Despite being one of the smallest and least populous countries in Europe, has quite the reputation. It is one of the 4 official capitals of the EU, as well as the founding members of the EU, OECD, NATO, and the UN. Be it tourism, business, work, or whatever the purpose, you will need a Luxembourg visa to enter the country.
Apart from the nationals of other Schengen countries and visa-exempt nations, everyone else requires a Luxembourg visa to enter the nation. Being a Schengen nation themselves, the permit issued by Luxembourg is valid throughout the Schengen region. Based on the purpose of the visit and stay duration, they are available in multiple types.
The process of applying for a Luxembourg visa from India is mainly done offline. There is no online visa application for Luxembourg from India. The application handling is outsourced to VACs in India (Visa Application Center). Before starting your application, you must ensure that you are eligible for the category you are applying for. After this, you may proceed to make the application as follows -
Please note that if you have submitted your biometrics for any type of the Schengen visa in the past 5 years, you do not have to submit them again. Also, ensure that you submit only original documents. Submitting fake documents and false information can lead to visa rejection.
The following are the types of visas issued by Luxembourg,
As per the requirements, the following are the general list of documents you must submit. As per the individual categories, there are additional documentation required -
The Luxembourg Schengen visa fees for Indian citizens depends on several factors such as the type of the permit, the duration of stay, the number of entries, biometric charges, as well as any other service charges. It can also change depending on the foreign currency rates. As a result, you must check the exact amount before starting the application.
The time taken to process the application depends on multiple factors such as the entry type, the duration of stay, the type of the visa, volume of applications at the embassy, as well as your travel history. Normally, you can expect it to be processed in about 15 working days, excluding the transit time. Due to the uncertainty, it is recommended that you apply for the permit well in advance.
While you are waiting for a response, you can check the Luxembourg visa application status by visiting https://www.vfsvisaonline.com/Global-Passporttracking/Track and enter your reference number and date of birth. Alternately, you may contact your travel agency to track it for you.
The applications for Luxembourg visa must be lodged at a VAC. The VACs are located in 16 cities across India. However, the processing is done solely by the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in New Delhi. The VAC has no control over any areas of the processing. The VAC is involved in purely the administrative part of the application. Sometimes, the application process can be confusing and difficult. As a result, you may contact a travel agency to ease up the process and help you with the process.
The extension possibilities for the Luxembourg permit depends mainly on the category. Short term permits are almost always non-extendable. However, in certain extreme cases such as medical reasons or other reasons that keep you from returning to your home country, you may be granted an extension. Long term categories may be extended depending on the type.
For short term categories, due to the duration being a maximum of 90 days, there are no mandatory medical test requirements. However, long term categories may require you to get medical test reports mandatory. In either case, it is suggested that you get a medical test done before travelling to a foreign nation.
There is no specific amount that is required to apply for a Luxembourg permit. As per the requirements, you must show that your bank transactions are steady and that you have enough funds to cover your expenses during the stay. These include food, accommodation, travel, etc. Based on your duration of stay, you must show that you have funds to last the entire period.