Every Luxembourg national is entitled to an identity card and a passport, provided that there is no legal impediment. These documents are evidence of Luxembourg nationality and the identity of their holder. They serve as proof of nationality.
Loss or theft of an identity document has to be brought to the attention of the local police as soon as possible, in order to be issued a certificate. At the same time, the municipal administration of the resident's main residence has also to be notified.
Luxembourgers living abroad must also notify any loss to a Luxembourg consular or diplomatic representative office in their country of residence.
Applying for an identity card
Since 1 July 2014, identity cards have the form of a bank card. They contain an electronic chip fulfilling the highest international safety measures for travel documents.
Compulsory identity card: Possession of an identity card is compulsory for all persons of Luxembourg nationality who have reached the age of 15 and reside in a Luxembourg municipality. It is valid for 10 years.
Optional identity card: For children under 15 years, identity cards are not compulsory. The period of validity is:
- 2 years for children of less than 4 years;
- 5 years for children of 4 years or more and under 15 years.
Applying for a biometric passport
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg introduced biometric passports in 2006.
A biometric passport is a travel document required by most foreign countries, outside the European Union (EU), to enter their territory. It is in the passport that visas to enter and stay in foreign countries are stamped, when that formality is required.
Applying for a visa for a stay outside the European Union (EU)
Every person of Luxembourg nationality, regardless of age, may apply for a visa if he holds a passport and wishes to stay in a foreign country, outside the EU, for which a visa is required.