>>> Updated on June 18, 2021
Lifting of travel restrictions :
From June 21st, US residents are eligible to travel from the US to Belgium.
An Essential Travel Certificate is no longer needed.
1. I am traveling to/via Belgium from the USA
1.1 Travel restrictions : Am I allowed to travel and under which conditions?
The United States have been added to the EU's White List of Countries from 21st June. See :https://reopen.europa.eu/en.
This means that travel to Belgium from the United States is allowed (restrictions to essential trips have been lifted).
What documents do I need to travel?
√ Your travel documents (passport, residence card, visa if applicable…)
For visa application see Visa for Belgium
√ Negative PCR test result.
Depending on the color attributed to the United Stated :
-> red = negative PCR test
-> green or orange = no negative PCR test needed
√ Passenger Health Locator Form
To know if you need to present a negative PCR Test before travelling to Belgium, you need to check the color (red, orange or green) given to the United States at the moment of travel.
If red, a negative PCR test is needed.
If orange or green, no PCR test needed.
See following website : https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/colour-codes-by-country/
All travelers to Belgium, regardless of the means of transport chosen, must complete the Passenger Health Locator Form no earlier than 48 hours before arriving in Belgium.
Please note that airlines decide on the conditions under which they carry passengers. The Belgian Embassy and Consulate Generals have no influence over their decision.
We therefore recommend that you enquire with your airline about the conditions that they apply before booking your flight.
1.2 What are the COVID-19 related health measures in place in Belgium?
Please note that currently there are no distinctions or exemptions regarding testing or quarantine for travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
In the Passenger Locator Form (PLF), you have to indicate where you have been during the last 14 days before coming to Belgium.
If you have been in a “red zone” (check on https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/colour-codes-by-country/), you will need to respect testing and quarantine upon arrival.
For more information on testing and quarantine requirements and the latest measures in place, please visit: www.info-coronavirus.be
2. I am traveling to the USA from Belgium
2.1 Travel restrictions : Am I allowed to travel and under which conditions?
Can I travel ?
Due to COVID-19, the US prohibits access to its territory to all foreigners who stayed (including also 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 US for permanent residents and diplomats: see Presidential Proclamation of January 25, 2021.
There are additional exemptions for academics, students, journalist and people providing vital support for critical infrastructure in the US who may qualify for National Interest Exceptions. It is advised to contact the US Embassy in Brussels for further information.
On 8th April, additional new exemptions have been added a.o. for immigrant and fiancé visa, certain exchanges visitors, airlines crew, .. for the full list see website of the State Department.
Please contact the US Embassy in Brussels to know which visa services are currently available given the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the resumption of visa services
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 US after my visit?
The official guidelines by the US authorities state that currently only US citizens and US permanent residents (and a few other exceptions - also for students) are allowed to return to the US 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 US.
What documents do I need to travel?
From January 26, 2021, all air passengers aged two years and older arriving to the US from a foreign country will need to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 from a healthcare provider/public health official. For more information click here.
Without these documents the airline will DENY boarding:
- proof of negative COVID-19 test (nucleic acid amplification test or viral antigen test).
- proof of positive test COVID-19 and letter from your healthcare provider/public health official stating that you were cleared to travel after having recovered from COVID-19.
The current travel restrictions for foreign nationals who have been in the following countries (including Belgium) during the past 14 days remain applicable.
2.2 What are the COVID-19 related health measures in place?
For testing and quarantine measures, please visit the website of the CDC and the COVID-19 measures of the State where you will stay.