Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Minister of Health Paulette Lenert once again faced the press to deliver an update on Monday's government council decisions.

As of Friday 29 January, incoming travellers to Luxembourg must be able to produce a negative test result before boarding the plane.  This new measure will apply to foreign nationals and Luxembourgers alike, if they have spent more than 72 hours abroad. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be accepted.

In addition to this, travellers arriving from countries outside the EU must also undergo a test at Findel upon arrival. The government has not ruled out applying this additional measure to countries within the EU, depending on whether they are ranked as high-risk by the EU Commission.

These measures will last until 28 February. They will not be applied to cross-border workers, or travellers arriving by train or car.

Travellers who refuse to take a test, either prior to boarding or upon arrival, must quarantine accordingly once in the Grand Duchy. Bettel highlighted that such a quarantine period should not be covered by a sickness certificate.

Vaccination - second phase to launch

The next phase of the vaccine rollout will cover people aged 75 and over, beginning with the eldest and working downwards; and will also cover people who are considered to be medically vulnerable, regardless of age.

Invitations will be sent out in the post.

Lenert explained that the Ministry of Health would be working on guidelines for the medically vulnerable in conjunction with GPs this week. Doctors will be able to issue certificates to those at risk to prove their eligibility for the vaccine.

When queried on the antibody medication purchased by Germany last week, Lenert said it was too early to make a decision and she would wait for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to authorise such medicines, rather than acting purely on a national basis.