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Public Health Passenger Locator Form

How does it work?

  • You must complete the Public Health Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium, even if you’re vaccinated.

  • This form has to be completed by:

    • all persons travelling to Belgium, except:
      • if you stay in Belgium for less than 48 hours
      • if you were abroad for less than 48 hours
    • Are you traveling to Belgium by plane or boat? Then you must always fill in the PLF, even if you are staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours or were abroad for less than 48 hours.
    • Are you travelling by train or bus from a country outside the EU or Schengen area? Then you must always fill in the PLF, even if you are staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours or were abroad for less than 48 hours.
    • If you have stayed in a very high-risk country for the past 14 days, you need to fill in the PLF at all times, regardless of the length of your stay.
  • If you are under 12 years old, your details will be registered on your parent/guardian/responsible party’s form or, if you are traveling alone, on your own form.

  • You will receive a QR code by e-mail. This QR code is your proof that you have filled it in. Are you going by plane or boat? Then show this code when you board.

  • Read more on How to get back safely from a trip?

Attention: if the police services suspect that the PLF or proof of a negative COVID-19 test have been falsified, an official report will be drawn up. This official report will be forwarded to the public prosecutor. This is considered to be a serious offence with fraudulent intent. The coronavirus strategy depends on the authenticity of these documents. A direct summons to appear before the criminal court will be issued where there is sufficient proof of fraud whilst accounting for any mitigating circumstances.

Frequently askes questions

    When do I have to fill in the document?
    You must fill in the document no more than 48 hours before you leave for Belgium. This also means that you can fill it in one hour before departure.
    Why do I need to complete the form when returning from a green zone?
    Because the situation changes from day to day. By completing this form, you can be notified immediately and officially if the zone in which you were staying has turned red. You’ll get all the information you need to protect yourself and your social circles. If you’re travelling by public transport, you may also be warned if a fellow passenger tests positive for the COVID-19 virus, based on the information on the form.
    What if I am wrong and I have filled in a red zone while staying in a green zone?
    Like everyone who returns from a red zone, you will receive a code to get tested. Please inform yourself well in advance that your zone is indeed green. In that case you should not be tested.
    I don’t have Internet access at my holiday home, how can I complete the form?
    If you don’t have Internet access at your holiday home, you can request Internet access at Reception where you’re staying, at a tourist office, at a local catering establishment with WiFi or from someone you know.
    How can I fill in the document if I do not know my seat number on the aircraft in advance?
    You can fill in the form a few hours before departure. Make sure that you arrive at the airport well in advance so that you can fill in the form correctly. Once you have completed the form, you will see a confirmation page with a QR code. Keep this code up to date (e.g. take a screenshot). You can also use the offline document on which you can fill in the seat number just before departure.
    What can I do if I do not receive the QR code on time?
    It may happen that you do not receive the QR code on time. In this case you can take a screenshot of the confirmation page and show it when you board.
    Will I receive a confirmation email or text message?
    After you have completed the form you will receive a confirmation email with the QR code. You will not receive a confirmation SMS. You will only receive an SMS when you have indicated that you are returning from a red zone. This may take several hours. The first text message will confirm your return from a red zone. The second text message will contain your code with which you can be tested. This code can also be used to get the test refunded.
    I come from a red zone. Do I have to get tested abroad before my return journey or can I get tested in Belgium? If my test is positive abroad, do I have to be quarantined abroad?
    The only recognised tests are those carried out in Belgium. When you test positive abroad, you follow the measures imposed by the local authorities.
    I’m travelling in Belgium, do I need to complete the form?
    No, you only have to complete it if you’re coming back from abroad
    My plane lands in the Netherlands or France, do I need to complete the form too?
    Yes, as soon as you return to Belgium from abroad to stay here for more than 48 hours.
    What should I do if I am in transit or staying in several countries with different colour codes?
    You can enter up to 5 destinations on the PLF document where you have stayed for the last 14 days. If you have crossed a country without stopping there, do not indicate this.
    What if I take several means of transport or have to change?
    If the transfer takes place by aeroplane, indicate your flight number at the end of the document. If you are taking different means of transport, indicate the means of transport you last used for your return to Belgium.
    What do I need to indicate if I am travelling by mobile home/motorbike/bike or on foot?
    If you are going by motorbike/mobile home, indicate ‘car’ on the form and fill in your number plate. If you go on foot or by bike, also choose ‘car’ and fill in ‘0000000’ at the number plate.
    Do children have to fill in the PLF?
    • Everyone over the age of 12 completes their own PLF. They will have their own notifications with actions to follow, if applicable.
    • Children under 12 years of age are added to their parent/guardian/responsible person’s PLF. Upon arrival in Belgium, they follow the measures together with their parents, except for testing. They do not need to be tested, but do follow the same quarantine as their parents, if their parents need to be quarantined.
    • Children under 12 years of age traveling alone (unaccompanied minor) complete their own PLF.
    Does each member of a group (e.g. the youth movement) have to fill in the form?
    A separate form must be completed for each passenger aged 12 years and over. The details of children under the age of 12 must be filled in on the form of an accompanying adult, if this is the case. If children under the age of 12 are travelling alone, they must also fill in a form.
    Should underage children returning from a red zone be quarantined and tested?
    Yes, all children from 12 years of age must follow the measures. Children under the age of 12 should not be tested unless they show symptoms. However, the quarantine measures are strictly adhered to. More information: www.sciensano.be
    What about frontier workers?
    Anyone who stays abroad for more than 48 hours and will stay in Belgium for more than 48 hours must fill in the form.
    What happens to my data?
    The data will be retained for 28 days and then destroyed, in accordance with the general provisions on data protection (GDPR). The Passenger Locator Form can help to contact you if you came into contact with an infectious disease. The data will be used to contact you within 14 days of your arrival. The data may also be used to contact confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19.