
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
If you’re resident in Luxembourg, you can vote in local municipal and European parliamentary elections.
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.
As well as the European emergency number 112, Luxembourg also uses 113 for the police.
If you need urgent help, contact the British Embassy Luxembourg.
Accommodation and buying property
Other useful information
- English-speaking lawyers in Luxembourg
- English-speaking translators and interpreters in Luxembourg
- Notary services for Luxembourg
Returning to the UK
To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.
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.