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  • H.E. Ms. Angèle Da Cruz visited Kaş Press Release 29/11/21 14:44:00

    On 26-27 November Ambassador Angèle Da Cruz visited Kaş where she paid a courtesy call on Mayor Mutlu Ulutaş. She also met two artists from Luxembourg Raphael Gindt and Daniel Mac Lloyd and discovered their murals in the making thanks to a partnership with Sete Sóis Sete Luas Festival and Esch 2022, European Capital of Culture.

  • Communication by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs concerning temporary immigration measures Press Release 21/09/21

    The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs wishes to inform that the temporary restriction on entry into territory of the Grand Duchy for third-country nationals residing outside the EU has been extended until 31 December 2021 inclusive.

    In addition, the list of countries whose residents are allowed to enter Luxembourg has been updated in response to two recommendations recently issued by the Council of the EU[1]. As of 22 September 2021, third-country nationals residing in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brunei Darussalam, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia and the United States of America will no longer be allowed to enter the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for non-essential travel.

    However, from the above-mentioned date, third-country nationals resident in Uruguay will again be allowed to enter the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, including for non-essential travel.

    Proof of residence is the responsibility of the third-country national.

    The updated list of third-countries whose residents are authorised to enter the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, including for non-essential travel, thus reads as follows:

    • States

    -          Saudi Arabia

    -          Australia

    -          Bosnia and Herzegovina

    -          Canada

    -          China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity at EU level)

    -          South Korea

    -          Jordan

    -          Republic of Moldova

    -          New Zealand

    -          Qatar

    -          Singapore

    -          Ukraine

    -          Uruguay

    • Special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China

    -          Hong Kong SAR

    -          Macao SAR

    • Entities and territorial authorities not recognised as States by at least one Member State of the European Union

    -          Taiwan

    Third-country nationals residing in a country that is not on the above-mentioned list are not allowed to enter the Grand Duchy, except:

    • If travel is considered essential

    Or

    • From 22 September 2021, if third-country nationals hold a certificate proving a complete vaccination pattern that is considered equivalent in Luxembourg, i.e. if it is issued by a Member State of the Schengen area or if it is issued by a third country and considered equivalent by an implementing act of the European Commission. This currently applies to certificates issued by the following countries or territories: Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco, Panama, Republic of North Macedonia, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican.

    Furthermore, it should be recalled that additional health measures are applicable to all air travel to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. At boarding, any person aged 12 or older must present:

    1. either a vaccination certificate attesting to a complete vaccination pattern[2] carried out with a vaccine that has been authorised for use by the European Medicines Agency, issued by a public or medical authority of a Member State of the European Union or of a Member State of the Schengen Area, or a vaccination certificate, issued by a third country, attesting to a complete vaccination pattern and considered as equivalent in Luxembourg in accordance with Article 3bis of the amended law of 17 July 2020 on measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic (this currently applies to certificates issued by the following countries or territories: Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco, Panama, Republic of North Macedonia, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican);
    2. or a recovery certificate issued by a physician or national authority of an EU Member State or Schengen Area Member State for persons who have had a recent SARS-CoV-2 infection within 6 months prior to travel and who have completed the applicable isolation period in the respective country with resolution of all symptoms of infection
    3. or the negative result (on paper or electronically) of a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) for the detection of SARS-CoV-3 viral RNA (PCR, TMA or LAMP methods[3]) carried out less than 72 hours before the flight or of a SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test[4] carried out less than 48 hours before the flight, by a medical analysis laboratory or any other entity authorised for this purpose. The negative result of the test must be presented, if necessary accompanied by a translation, in one of the administrative languages of Luxembourg or in English, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese.

    Details of the applicable rules, including the definition of essential travel and the derogations in place, as well as the exact steps to be taken in advance can be found by clicking the following link:

    https://covid19.public.lu/en/travellers/visiting-luxembourg.html

     

    [1] Recommendations (EU) 2021/1346 of the Council of 30 August 2021 and (EU) 2021/1459 of the Council of 9 September 2021 amending Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction.

    [1] a) A complete vaccination pattern means any pattern that defines the number and interval of injections necessary to achieve sufficient protective immunity and is complete upon administration of the required doses if multiple doses are given or, for single-dose vaccines, after a 14-day interval.

    b) For persons who have recovered and have been vaccinated within 180 days of the first positive NAAT test result, the vaccination pattern is complete 14 days after the administration of the single dose of any vaccine administered.

    [3] PCR: polymerase chain reaction; TMA: transcription-mediated amplification; LAMP: loop-mediated isothermal amplification.

    [4] In accordance with the World Health Organization criteria: Antigen-detection in the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection using rapid immunoassays, Interim Guidance, 11 September 2020, and listed in the list of rapid antigen tests established on the basis of Recommendation 2021/C24/01 of 22 January 2021.

  • Luxembourg National Day Statement 22/06/21

    Dear friends of Luxembourg,

    Unfortunately, this year again, we are not able to host our traditional National Day reception on June 23rd and meet our Turkish friends due to the sanitary situation...

  • Communiqué en relation avec les nouvelles mesures sanitaires pour les déplacements par voie aérienne à destination du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg Press Release 17/06/21

    Vu l’amélioration de la situation du coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 au niveau national et au niveau européen, le ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes et le ministère de la Santé tiennent à informer des nouvelles mesures sanitaires applicables à partir du 13 juin 2021, pour tout déplacement par voie aérienne à destination du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg.

    https://maee.gouvernement.lu/fr/actualites.gouvernement%2Bfr%2Bactualites%2Btoutes_actualites%2Bcommuniques%2B2021%2B06-juin%2B12-mesures-aeriennes.html

    Les nouvelles obligations applicables à toutes les personnes souhaitant entrer au Luxembourg par transport aérien s’ajoutent aux restrictions temporaires déjà en place pour les ressortissants de pays tiers pour les déplacements non essentiels vers l’UE. Dans ce contexte, il est à noter que les restrictions temporaires d’entrée pour les ressortissants de pays tiers sur le territoire du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, mises en place par le règlement grand-ducal relatif aux restrictions temporaires en matière d’immigration, sont prolongées jusqu’au 30 septembre 2021 inclus.

  • Statement on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Istanbul Convention Statement 11/05/21

    May 11, 2021

     

    Statement on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Istanbul Convention by the Ankara embassies of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand

     

    The Istanbul Convention: for a better future for all

    Turkey was the first country to ratify the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Since then much progress has been made in terms of equal rights, women’s participation and leadership, and national legislation with regard to preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

    On 20 March 2021 the Turkish government announced its decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention. We are saddened by this decision. Turkey was one of the strongest supporters during the creation of this instrument in 2011. Turkey made substantive contributions that were highly recognized.

    Therefore, on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the signing of the Istanbul Convention, we would like to express our sincere hope that the Turkish government would reconsider its withdrawal decision. 

    The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, was opened for signature on 11 May 2011 and entered into force on 1 August 2014. It is the most far-reaching instrument in Europe to set legally binding standards to prevent gender-based violence, protect victims of violence and punish perpetrators.

    The Convention has been ratified by 34 member states. It offers the most comprehensive legal framework to prevent and combat violence against women. It calls for preventive actions to be taken, but also to support and protect women who have been exposed to violence or are at risk of such violence. It calls for action against the persisting problem of domestic violence, but also aims to protect women and girls from rape, sexual harassment, stalking, online violence and many other acts of violence against women. Violence against women and domestic violence is a sad reality in all of Europe, and in the rest of the world.

    Unfortunately, in Turkey, like in many other countries, violence against women has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. Reversing the decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention would help Turkey preserve a comprehensive framework to protect women.

    What can be more negative for the cohesion in a country and solidarity amongst its people than domestic violence? How can we build a self-respecting society if emotional or physical traumas experienced at home remain silenced and stigmatized? How can we ensure a strong and prosperous future if part of the population is not able to fulfil its potential?

    Gender equality aims to create equal opportunities for women and men. It allows for certain persistent stereotypes of women and men to be addressed and for all children to have equal opportunities. It is this diversity, these freedoms and rights of our democratic societies that we seek to defend and protect. Acknowledging the progress that Turkey has made, we call on the Turkish Government to look at the Convention as an international agreement that domestic violence and violence against women are not acceptable and cannot be considered as a private or a family matter. We need to acknowledge that gender-based violence is a serious human rights violation that needs to be addressed accordingly. National measures alone do not reach the same levels of protection as the Convention does. Multilateralism matters, as a principle and in reality for the safety of women and girls.

    There is no hidden agenda here – as sometimes is claimed – related to gender identity and sexual orientation. The Convention does not require an adaptation of national legal systems in that respect. State Parties have sufficient leeway to implement the Istanbul Convention in accordance with their national decisions, which doesn’t take away the States’ obligations, under the European Convention on Human Rights, to protect the fundamental rights of all, including LGBTQI people.

    The Istanbul Convention has already had a positive impact on women’s lives across Europe. Calling on governments to prevent violence against women, to protect and help victims and to punish perpetrators, in a comprehensive effort to end such violence, means restoring the dignity of women who have become victims of violence. The European Convention on Human Rights attaches paramount importance to this value.  The Istanbul Convention plays an important role in making a change for women and girls. For a better future, for all.

  • The Luxembourg Embassy will be closed during lockdown / Fermeture de l'Ambassade du Luxembourg en raison du confinement Statement 30/04/21

    During the lockdown (from 29th April at 07:00 pm to 17th  May at 05:00 am), the Embassy will be closed to the public and operate from 10:00 am to 04:00 pm. Please send an email to: ankara.amb@mae.etat.lu . In case of urgency, you can call: +90 534 593 85 38.

     

    En raison du confinement allant du 29 avril à 19h00 au 17 mai 2021 à 05h00, l’Ambassade sera fermée au public. Une permanence sera assurée de 10h00 à 16h00. Vous pouvez envoyer un email à l’adresse suivante : ankara.amb@mae.etat.lu . En cas d’urgence, vous pouvez nous joindre au numéro suivant : +90 534 593 85 38.


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