Travellers that are not resident in Belgium or another EU or Schengen country are currently only permitted entry to Belgium for essential reasons. Evidence of this essencial reason will be required.
Entry to Belgium
Before travelling to Belgium
- Complete an electronic Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before arriving in Belgium from abroad.
- A negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival is necessary for all non-residents, regardless of their nationality. An antigen test will not be accepted by the authorities.
- You will be refused entry if you fail to comply with these restrictions. Please note that you will be responsible for any associated costs.
- Please consult the Belgian Embassy’s website for the latest information and guidelines.
Once in Belgium
- Based on the colour code of the country you are departing from (red, amber, green based on the risk factorI, the process varies
- If coming from a red zone country:
> You will need to self isolate for 10 days
> You will need to take a PCR test on the first and seventh day of your quarantine period Click here for more information
> Should the test be negative on the seventh day, the isolation period can end. This will be checked. If not respected, a 250 Euros fine will be applied. The amount will increased should the rule be broken again.
- If coming from a green or orange zone country: there is no need to self isolate
Museums, libraries, outdoor play areas, wldlife parks, nature parks and theme parks are open
- Swimming pools (with the exception of water theme parks / subtropical swimming pools) are open
- Saunas, jacuzzis, steam baths are open
- Up to 50 persons can attend (cultural/sports) events as long as they are organised by professionals and take place outdoors
Weekly markets and flea markets
- Weekly markets, fun fairs and flea markets can now take place
Public transports / moving around
- You can travel freely - by public transport or with your own vehicle
- Between midnight and 5 am, you can gather in the street with 3 persons max
- No groups of more thn 10 persons outside outsude these times
- For public transports, please see the latest information on the SNCB, TEC and STIB websites
- Outside terraces can open from 8 am to 11.30 pm as long as they respect the latest regulations
- Bars and restaurants can open its indoor structures between 8 am to 10 pm, as long as they respect the latest regulations
- Lodgings (campsites, holidays villages, bungalow parks) can welcome visitors but their restaurant, bar.... are still closed.
Please note that...
We do our best to keep our information up to date but it's always best to check with the site you hope to visit before heading there - by phone, email, social media or simply by visiting their website - to see their latest opening hours and entry conditions.
Please check each site's opening times and conditions before travelling. Most will need you to have booked your visit or stay in advance.
For more information, visit https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/
We all have a role to play
Please join us in respecting these simple rules:
- Wash and disinfect your hands regularly
- Respect social distancing
- Wear a mask (mandatory in public transports, shops and wherever social distancing is not possible. Some cities have made it mandatory in the streets as well)
- Use bins to discard masks, gloves, tissues and wipes
- Please do regular testing
Returning to the UK
- International travellers will need to show a negative Covid-19 test before being allowed into the UK. The rule applies to returning UK nationals as well as foreign citizens. Passengers will need to produce a test result taken less than 72 hours before boarding planes, boats or trains to the UK.
- You will also need to fill this online form before travelling back. You will need to show your completed document when you arrive at the UK border, either by printing a copy or showing it on your phone. This is simply for the government to contact you if you or someone you have travelled with develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
- Arrivals will still need to quarantine for 10 days, even with a negative test, unless they are coming from one of the limited number of countries deemed low risk on the government’s travel corridor list. A PCR test must be taken on the first and seventh day.