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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: June 09, 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 4: Do Not 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.
    • All shops, restaurants, and bars can open under strict sanitary conditions.  Please refer to the Belgian Government Current Measures FAQs for more information.
    • The number of people permitted to gather in the workplace, schools, family or public events, and other scenarios may be limited based on the situation.
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  • 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 will be available, on a pre-determined rollout beginning with “priority groups,” to all persons registered as a resident in Belgium.
    • 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? No.
      • 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 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. Based on the answers you give, you will receive a text message if you are determined to be high-risk. You will need to quarantine and test on day 1 and day 7 of your quarantine or else risk a fine. The QR code in the text message allows you to go to any test center in Belgium to obtain the mandatory PCR COVID tests that the Government of Belgium requires. If you did not receive a text message, you do not need to quarantine or test. 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
      • The curfew in place until May 8 has been replaced by a ban on gatherings of more than three people nationwide from midnight to 5:00 AM.  The details can be found at https://www.info-coronavirus.be/
    • 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, South America, and India 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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