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Update Regarding the COVID-19 VIRUS

Date: 
31 March 2020

 

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we are  taking measures to ensure that visitors will experience a healthy environment, and we are carefully reviewing updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Belgian Ministry of Health (www.info-coronavirus.be) to determine our course of action during this unsettling time. We are aware that this situation is ongoing and constantly changing. We will remain committed  to protecting our staff and visitors by adhering to recommended safety protocols.

The Embassy and Consulate Generals are using precautionary measures including deployment of additional hand sanitizers and rigorous disinfection of all high-touch surface areas.

In alignment with the universally acknowledged “social distancing” guidance to help blunt the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reduced office staff at the Embassy of Belgium in Washington D.C. to a minimum and have cancelled all meetings and public events.

As a result, until further notice, the Embassy and Consulate Generals have restricted their opening hours and can only offer assistance in emergencies and urgent matters for Belgian residents in the United States. Please consult the respective Address and opening hours for the new opening hours.

To protect your and other visitors’ health, the Embassy and Consulate Generals in the United States are strictly allowing visits by appointment only. Visitors who have an appointment should confirm that:
 
1. They do not have flu-like symptoms.
 
2. They have not travelled to risk countries/regions in the last 3 weeks.

3. To their knowledge, they have not had any contact with anyone suspected of having, or confirmed to have, the COVID-19 virus. 
 
If you cannot confirm all of the above statements, please refrain from visiting the Embassy or Consulate Generals in the United States.
 
We will keep our website up-to-date and communicate any new information we have regarding our operations.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation .

 

Travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic

All Belgian travelers are advised to go back to Belgium as soon as possible.

For Belgians who are temporarily stranded abroad, we are by your side and will do our best to find a solution. Click on the following link here to see what you can do yourself: (FR) https://diplomatiebe.tappable.dev/coronavirus-fr; (NL) https://diplomatiebe.tappable.dev/coronavirus-nl.

For any further questions, you can contact us by e-mail at washington@diplobel.fed.be or by telephone at +1 202 333 69 00. Also check our Facebook page regularly.
 
As Minister Goffin pointed out in his letter of March 17, we face exceptional circumstances, and sometimes need to be patient. Thanks for your understanding.

Our team is doing everything to help you. Stay informed of all the options - including commercial - that are available to you for a return to Belgium by registering yourself on Travellers-Online.

For flights chartered by a country other than Belgium within the framework of the European Union civil protection mechanism, note that the number of places available for Belgian citizens is the exclusive jurisdiction of the State which chartered the flight. If there are not enough spaces to bring back all concerned Belgians, priority is given to the most vulnerable compatriots (health, serious conditions) or those who travel with very young children.

Finally, all over the world, Belgian expatriates share their advice and temporary solutions on the Facebook group pages: (FR) groupe #BelgesSolidaires; (NL) groep #BelgenVoorElkaar .

For travel information to and from the US, please click here.