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>>> Updated on March 24, 2021
 

Until April 18, 2021, non-essential trips in and out of Belgium are prohibited.

 

1. I am traveling to/via Belgium from the USA

    1.1 Travel restrictions : Am I allowed to travel and under which conditions?
         A. I am a Belgian/EU/Schengen citizen OR I reside in the EU/Schengen zone
         B. I am not a Belgian, EU or Schengen citizen
         C. I want to visit my spouse/partner in Belgium for a short stay
         D. Traveling to Belgium via another country (Belgium is my final destination)
              Transit via Belgium (Belgium is not my final destination)

    1.2 What are the COVID-19 related health measures in place in Belgium?

2. I am traveling to the USA from Belgium

    2.1 Travel restrictions : Am I allowed to travel and under which conditions?

    2.2 What are the COVID-19 related health measures in place?

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1. I am traveling to/via Belgium from the USA

  1.1 Travel restrictions : Am I allowed to travel and under which conditions?

       A. I am a Belgian/EU/Schengen citizen OR I reside in the EU/Schengen zone

 

Am I allowed to travel?

Until April 18, 2021, non-essential trips in and out of Belgium are prohibited. If your main residence is outside of Belgium, you are therefore not allowed to travel to Belgium.
The travel ban will be monitored for road, air, sea and rail traffic. Nevertheless essential travels to Belgium are allowed. The following travels are considered essential:

1) a trip for purely professional reasons, including a trip by professional sportsmen and sportswomen with elite sport status, cultural sector professionals and journalists traveling for work;

2) a trip undertaken by diplomats, ministers, Heads of State and Government; a trip undertaken by staff of international organizations and institutions and by people invited by international organizations and institutions whose physical presence is required for the proper functioning of those organizations and institutions; a trip undertaken by staff of diplomatic and consular posts and by people invited by these posts whose physical presence is required for the proper functioning of those posts; a trip undertaken by members of the European Parliament when performing their duties; 

3) a trip for compelling family reasons, i.e.:

  • a trip justified by family reunification, as defined in the Law of December 15, 1980, on entry, stay, settlement and removal of foreign nationals;
  • a visit to a spouse or partner who does not live under the same roof, insofar as the stable and long-term character of the relationship can be proven;
  • a trip in the context of co-parenting;
  • a trip in the context of a funeral or cremation of first- and second-degree relatives or next of kin, insofar as plausible evidence can be provided of the stable and long-term character of the relationship with the next of kin;
  • a trip in the context of a civil or religious marriage of first- and second-degree relatives or next of kin;

4) a trip for humanitarian reasons, in particular:

  • a trip for medical reasons or to continue urgent medical treatment;
  • a trip to provide assistance or care to an elderly, minor, disabled or vulnerable person;
  • palliative care visit;

5) a study-related trip, in particular a trip by pupils, students and trainees who are undergoing training as part of their studies and researchers with a hosting agreement;  

6) a trip to a neighboring country by a resident of a border municipality and the adjacent neighboring municipalities as part of their everyday activities that are also allowed and necessary in the country of their primary residence; a trip to a neighboring country by a resident of a border area as part of their everyday activities that are also allowed and necessary in the country of their primary residence, insofar as plausible evidence can be provided;  

7) a trip to take care of animals;  

8) a trip in the context of a legal obligation, insofar as it is necessary and cannot be done online;  

9) a trip to have urgent repairs carried out in the context of vehicle safety;  

10) a trip in the context of moving house;  

11) a trip for the purpose of transiting.

For more information click here.
 

What documents do I need to travel?
     √ Your travel documents (passport, residence card,…)
     √ The documentation proving the essential nature of your trip
     √ Sworn statement
     √ Negative PCR test result
     √ Passenger Health Locator Form
     √ For business trip: Business Travel Abroad Form BTA

 

If traveling for essential reasons, you will need to carry a sworn statement. You must also to be able to demonstrate at the border that your journey is essential by means of the necessary documentation.

Before boarding, passengers from the age of 6 must present a negative PCR test result based on a test carried out at the earliest 72 hours prior to departure.
For exceptions see: www.info-coronavirus.be 

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. 
For business trips that fall under the exemptions : travelers need a special form “Business Travel Abroad Form BTA”. The BTA must be completed online by the Belgian employer, the Belgian client, the office-holder of an international organization or institution or a diplomatic or consular mission established on Belgian territory BEFORE THE DEPARTURE of the traveler concerned.
More information on the BTA – conditions, applicable quarantine,… click here.

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.
 

B. I am not a Belgian, EU or Schengen citizen

 

Am I allowed to travel ?

Until April 18, 2021, non-essential trips in and out of Belgium are prohibited. People with their main residence outside of Belgium are therefore not allowed to travel to Belgium. The travel ban will be monitored for road, air, sea and rail traffic. Nevertheless essential travels to Belgium are allowed. The following travels are considered essential:

1) the professional travels of health professionals, health researchers and elderly care professionals; 

2) the professional travels of frontier workers; 

3) the professional travels of seasonal workers in agriculture; 

4) the professional travels of transport personnel

5) the professional travels of diplomats, staff of international organisations, people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organisations, military personnel, federal police personnel, civil protection personnel, law enforcement personnel, personnel from the Immigration Office, customs personnel and humanitarian aid workers, in the exercise of their functions;

6) passengers in transit: extra-Schengen transit and extra-EU transit

7) passengers traveling for imperative family reasons, meaning:

  • trips justified by family reunification (which is a long stay in the meaning of the Belgian Immigration law); 
  • visits to a spouse or partner who does not live under the same roof, insofar as plausible evidence of a stable and long-term relationship can be provided;
  • travel within the framework of co-parenting, including medical treatment within the framework of medically assisted procreation; 
  • travel for funerals or cremations (first- and second-degree relatives);
  • travel within the framework of civil or religious marriages (first- and second-degree relatives).

8) the professional travels of seafarers;

9) the travels undertaken for humanitarian reasons (including journeys undertaken for imperative medical reasons or the continuation of urgent medical treatment or to provide assistance or care for an elderly or disabled or vulnerable person);

10) the travels for the purpose of study, including pupils, students and interns undergoing training as part of their studies and researchers with a hosting agreement; 

11) the travels of qualified persons, if their work is necessary from an economic point of view and cannot be postponed; including the journeys of professional sportsmen and women with top sports status and professionals in the cultural sector, when they hold a single permit and journalists, when they are exercising their professional activity.
The travel of persons who come to work as an employee in Belgium, including au pairs, whatever the duration of this activity, provided that they are authorized by the competent Region (work permit or proof that the conditions of an exemption are met).
The travel of persons who come to work as a self-employed in Belgium, whatever the duration of this activity, provided that they are authorized by the competent Region (valid professional card or proof that the conditions of an exemption are met).

For more information click here.
 

What documents do I need to travel?
     √ Your travel documents (passport, residence card,,…)
     √ The documentation proving the essential nature of your trip
     √ Essential travel certificate OR visa delivered after March 18, 2020
     √ Negative PCR test result
     √ Passenger Health Locator Form
     √ For business trip: Business Travel Abroad Form BTA

 

If traveling for essential reasons, you will need a visa (delivered after March 18, 2020) OR an essential travel certificate issued by the Belgian Embassy or Consulate General in the U.S. with jurisdiction over the state where you are a resident
At the border you must also be able to demonstrate that your journey is essential by means of the necessary documentation.

For a short stay in Belgium, any traveler subject to the visa requirement to enter Schengen (not applicable to US citizens) must have a C visa. Whatever the nationality, each traveler must prove that the conditions for entry into Schengen are met when coming to the Schengen external borders, by means of the necessary documentation.

For a long stay in Belgium, all travelers must have a D visa.

For a visa – see: Visa for Belgium.
Currently only visas for essential travels will be processed. If this is the case, please contact  the consular mission you wish to visit to schedule an appointment.

For the essential travel certificate: Please email your Consulate General in the U.S. with the following documents:

  • Copy of your valid passport
  • Copy of your return Flight ticket (does not have to be a confirmed ticket)
  • Relevant documents proving the essential nature of your trip (for example proof of the family relationship within the 1st or 2nd degree for travels for funeral and marriages; documents demonstrating the need for assistance or care to a person living in Belgium, medical certificate, …)

Before boarding, passengers from the age of 6 must present a negative PCR test result based on a test carried out at the earliest 72 hours prior to departure.
For exceptions see: www.info-coronavirus.be 

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. 

For business trips that fall under the exemptions : a special form “Business Travel Abroad Form BTA” is available. The BTA must be completed online by the Belgian employer, the Belgian client, the office-holder of an international organization or institution or a diplomatic or consular mission established on Belgian territory BEFORE THE DEPARTURE of the traveler concerned.
More information on the BTA – conditions, applicable quarantine,… click here.

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 ask your airline about the conditions that they apply before booking your flight.

C. I want to visit my spouse/partner in Belgium for a short stay

 

Am I allowed to travel ?

For a visit to a spouse or partner who does not live under the same roof, the Belgian Embassy or Consulate General in the U.S. with jurisdiction over the state where you are a resident can issue a letter allowing essential travel to Belgium to those that are visa exempt (e.g. US nationals), or a short term visa to those nationals who require a visa to enter Belgium. Note that this relates to short stays of maximum 90 days to visit the person with whom one has a stable and lasting relationship and under no circumstances relates to entry into Belgium with intent to reunite with family or with intent to marry or cohabitate, both of which are subject to other conditions.
This exception is subject to a number of conditions. In concrete terms, you must demonstrate that:

  1. You have proof of co-habitation for at least 6 months (uninterrupted) prior to visa application (or intended date of departure for visa exempt partners) in Belgium or in another country, or; 
  2. prior to the application, you have had a relationship for at least one year (this means that the partners must prove that they have met two times prior to the application and that these meetings totaled 20 days or more), or;
  3. you have a common child with a Belgian (resident).

What documents do I need to travel?
     √ Your travel documents (passport,…)
     √ The documentation proving the essential nature of your trip
     √ Sworn Statement or Essential travel certificate
        OR visa delivered after March 18, 2020
     √ Negative PCR test result
     √ Passenger Health Locator Form

 

⦁    TRAVELERS WHO DO NOT REQUIRE A VISA (including US Citizens) :
      Essential travel certificate

How to submit: you may submit the below documents by MAIL (including self-addressed prepaid return envelope) or email (max. 10 pages and 10MB size – use Zip file if possible) to the embassy or consulate general with jurisdiction over your state.

1. Copy of the identity page of your passport, valid for at least 3 months after your intended departure date

2. Copy of the identity card of the partner residing in Belgium

3. If you have a common child with a Belgian citizen or resident you may submit the birth certificate with your name or court documents establishing your relationship (please disregard point 5)

4. Round trip airline ticket reservation (does not have to be a confirmed ticket)

5. Proof of the marriage or the legal partnership has to be provided by an official document

6. For the “de facto” partners, the proof of a durable relationship, which will be measured as follows:

  • Both de facto partners have to be at least 18 years old and unmarried.
  • Proof of co-habitation during at least 6 months in Belgium or another country prior to visa application (or intended date of departure for partners who are visa exempt for short stay visits).
  • If the partners have known each other for at least 1 year, proof that they have had regular contact by phone or (e)mail, AND that they have met in person at least two (2) times, and that those meetings accumulated a minimum of 20 days (If a visit has had to be cancelled due to travel restrictions (Covid-19), evidence of the forced cancellation of that visit may be taken into consideration during the planned new visit).​​​​​​
  • The partners prove that they have a child together.

Supporting documents as proof of a durable relationship is different for each applicant and can be, for instance : joint financial records, utility bills in both names, mortgage/rental agreement in both names, copies of passports of those pages showing entry and exit stamps, boarding passes or trips booked together, in the last instance reference letters, photographs, phone/chat records etc.

7. Your address and phone number
 

⦁    TRAVELERS WHO REQUIRE A VISA FOR BELGIUM (does not apply to US
       citizens)

 How to submit: You must submit your application for a visa by mail with the embassy or consulate general with jurisdiction over your state in the US.

Please find the required documents through the following link and add, as substantial evidence, proof of a durable and stable partner relationship as laid out hereunder or Proof of the marriage or the legal partnership has to be provided by an official document.

Proof of a durable relationship, which will be measured as follows:

  • Proof of co-habitation during at least 6 months prior to visa application (or intended date of departure for partners who are visa exempt for short stay visits).
  • If the partners have known each other for at least 1 year, proof that they have had regular contact by phone or (e)mail, AND that they have met in person at least two (2) times, and that those meetings accumulated a minimum of 20 days (If a visit has had to be cancelled due to travel restrictions (COVID-19), evidence of the forced cancellation of that visit may be taken into consideration during the planned new visit).
  • The partners prove that they have a child together.

Supporting documents as proof of a durable relationship is different for each applicant and can be, for instance : joint financial records, utility bills in both names, mortgage/rental agreement in both names, copies of passports of those pages showing entry and exit stamps, boarding passes or trips booked together, in the last instance reference letters, photographs, phone/chat records etc... 

Before boarding, passengers from the age of 6  must present a negative PCR  test result based on a test carried out at the earliest 72 hours prior to departure.
For exceptions see: www.info-coronavirus.be 

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 ask your airline about the conditions that they apply before booking your flight.
 

D. Transit : I am traveling to Belgium via another country (Belgium is my final destination) 

 

If you are traveling to Belgium via another country, please check also the applicable COVID-19 rules in that country (travel restrictions, health measures).

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, Brazil and South-Africa) 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.
 

D. Transit : I will transit via Belgium (Belgium is not my final destination) 

 

Transit: Attention! If you travel to another Schengen Member State via Belgium, you must have an authorization to enter the other Member State in question, unless you can prove the essential character on the basis of documents. You can do this with a verbal note from the embassy of that other Schengen Member State or an individualized proof from those authorities confirming that you can travel there. If you do not have such a document, it will be up to the Belgian immigration authorities to determine whether you can travel via Belgium. Therefore, you are advised to plan a direct flight to the Schengen Member State which is your final destination.

  1. I am a Belgian/EU or Schengen citizen OR  I am residing in the EU/Schengen zone: transit through Belgium is authorized.
  2. I am not a Belgian, EU or Schengen citizen: transit allowed only to a country outside the EU/Schengen zone.
    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:
  • your transit is no longer than 24 hours
  • your luggage is checked through to your final destination
  • Belgium is your only stop in the Schengen area
  • your ticket is confirmed (no standby ticket)
  • you do not need to go through border control to enter Belgium for any reason

1.2 What are the COVID-19 related health measures in place in Belgium?

 

Please note that currently there are no different rules or exemptions regarding testing or quarantine for travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Quarantine and testing on arrival in Belgium remain mandatory.
For more information and the latest measures in place, please visit:

     ⦁ www.info-coronavirus.be
     ⦁ www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels
     ⦁ https://dofi.ibz.be/sites/dvzoe/EN/Pages/International%20travels.aspx 

 

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 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: Presidential Proclamation of January 25, 2021.
Furthermore, 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, and it is advised to contact the US Embassy in Brussels for further information. See also the Guidance of the American authorities on who fall under the category of National Interest Exceptions via the following link.

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) 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).

        OR

  • 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.

Each passenger has to give to the airline an attest (available here) stating that they have received a negative test result or have been cleared to travel.
For more information and FAQ, click here.

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.

     ⦁  Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 
     ⦁  Public Health Departments by State
     ⦁  World Health Organization