Health Alert: Update on Travel Restrictions Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

January 27, 2021

Location:  Belgium

Event: U.S. citizens in Belgium are advised of the following key travel restrictions:

First, Belgium is restricting all non-essential travel to and from the country from January 27, 2021 to March 1, 2021.  Belgium has defined non-essential travel as travel that does not fall into one of six categories, as listed on the Belgian government’s coronavirus portal.  Anyone traveling to or from Belgium during this time will be required to carry a sworn statement attesting to the reason for travel, which can be found on Federal Public Service Health’s website. For travelers arriving to Belgium, the sworn statement is in addition to the Passenger Locator Form, and in addition to COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine requirements, which are detailed on the Belgian government’s coronavirus portal.  U.S. Embassy Brussels also regularly updates our webpage on COVID-19 Information, which is a valuable resource for U.S. citizens in Belgium during the pandemic.

Additionally, the Embassy reminds the public that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19, effective from January 26, 2021.  See the CDC Proof of Negative Test Result page to view the order, complete the attestation, and to see FAQ’s.  Airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements.  There is no defined end date to this requirement.

Finally, on January 25, 2021, the White House issued a proclamation continuing the travel restrictions on noncitizen travelers to the United States who have been physically present in the Schengen Area, UK, or Ireland in the preceding 14 days.  U.S. citizens and LPRs are not subject to this proclamation, nor are their spouses and certain other excepted categories.  However, we get many questions from U.S. citizens asking how a noncitizen can travel to the United States while this proclamation is in effect.  The Embassy’s webpage Information About COVID-19 and Travel to the United States covers this topic in depth and is updated regularly.  There is also no defined end date to this proclamation.

Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy in Belgium, located at 27 Boulevard du Regent/Regentlaan, 1000 Brussels.   Tel. +32-2-811-4000, 08:00 am – 05:00 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
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