Covid 19

Current rules in Belgium

Disclaimer: the text written below was accurate as of September 2021.

Rules and recommendations change frequently, so while we aim to keep this page as up to date as possible, please always refer to the relevant governement websites for the latest info.

Official updates surrounding Covid-19 are released each Saturday in Belgium.

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Events

Events or shows can be organized, for example theatre, professional sports competitions or concerts.

Often you need a Covid Safe Ticket for large events. You can find your Covid Safe Ticket at www.covidsafe.be or via the app CovidSafeBE

Organized activities (for example a sports club or organization) are allowed to operate.

What remains closed?

  • Discos
  • Dance clubs

Travelling

Latest info: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/safe-travel/

You are not a Belgian resident and you are planning to stay for more than 48 hours in Belgium? The following rules apply when you are in Belgium.

  1. You must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) within 48 hours before arriving in Belgium, even if you’re vaccinated. The PLF must be completed:
  • by all people travelling to Belgium, except:
    • if they are staying for less than 48 hours in Belgium,
    • if they are returning to Belgium after a stay abroad of less than 48 hours;
  • Are you traveling to Belgium by plane or boat? Then you must always fill in the PLF, even if you are staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours
  • Are you travelling by train or bus from a country outside the EU or Schengen area? Then you must always fill in the PLF, even if you are staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours
  • If you have stayed in a very high-risk country for the past 14 days, you need to fill in the PLF at all times, regardless of the length of your stay.
  1. Check the colour code of your country and/or whether it is listed as a very high-risk country. Please note: Have you been in a very high-risk country in the past 14 days? You are not allowed to travel to Belgium. You may only travel to Belgium if you have an essential reason in a very limited number of cases. Read more here.
  2. Check which COVID certificate you have. There are three types of certificates:
  • A vaccination certificate proves 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. 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.

  • A recovery certificate shows that you have recovered from COVID-19. You have a positive PCR test result no older than 180 days and you no longer need to isolate.

  • A test certificate is proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. This test should be less than 72 hours old.

Testing and Quarantaine

Latest info: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/safe-travel/ (Bottom of the page)

The PLF will take the last 14 days into account when determining quarantine, also when the zone changes colour.

  1. Are you travelling from a green or orange zone? You do not need to get tested or quarantine.
  2. Are you travelling from a red zone in the European Union or Schengen area or from red code white list third country?
  • Do you have a vaccination or recovery certificate? You do not need to quarantine or get tested.
  • You don’t have a vaccination or recovery certificate?
    • You must do a PCR test maximum 72 hours before you are in Belgium. This test must be negative.
    • On arrival in Belgium you do not have to go into quarantine.
    • Get tested again on day 7.
    • Children under the age of 12 do not have to get tested.
  1. Are you travelling from a red zone outside the European Union or Schengen area?
  • 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.
  • Do you have 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.
  • You do not have a vaccination certificate?
    • If you don’t have a recovery certificate neither, get tested within 72 hours before your arrival in 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.
  • This does not apply to some countries. You can find this list at info-coronavirus.be/en/colour-codes-by-country/
  • In exceptional cases, you do not have get tested and/or quarantine. Read more here.

 

Warning: For all travellers living or staying in Brussels : if you are returning from a red zone (inside or outside the EU/Schengen) AND you do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate, get tested on day 1 and 7 after your return and remain in quarantine until the result of the second test is known.

  1. Are you travelling from a very high-risk country inside the European Union or Schengen Area?
  • Do you have a vaccination? You do not need to quarantine or get tested.
  • You do not have a vaccination certificate?
    • Get tested on day 1. You will remain in quarantine awaiting the result. You do not have to be tested on day 1 if you have a valid negative test (less than 72 hours old) with you on arrival in Belgium. If you test positive before your trip, you may not travel.
    • Then get tested again on day 7.
    • Is one of these tests positive? You must isolate yourself for at least 10 days.
  1. Are you travelling from a very high-risk country outside the European Union or Schengen Area?
  • You are not allowed to travel to Belgium. You may only travel to Belgium in a very limited number of cases. Read more here.
  • Are you among these very limited exceptions? You must have:
    • a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old
    • or an EU Digital COVID Certificate (or one deemed equivalent by the European Commission or Belgium).
    • An attestation of this exception. Read more here.
  • You must quarantine for 10 days. This applies to everyone, even if you are fully vaccinated or have been in this country less than 48 hours. Get tested on day 1 and 7 of your stay in Belgium.

Visa

General info: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/travel_to_belgium/visa_for_belgium

All the information concerning visa applications for Belgium is available on the website of the Immigration Office of the FPS Home Affairs (website under construction, the information about visas are only available in French or Dutch at the moment), which is the competent Belgian authority for access to the territory, stay, residence and removal of foreigners in Belgium.

Contact details Belgian embassies and consulates