Information About COVID-19 and Travel to the United States

I am a U.S. Citizen

U.S. citizens may return to the United States from Belgium at any time. Full details on quarantine requirements and other measures to take after arrival in the United States can be found on the Centers for Disease Control site Returning from International Travel. Airlines have resumed direct flights to the United States from Belgium. For information on the pandemic situation in Belgium, visit our COVID-19 Information page.

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. We recognize that there may be limited appointment availability. U.S. citizens requesting an emergency appointment must write to USCitizenBrussels@state.gov or call +32 (0)2 811 4000 (8am-9am M-F unless critically urgent). Note: this email and telephone line is only for U.S. citizens, please see below for visa information.

We recommend all U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Belgium enroll in step.state.gov to receive alerts & ensure you can be located in an emergency.

I am a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)

LPRs are not subject to any Presidential Proclamations restricting travel and may return to the United States from Belgium at any time, provided you have not abandoned your permanent resident status. Please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services page International Travel as a Permanent Resident for further information on that topic.

We are processing lost/stolen green card requests as proof of LPR status will be required for boarding an aircraft to the United States.

I am not a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)

We understand the current regulations regarding travel to the United States are complex. Please read the below information first. We also have a visa customer service center available by telephone, Skype, or email.

Presidential Proclamation 9993 suspends the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.

There are a number of exceptions to this proclamation. If you have an urgent need to travel to the United States, please review your category below for detailed information:

I DO NOT HAVE a valid visa for the purpose of my travel

  • OFFICIAL (A, G, NATO): Instructions under How to Apply for a Visa for Foreign Government Employee remain unchanged.
  • CREW (C1/D): This category is excepted from PP 9993. Note: Some crew or other flight-related activities may qualify for B visas instead of C1/D. Please follow the instructions to apply for an expedited visa appointment.
  • STUDENT AND EXCHANGE VISITOR (F, J, M): We have resumed processing of these visa categories and we have available appointments for students and exchange visitors.
  • INVESTOR/TREATY TRADER (E): Instructions under Nonimmigrant Visas: Treaty Trader and Investor Required Formats remain unchanged.
  • TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT (H, I, L, O, P): Many purposes of travel under these visa categories may qualify for a national interest exception to PP 9993. We have available appointments for petition-based work visas. Media representatives (I) should follow the instructions to apply for an expedited visa appointment.
  • PERSONAL OR BUSINESS TRAVEL (Visa Waiver or B):
    • PERSONAL OR BUSINESS TRAVEL (B): There are several exceptions listed clearly under PP 9993, such as for immediate family members of U.S. citizens and LPRs. Additionally, certain business travelers, such as technical experts and senior-level managers, and qualified travelers seeking to enter the United States for purposes related to humanitarian travel, public health response, and national security can be granted national interest exceptions. If you believe you qualify for an exception, please follow the instructions to apply for an expedited visa appointment and be specific about your purpose of travel in the expedite request.
    • PERSONAL OR BUSINESS TRAVEL (Visa Waiver Program/ESTA): Most ESTA questions are covered on U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s FAQ site under the dropdown Schengen Travel Proclamation.  In some circumstances, it may be possible to grant a national interest exception to a Visa Waiver traveler.

I HAVE a valid visa for the purpose of my travel

  • OFFICIAL (A, G, NATO): These visa categories are excepted from PP 9993. You may travel to the United States with a valid visa for an official purpose. The embassy will not provide any travel letter, the airlines are familiar with the requirements.
  • CREW (C1/D): This category is excepted from PP 9993. You may travel to the United States with a valid visa for a crew member purpose. The embassy will not provide any travel letter, the airlines are familiar with the requirements.
  • STUDENT (F, M): Students and their dependents traveling from the Schengen Area with valid F or M visas and a valid I-20 do not need to seek a national interest exception to travel. The embassy will not provide any travel letter, the airlines are familiar with the requirements.
  • EXCHANGE VISITOR (J): Exchange visitors may qualify for a national interest exception. Please see our page Request for National Interest Exception for a Current Visa Holder.
  • INVESTOR/TREATY TRADER (E): E visa holders may qualify for a national interest exception. Please see our page Request for National Interest Exception for a Current Visa Holder.
  • TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT (H, I, L, O, P): Many purposes of travel under these visa categories may qualify for a national interest exception. Please see our page Request for National Interest Exception for a Current Visa Holder.
  • PERSONAL OR BUSINESS TRAVEL (B):
    • If you clearly meet an exception to PP 9993, such as your spouse is a U.S. citizen/LPR or you have a U.S. citizen/LPR child under 21, you will need to bring that proof with you to the airport when you travel. (i.e. marriage certificate or birth certificate and proof of U.S. citizenship or LPR status of the person you are claiming an exception from). The embassy will not provide any travel letter, the airlines are familiar with the requirements.
    • Certain business travelers, such as technical experts and senior-level managers, and qualified travelers seeking to enter the United States for purposes related to humanitarian travel, public health response, and national security can be granted national interest exceptions. Please see our page Request for National Interest Exception for a Current Visa Holder.