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Europe > Belgium: Covid-19 and Travel

     
Belgium

Present Situation


Total cases: 1.2 millions

Active cases: 80 521

Recovered: 1.1 millions

Deaths: 25 494

Vaccination count: 8.5 millions

Current trend: Declining

Data updated on 2021-09-18

Cumulative coronavirus cases

Summary of the situation

Are the borders open to travellers? Partially Allowed
Is a test required to enter the country?
Covid-19 tests required for some countries.
Are quarantine measures imposed? Sous conditions
Is the country in lockdown? Partiellement
Is wearing a mask mandatory?
Masks are recommended

Provisions for travellers


Entry to the territory: Partially Allowed
Non-essential travel to countries outside the European Union and the Schengen Area is strongly discouraged. Depending on the epidemiological situation, the country or zone of origin is classified as "green", "orange", "red" or "very high-risk", and different measures apply.

Third countries are considered to be "red" zones, unless they are listed in Annex I of Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 of 30 June 2020 (Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Hong Kong, Israël, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Montenegro, New Zealand, Katar, Moldova, Macedonia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, USA, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity), for which the travel restrictions have temporarily been lifted. This list is updated every two weeks by the Council of the EU.

For more information, please check: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/colour-codes-by-country/.

Non-essential travel to Belgium from non-EU “red zones” is prohibited for people who are neither nationals of the EU, nor of a country that is part of the Schengen Area, and who have their primary residence in a non-EU ‘red zone” (third countries not listed in Annex I to Council Recommendation), except for fully vaccinated individuals with a recognised vaccination certificate as from 1 July 2021.

Authorised travellers from a "red zone" outside the European Union who can present a recognised European or Belgian certificate of vaccination or recovery certificate must get tested on day 1 or day 2 after their arrival in Belgium. If the result is negative the quarantine is lifted. This does not apply to children under the age of 12. Authorised travellers who do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate must quarantine for 10 days and get tested on days 1 and 7 after their arrival.

More information on essential travels on: www.info-coronavirus.be - FAQ

In addition, some countries are classified as "very high-risk", and an entry ban applies. People who have been in these countries during the past 14 days can travel only if they meet one of the exceptions listed on www.info-coronavirus.be/en/countries-with-high-risk/. In this case, the following stricter measures apply before and upon arrival in Belgium:

Before arrival in Belgium, a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) must always be filled-in.
For non-residents, either a pre-departure negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours prior to arrival or an EU Digital COVID Certificate (or one deemed equivalent by the European Commission or Belgium) is required. A 10-day quarantine is required as well as a PCR test on day 7 of the mandatory quarantine.
For Belgians and belgian residents, a 10-day quarantine is required as well as a PCR test on day 1 and day 7 of the mandatory quarantine.
Finally, as from 28 April 2021, people who were in Brazil, South Africa or India at any time during the past 14 days, are prohibited to travel directly or indirectly to Belgium, provided that they do not have Belgian nationality or do not have their main residence in Belgium, with the exception of essential journeys. (www.info-coronavirus.be)

Is a quarantine required?

Any person coming (or returning) to Belgium for at least 48 hours, after a stay of at least 48 hours in a non-EU "red" zone, must be placed in quarantine.

Travellers who have a recognized European or Belgian vaccination or recovery certificate must get tested on day 1 or day 2 after arrival. If the result is negative, the quarantine can end. Travellers who do not have a recognized European or Belgian vaccination or recovery certificate must quarantine for 10 days and get tested on day 1 and day 7 of the mandatory quarantine. Some countries of origin are exempt from the quarantine obligation, see https://www.info-coronavirus.be for further details.

Authorized travellers from "very high-risk" zones must quarantine for 10 days. Belgians and Belgian residents must be tested on day 1 and day 7 after arrival; non-residents must present a pre-departure negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours prior to arrival, and be tested on day 7.

Tests: Covid-19 tests required for some countries.

Quarantine: Depends
Quarantine for 10 days required for some countries

Information updated on 2021-09-17.

Action taken in the country


Lockdown: Partial
From 27 June 2021, a household may receive up to eight people indoors at the same time. Children up to the age of 12 are not included in these limits.

Shops, hairdressers and beauty salons are open.

Restaurant, café and bar terraces are open. Tables are limited to four people (unless all people are from the same household group). Schools are open. Teleworking remains mandatory, although going into work one day per week is now allowed. There should never be more than 20% of employees present at the same time.

Museums, animal parks and swimming pools are open. Indoor cultural and other events can take place with a maximum of 200 people or 75% of room capacity (seated, wearing masks). Outdoor events can take place with a maximum of 400 people Places of worship are open and services can take place.. You must respect the rules on social distancing requirements at all times, including on public transport.

Mask use
Masks are recommended

Gatherings: Partially Allowed
Events of more than 200 people banned.

Restaurants and bars: Open with restrictions

Shops: Open

Tourist attractions: Closed









     

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