Travelling to Belgium in October 2021

The Belgian Federal Authorities maintain a website concentrating all information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Click here to open the site: Coronavirus COVID-19 (info-coronavirus.be)

The information available in the federal website are susceptible to change any time : please consult this official site before organizing your journey.
The summary below puts some spotlight on the most important points , according to the latest update 25/09/2021

WHO CAN TRAVEL TO BELGIUM?

Non-essential travelling towards Belgium is prohibited for people who are not the nationals of a country of the European Union or of the Schengen zone, and who have their main residence in a third country (i.e., outside the EU and the Schengen zone), except for travelers in possession of a "vaccination certificate".

This is a digital COVID vaccination certificate from the EU or a Covid-19 vaccination certificate from a third country, which contains at least the following information in Dutch, French, German or English:

  • the identity of the person vaccinated (name, date of birth and / or ID number);
  • data certifying that all the vaccine doses planned in the package leaflet have been administered for at least two weeks, and the vaccine against the SARS-Cov-2 virus is one mentioned on the service's website info-coronavirus.be Federal Public Public Health, Safety of the Food Chain and Environment;
  • the brand name and the name of the manufacturer or marketing authorization holder of each vaccine that has been administered;
  • the date of administration of each dose of the vaccine that was administered;
  • the name of the country where the vaccine was administered;
  • the issuer of the vaccination certificate with his signature, stamp, or a unique identification code of the digitally readable certificate.

Please keep in mind that specific measures may apply to people who have been at some point during the last 14 days in the territory of a country classified as red or at very high risk.

Obligation 1: for all, to be fully vaccinated for at least 14 days.

In addition to Belgian law, this is also an obligation imposed by RMIWs to be admitted to participate in internships.
RMIWs cannot be satisfied with the PCR test, as you will be around other students and you may be staying for several days with a host family.

Obligation 2: negative PCR test for people coming from a red zone

People who do not have their main residence in Belgium must, from the age of 12, present a negative PCR test result when arriving from a red zone (see color codes https://www.info-coronavirus.be/fr/code-couleur-par-pays/ ) or when arriving from a country classified as ‘very high risk’ (see the list here https://www.info-coronavirus.be/fr/pays-a-haut-risque/ ), on the basis of a test carried out at the earliest 72 hours before arrival on Belgian territory.

  • The result of this test must be negative.
  • The date of the sample must be clearly indicated: the document is valid for 72 hours from this date.
  • Only PCR tests for SARS CoV-2 with the PCR endorsement are accepted.
  • The analysis must have been carried out in an official laboratory in the country from which the traveler comes and certified by a doctor or pharmacist biologist (INAMI number equivalent).

Warning: the test certificate must be in paper or electronic format immediately available for consultation. The document must be produced in Dutch, French, German or English.

Obligation 3: complete the traveler location form

The form can be found on the website of the Belgian ministry; the electronic version is available here:  PLF

This Form must be completed online, within 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium, even if you are vaccinated.
You will then receive a QR code by email. This QR code is proof that you have completed the PLF.
You will need to be able to show it while traveling. You must therefore take a hard copy or an electronic copy (smartphone, tablet).

WHO ARE THE TRAVELERS WHO MUST GO IN QUARANTINE?

Travelers returning from third countries or countries of the EU or the Schengen zone, considered as red zones, who have stayed abroad for more than 48 hours, and who will stay in Belgium for more than 48 hours are considered as “high-risk contacts”, which means they are subject to mandatory quarantine.

For exceptions, please go to the 'Diplomatie Belgique' website, under the heading corresponding to your country of residence.

COLOR CODES OF EU & THIRD COUNTRIES on 25/09/2021

Code Couleur par pays | Coronavirus COVID-19 (info-coronavirus.be)