Note: Note: This information will continue to be sent regularly for the benefit of new enrollees in STEP. (NEW) information from previous emails is marked.
(NEW) International commercial flight options currently exist for U.S. citizens in Belgium via neighboring countries. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Belgium at this time. 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.
According to current information, there will be no direct commercial air service from Belgium to the United States until at least late April. In the meantime, commercial flights to the United States on a variety of carriers are expected to continue out of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Frankfurt, Germany, and London, United Kingdom, although many travelers have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. U.S. citizens seeking to depart Belgium by land to board one of these flights are advised that governments throughout Europe have restricted cross-border travel to essential movements only. In order to demonstrate that your travel is essential, you should only attempt to cross a border on the day of your flight with a plan to head immediately to the airport. You should be prepared to show a flight reservation with direct return to the United States. U.S. Embassy Brussels urges citizens to comply with instructions given by local authorities and cannot intervene on your behalf should you be refused passage.
Brussels airport remains open, although with very limited flights. If you plan to fly from Brussels and transit another airport en route to the United States, you should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice – permission to board will depend on airline and airport authorities. We strongly discourage booking a flight with a long layover. If your planned travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline directly.
(NEW) The Belgian Crisis Center has published information online about border crossings, including details on what is considered an essential crossing. At the bottom of the page, there is a link to an English language version.
In accordance with U.S. and Belgian measures to control the spread of COVID-19, U.S. Embassy Brussels has suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website: https://be.usembassy.gov/. We are updating our website constantly during the pandemic to provide you with the latest information.
There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belgium and the government has implemented measures to reduce the spread of the virus, including extending its confinement measures through April 19 with an option to extend further to May 3. Citizens are required to stay at home in order to avoid contact outside their immediate family, except for essential travel, such as for food and medical needs, as well as for physical activity. Visit the local government COVID-19 website https://www.info-coronavirus.be/ and http://www.crisiscentrum.be/ for updated information.
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice.
Actions to take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Belgium.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- U.S. Embassy in Belgium, located at 27 Boulevard du Regent/Regentlaan, 1000 Brussels. Tel. +32-2-811-4000, 08:00 am – 06:00 pm Monday through Friday, except U.S. and Belgian holidays. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +32-2-811-4000; USCitizenBrussels@state.gov
- 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries;
- Belgium Country Information
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages;
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