Health Alert: Information for U.S. Citizens in Belgium during the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 2, 2020
U.S. Embassy Brussels, Belgium

Location:  Belgium

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International commercial flight options currently exist for U.S. citizens in Belgium to return to the United States via neighboring countries.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Belgium at this time.  Please review our webpage, Information About COVID-19 and Travel to the United States, for further details.  If you will stay in Belgium, Federal Public Service Interior has posted information relevant to U.S. citizens prevented from leaving on how to extend their stay. 

 

Belgium has imposed entry restrictions on travelers originating from outside the European Union.  We receive many questions each day about whether a relative, friend, business associate, etc. can travel from the United States to Belgium.  U.S. Embassy Brussels is responsible for travelers going to the United States – we do not provide information about Belgian immigration practices nor can we intervene in the process of obtaining a visa for Belgium.  Please consult FPS Interior’s website about Travel to Belgium during the temporary travel restrictions or, if outside of Belgium, contact the nearest Belgian Embassy or Consulate.

 

U.S. Embassy Brussels has resumed routine U.S. passport and report of birth abroad services.  Passport printing facilities in the United States have also re-opened and we are receiving shipments of new passports.  We recognize that appointment availability is extremely limited.  We will continue to add appointments, but we ask for your patience while balancing distancing requirements with high demand.  Please continue to check our website as we gradually add appointments. 

 

Emergency American Citizens Services will continue to be available, including for emergency passports.  U.S. citizens requesting an emergency appointment must write to USCitizenBrussels@state.gov.  In order to accomodate more appointments, we are also reducing our call-in hours to 8am-9am M-F at +32 (0)2 811 4000.  Unless it is critically urgent, please email us at all other times.  The embassy will continue to accept routine U.S. passport renewals by mail.

 

There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belgium and the government 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.

 

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice.

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