>>> Updated on September 1, 2021
U.S. residents are eligible to travel from the U.S. to Belgium, if they can present a valid vaccination certificate.
Conditions for vaccination certificates: more information. An Essential Travel Certificate is not needed in this case.
Upon arrival, travelers will have to get tested and stay in quarantine until the negative result comes in.
More information for unvaccinated travelers: www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels.
Please note that airlines decide under which conditions they carry passengers. We recommend you enquire about those conditions before booking your flight.
Belgian citizens or residents can contact their Belgian family doctor in order to register the CDC card in the Belgian and EU database of COVID certificates.
The Embassy and Consulates have no competence regarding the EU Digital COVID Certificate.
1. I am traveling to/via Belgium from the U.S.
1.1 Travel restrictions : Am I allowed to travel and under which conditions?
U.S. residents are eligible to travel from the U.S. to Belgium, if they can present a valid vaccination certificate (more information). An Essential Travel Certificate is no longer needed.
What documents do I need to travel?
√ Your travel documents (passport, residence card, visa if applicable…)
For visa application: see Visa for Belgium
√ Vaccination certificate.
√ Passenger Health Locator Form
For unvaccinated travelers, please refer to https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels/ for more information.
All travelers to Belgium, regardless of the means of transport chosen, must complete the Passenger 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?
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”, the measures explained on the following website apply: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels/
The U.S. is again a "red zone" since August 9 and was removed from the E.U. white list on August 30. Therefore, a test is mandatory upon arrival and the traveler should remain in quarantine until the negative result comes in.
For more information on testing and quarantine requirements and the latest measures in place, visit: www.info-coronavirus.be
2. I am traveling to the U.S. from Belgium
2.1 Travel restrictions : Am I allowed to travel and under which conditions?
Can I travel ?
Due to COVID-19, the U.S. 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 U.S.
For complete travel advise, please click here.
There are exemptions to the travel restrictions to the U.S. for permanent residents, certain family members, and diplomats: see Presidential Proclamation of January 25, 2021.
There are additional exemptions for academics, students, journalists, immigrant and fiancé visa, certain exchanges visitors, airlines crew, and people providing vital support for critical infrastructure in the U.S., who may qualify for National Interest Exceptions. It is advised to contact the U.S. Embassy in Brussels for further information.
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 U.S. and needs to go to Belgium, will I be able to come back to the U.S. after my visit?
The official guidelines by the U.S. authorities state that currently only U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents (and a few other exceptions - also for students) are allowed to return to the U.S. 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 U.S. embassy for detailed information on re-entry into the U.S.
What documents do I need to travel?
From January 26, 2021, all air passengers aged two years and older arriving to the U.S. 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.