Information About COVID-19 and Travel to the United States

Foreign national air travelers are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with only limited exceptions.

The CDC has determined that for the purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include those FDA approved or authorized, as well as vaccines with an emergency use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization (WHO). See the CDC’s website for more details.

All air passengers two years or older with a flight departing to the United States from a foreign country from December 6, 2021, are required show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than one day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight.

U.S. Embassy Brussels strongly recommends visiting the following Department of State website for comprehensive answers to Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing for International Travel and the following Centers for Disease Control website on International Travel.

Please find additional information below from U.S. Embassy Brussels

I am a U.S. Citizen

If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until March 31, 2022. Please visit this Department of State page for more information. 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. For information on the pandemic situation in Belgium, visit our COVID-19 Information page.

U.S. Embassy Brussels is serving customers for routine services, although wait times for some services are longer than under pre-pandemic conditions. We recognize that there may be emergency situations that require a service to be provided on short notice. 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 have the same entry requirements as U.S. citizens, 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)

U.S. Embassy Brussels is now processing all visa types. However, the pandemic and related travel restrictions have created a substantial backlog of nonimmigrant visa applications – please see below for more specific information on nonimmigrant visa applicants by residency status.

If you have been refused a visa at U.S. Embassy Brussels due to Presidential Proclamation 10143 and were given a letter to return after the proclamation is lifted, you may return with your passport, that letter, and all relevant documents between 0900-1000 any working day without an appointment.

We are processing all immigrant visa cases, including fiancé(e) visas. Please see our webpage on Immigrant Visas for further information about the immigrant visa process.

Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants who reside in Belgium: Follow the instructions to apply for a visa and select an available appointment. If you have imminent travel, request an expedited visa appointment and be specific about your purpose of travel in the expedite request. If you are requesting an expedited appointment and you are not a Belgian citizen, you must describe how you are a resident of Belgium in your expedite request.

Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants who do not reside in Belgium: There is no restriction on individuals not residing in Belgium to make an appointment in Brussels. However, the soonest appointment times for many visa types in Brussels are in summer 2022. U.S. Embassy Brussels does not have the capacity to approve expedited visa requests from individuals not residing in Belgium for any reason, no matter how urgent. If you do not live in Belgium and you have an urgent need for a visa appointment, you must request an expedited appointment with a U.S. embassy or consulate in the country in which you reside.

For assistance in making an appointment, requesting an expedited appointment, or payment issues you must contact our Visa Appointment Service provider. They have customer service agents who speak English, Dutch, and French. Please do not contact U.S. Embassy Brussels directly for these questions.

Please note that all National Interest Exceptions (NIE) approved during Presidential Proclamation 10143 (Schengen Area) are now no longer relevant and have been deleted from U.S. government systems. A previously approved NIE does not mean that a traveler is excepted from the new vaccination requirement or from the latest Presidential Proclamation restricting travel from southern Africa.

CDC may grant a humanitarian or emergency exception in limited circumstances only when an individual must travel to the United States to preserve health and safety (e.g., emergency medical evacuations) and is unable to become fully vaccinated before travel. Individuals who fit the exception criteria described in the Presidential Proclamation and CDC’s Order may contact the U.S. embassy or consulate in or nearest the country from which they are departing for the United States. The embassy will then transmit this information to the CDC for consideration.

To facilitate the review of a humanitarian or emergency exception request, the following information must be provided to U.S. Embassy Brussels at BrusselsVisa@state.gov for transmission to the CDC:

  • Name (family name/surname, given name)
  • Passport #
  • Nationality
  • Cell phone number (including country code) of passenger or head of household if family unit
  • Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  • US destination address
    • Is US destination home address?
  • Flight itinerary, including any connecting flights
    • Airline
    • Flight #
    • Departure airport and date of departure
    • Arrival airport and date of arrival
  • Vaccination Status
    • Fully Vaccinated
      • § Name of vaccine product (or products if a combination)
      • § Date of first dose
      • § Date of second dose (if a two-dose series)
      • § PDF or photograph of vaccination record
    • NOT Fully Vaccinated
  • Purpose of travel to the US and a brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed
  • Justification for humanitarian or emergency exception to providing proof of being fully vaccinated (e.g., vaccine availability, passenger ineligible for vaccine at location, insufficient time to become fully vaccinated)
  • Documentation to support justification (e.g., medical records, orders for emergency evacuation)
  • Information regarding any other solutions that were sought prior to application (e.g., flight changes, testing en route, assistance in obtaining testing/vaccination, etc.)