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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Belgium
Data Last Updated: October 18, 2020

General Information

Partially Open

At present Belgium is starting to allow travelers from countries in the European Union, including the UK, and the four EFTA nations (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway.)

IMPORTANT: Many new regulations, regarding those who come from certain areas within a country, may be quarantined or/and require testing. The most up to date information is here: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en

Nonessential travel from other countries remains prohibited, and any arrivals will also require testing and 14 days of self-isolation; exceptions include diplomats, health workers, and cargo transport staff.

Starting August 1, Belgium requires all international arrivals to fill out a passenger locator form 48 hours before arrival.

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/BEL

Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

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. These measures will last until Nov. 9 at least.

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

Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days

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Strict Quarantine For Tourists From:

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Special Conditions For Tourists From:

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More Details

Latest Update: September 9, 2020

Belgium has officially reopened its borders for tourism as of June 15, 2020. However only allowing select countries to visit.

Belgium made the decision to reopen for tourism from countries in the European Union, 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 planning to travel to Belgium.

Who Can Enter Belgium?


Are There Mandatory Testing and/or Quarantine in Belgium?

It Depends. Travelers from one of the above countries with no symptoms can enter Belgium without any mandatory testing or quarantine. Non-essential travel from other countries remains prohibited, and any arrivals will also require testing and 14 days of self-isolation; exceptions include diplomats, health workers, and cargo transport staff.

IMPORTANT: Many new regulations, regarding those who come from certain areas within a country, may be quarantined or/and require testing. The most up to date information on this is on the official website: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en

However, there are special conditions imposed on travelers from these countries, who may require testing and or mandatory quarantine. It also depends on the region you are coming from:


The most up to date information on this is on the official website: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en

September 7, 2020 update: Officials have designated several countries and regions within the EU and Schengen Areas as "Red Zones" due to high COVID-19 activity. As of September 7, Andorra, France, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Spain, and some regions in Croatia are now classified as Red Zones. All arrivals from these locations must take a COVID-19 test on arrival and self-isolate for 14 days.

Other Restrictions and Health Protocols

  • Authorities in Brussels have announced that the use of protective face masks is compulsory in all public places
  • Persons under the age of 12, those engaged in strenuous physical activity, and those who cannot wear face masks for medical reasons are exempt from the requirement.
  • Authorities in the city of Antwerp also require face masks to be worn in densely populated public areas;
  • The city introduced a 28-day 2330-0600 curfew July 28 in response to rising local cases, though has suspended the measure for the duration of an ongoing heatwave.

What's Open in Belgium

  • Belgium’s national railway service, SNCB, as well as bus service De Lijn and Brussels public transport STIB, will continue to operate, but will follow the Sunday service schedule.
  • Public parks will stay open as well, but the coronavirus measures prohibit gatherings with more than 15 people.
  • Most cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as take away services, will remain open across the country. However, to comply with the health measures, it is possible that you will not be allowed in without a reservation.
  • Other than that, hotels, campsites, galleries, museums, hairdressers, and fitness centers are open.

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


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Information for Non-Tourists

Starting August 1, Belgium would require all international arrivals to fill out a passenger locator form 48 hours before arrival.

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