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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: March 01, 2021

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis in extraordinary circumstances.

  • Country-Specific Information:
    • Belgium has a Travel Advisory of Level 3: Reconsider travel due to COVID-19.
    • Belgium has implemented measures to reduce the spread of the virus and allow Belgium’s healthcare system to continue to respond to cases of COVID-19. The details can be found on local government websites https://www.info-coronavirus.be/ and http://www.crisiscentrum.be/.  The Embassy urges all U.S. citizens in Belgium to follow the instructions of local authorities.
    • All shops are open under strict sanitary conditions.  Please refer to the Belgian Government Current Measures FAQs for more information.
    • Schools have restricted the level of in-person study allowed based on the student’s age.
    • Teleworking is mandatory for jobs when it is possible.
    • Bars and restaurants are closed, though takeaway service may be an option. In hotels, food must be taken in-room. Receiving visitors at home is restricted to one close contact, or two if single.
    • Face masks and social distancing are obligatory.
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  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
    • Has the government of Belgium approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
    • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
    • According to the Belgian Federal Authorities, Belgium started vaccinating against coronavirus in December 2020. The vaccination is voluntary and free of charge for every resident. Vaccines will be available, on a pre-determined rollout beginning with “priority groups,” to all persons registered as a resident in Belgium. For up-to-date information on the vaccine process in Belgium, see the FPS Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination page.
    • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Entry and Exit Requirements:
    • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No.
      • Belgium is restricting all non-essential travel to and from the country from January 27, 2021 to April 1, 2021.  Belgium has defined non-essential travel as travel that does not fall into one of six categories, as listed on the Belgian government’s coronavirus portal. Anyone traveling to or from Belgium during this time will be required to carry a sworn statement attesting to the reason for travel, which can be found on Federal Public Service Health’s website. This statement is in addition to all other requirements for entry listed below.
      • Belgium has imposed entry controls on non-essential travel from outside the European Union. FPS Interior has posted information about Travel to Belgium during the temporary travel restrictions. Additionally, FPS Health’s coronavirus portal and FPS Foreign Affairs’ website provide important information on travel to and from Belgium.
      • These entry controls do not apply to U.S. citizens who are also nationals of an EU Member State, are an immediate family member of a national of an EU Member State, are in possession of an EU residence card or Schengen D long term visa, are passengers in transit, or are diplomats, international organization employees, or military personnel.
      • U.S. Embassy Brussels is not responsible for determining if travel by U.S. citizens to Belgium is essential or meets an exception to Belgian entry controls. Please contact your local Belgian embassy – in the USA their website is https://www.belgiumintheusa.be/
      • International commercial flight options currently exist for U.S. citizens in Belgium to return to the United States. Please see our webpage: Information About COVID-19 and Travel to the United States for the latest.
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
      • All non-residents travelling to Belgium from a red zone must submit a recent negative PCR test result (less than 72 hours before their departure to Belgium). A map of red zones and comprehensive requirements can be found on the FPS Foreign Affairs website. NOTE: There are several exceptions to this rule, such as for travelers arriving by train or car who are staying for less than 48 hours.
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
      • All travelers coming to Belgium, whatever their status, their country of origin, the purpose of their trip or their transportation means, are required to complete the Passenger Locator Form at the earliest 48 hours prior to arrival in Belgium. Successful submission of the Passenger Locator Form triggers an email or SMS phone message that includes a QR code. The QR code allows you to go to any test center in Belgium to obtain the mandatory PCR COVID tests that the Government of Belgium requires. For more information, see FPS Public Health’s webpage on travel.
      • The Belgian authorities will stage extra checkpoints at airports, on international trains, and on highways to ensure that travelers entering Belgium possess proof of the Passenger Locator Form submission.
    • U.S. citizens in Belgium seeking to extend their residency permit or permitted time of stay should contact the relevant municipal office.
  • Movement Restrictions:
    • Is a curfew in place? Yes
      • A curfew is in effect from midnight to 5:00 AM in the Flanders and Wallonia regions and 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM in the Brussels Capital Region.
    • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
  • Quarantine Information:
    • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
      • All travelers arriving in Belgium from a red zone and staying more than 48 hours, regardless of residency status, must self-quarantine for seven days and have a PCR COVID test on day 1 of self-quarantine (Day 1 is the day after arrival). They must also test on Day 7 after arrival and have proof of a negative COVID test to be released from the 7-day self-quarantine. (the timeframe for receipt of test results varies).
      • Travelers entering Belgium from the United Kingdom, South Africa, and South America must undergo a 10-day quarantine and complete a PCR test on the first and seventh days of their quarantine.
      • People who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for ten days.
    • For more information, see FPS Public Health’s webpage on travel.
  • Transportation Options: 
    • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Is public transportation operating? Yes
      • Face masks are mandatory on public transportation.
  • Fines for Non-Compliance:
    • Local government authorities can impose fines for non-compliance.
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