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🦠 Belgium COVID-19 travel requirements

Last updated: 14 October 2021, 14:49 (GMT +4)

Travel to Belgium

Travel from the UAE to Belgium

UAE citizens and residents can travel to Belgium under one of the following conditions:

  • A?vaccination certificate?proving that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You are fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your last vaccination dose and if the vaccine is EMA-certified or Covishield. (Please refer to the section on vaccination certificates outside the EU for conditions that apply to vaccination certificates.)

or

  • A?negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate?for a test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

or

  • A?recovery certificate?showing that you have recovered from COVID-19, a positive COVID-19 PCR test result no older than 180 days and you no longer need to isolate
  • Passengers below 12 years old do not have to get tested before travel to Belgium.
  • A COVID-19 PCR test is not required for vaccinated passengers.
  • All passengers taking an Extra Schengen flight to Belgium must complete the Public Health Passenger Locator Form online before departure and present the completed form at check-in.

EU or Schengen member state nationals and residents

Non-essential travel to Belgium is allowed for the following categories of passengers:

  • Nationals and residents of the EU or Schengen member states
  • Third country nationals who have a valid residence permit issued by a Schengen state, or a valid visa type D

Passengers who are residents of a third country included on the white list

Non-essential travel to Belgium is allowed for residents of a third country included on the white list. Visit the official website to check the list of white countries.

Passengers in this category must comply with entry conditions upon arrival in Belgium.

Vaccinated passengers who are non-EU or Schengen state nationals or residents

Vaccination certificates from the United Kingdom, Macedonia, Ukraine and Turkey are approved for entry to Belgium. This allows fully vaccinated persons with a vaccination certificate issued in the United Kingdom, Macedonia, Ukraine and Turkey to travel without holding an essential travel certificate.

Vaccination certificates outside the EU

A vaccination certificate proves that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You are considered fully vaccinated if it has been at least 2 weeks since the last required dose was administered and the vaccine is EMA-certified or Covishield. 

From 1 September, vaccination certificates from non-EU countries will also be accepted in Belgium under certain conditions, pending their equivalence agreement with the EU to travel without holding an essential travel certificate.

EMA (European Medicines Agency) certified vaccines:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca/Oxford (Vaxzevria)
  • Janssen
  • Covishield

The vaccination certificate must contain at least the following information in Dutch, French, German or English:

  • Passenger’s personal information (name, date of birth and/or identification number)
  • That all required doses of a recognised vaccine have been administered at least two weeks before travel to Belgium
  • The brand name and the name of the manufacturer or marketing authorisation holder of the vaccine 
  • The injection date of each dose of vaccine
  • The name of the country where the vaccine was administered
  • The issuer of the vaccination certificate with his or her signature, stamp or unique digitally readable certificate identification code
  • Vaccination certificates from below countries are accepted and the certificate must contain a QR code: Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Monaco, North Macedonia, Panama, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
Vaccinated passengers who have an EU Digital COVID-19 certificate or a certificate issued by non-EU countries and who are not nationals or residents of non-EU or Schengen member states are allowed non-essential travel to Belgium provided it has been more than 2 weeks since the final required dose of the vaccine was administered and they have a vaccination certificate

You can find more details on the EU COVID-19 Certificate on the official website. The certificate can be presented on the app or printed out, and must state one of the following:

  • The passenger has been vaccinated against COVID-19 with an EU approved vaccine
  • The passenger has a negative COVID-19 test result
  • The passenger has recovered from COVID-19

Non-vaccinated passengers who are non-EU or Schengen state nationals or residents

Passengers who are not vaccinated are not allowed to travel to Belgium for non-essential purposes.

Essential travel to Belgium may be allowed provided the passenger has the following:

  • visa issued after 18 March 2020 by the Belgian embassy/consulate
  • visa issued before 18 March 2020 and an Essential Travel Certificate issued by the Belgian embassy/consulate
  • For passengers subject to visa requirements (visa type C)
    • valid visa C issued by another Schengen State for stay in Belgium and an Essential Travel Certificate issued by the Belgian embassy/consulate
    • valid visa C issued by another Schengen State for transit via Belgium and a verbal note from the embassy of that member state or with individualised proof from those authorities

Note: An essential travel certificate is not required if it is clear from the passenger’s documents that the travel is essential. For example, seafarers’/seaman s book, transit passenger’s plane ticket or diplomats in the exercise of their functions (diplomatic passport).

The following rules apply for Belgium residents travelling outside of Belgium for more than 48 hours:

Residents travelling outside of Belgium must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) within 48 hours before arriving in Belgium, even if they are vaccinated. Passengers travelling by plane must always complete the PLF even if their stay in Belgium is for less than 48 hours or they have been abroad for less than 48 hours. This category of passengers must present a valid vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or COVID-19 PCR test certificate less than 72 hours old to be accepted for entry into Belgium.

Testing or quarantine

Belgium residents who are travelling from green or orange zone countries or territories do not need to get tested for COVID-19 or quarantine on arrival.

The following rules apply to Belgium residents travelling from a red zone in the European Union or a red code non-EU white list country:

  • Travellers who have a vaccination or recovery certificate do not need to test for COVID-19 or quarantine on arrival.
  • Travellers who do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate and do not have a COVID-19 test result less than 72 hours old must get tested on day 1 or 2 after their return. Travellers who test negative can end quarantine as soon as they get their result but must take another test on day 7 after arrival. Children below 12 years old do not have to get tested, but will be quarantined when the parents are tested, pending the test results.

The following rules apply to Belgium residents travelling from a red zone outside the European Union:

  • Vaccinated travellers must get tested for COVID-19 on day 1 or 2 after their return. Travellers who test negative can end quarantine as soon as they get result but must get tested again on day 7. Children below 12 years old do not have to get tested, but will be quarantined when the parents are tested, pending the test results.
  • Unvaccinated travellers must quarantine for 10 days on arrival and get tested for COVID-19 on day 1 and 7 after their return. The quarantine may be shortened if they test negative on the second test on day 7.

These rules may not apply to some countries. You can find this list on the official website.

In exceptional cases, you do not have get tested and/or quarantine. Read more here.

The following rules apply to non-residents planning to stay for more than 48 hours in Belgium:

Non-resident travellers must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) within 48 hours before arriving in Belgium, even if they are vaccinated. If you are travelling by plane, you must always fill in the PLF, even if you are staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours or were abroad for less than 48 hours. This category of passengers must present a recovery certificate or negative COVID-19 test certificate less than 72 hours old to be accepted for entry to Belgium.

Testing or quarantine

  • Non-residents who are travelling from green or orange zones do not need to test for COVID-19 or quarantine on arrival.

The following rules apply to non-residents travelling from a red zone in the European Union or from a red code non-EU white list country:

  • Travellers who have a vaccination or recovery certificate do not need to quarantine or get tested.
  • Travellers who do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate must take a COVID-19 PCR test not more than 72 hours before departure to Belgium but do not have to quarantine on arrival. Travellers under this category must get tested again on day 7. Children below 12 years old do not have to get tested.

The following rules apply to non-resident travellers from a red zone outside the European Union:

  • If you do not have an EU nationality or main residence you may only travel to Belgium for essential reasons or if you have an approved vaccination certificate with full vaccination. Read more here.
  • Travellers with a vaccination certificate:
    • Get tested on day 1 or 2 after you arrive in Belgium.
    • You have to stay in quarantine until the negative result of your test on day 1 or 2.
    • Get tested again on day 7.
  • Travellers without a vaccination certificate:
    • If you don’t have a recovery certificate either, get tested within 72 hours before departure to Belgium. 
    • You must quarantine for 10 days. Get tested on day 1 and 7 after your arrival in Belgium. The quarantine may be shortened if the second test on day 7 is negative.

These rules may not apply to some countries. You can find the list on the official website.

In exceptional cases, you do not have get tested and/or quarantine. Read more here.

COVID-19 testing requirements

The colour code of a zone may change while you’re travelling. Check for updates during your trip.

The COVID-19 PCR certificate criteria:

  • The document must be in paper or electronic format with immediate possibility to consult.
  • The document must be produced in Dutch, French, German or English.

The document produced by the traveller must contain the following information:

  • The date of the sample must be clearly indicated: the document is valid for 72 hours from this date.
  • Only PCR tests for SARS CoV-2 with the PCR mention are accepted.
  • The analysis must have been carried out in an official laboratory in the country from which the traveller comes and certified by a doctor or pharmacist biologist (equivalent INAMI number).

The following tests are not accepted:

  • RT-LAMP;
  • Rapid antigenic tests;
  • Serological tests.

Required forms

All passengers taking an Extra-Schengen flight to Belgium must complete the Public Health Passenger Locator Form online before departure and present an electronic copy of the completed form at check-in to be accepted on the flight.

All passengers travelling to Belgium, regardless of status, country of origin, and the purpose of their trip or means of transportation are required to complete the EPLF at least 180 days before arrival. Once you complete the PLF correctly, you will receive a QR code. This QR code must be presented at check-in.

Electronic Public Health Passenger Locator forms can be found here:

A passenger who cannot prove that he/she has filled in the electronic PLF will not be allowed to board a flight to Belgium.

Quarantine

Information regarding quarantine measures can be found on https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en.

Other Information

For further information on travel restrictions, red zone countries, and non-essential travel, please visit the Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development website.

More details on COVID-19 health guidelines and COVID-19 related updates are available here.

Travel from Belgium

The Belgian authorities strongly discourage travel to certain countries. For more information please refer to the Belgian Government website.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

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