In a rapid-fire move, the UK Government announced on Thursday evening that the new advice would apply from Friday 31 July. It comes after recorded coronavirus cases in Luxembourg jumped tenfold since the start of June – and follows similar restrictions being brought in for Spain last weekend.
The Government has said:
- Travellers arriving from Luxembourg must quarantine for two weeks. This includes returning British holidaymakers, and applies from Friday 31 July onwards to those arriving in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. For more on what this involves, see How does quarantine in the UK work?
- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is now warning against all non-essential travel to Luxembourg. An FCO warning is often a key trigger for travel insurance – it means if you decide to travel anyway, your insurance is unlikely to cover you. For more info see our Coronavirus Travel Rights guide.
- Brits AREN’T being told to come home early. The UK Government is not advising UK travellers already in Luxembourg to cut short their trip and return early at this stage. Travellers in Luxembourg are being told to follow the advice of the local authorities while in the country.
Luxembourg is a small country with a population of around 600,000 – the Foreign Office said it is visited by around 120,000 UK nationals each year.
For full help on your travel rights in a similar situation, see our Spain travel help guide, and for general info on travel insurance, holiday refunds and more, see our Coronavirus Travel Rights guide.