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What to do when you arrive in Belgium?

From 23 May 2022, measures will only apply to travellers coming from a very high risk country.

Important: You are not allowed to travel when in quarantine or isolation. If you are in quarantine or isolation abroad, you must complete the quarantine or isolation before returning to Belgium. Only in exceptional cases and in consultation with the health authorities can this rule be deviated from.

Are you travelling from a very high risk country to Belgium?

1. Fill in the Passenger Location Form (PLF) within 6 months before your arrival in Belgium.

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. Complete vaccination certificates obtained after only one dose can only be used after a two-weeks delay (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. The full vaccination certificate (1/1 for Johnson&Johnson, 2/2 for Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca) is valid for 270 days (9 months). After the booster dose, the vaccination certificate remains valid indefinitely.
  • A recovery certificate shows that you have recovered from COVID-19. This can either be an EU digital COVID certificate of recovery issued by one of the EU Member States or a recovery certificate issued in a non-EU country that is considered equivalent. These certificates are issued on the basis of a positive result of a PCR test or a positive result of a rapid antigen test. The recovery certificate is valid from 11 days to 180 days after the positive test.
  • A test certificate is proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken up to 72 hours before your arrival in Belgium or a negative RAT test result taken up to 24 hours before your arrival in Belgium.

3. Follow the applicable travel measures:

I live in Belgium

Are you travelling from a very high-risk country inside the European Union or Schengen Area?

  • 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?
    • Get tested (PCR) up to 72 hours before arrival. If you test positive, you must be quarantined and are not allowed to travel. OR get tested (PCR) on arrival and maintain a quarantine until the results are announced. Did you test negative? Then you can end quarantine as soon as you get your test result.

    • Regardless of which option you choose for the first test, you must also get tested (PCR) again on day 7.

    • One of the tests is positive? You must spend at least 10 days in isolation.

In the context of a very high risk country a RAT test is not valid, only PCR tests will be taken into account.

  • In exceptional cases, you do not have get tested and/or quarantine. Read more here.

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 (PCR) on arrival and day 7 after you return to Belgium. In the context of a very high risk country a RAT test is not valid, only PCR tests will be taken into account.

There are exceptions for essential travel for transport staff and diplomats. Read more here .

I do not live in Belgium

Are you travelling from a very high-risk country or zone inside the European Union or Schengen Area?

  • Do you have a vaccination certificate? You do not need to quarantine or get tested.
  • You do not have a vaccination certificate?
    • Get tested (PCR) up to 72 hours before arrival. If you test positive, you must be quarantined and are not allowed to travel. OR get tested (PCR) on arrival and maintain a quarantine until the results are announced. Did you test negative? Then you can end quarantine as soon as you get your test result.
    • Regardless of which option you choose for the first test, you must also get tested (PCR) again on day 7.
    • One of the tests is positive? You must spend at least 10 days in isolation.
    • In the context of a very high risk country a RAT test is not valid, only PCR tests will be taken into account.
    • In exceptional cases, you do not have get tested and/or quarantine. Read more here.

Are you travelling from a very high-risk country or zone 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 taken max. 72 hours before your arrival OR a negative RAT test result taken max. 24 hours before your arrival.
    • 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 (PCR) on day 1 and 7 of your stay in Belgium. In the context of a very high risk country a RAT test is not valid, only PCR tests will be taken into account.