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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: September 28, 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. The details of gradual de-confinement measures can be found on local government COVID-19 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.
      • Stores, restaurants, and other services are open throughout the country. Most municipalities require face masks in any public place. Gatherings are limited and physical distancing is strongly encouraged.
    • 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? No
        • Local government authorities can impose local curfews, for example, the province of Antwerp temporarily imposed an 11:30pm-6:00am curfew.
      • 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 take a test after arrival and quarantine for seven days.  A map of red zones can be found on the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs website.
    • COVID-19 Testing:
    • 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 example, violators of the curfew in Antwerp faced a fine of up to 1,600 euro.
    • Consular Operations:
      • Please see our webpage: Information About COVID-19 and Travel to the United States for complete information.
        • American Citizen Services: U.S. Embassy Brussels is serving customers for all routine and emergency U.S. citizen services.  Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, we are not able to serve U.S. citizen customers who reside outside of Belgium for Notarial or Loss of Nationality services.
        • Visa Services: Student and petition-based visa appointments are available. Routine tourist and business visa appointments remain suspended until further notice, however, if you have an urgent need to travel to the United States and you believe you may meet an exception to Presidential Proclamation 9993, please follow the instructions to apply for an expedited visa appointment.
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