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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Belgium
Data Last Updated: July 21, 2021

General Information

Partially Open

Belgium has reopened its borders and is allowing travelers from certain countries to enter as tourists. 

Belgium is using the ECDC traffic light system in determining the risk factor of a country. Most of the EU and Schengen area countries are currently green, as well as some third-party countries.

Travelers coming from the "green zones" can enter with no restrictions provided they can show proof of having been vaccinated for the virus, recovered from the virus, or tested negative through PCR test in the last 48 hours. Unvaccinated travelers must be tested upon arrival and will only be allowed to explore Belgium if they test negative. 

Those coming from the "orange zones" can enter restriction-free if they can show proof of having been vaccinated for the virus, recovered from the virus, or tested negative through PCR test in the last 48 hours. Unvaccinated travelers will be subject to testing. 

All travelers coming from countries in the "red zones" must undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine upon entry into Belgium, whether they have been vaccinated or not. They have to get tested twice, and will only be allowed to end quarantine if both results are negative. 

Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

At present, Belgium is currently in lockdown, where restaurants and bars are closed and people are working from home where possible. People are only allowed to socialise with one person outside of their household (and it must always be the same person). Four people are allowed in someone’s home, if social distancing rules are followed, and the group must stay the same throughout the lockdown.

Authorities in Belgium plan to tighten a number of restrictions due to an increase in cases in the country.

Effective Oct. 9, individuals are only allowed close contact (no social distancing required) with up to three people they do not live with per month. Private gatherings at home will be limited to four people in addition to members of the household. Moreover, non-organized outdoor gatherings will be limited to four people.

Cafes and bars nationwide will be required to close at 2300 daily; a limit of four persons per table is set for these establishments - exceptions are made for persons that live in the same household. 

Airlines & Transport

Belgium continues to keep open its borders for travel to and from the European Union, including the United Kingdom and the four other Schengen countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway). 

Status of Opening to Tourists

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More Details

Belgium has officially reopened its borders for tourism since June 15, 2020. However, travel restrictions have been changing constantly due to the unpredictable Covid-19 situation.

Currently, Belgian authorities have been allowing the entry of travelers coming from several EU countries, including the UK, and the four EFTA nations, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway.

Here are the current COVID-19 entry requirements and restrictions you should be aware about if you're planning to travel to Belgium soon.

Who Can Enter Belgium Restriction-Free?

All fully vaccinated travelers arriving in Belgium coming from within the EU countries and other countries under the "green categories" can enter with no need to quarantine or undergo testing. However, they must show proof of having been fully vaccinated with one of the European Medicines Agency authorized vaccines, such as Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Janssen. They must be able to present the vaccination certificate upon arrival so they can enter without any restrictions.

Travelers who can present a recovery certificate to prove that they have recovered from the Covid-19 disease are also allowed to enter with no restrictions. Another option a traveler can enter restriction-free is to present a negative test result of the Covid-19 PCR test.

Belgium uses a color coded system to classify regions and countries according to their risk of Covid-19 infection. Countries with no risk of infection are classified as "green". Vaccinated travelers coming from these countries are allowed to enter Belgium with no need to undergo quarantine or testing.

Here are the countries that belong to Belgium's "green categories".

  • all EU and Schengen Zone countries
  • Albania
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • United States of America
  • Hongkong
  • Macao
  • Taiwan
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia

Restrictions for Travelers Coming From Countries Not on the Green List

Countries that are not on Belgium's "green list" are categorized as either "orange" or "red".

Those under the orange list are considered as having a "moderately elevated risk" of Covid-19 infections. Vaccinated travelers coming from these countries are also free from quarantine and testing restrictions. As of July 2021, here's a list of countries under Belgium's orange list:

  • Ireland
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Andorra
  • The Netherlands, except Friesland, Drenthe, Flevoland, and Limburg, which are considered green regions
  • Sweden, except Stockholm, Middle Norrland, East Middle Sweden, South Sweden, West Sweden which are categorized as green regions
  • Capital Region of Denmark
  • The Greek regions of Attica, Crete, and South Aegean
  • The Spanish regions of Galicia, Castilla-La Mancha and Melilla
  • The Finnish region of Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • The French region of Guadeloupe
  • The Norwegian regions of Trøndelag, Adger, and South-Eastern Norway
  • The Portuguese region of Azore

Countries and regions that were not on the green or orange list of countries are considered "red". Travelers coming from European regions in the red zone can enter quarantine-free if they can show proof of having been vaccinated, recovered from the virus, or a negative test result taken within 48 hours of arrival. Unvaccinated travelers will be tested upon arrival in Belgium. If they are negative, they are free to leave. But if they test positive, they must undergo quarantine. Children below 12 years old are not required to undergo testing.

For vaccinated travelers coming from countries outside of the European Union, they are required to undergo the Covid-19 test on their first or second day of arrival in Belgium. They must remain isolated while waiting for the result. Only if they test negative can they leave quarantine. On the other hand, unvaccinated travelers must undergo a 10-day quarantine upon their arrival in Belgium. They must get tested for the Covid-19 virus on their first and seventh day of quarantine and can only leave quarantine if the results are negative.

Below is a list of countries and regions in Europe which Belgian authorities believe to be at high risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus.

  • Cyprus
  • Spanish regions of Aragon, Catalonia, Cantabria, La Rioja, Andalusia, Canary Islands, Valencian Community, Asturias, Basque Country, Navarre, Communidad de Madrid, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Baleares, Murcia
  • French regions of Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion
  • Portuguese regions of North, Algarve, Center (PT), Lisbon Metropolitan Area, Alentejo

Restrictions for Travelers Coming from "Very-High" Risk Countries

Travelers coming from countries considered "very high risk" can enter Belgium but they will be subject to strict restrictions, whether they have been vaccinated or not. This includes a mandatory 10-day quarantine at a government-approved facility.

As of July 2021, here's a list of countries that Belgian authorities considered "very high risk":

  • Argentina
  • Bahrein
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Columbia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Georgia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • eSwatini
  • Lesotho
  • Mexico
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Uganda
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

For the latest updates, you can check out Belgium on our live map.

Sources: Belgium Foreign Affairs | Re-open EU | Brussel Times


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