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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Belgium
Data Last Updated: January 23, 2021

General Information

Substantially Closed

Belgium has reopened its borders and is allowing travelers from countries in the European Union, including the UK, and the four EFTA nations (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway.)

Belgium is using the ECDC traffic light system in determining the risk factor of a country. Authorities obliged anyone arriving from red zones after 15 November to test negative upon arrival or quarantine for 14 days. All passengers arriving in Belgium by air or sea must fill in a "Public Health Passenger Locator Form" and give it to border authorities.

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

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Latest update - Authorities in Belgium have banned non-essential travels until March 2021. Only essential travels are allowed at this time, such as those traveling for business, family, and humanitarian purposes. Those coming from the UK, South Africa, and South America must quarantine for 10 days upon entry into the country.

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). 

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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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