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Travelling abroad

Travelling abroad as a Belgian

Belgium gives all countries a colour code. This way, you know whether it is safe to travel abroad.

  • Code green: you can travel to this destination.
  • Code light orange: the country you are travelling to asks for a negative COVID-19 test and/or quarantine.
  • Code orange: you must be extra vigilant.
  • Code red: It is strongly discouraged from going to that country.

All travel advice and colour codes can be found here and are regularly updated.

Are you returning to Belgium after a stay abroad of more than 48 hours?

  • Fill in the Public Health Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium.
  • Based on your answers, the form will calculate whether you are at high risk of corona.
    • Did you receive a text message? You are at high risk from coronavirus. You must quarantine. Get tested on day 1 and day 7 of quarantine. You will receive a code by text message.
    • You did not receive a text message? You do not have to quarantine.
    • Did you complete the paper version of the Passenger Locator Form? You will be contacted by phone.

Please note: upon return from a red zone, it is mandatory to quarantine and get tested.

Travelling to Belgium as a non-Belgian

You may travel to Belgium when:

  • You are a resident of the European Union, Schengen Area or the United Kingdom.
  • You are travelling from a country that has been included in the list of the FPS Foreign Affairs.

All other countries are banned from travelling to Belgium. You may only travel from these countries to Belgium for an essential reason. A list of the essential reasons can be found in the frequently asked questions

Are you travelling to Belgium and staying for more than 48 hours?

  • Fill in the Public Health Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium.
  • Based on your answers, the form will calculate whether you are at high risk of corona.
    • Did you receive a text message? You are at high risk from coronavirus. You must quarantine. Get tested on day 7 of quarantine. You will receive a code by text message.
    • You did not receive a text message? You do not have to quarantine.
    • Did you complete the paper version of the Passenger Locator Form? You will be contacted by phone.

Please note: upon return from a red zone, it is mandatory to quarantine and get tested.

From the 25th of December - If you do not live in Belgium and you are travelling in Belgium you must do a test 72 hours before your departure to Belgian territory. The result has to be negative. More information can be found at the frequently asked questions - Negative test non-residents arriving from a red zone.

As from 4 January 2021, there are new professional travel rules in place. Belgian employers wishing to declare an employee’s foreign travel for business purposes can fill in the BTA form. More information can be found here.

More information about testing and quarantine can be found here: