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What to do when you arrive in Belgium?

I live in Belgium

Were you abroad for more than 48 hours? The following rules apply when you are back in Belgium. Are you planning to go on a trip? Read what you need to do before you leave here.

Please note: Have you returned from a very high-risk country? Then the rules below always apply, even if you were in that country for less than 48 hours.

What should I do?

  1. You must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF)within 6 months of your scheduled arrival in Belgium, even if you’re vaccinated. The PLF must be completed:
  • by all people travelling to Belgium, except:
    • if they are staying for less than 48 hours in Belgium,
    • if they are returning to Belgium after a stay abroad of 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.
  1. Check the colour code of the country you were in and/or whether this country is listed as a very high-risk country.
  2. Check which COVID certificate you have at www.covidsafe.be. In principle, you have applied for this before you left. There are three types of certificates:
  • A vaccination certificate proves that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You are fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your last vaccination dose and if the vaccine is EMA-certified or Covishield. From 1 September, vaccination certificates from non-EU countries will also be accepted in Belgium under certain conditions, pending their equivalence agreement with the EU.
  • A recovery certificate shows that you have recovered from COVID-19. You have a positive PCR test result no older than 180 days and you no longer need to isolate.
  • A test certificate is proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. This test should be less than 72 hours old.

Testing or quarantine

The PLF will take the last 14 days into account when determining quarantine, also when the zone changes colour.

  1. Are you travelling from a green or orange zone? You do not need to get tested or quarantine.

  2. Are you travelling from a red zone in the European Union or Schengen area or from a red code white list third country?

  • Do you have a vaccination or recovery certificate? You do not need to quarantine or get tested.
  • You do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate? You do not have a recent negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old?
    • Get tested on day 1 or 2 after you return from your trip. Did you test negative? Then you can end quarantine as soon as you get your test result.
    • Get tested again on day 7.
    • Children under the age of 12 do not have to get tested, but will be quarantined when the parents are tested, pending the test results.
  1. Are you travelling from a red zone outside the European Union or Schengen area?
  • Do you have a vaccination?
    • Get tested on day 1 or 2 after you return from your trip. Did you test negative? Then you can end quarantine as soon as you get your test result.
    • Get tested again on day 7.
    • Children under the age of 12 do not have to get tested, but will be quarantined when the parents are tested, pending the test results.
  • You do not have a vaccination? You must quarantine for 10 days. Get tested on day 1 or 7 after you return from your trip. The quarantine may be shortened if the second test on day 7 is negative.
  • This does not apply to some countries. You can find this list at info-coronavirus.be/en/colour-codes-by-country/
  • In exceptional cases, you do not have get tested and/or quarantine. Read more here.

Warning: For all travellers living or staying in Brussels : if you are returning from a red zone (inside or outside the EU/Schengen) AND you do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate, get tested on day 1 and 7 after your return and remain in quarantine until the result of the second test is known.

  1. Are you travelling from a very high-risk country outside the European Union or Schengen Area?
  • You are required to quarantine for 10 days. This rule applies to everyone.
  • Get tested on day 1 and day 7 after you return to Belgium.
  1. Are you travelling from a very high-risk country inside the European Union or Schengen Area?
  • Do you have a vaccination? You do not need to quarantine or get tested.
  • You do not have a vaccination certificate?
    • Get tested on day 1. You will remain in quarantine awaiting the result. You do not have to be tested on day 1 if you have a valid negative test, max 72 hours old, with you on arrival in Belgium. If you test positive before your trip, you may not travel.
    • Then get tested again on day 7.
    • Is one of these tests positive? You must isolate yourself for at least 10 days.

I do not live in Belgium

You are not a Belgian resident and you are planning to stay for more than 48 hours in Belgium? The following rules apply when you are in Belgium.

What should I do?

  1. You must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF)within 6 months of your scheduled arrival in Belgium, even if you’re vaccinated. The PLF must be completed:
  • by all people travelling to Belgium, except:
    • if they are staying for less than 48 hours in Belgium,
    • if they are returning to Belgium after a stay abroad of 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.
  1. Check the colour code of your country and/or whether it is listed as a very high-risk country. Please note: Have you been in a very high-risk country in the past 14 days? You are not allowed to travel to Belgium. You may only travel to Belgium if you have an essential reason in a very limited number of cases. Read more here.
  2. Check which COVID certificate you have. There are three types of certificates:
  • A vaccination certificate proves that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You are fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your last vaccination dose and if the vaccine is EMA-certified or Covishield. From 1 September, vaccination certificates from non-EU countries will also be accepted in Belgium under certain conditions, pending their equivalence agreement with the EU.

  • A recovery certificate shows that you have recovered from COVID-19. You have a positive PCR test result no older than 180 days and you no longer need to isolate.

  • A test certificate is proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. This test should be less than 72 hours old.

Testing or quarantine

The PLF will take the last 14 days into account when determining quarantine, also when the zone changes colour.

  1. Are you travelling from a green or orange zone? You do not need to get tested or quarantine.
  2. Are you travelling from a red zone in the European Union or Schengen area or from red code white list third country?
  • Do you have a vaccination or recovery certificate? You do not need to quarantine or get tested.
  • You don’t have a vaccination or recovery certificate?
    • You must do a PCR test maximum 72 hours before you are in Belgium. This test must be negative.
    • On arrival in Belgium you do not have to go into quarantine.
    • Get tested again on day 7.
    • Children under the age of 12 do not have to get tested.
  1. Are you travelling from a red zone outside the European Union or Schengen area?
  • If you do not have an EU nationality or main residence you may only travel to Belgium for essential reasons or if you have an approved vaccination certificate with full vaccination. Read more here.
  • Do you have a vaccination certificate?
    • Get tested on day 1 or 2 after you arrive in Belgium.
    • You have to stay in quarantine until the negative result of your test on day 1 or 2.
    • Get tested again on day 7.
  • You do not have a vaccination certificate?
    • If you don’t have a recovery certificate neither, get tested within 72 hours before your arrival in Belgium. 
    • You must quarantine for 10 days. Get tested on day 1 and 7 after your arrival in Belgium. The quarantine may be shortened if the second test on day 7 is negative.
  • This does not apply to some countries. You can find this list at info-coronavirus.be/en/colour-codes-by-country/
  • In exceptional cases, you do not have get tested and/or quarantine. Read more here.

Warning: For all travellers living or staying in Brussels : if you are returning from a red zone (inside or outside the EU/Schengen) AND you do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate, get tested on day 1 and 7 after your return and remain in quarantine until the result of the second test is known.

  1. Are you travelling from a very high-risk country inside the European Union or Schengen Area?
  • Do you have a vaccination? You do not need to quarantine or get tested.
  • You do not have a vaccination certificate?
    • Get tested on day 1. You will remain in quarantine awaiting the result. You do not have to be tested on day 1 if you have a valid negative test (less than 72 hours old) with you on arrival in Belgium. If you test positive before your trip, you may not travel.
    • Then get tested again on day 7.
    • Is one of these tests positive? You must isolate yourself for at least 10 days.
  1. Are you travelling from a very high-risk country outside the European Union or Schengen Area?
  • You are not allowed to travel to Belgium. You may only travel to Belgium in a very limited number of cases. Read more here.
  • Are you among these very limited exceptions? You must have:
    • a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old
    • or an EU Digital COVID Certificate (or one deemed equivalent by the European Commission or Belgium).
    • An attestation of this exception. Read more here.
  • You must quarantine for 10 days. This applies to everyone, even if you are fully vaccinated or have been in this country less than 48 hours. Get tested on day 1 and 7 of your stay in Belgium.

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.