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How to apply for a short stay Schengen Visa to Luxembourg?

1) General visa information

There are no longer any frontier controls at the borders between 22 EU countries. This is thanks to the Schengen rules which are part of EU law. These rules remove all internal border controls but put in place effective controls at the external borders of the EU and introduce a common visa policy.

The full Schengen members are:

Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden (but not Ireland and the United Kingdom) plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland (which are not EU members). Switzerland, the latest Schengen member, opened its land borders at the end of 2008 and its air borders at the end of March 2009.

Cyprus which joined the EU in 2004 and Bulgaria and Romania which joined in 2007 do not yet fully participate in Schengen. You will therefore need to present a valid passport or ID card to travel to those countries and to Ireland and the United Kingdom.

When entering or leaving the EU at the external borders you will need a valid passport or an ID card.

It is best to have your passport or ID card when travelling in the EU because you may be required to prove your identity. If public order or national security so require, checks at the internal borders may be carried out for limited periods.

Make sure that any children travelling with you either have their own passport or ID card or are registered on your passport.

Agreements with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland enable their nationals to be treated in the same way as EU citizens and to travel with just an ID card or passport in the EU.

A US citizen does not need a visa to visit the Schengen area countries so long the stay does not extend over 90 days as long as the US passport is valid three months beyond the date of return in the USA.

For staying more than 90 days, an application for a  residence permit will be necessary and this one will vary upon the final purpose of the stay. It shall be lodged with the Immigration service in Luxembourg.

When traveling with children, please note that there is no visa fee for children under age 6.

 2) How to apply for a short stay Schengen visa to Luxembourg?

The visa section is open from Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 1.00pm.

Please check under the Visa Section if you need a visa or not.

2) 1. Where should you apply?

1.    If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Embassy or Consulate of that particular country.

2.    If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country, which is your main destination.

3.    If you do not need a visa for the Schengen country, which is your main destination or first point of entry, please note that you may require a visa for other Schengen countries. You should then apply at the Embassy of Consulate of the first Schengen country, which does require you to have a visa.

 Applications should be made in person at the Embassy or Consulate in whose jurisdiction you reside. If the applicant cannot apply in person, he/she should contact the Schengen Embassy or Consulate for further instructions.

2) 2. What should you submit?

 1. A passport or official travel document with a validity that exceeds the intended stay of the applicant by at least 6 months. Please make sure your passport has 2 blank pages to affix the visa.

Note: If the validity of the passport or travel document does not include one or more Schengen countries, it is still possible to obtain a visa. This visa will then be restricted to those Schengen countries, which accept the passport or travel document.

2. One visa application form  and 1 recent passport-size photographs. Please fill out the application form completely and legibly in black ink.

3. Proof establishing the purpose of your trip

a) Tourism Travel: a letter of invitation, proof of participation in group travel, etc., Hotel Reservations, Proof of sufficient funds to cover the cost of your intended stay (e.g. traveler checks, credit cards, bank statements, letter of employment, etc.).

b) Business Travel: a letter of invitation from the company you are visiting in Luxembourg and a letter from your company in the USA;

c) Visiting family or friends: please have them fill out at “ Declaration the Prise en Charge” from their local “commune.” Please note that you will need to send your family member or friend a notarized copy of your passport in order for them to apply for a “Declaration de Prise en Charge.” Make sure that they follow the instructions at the bottom of the “Declaration de Prise en Charge.”

4. Proof of lodging, i.e. hotel reservations, rental of vacation home, stay with a family member or friend. In the latter case, a “Déclaration de Prise en Charge” should be submitted (please refer to point 3).

5. Proof that you can continue your trip after your visit to the Schengen countries, i.e. onward or return non-endorsable airline ticket or e-ticket.  

6. If returning to the US, a valid US resident alien card or a valid US visa. Students should present a valid I-20; Exchange Visitors should present a valid I-66.

7. If the applicant is a minor, please present written consent of a parent or guardian having the care and custody of the child. The signatures on this document have to be notarized.

8. Proof of travel health/accident insurance is required: cover you for a minimum of $50,000 (USD) in the Schengen States and any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment. You can purchase Travel Insurance from and click on “Compulsory Insurance” to get more information or call a travel agent.

9. Copy of plane tickets or e-tickets. A copy of an itinerary is accepted to process the visa application but you then must supply us with a copy of plane tickets or e-tickets in order for us to issue your visa.

10.Unless you pick up your documents at the consulate, a prepaid return envelope is needed (FedEx ONLY ). The Consulate of Luxembourg is not responsible for documents lost in the mail, so we highly suggest using an overnight form of courier service.

 2) 3. General Information 

Visa applications in person only: please call in order to make an appointment


17 Beekman Place
New York, NY 10022

Tel.: (212)888-6664


The Luxembourg Consulate in New York is closed on all US holidays.


The Consular Administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant and / or to request an interview in person. The latter is hereby informed that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee automatic issuance of the visa.

Please note that holders of a Schengen visa are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into a Schengen country and are therefore NOT guaranteed automatic entry even when they hold a valid Schengen