Extension to certain aid packages available for businesses | Extension of restrictions on entry to Luxembourg

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Date:
30 Mar 2021

Newsflash

By:
Dorothée David

1. Extension to certain aid packages available for businesses

The Law of 23 March 2021[1] was published in Mémorial A no. 228 on 23 March 2021 and came into force the same day:

  • The deadline for applying for the aid for certain businesses introduced for June to November 2020 (see our Newsflash of 29 July 2020) is extended until 15 May 2021.

As a reminder, the company in question can apply for this aid on the particular condition that it has not, during the month for which the aid has been requested or eligible months, dismissed more than 25% of its employees on economic grounds.

  • The new recovery aid introduced for December 2020 and January, February and March 2021 (see our Newsflash of 11 January 2021), is extended to include April, May and June 2021.

In order to benefit from this aid, the company in question must in particular fulfil the following criteria:

  • during the month for which they are requesting the aid or the eligible months, it must not dismiss more than 25% of its employees on economic grounds or, if the company employs four people or fewer, it must not dismiss more than one employee on economic grounds, and
  • during the month for which it is requesting the aid, it must have lost at least 25% of its turnover in accordance with the terms stipulated by the law. As an exception however, businesses that have been subject to a legal obligation to close during the month of January 2021 will be able to apply for aid for January 2021, even if they lost less than 25% of their turnover for that month.

The application must be submitted in writing for each month for which it is being requested, by 15 September 2021 at the latest.

2. Extension of restrictions on entry to Luxembourg

  1. Grand Ducal regulation of 29 March 2021 published in Mémorial A no. 254 the same day, stipulates that the ban on third party nationals entering Luxembourg is extended until 30 June 2021 inclusive.

In addition to the exceptions to this ban stipulated by the modified Grand Ducal regulation of 20 June 2020, residents of the following third-party countries are still able to enter Luxembourg: Australia, China, Hong Kong and Macau (subject to a reciprocal agreement with the European Union), South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand.

Up-to-date information about the terms and conditions for travelling to Luxembourg are available here.

 

 

[1] Law of 23 March 2021 modifying:

1. the modified law of 24 July 2020 introducing a recovery and solidarity fund and an aid system for certain businesses, and modifying: 1° the modified law of 4 December 1967 on income tax; 2° the modified law of 20 December 2019 on the budget for state revenue and expenditure for 2020; 3° the law of 3 April 2020 on the introduction of an aid system for businesses experiencing temporary financial difficulty and modifying the modified law of 19 December 2014 regarding 1) social measures for the benefit of independent professional artists and occasional workers in the entertainment industry and 2) the promotion of artistic creativity;

2. the law of 19 December 2020 introducing a new recovery aid package;

3. the modified law of 19 December 2020 introducing a temporary contribution by the government to costs not covered by certain businesses.