Travel - COVID-19
In light of the Covid-19 travel restrictions towards the UK, Belgian citizens should consult the travel advice IN DUTCH or IN FRENCH. Please check this information regularly before your trip - the rules may change at any time, often at very short notice.
In light of the Covid-19 travel restrictions towards Belgium from the UK, please read the restrictions on travel from RED ZONE COUNTRIES.
PLEASE NOTE: For travel purposes, both PCR tests and Rapid Antigen tests are now possible and accepted on arrival in Belgium.
1. I am a national of the EU or of a country that is part of the Schengen Area, or my primary residence is in the EU or in a country that is part of the Schengen Area. May I travel to or from Belgium?
You are allowed to travel to and from Belgium. Upon your return to or arrival in Belgium, you must respect the applicable measures (Passenger Locator Form, tests, quarantine, etc.). You do not need an ETC.
2. I am not a national of the EU, nor of a country that is part of the Schengen Area, and my primary residence is in a third country marked as "red". Am I allowed to travel to Belgium?
Do you have an NHS full vaccination certificate from the United Kingdom? You do not need an essential reason to travel to Belgium and no Essential Travel Certificate from the Embassy. The following is still valid though:
- Fill out a PLF
- Get tested on day 1 (PCR or RAT test) of your arrival in Belgium (day 2 if you arrive late in the day).
- Stay in quarantine until the negative result of your test is known.
- Alternatively, if you can present a negative PCR test of maximum 72 hours or a negative RAT test of the day before or the day of arrival, you will no longer be required to be tested on day 1 or day 2 in Belgium.
You are not fully vaccinated? If you do not have an EU nationality or main residence you may only travel to Belgium for essential reasons and you have to apply for an ETC. Even if you have already sent us an email, please send us a new request to firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be processed.
- Fill out a PLF
- Get a PCR test maximum 72 hours before you are in Belgium. This test must be negative.
- Quarantine for 10 days. Get tested on day 1 and 7 (PCR or RAT) after your arrival in Belgium.
Refer yourself to THIS WEBSITE for the allowed essential travels.
Essential Travel Certificate
For allowed travels: the traveler is obliged to be in possession of an essential travel certificate. By way of derogation, an essential travel certificate is not required in the following situations:
- The traveler is in possession of a valid D visa delivered by a Belgian diplomatic or consular post;
- The traveler is in possession of a valid C visa delivered after 18/03/2020 by a Belgian diplomatic or consular post if the essential nature of the journey is demonstrated by the official documents in the possession of the traveler;
- The traveler is in possession of a valid C visa delivered after 18/03/2020 by a diplomatic or consular post of another Schengen member State in representation of Belgium if the essential nature of the journey is demonstrated by the official documents in the possession of the traveler;
- The essential nature of the journey is demonstrated by the official documents in the possession of the traveler.
The ETC does not exempt you from quarantine, it only allows you to enter the Belgian territory for essential reasons while travel restriction are still currently in place and travel is discouraged.
The ETC is only valid for one trip; send the request + supporting documents AT LEAST 5 (five) working days before the travel date with the documentation required to email@example.com
Requesting an ETC:
Only if you have ascertained that your trip/travels fall under the exception categories, may you send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your ETC request email must include all supporting documents justifying the essential character of the trip and a detailed motivation letter in order to allow us to evaluate if you qualify for an essential travel certificate or not. Please note that the Embassy does not advise on individual cases. We are receiving an enormous number of e-mails right now, largely above and beyond our capacity to reply within a reasonable time-frame. Delays are unavoidable and must be expected.
The supporting documents must be in PDF format, or word document, no other format will be accepted.
For missing or non-conforming documents it is settled case-law that it is up to the claimant who wishes to convey information pursuant to a claim that may have an influence on the assessment of his administrative situation, to fully inform the administration which, for its part, cannot be required to carry out numerous inquiries, on pain of making it impossible to respond within a reasonable timeframe to the numerous requests it receives.
And a last important reminder:
For any questions regarding the Passenger Locator Form, the COVID-19 test, vaccinations and the quarantine obligation in Belgium, travelers should check the website www.info-coronavirus.be/en/ or contact the FPS Public Health. NOT the Embassy in London.
- Their general information number when in Belgium: 0800 14 689
- From abroad: +32 781 517 71