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Key information for moving to Luxembourg
1/ Residence permit
Since 1 January 2008, the Grand Duchy regulation of 21 December 2007 (amending the regulation of 28 March 1972 regarding the conditions for entry and stay of various categories of foreigners under international conventions) is applicable to citizens of a member state of the European Union, of the European Economic Area (EEA), of Switzerland or of another country.
If you plan to stay in Luxembourg for a duration of more than three months, you must obtain authorisation in the form of a residence card. The application for the residence card should be made with the county (commune) in which you reside. The card is valid for five years. After an uninterrupted stay of five years, you will obtain permanent resident status (to be obtained from the responsible department).
The residence card given to family members who are not citizens of a European Union country will have the same duration of validity as that of the person on whom they are dependent.
Citizens of countries that are not members of the EU or the EEA must make a declaration with the county. This must be done in the three days following their arrival. In order to be employed, they must also have a work permit (which is not necessary for citizens of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland).
In the interests of administrative simplification, the city of Luxembourg has created a special office, the “biergercenter”, where it is possible to receive information and carry out most of the administrative formalities.
For further information:
- For the city of Luxembourg: Bierger-center – 51 boulevard Royal, Luxembourg – Tel. (+352) 47 96 22 11.
- For the other counties, you should contact the county administration in your place of residence.
2/ Vehicle registration
In order to register your vehicle in Luxembourg, you must go to the National Technical Control Society (SNCT) in order to have the vehicle checked.
Registration of a vehicle in Luxembourg requires the presentation of the following documents:
- Application for registration card (form to be filled in)
- Official stamp costing 50 €
- Document identifying the legal owner of the vehicle (bill, sales agreement, etc.)
- Document proving the payment of the required VAT (receipt, VAT number, etc.)
- Proof that the vehicle is covered by insurance
- Valid third party liability insurance
- Document proving the payment of customs duties (sticker “705”, etc.)
- Certificate attesting to the conformity of the vehicle (available on request from the manufacturer of your vehicle or dealer of the make of your vehicle)
- Registration document for the vehicle in your country of origin (registration card or certificate, proof of removal from circulation, etc.).
In principle, the original of all the above documents should be presented. For some documents, a certified copy is also accepted.
You can then begin the procedure for obtaining a registration card with the SNCT, which – if the technical control is positive – will give you your new registration card, the certificate of conformity and the sticker (vignette) proving that you have paid the road tax (which is to be paid every year to the Customs office).
In Luxembourg the VAT for the purchase of vehicles is 15%. A private individual who buys a new car abroad does not pay the VAT in the country of purchase but must pay the Luxembourg VAT (15%) when the vehicle is cleared by customs.
Key information for obtaining insurance in Luxembourg
1/ Automobile insurance
In Luxembourg it is compulsory to take out Third Party Liability auto insurance.
2/ Home insurance
There is no legal requirement regarding home insurance in Luxembourg. Each person is free to take out insurance or to cover the risk himself.
Nevertheless, when a lease is being signed, an owner can require a renter to take out home insurance to cover the latter’s responsibility in the event of accident (fire, water damage, etc.).
3/ Third-party Liability Family Insurance
There is no legal requirement regarding Third-party Liability Family Insurance in Luxembourg. Everyone is free either to take out this insurance or to cover the risk himself.
4/ Health insurance
In Luxembourg any person carrying out remunerative activity is officially insured with one of the health funds:
- If you are a salaried worker, your employer is responsible for registering you with the social security system.
- If you are a non-salaried worker, you must register in person with the Luxembourg social security system.
- If you are self-employed, you should contact the Caisse de Maladie des Professions Indépendantes (CMPI).
Specialised doctors and dentists can be contacted directly without going through a general practitioner. Depending on the kind of treatment, the fees of doctors and dentists are covered at the rates of 80%, 95% or 100% by the health insurance.
For additional information about the social security system in Luxembourg, you can consult the web site www.secu.lu.
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