Canadian citizens visiting Luxembourg can enter the country without having to carry an approved visa. However, travelling to Europe will change for all visa-exempt citizens starting 2021 when Canadian passport holders —and nationals from another 59 countries— will need to carry an ETIAS visa waiver in order to be granted entry into Luxembourg or any other of the Schengen member nations.
The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is being introduced to strengthen and improve internal security within the Schengen Area countries —including Luxembourg.
As soon as its implementation is finalized, travellers heading to the Schengen Area —including Canadians— will be screened before boarding a flight towards Luxembourg.
ETIAS will make visiting the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg safer for both its residents and visitors. This will be achieved by prescreening all visa-exempt visitors and preventing those who may pose a risk to the wellbeing and security of the European continent from entering.
ETIAS will also allow Schengen authorities a better understanding of eligible travellers visiting any member nation.
Applying for the ETIAS visa waiver to visit Luxembourg
Applying for an ETIAS for Luxembourg for Canadian passport holders will be a simple and straightforward procedure that can be filled out online, thus eliminating long waits in line and visits to an embassy or consulate. The ETIAS application form for Canadian citizens can be completed in under 10 minutes from the comfort of your home or office.
Passport and document requirements to visit Luxembourg
Canadians need to make sure they have the ETIAS visa waiver requirements at hand prior to beginning the ETIAS application:
- Valid Canadian machine-readable passport with a validity of at least 3 months beyond the intended date of arrival
- Completing the ETIAS application form with your personal and passport details including the passport number, country, and date of issue as well as its expiry date
- A valid email address at which to receive a digital copy of your ETIAS once your request has been processed
- A credit or debit card with which to cover the ETIAS issuance fees in order to finalize your application
Once approved, the ETIAS visa waiver will be delivered to the applicant’s email address provided in the form. Since an ETIAS is an electronic document, it will be digitally associated with the exact passport used during the application.
The travel authorization can not be transferred to a second passport, not even when both belong to the same citizen. It is therefore very important for Canadian citizens with dual nationality to choose which passport they wish to travel to Luxembourg on and use that same document during the application process since this is the passport the ETIAS will be issued on.
Travelling to Luxembourg from Canada with the ETIAS visa waiver
Canadian passport holders with an approved ETIAS may visit Luxembourg or any other Schengen nation. ETIAS holders are entitled to visit the Schengen area multiple times for a maximum of 90 days per visit within a 180-day period.
ETIAS has a validity of 3 years as long as the passport used for the application remains valid. In the event that the passport expires during the ETIAS’ validity period, the Canadian citizen will have to request a new ETIAS using their new passport number.
Basic information about Luxembourg
Luxembourg is a tiny landlocked European country that shares borders with Belgium, France, and Germany. Its capital, Luxembourg City, was designated one of the European Union’s 4 official capitals. It is the seat of the European Court of Justice and has 3 official languages: French, German, and Luxembourgish —although English is widely spoken as well—. The city’s old districts and fortifications are exceptionally well-preserved and were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
Tourist Information for Luxembourg
Luxembourg is a developed country with just over 600 thousand inhabitants. The tiny nation enjoys a temperate climate without extreme temperatures. July and August are the warmest months of the year in Luxembourg, while May and June are the sunniest. September and October are usually warm, offering what is known as an “Indian Summer”. November to February are usually cold, dry and snowy, therefore ideal for winter sports.
Health Information for Travelers to Luxembourg
Luxembourg —like most developed nations— has an excellent healthcare system. Nevertheless, taking out health insurance before travelling is always a wise idea since it eliminates the risk of high healthcare expenses in the case of an emergency. Canadian travellers visiting Luxembourg are advised to keep the following in mind:
- If you require medication, bring it along in its original box
- The emergency phone number is 112
- Wear insect repellent with DEET if spending time in nature
- Use SPF 15 sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection during outdoor activities
Canadian Embassies and Consulates in Luxembourg
The vast majority of Canadian citizens visiting Luxembourg normally enjoy a trouble-free stay in the heart of Europe. Although there is no Canadian Embassy in Luxembourg, you may wish to keep the Canadian Consulate contact details at hand just in case you require any assistance during your visit:
Consulate of Canada in Luxembourg
Address: 15, rue Guillaume Schneider, L-2522 Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Telephone: 352 26 270 570
Fax: 352 26 270 670