Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a member of the European Union(EU). The EU adopts a single market where businesses can trade and move freely within the EU member countries. 19 of the EU countries use the euro as their national currency.

The country information in brief.

CapitalLuxembourg
Date joined the EU1 January 1958
National currencyEuro
Date joined the Eurozone1 January 1999
Language(s)French, German
Luxembourg businesses wanting to expand into the UK marketTo contact the Department for International Trade Luxembourg
Help and support for British nationals in LuxembourgTo contact the British Embassy in Luxembourg

Doing business with the UK

The UK government encourage UK businesses to trade internationally and also welcome foreign businesses into the UK.

UK businesses expanding into overseas markets

If you are a UK business and would like to expand your business overseas, you may contact the Department for International Trade regional offices in the UK. They provide support and help to businesses.

Overseas businesses expanding into the UK market

If you would like to expand your business in the UK, you may contact the British Department for International Trade in your home country. Click here for the Department for International Trade offices worldwide.

Generally, an overseas company wants to set up a place of business in the UK must register with Companies House. You must register your overseas company within one month of opening for business in the UK.

Our accountants can help you to register your overseas company.

Get information about a UK company

Companies House maintain a public register of businesses registered with them. The information you can get include the following:

Continue to live in the UK after Brexit

There are immigration rules you need to be aware of, if you would like to continue to live in the UK after Brexit. Especially, if you are a citizen of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland and is running a UK business.

Unless, you have obtained your British passport or you are an Irish citizen. Then, you do not need to do anything to continue to live in the UK after Brexit.

EU countries

The (European Union) EU countries include:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

EEA countries

Whereas, the (European Economic Area) EEA countries include:

  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway

Switzerland

Switzerland is neither EU or EEA member but is part of the Single market. This means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.

In summary, the Single market is made up of 28 countries which allows free movements of goods, capital, services and people between member states. UK is leaving the single market economic and political union.

Permanent residence document

For example, you hold a valid permanent residence document issued by the UK Home Office. For Brexit purpose, your permanent residence document would not be valid after 31 December 2020.

Types of permanent residence documents include:

  • a certificate inside your blue residence documentation booklet or pink for Swiss national.
  • a certificate inside your passport
  • a biometric residence card confirming permanent residence.

Continue to live in the UK after 30 June 2021

Thereafter, you would need to either, apply to the EU Settlement Scheme or apply for British citizenship to continue living in the UK.

For this purpose, the EU settlement scheme is open and you can apply now. Do not wait until the last minute.

You can still apply for your British passport at a later date after you applied to stay under the EU settlement scheme.

On the other hand, If you would not wish to continue to live in the UK after Brexit, you can stay in the UK until 30 June 2021.

Travel to Europe after Brexit

New passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit. This rule applies if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. If you travel frequently to Europe for your international businesses then you would need to be aware of this new passport rule. Also, take a look at the guidance issued by Companies House on what to expect and how to deal with the transition for companies with EU connection if Brexit with no deal.

Generally, under this new rule, you would need to have at least 6 months left on your passport. This applies to an adult and a child passport.

Do check your passport before travelling. You may have to renew your passport if you plan to travel to Europe after Brexit and your passport is expiring in less than 6 months.

In some cases, you may require to apply for a new passport before travelling to the country that enforces this new passport rule. You may apply for your new passport online or by post. Ordinarily, new passport application takes about 3 weeks. However, Home Office provides fast track passport application service called to get a passport urgently that takes 1 week to get your passport and you must attend an interview for this application.

Do not book your travel unless your passport meets the destination country’s entry requirements.

European countries that adopt 6 months passport rules after brexit

The new passport rules apply the following countries in Europe.

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

Exception

The six months passport rule does not apply when you travel to Ireland after Brexit.

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