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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: October 15, 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.
    • 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.
    • Shops, restaurants, and bars are open.  Increasingly, proof of vaccination is required to enter public venues.  Please refer to the Belgian Government Current Measures FAQs for more information, including requirements for vaccination certificates issued in countries not belonging to the European Union.  EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) holders may wish to download the official CovidSafe app to facilitate entry into public venues.
  • COVID-19 Testing
    • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Belgium? Yes.
    • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
      • Federal Public Service (FPS) Public Health’s COVID-19 Testing page provides complete information on testing, including a link to an interactive map of test centers throughout the country.
      • Brussels Airport also offers a COVID-19 testing site for both arriving and departing passengers.
      • Depending on your affiliation to a Belgian health insurance fund and the site, reason, and type of COVID-19 test requested, the test could be free of charge or up to €120 or more.
      • Options for delivery of test results will depend on the site.
    • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to COVID-19 testing required for U.S. entry, please review the following page.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
    • Has the government of Belgium approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
    • Are vaccines available in Belgium for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
    • Which vaccines are available in Belgium? BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson.
    • The U.S. 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.  For Belgium, this information can be found on FPS Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination page.  The vaccination is voluntary and free of charge for every resident.  Vaccines are now available to all persons registered as a resident in Belgium 12 years of age and older.
    • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • Entry and Exit Requirements:
    • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
      • According to the Embassy of Belgium in the United States, U.S. residents may travel from the United States to Belgium without an Essential Travel Certificate if they can present a valid vaccination certificate. Travelers from the United States who cannot present a valid vaccination certificate will not be permitted to travel to Belgium for non-essential reasons unless they hold an EU citizenship or residency. Such persons should consult with Belgian authorities if they believe their trip may qualify as essential travel.
      • U.S. Embassy Brussels is not responsible for determining if travel by U.S. citizens to Belgium is essential or meets airline or Belgian government requirements.  As these policies are subject to change without notice, we recommend U.S. citizens with questions about travel regulations to Belgium contact their airline or their local Belgian embassy – in the USA the 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
      • The United States is currently a “red zone outside the European Union.” Travelers arriving from the United States do not require a PCR test prior to entry if they have a valid vaccination certificate. Those without a valid vaccination certificate (and with an exemption or essential reason for travel as determined by Belgian authorities) require a negative test result within 72 hours prior to arrival in Belgium. NOTE: Ultimately, the decision to board a traveler on an airplane rests with the airline. Given the frequently changing guidance, travelers from the United States may wish to take a PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding regardless of vaccination status to avoid any potential issues.
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
      • All travelers coming to Belgium by air or boat from anywhere, or by train or bus from a country outside the EU, whatever their residency status, are required to complete the Passenger Locator Form at the earliest 48 hours prior to arrival in Belgium. Persons traveling by personal vehicle who have been outside of Belgium for more than 48 hours also need to fill out the form. For more information, see FPS Public Health’s webpage on travel.
    • 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? No
    • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
  • Quarantine Information:
    • When completing the Passenger Locator Form, all travelers to Belgium must indicate where they were located in the 14 days before their arrival date in Belgium.  If you were located in a red zone, you will need to respect testing and quarantine upon arrival.  A list of red, orange, and green zones can be found on this page.
    • The United States is currently red, and it has been removed from the EU White List.
      • Travelers entering with a valid vaccination certificate must test upon arrival and self-quarantine pending receipt of a negative test result. Vaccinated travelers must also test again on day seven.
      • Travelers without a valid vaccination certificate (and with an exemption or essential reason for travel as determined by Belgian authorities) must self-quarantine for ten days and test on days one and seven. The quarantine may be shortened if the second test on day seven is negative.
    • 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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