Belgium (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 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 some countries

Local Restrictions

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

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 28.04.2021
1. Passengers arriving from Brazil, India or South Africa are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Belgium;
– merchant seamen with an Essential Journey Certificate;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty and an Essential Journey Certificate.
2. Passengers arriving from a country other than Brazil, India or South Africa are not allowed to enter.
– 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;
– passengers with a “C” visa issued by Belgium;
– merchant seamen;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty;
– students;
– military personnel traveling on duty;
– 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/ .
3. Passengers are not allowed to transit if arriving from a non-Schengen Member State to another Schengen Member State.
– 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 traveling on duty;
– passengers with an Essential Journey Certificate issued by a Belgian embassy or consulate.
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;
– passengers with a “C” visa issued by Belgium after 18 March 2020;
– merchant seamen;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty;
– military personnel traveling on duty.
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 or https://d34j62pglfm3rr.cloudfront.net/downloads/BELGIUM_PassengerLocatorForm_ENG.pdf .
6. Passengers could be subject to a 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 negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in Dutch, English, French or German.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers residing in Belgium;
– passengers younger than 6 years;
– passengers transiting through Belgium to a non-Schengen Member State.
9. Residence permits issued by Italy with an annotation of ‘ASILO’ are not accepted for entering or transiting through Belgium.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Non-essential travel to Belgium is prohibited for persons whose main residence is abroad.

Essential travel is allowed while respecting restrictions.

Depending on the country or region you are travelling from, different measures apply.

-“Red” zones are regions or countries where individuals are at a high risk of infection.
-“Orange” zones are regions or countries for which a moderately elevated risk of infection has been identified.
-“Green” zones are regions or countries for which a low risk of infection has been identified.

Third countries are considered to be “red” zones, with the exception of Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

Any person coming (or returning) to Belgium for at least 48 hours, after a stay of at least 48 hours in a “red” zone, must be placed in quarantine. The quarantine can only be terminated with a negative PCR test performed on day 7 of quarantine.

All persons coming or returning to Belgium, or travelling through Belgium, must fill out a Passenger Locator Form in advance. A self-assessment tool is integrated into the Passenger Locator Form.

There is an exception when the person is travelling by other means than plane or boat and staying less than 48 hours abroad or less than 48 hours in Belgium. This is a very strict exception that can be subject to control.
 

Lockdown Details

Working from home is compulsory where possible.

A national curfew from midnight to 5.00 is in place. 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 8 May, the curfew will be replaced by a ban on gatherings: between midnight and 5.00, gatherings may only take place in public areas with a maximum of 3 people or with members of the same household (people living under the same roof).

-Use of facemasks

From the age of 12, face masks 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

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.

-Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events

From 26 April, gatherings of maximum 10 people in outdoors public spaces will be possible again (if they do not belong to the same household, the minimum social distance of 1,5 metres should be maintained).

Maximum 50 people can attend a funeral, provided that 10 square metres per person are available.

From 8 May, activities in an organised context (e.g. sport clubs or associations) can take place outdoors with up to 25 people of all ages, but without an audience and without overnight stays. Children up to the age of 12 can be inside with a maximum of 10 people.

From the same date, a household may receive 2 people at the same time, provided that these people belong to the same household. Children up to the age of 12 are not included.

Non-essential shops are open. Safety measures 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. Night shops are open until 22:00.

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.

From 8 May, outside terraces of bars and restaurants will reopen.

 

Sources

https://www.politico.eu/article/belgium-bans-travel-from-india-south-africa-brazil/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co