Belgium, known as the ‘Heart of Europe’, is a small country with a lot to offer travelers who enjoy sightseeing, cultural sites and 30 world-class museums, which can be visited with one to three days admission with public transportation covered.
Furthermore, the country has more Michelin-starred restaurants than Paris, making it the best foodie destination in Europe.
To enjoy the full Belgian experience, here’s an extensive guide based on official government information on what you need to know before you book your flight.
Who is allowed to enter Belgium without quarantine?
All fully vaccinated travelers from green, orange and red countries (EU countries) are allowed one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Janssen) and who can show a certificate of vaccination on arrival to travel to Belgium without the need to do so. tested or isolated.
As TheSchengen.com recently reported, Belgium has also recognized the CoviShield vaccine, which is made in India by the Serum Institute in India. This decision will help those who have been vaccinated with the injection to eliminate quarantine requirements while traveling to Belgium.
Passengers who present a refund certificate proving that they are immune to COVID-19 virus due to previous infection are allowed to enter Belgium according to the same rules as they were vaccinated, provided that the positive PCR test result does not exceed 180 days.
A test certificate indicating that its carrier is negative for the Coronavirus will also grant the traveler quarantine-free entry into Belgium.
Belgium implements a color coded system by region or country, based on data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which is updated weekly.
According to this list, green countries do not represent a risk of infection with the Coronavirus. Therefore, travelers from these countries are usually allowed to enter EU countries that have little or no entry restrictions, TheSchengen.com reports.
Belgium’ http://TheSchengen.coms The countries in green are all EU countries and the Schengen area, plus the following third countries:
Chile Hong Kong Kuwait Macau New Zealand Qatar Rwanda Saudi Arabia Taiwan United Arab Emirates Uruguay
Arrivals from countries and regions included in the orange list are also free of entry requirements, and the orange category includes the following:
Andorra Austria: Burgenland, Tyrol, Voralberg Cyprus Czech Republic: Prague, Moravia-Silesia, Central Bohemia, Southwest, Northwest, Northeast, Southeast and Central Moravia Denmark: Danish Capital Region, Zealand, Southern Denmark, Greenland Finland: Öland France Hautes-de-France, Pays de la Loire, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées, Auvergne, Rhône-Alpes, El de France, Corse, Mayotte, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Guadeloupe, Polynésie Schleswigise française Germany: -Holstein Greece: Attica, Crete, Epirus, Southern Aegean, Western Greece Hungary: Central Transdanubia, Western Transdanubia, Southern Transdanubia Italy: Bolzano Autonomous Province, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Campania, Lazio, Sicily, Calabria, Aosta Valley, Basilicata, Monaco Netherlands : Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel, Gelderland, Utrecht, North Holland, Zeeland, North Brabant, Flevoland, South Holland, Friesland, Sint Eustatius, Aruba Norway: Inlandit, Edger, Southeast Norway, West Norway Poland: West Pomera nian Voivodeship, Warm ian-Masurian Voivodeship, Mazovian Voivodeship Portugal: North, Alto Minho, Cávado, Ave, Área Metropolitana do Porto, Alto Tâmega, Tâmega e Sousa, Douro, Terras de Tras-os-Montes, Algarve, Algarve, Center (PT), Oeste , Região de Aveiro, Região de Coimbra, Região de Leiria, Viseu Dão Lafões, Beira Baixa, Médio Tejo, Beiras e Serra da Estrela, Lisbon Metropolitan Area, Lisbon Metropolitan Area, Alentejo, Alentejo Litoral, Tejoe, Altoente, Altoente Altoente Central, Autonomous Region of Azores San Marino Spain: Comunidad de Madrid, Catalonia, Baleares, Cantabria, Basque Country, Aragon, Melilla Sweden: Stockholm, East Middle Sweden, Småland and the Islands, South Sweden, West Sweden, North Central Sweden, Norland Upper Switzerland: Lake Genova region, Vaud, Valais, Geneva, Espace Maitland, Bern, Freiburg, Solothurn, Neuchâtel, Jura, Northwest Switzerland, Basel-Stadt, Basel Landshaft, Aargau, Ticino, Zurich Vatican Traveling from the city What country has not Can you visit Belgium yet?
Travelers from European countries in the red zone are not subject to quarantine if they have been vaccinated, immunized against the virus or have tested negative for the virus within the past 72 hours. If not, they must take the test within the first 48 hours of their arrival, and if the result is negative, the traveler will be free from the quarantine requirements.
Children under 12 years old are not required to be tested for the virus.
Fully vaccinated ARC holders from Red List countries are required to take a COVID-19 test on the first or second day upon arrival and remain in quarantine until the test result is released.
For unvaccinated travelers, a ten-day quarantine is required, as well as two COVID-19 tests that must be taken on the first and seventh day of the isolation period.
On the other hand, the red areas in the whitelist are Ukraine and Singapore, which means non-essential travel to Belgium is allowed.
The red category for EU countries and regions includes:
Austria: Lower Austria, Vienna, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Carinthia, Styria Bulgaria: Severozabaden/North-West, Severn Tsentralen/North-Central, Severwijcen/North-East, Jugoszappen/South-West, Yuzhin Tsentralen/South-Central Croatia: Pannonia Croatia, Adriatic Croatia, City of Zagreb, Zagreb Grad, Northern Croatia, Medimorska Zupanija Denmark: Faroer Estonia Finland: Southern Finland, Western Finland, Northern and Eastern Finland, Helsinki Uusimaa, France: Martinique, Goyan, Saint Martin, Nouvelle Caledonian, San Barthelemy, Germany: Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Freiburg, Tübingen, Oberbayern, Niederbayern, Oberpfalz, Oberfranken, Mittelfranken, Unterfranken, Schwaben, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Darmstadt, Giessen, Kassel, Braunschweig, Ems, Düsseltdorf, Möndorf, Könster Arnsberg, Koblenz, Trier, Rheinhessen-Pfalz, Saarland, Dresden, Chemnitz, Leipzig, Thüringen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern For the Ionian Islands, Peloponnese, Central Greece Hungary: Budapest, Pest, Northern Hungary, Northern Great Plain, Southern Great Plain Iceland: North, West, South, East and Midland Italy: Tuscany, Marche Latvia Lithuania: Vilnius Province, Lithuania Luxembourg Cultural Regions Netherlands: Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Limburg Norway: Oslo, Viken, Trondelag, Northern Norway Poland: Lublin County, Podlaskie Voivodeship Romania: Northwest, Center, Northeast, Southeast, South Montinia, Pokoresti-Ilfov, Southwest Oltenia, Western Slovakia : Eastern Slovakia, Bratislava Region, Central Slovakia, Western Slovakia, Slovenia: Eastern Slovenia, Western Slovenia Spain: Castilla-La Mancha Switzerland: Eastern Switzerland, Glarus, Schaffhausen, Appenzell Inruden, St. Gallen, Graubünden, Torgau, Central Switzerland, Lucerne, Ori, Schwyz, Obwalden, Nidwalden, Zug
All third countries not here are colored red.
What are the travel rules for visiting Belgium?
The Belgian authorities require that the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) be filled out 48 hours prior to arrival in the country.
Passengers exempt from the PLF requirement are:
Those who stay in Belgium for less than 48 hours Those who return for a short trip of less than 48 hours Those who travel by plane or boat to Belgium; Those traveling by train or bus from a country outside the European Union or the Schengen Area
Testing and quarantine requirements vary depending on the traveler’s country of residence.
What about the Belgian vaccination passport?
The country successfully contacted the EUDCC portal in June, similar to the example set by Germany, the Czech Republic, Greece, Denmark, Croatia, Poland and Bulgaria, which began releasing the document one month before the deadline.
The European Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Passport, which can be issued in both paper and digital form, contains a QR code along with other detailed information indicating whether the traveler has been vaccinated, tested for COVID-19 or recently recovered from the virus. .
The document was released in an effort to facilitate travel across the European Union amid the pandemic.
Furthermore, all DCC holders are allowed to enter the country, provided that 14 days have passed since the final vaccination was given. Furthermore, for those who have had a previous infection, at least 30 days must have passed since a positive test result before traveling to Belgium.
Indoor events now also use the DCC or Covid Safe Ticket, testing requirements to enter facilities excluding vaccination and recovery, including a PCR test, which must be performed within 72 hours. Rapid or antigenic tests are not valid because they are more sensitive.
The vaccination certificate must include the personal data of the holder such as full name, date of birth, source, date of vaccination, manufacturer and number of doses received.
Furthermore, the return certificate must include a positive test result issued at least 30 days ago and valid for 180 days or six months.
What is currently open to visit in Belgium?
The state imposes face covering requirements when traveling in a public transport vehicle for anyone over 12 years old and participating in other public places where a 1.5m distance cannot be maintained. However, the curfew time has been canceled for bars, restaurants and recreational facilities. Only a group of eight people can sit at a table, minors are not included and staff must wear masks while on duty.
Travelers can attend cultural, artistic, sports and other entertainment performances and training sessions if the event is taking place indoors and the number of participants is up to 500. For outdoor events, the capacity of 750 people must be respected.
Moreover, if the markets and fair trades exceed the maximum capacity of 5,000 people, it should be divided into several facilities.
“If the private meeting is held in a nightclub or ballroom, the use of CST is mandatory, since access to nightclubs or ballrooms is only possible by CST. However, these maximum numbers can be exceeded as long as the conditions for larger events that do not Used Covid Safe Ticket,” the official website highlights issues related to the coronavirus.
Don’t forget your travel insurance while traveling to Belgium amid the pandemic!
It is highly recommended that travelers planning to visit Belgium during COVID-19 purchase travel insurance to get a full or partial refund if their trip can be canceled due to COVID-19 cases.
You can buy Belgium medical travel insurance protection at economical rates from MondialCare, AXA Assistance or Europ Assistance.
Current vaccination status in Belgium
According to WHO data, 1,289,033 positive cases have been registered in Belgium, four of which were reported in the past 24 hours. Moreover, in the last hours, one death was reported in Belgium, bringing the death rates from COVID-19 to 25,780.
Data from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 87.1 percent of the adult population in Belgium has been vaccinated with the first injection of the vaccine, and 85.5 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus. Moreover, 19,783,595 were distributed in Belgium, of which 1,6764,100 were given to the population.
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Note: This article was originally published on July 18. Since then, it has been constantly updated with the latest changes. The last changes to the article were made on October 21, in line with the latest updates from the Belgian authorities.