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Measures for territories of countries classified as very high risk

Following is an overview of the very high risk countries :

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An entry ban applies to these third countries classified as very high-risk zones:

It is forbidden for people who have been on the territory of third countries classified as very high risk at any time during the past 14 days to travel, either directly or indirectly, to Belgian territory.

Only the following people are allowed to travel to or through Belgium:

  • People holding Belgian nationality;
  • People having their main residence in Belgium;
  • The spouse or partner of a person who has Belgian nationality or has his/her main residence in Belgium. This spouse or partner must live under the same roof as the person with Belgian nationality or who has his/her main residence in Belgium. These travellers must have an Essential Travel Certificate issued by the Belgian diplomatic or consular post. The de facto partners must have provided plausible evidence of a stable and long-term relationship (see FAQ);
  • The children of a person who has Belgian nationality or has his/her main residence in Belgium or of his/her spouse or partner as described above, insofar as they live under the same roof. These travellers must hold an Essential Travel Certificate issued by the Belgian diplomatic or consular post;
  • People who travel through Belgium from a very high-risk country to the country of the European Union or Schengen Area of which they are a national or where they have their main residence;
  • People transiting outside the European Union and the Schengen Area (transit via a high-risk country without leaving the international zone of the airport or transit in Belgium from a high-risk country without leaving the airport’s non-Schengen Area);
  • People travelling for compelling humanitarian reasons. These people must have a Certificate of Travel for Humanitarian Reasons issued by the Belgian diplomatic or consular post and approved by the Immigration Office;
  • Diplomats, staff of international organisations and people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the proper functioning of those organisations, when performing their duties. These travellers must have an Essential Travel Certificate issued by the Belgian diplomatic or consular post;
  • People whose physical presence is indispensable for national security purposes, provided that they hold an essential travel document issued by the Belgian diplomatic or consular post and approved by the Immigration Office;
  • Transport personnel.

For the above-mentioned authorised travellers, stricter measures apply before and upon arrival in Belgium:

  • Before arrival in Belgium, they must always fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), regardless of how they travel or for how long they are staying in Belgium or abroad.

Exception: transport personnel, freight and cargo personnel, mariners, tug crews, pilots and industrial staff working at offshore wind farms travelling for work. These travellers must have a certificate issued by their employer.

  • If they do not have their main residence in Belgium, anyone older than 12 must always be able to present a negative PCR test conducted less than 72 hours prior to arrival.

  • They must get tested in Belgium on day 1 (residents and non-residents) and day 7 (residents and non-residents). All persons returning from a very high risk third country must also spend 10 days in quarantine, except for carrying out activities which are the essential reason for travelling to Belgium in the case of diplomats and transport staff.

  • The measures relating to arrival in Belgium (testing/quarantine) apply even to fully vaccinated people.

The above-mentioned specific terms are in addition to the normal conditions of access to Belgium. It is, for instance, important to always take into account which entry requirements for the Schengen Area and which visa procedures are in force for certain travellers.

Possible exemptions to testing and quarantine are stipulated in the decrees of the relevant federated entities.