Belgium (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Covid-19 tests required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 10 days required for travellers with symptoms.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Delivery/Takeout only
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 13.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter until 1 April 2021.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers residing in Belgium;
– students;
– passengers entering Belgium to transit by land to a third country. They must prove that they can enter the destination country;
– more exemptions can be found at https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels/ .
2. Nationals and residents of Switzerland and EEA Member States entering or transiting through Belgium must have a completed sworn statement obtained at https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/essential-travel-sworn-statement .
3. Residents of Australia, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore and Thailand entering or transiting through Belgium must have a completed sworn statement obtained at https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/essential-travel-sworn-statement .
4. Passengers must have an Essential Journey Certificate issued by a Belgian embassy or consulate.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Switzerland and EEA Member States;
– residents of Australia, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore and Thailand;
– merchant seamen;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport.
5. A completed “Passenger Locator Form” must be submitted at most 48 hours before arrival. The form can be found at https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/public-health-passenger-locator-form .
6. Passengers could be subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and quarantine; details can be found at https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/
7. Passengers are subject to medical screening.
8. Passengers entering or transiting through Belgium must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The certificate must be in Dutch, English, French or German.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Belgium;
– passengers younger than 6 years;
– passengers transiting through Belgium to a country other than Austria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The recent decisions of the Belgian government announced late on 22 January 2021 confirmed a travel ban to and from Belgium between 27 January and 1 March 2021, except for essential reasons. These new measures force Air Belgium to temporarily suspend flights to and from the French West Indies from 30 January until 1 March 2021.

Flights scheduled from 26 to 29 January will be well operated.

Passengers who were scheduled to travel between 30 January and 1 March can postpone their trip free of charge to a later date and under the same conditions or be reimbursed.

Flights are suspended from 30 January until 1 March 2021. Passengers who have a scheduled return flight to Belgium or the French West Indies after 30 January will be redirected to another airline.

From 27 January until 1 March travel for recreational/tourist purposes to/from Belgium is no longer permitted. Passengers must be able to justify their travel for an essential reason.
 

Lockdown Details

Working from home is compulsory where possible.

There is a national curfew from midnight to 5.00. Local authorities have the flexibility and authority to adapt and restrict travel restrictions and non-essential activities in accordance with the epidemiological situation in their area. People going to work, coming home from work, or moving for assistance to a vulnerable person, are exempted.

From the age of 12, face masks (of any fabric) are mandatory in public transport (including at stops and stations), in shops and shopping malls, cinemas, theatres, concert and conference venues, auditoria, places of worship, museums, libraries, justice buildings, markets, flea markets and funfairs, public buildings for the parts accessible to the public, in catering establishments, in shopping streets, for close-contact professions and their customers.

Wearing a mask remains strongly recommended in all other public places, and is mandatory when it is not possible to maintain a physical distancing of 1.5 metres.

Local authorities may also take more restrictive measures. It is mandatory to wear a facemask in all outdoor and indoor public spaces in Brussels.

Physical distancing of at least 1.5 meters is required, except for people living under the same roof, children under the age of 12, and for care takers. Each person can have close contact (less than 1.5 metres) with one person outside his/her household per one month. Per household, you can receive maximum one close contact at home. Single-households can have two close contacts per one month, but not at the same time.

From 1.12.2020, non-essential shops are open. Safety measures will apply (avoid crowding inside and outside the shop, wear face masks, disinfect hands). Only individual shopping for a maximum of 30 minutes will be allowed (children under the age of 18 should preferably not go along). Capacity in the shops is reduced.

Restaurants, bars and cafés are closed. Take away meals are permitted until 22.00. It is forbidden to sell alcoholic beverages after 20.00 and until 5.00.

 

Sources

https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co