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COVID-19 FAQ's

Information for all international travelers

Please note that the airlines decide on the conditions by which they carry passengers. The Belgian Embassy and Consulate Genereals have no influence over their decision. We therefore recommend that you ask the airline concerned about the conditions that they apply before booking your flight.

FOR BELGIANS

Can I return to Belgium as a Belgian citizen?
The general principle is that any person with Belgian nationality (with or without their main residence in Belgium), long-term residents in Belgium and persons with legal residence in Belgium, may return to Belgium subject to two conditions. The two conditions when traveling from outside the EU are that:

  • The person must remain in self-isolation at home for 14 days; and
  • The person is prohibited from working outdoors for 14 days (even if they are employed in an essential sector), although teleworking is still permitted.

Can my family members travel to Belgium?
Since July 1st, EU citizens, citizens of Schengen associated countries and third-country nationals legally staying in the EU, as well as their respective family members*, are allowed to travel to Belgium whether they return home or not (short stay visits only). NOTE: This DOES NOT apply to family members of Belgians who already reside in Belgium (e.g. family visits are currently not allowed)!!!

When traveling, the family members must be able to demonstrate their relationship to the EU family member with official documentation (e.g. marriage and/or birth certificates). Please contact your airline and the embassy of the countries you will be transiting through if you are traveling to Belgium through a neighboring country, which exact documentation is required to travel and/or cross borders.

I live in Belgium and my (unmarried) partner is in the United States, can he/she visit me?
From September 1st, unmarried partners of Belgian citizens/residents can potentially travel to Belgium to meet their significant other. For more information, please visit the following page on our website

Does Belgium provide repatriation flights from the United States?
Since there are commercial flights available to Europe, including Belgium’s neighboring countries, there are no repatriation flights planned from the US to Belgium.

As a Belgian citizen, how do I return to Belgium?
There are limited flights from the United States to Belgium, and there are several flights with layovers to Brussels, as well as direct flights to neighboring countries including the Netherlands, Germany, and France. We strongly advise to carry sufficient evidence that you are traveling to Belgium as your final destination. Please contact your airline and the embassy of the countries you will be transiting through if you are traveling to Belgium through a neighboring country, which exact documentation is be required to travel and/or cross borders.

Persons traveling from third countries must in take into account the current sanitary measures in Belgium, including a 14-day quarantine. These travellers will also have to fill in the following document before they board: PASSENGER HEALTH LOCATOR FORM. This document, once completed, will be considered a condition for entry.

As a Belgian national who is studying or working in the US and needs to go to Belgium, will I be able to come back to the United States after my visit?
The official guidelines by the US authorities state that currently only US citizens and US permanent residents are allowed to return to the United States when traveling in from one of the countries with travel restrictions. The full text of the proclamation can be read HERE. Since this is an issue that is strictly decided by the American immigration authorities and can change at any time, please contact the nearest US embassy for detailed information on re-entry into the United States.

I am a Belgian national, visiting the US on a visa waiver and risk an overstay (ESTA), what can I do?
We strongly advise all Belgian citizens who do not have a long term residency status in the United States to return to Belgium. If circumstances beyond your control prevent your departure, you must apply, 5 days before your 90 days stay expires, for a Satisfactory Departure with the USCIS. Satisfactory departure allows a 30 days extension with the possibility of an additional 30 days thereafter.

As a Belgian citizen living/traveling in South America, can I travel back to Europe through the United States?
Belgian travelers who have not been present in one of the countries mentioned in the various Presidential Proclamations restricting travel to the United States (China, Iran, all countries in the European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and Brazil) for at least 14 days, are generally allowed to enter the United States (and transit to Europe). Non-visa-holders will always require an ESTA. To confirm this and for more detailed information please contact US Customs and Border Control: www.cbp.gov/contact.

I need an urgent consular service (power of attorney/nationality act/consular attestation)
Urgent questions can be sent to the consular mission with jurisdiction over your state.

Can I apply for a passport at this time?

The Embassy and Consulates General currently work with reduced on-site presence. They will only handle emergencies and urgent consular matters. If you need an urgent appointment, please contact the consular mission with jurisdiction over your state for further guidance.

 

FOR NON BELGIANS

Is it possible to fly to Belgium from the United States?
From 15 June, Belgium has opened its borders for non-essential travel within the European Union, including the United Kingdom and the four other Schengen countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway).

As of July 1st, EU citizens, citizens of Schengen associated countries and third-country nationals legally staying in the EU, as well as their respective family members*, whether they return home or not.

Other non-Belgians who are not in possession of a residence permit can only travel to Belgium from outside the EU with an essential function or need; including students, healthcare professionals, diplomats, staff of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions, Passengers in transit, passengers travelling for imperative family reasons, and highly qualified third-country workers if their employment is necessary from an economic perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed abroad.

* Who is considered a family member?
Family members (as defined in Articles 2(2) and 3(2) of Directive 2004/38/EC): Articles 2(2), include:

(a) the spouse;

(b) the partner with whom the Union citizen has contracted a registered partnership, on the basis of the legislation of a Member State, if the legislation of the host Member State treats registered partnerships as equivalent to marriage and in accordance with the conditions laid down in the relevant legislation of the host Member State;

(c) the direct descendants who are under the age of 21 or are dependents and those of the spouse or partner as defined in point (b);

(d) the dependent direct relatives in the ascending line and those of the spouse or partner as defined in point (b);

I'm not married, can I still visit my partner in Belgium?
From September 1st, non married partners can potentially travel to Belgium to meet their significant other. For more information, please visit the following page on our website

Until when are the travel restrictions to enter Belgium from the United States in place?

Non-essential travel to Belgium from outside the EU is prohibited until further notice (abovementioned exceptions excluded).

Can I apply for a visa to Belgium?
The Belgian Consular Missions in the United States will start accepting visa applications for the following categories that are exempt from the travel restrictions as of Monday, July 6 th , by mail only:

  • Third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of study; 
  • Highly qualified third-country workers if their employment is necessary from an economic perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed abroad (Single Permit holders only).
  • Family members* of EU citizens, citizens of Schengen associated countries and third- country nationals: receipt and processing of D-type visas. C-type visas for short stay visits, by mail unless the traveler has not applied for a Schengen visa during the last 5 years. If this is the case, please the consular mission you wish to visit to schedule an appointment.

What do I need to know if I am allowed to travel to Belgium for a trip that is considered essential?

Persons traveling from third countries must in take into account the current sanitary measures in Belgium, including a 14-day quarantine. These travellers will also have to fill in the following document before they board: PASSENGER HEALTH LOCATOR FORM. This document, once completed, will be considered a condition for entry.

As a foreign national, do I need a visa to transit through Brussels to an onward destination outside of the Schengen area?
If you are in the possession of any kind of US visa (either valid or expired), a transit visa is not required for one transit through Belgium provided that:

1. your transit is no longer than 24 hours

2. Your luggage is checked through to your final destination

3. Belgium is your only stop in theSchengen area

4. Your ticket is confirmed (no standby ticket)

5. you do not need to go through border control to enter Belgium for any reason.

Can I apply for a legalization of signature on an Affidavit of Support?
Most consular missions still accept some applications for legalizations of signature on affidavits of support by mail, but restrictions apply and processing times are longer than usual. Please contact the the consular mission with jurisdiction over your state for further guidance.

 

TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES

Due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the US prohibits access to its territory to all foreigners who stayed (including in transit) in Belgium in the 14 days prior to their visit to the US. For the complete travel advise, please click HERE.

There are several exemptions to the travel restrictions to the United States, and the full text of Presidential Proclamation 9993 can be found HERE.

Furthermore, there are additional exemptions for certain business travelers, investors, treaty traders, academics, and students who may qualify for National Interest Exceptions. More information can be found HERE and it is advised to contact the US Embassy in Brussels for further information.