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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: November 30, 2020

    • 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. These measures are set to last until February 1, 2021, with an evaluation on January 15. 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.
      • Non-essential shops, including museums, may be open under strict sanitary conditions.  Shopping will be limited to one person, except for people who are dependent of someone else, and for not longer than 30 minutes. Shops must provide 10 square meters of space per customer.
      • Non-medical professions requiring close contact, such as hairdressers, are closed.
      • 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. A curfew is in effect from 12:00-5:00 am in Flanders and 10:00 pm – 6:00 am for Wallonia and the Brussels Capital Region.
    • Entry and Exit Requirements:
      • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No.
        • Belgium has imposed entry controls on non-essential travel from outside the European Union and the United Kingdom. Federal Public Service Interior has posted information about Travel to Belgium during the temporary travel restrictions.
        • 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? No
      • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
        • All persons entering Belgium by air or sea, and those entering by land and who are staying at least 48 hours must fill out a Passenger Locator Form.
      • 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 12:00-5:00 am in Flanders and 10:00 pm – 6:00 am for Wallonia and 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 entering Belgium from outside the European Union, the United Kingdom, or returning from a red zone within the EU, must quarantine for seven days.  A map of red zones can be found on the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs website.
        • If the traveler is exhibiting symptoms, a test is also required after arrival.
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    • 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.
    • Consular Operations:
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