With effect 26 Jun 21 travel to Belgium is forbidden for people who have been on the territory of countries classified as very high risk at any time during the past 14 days to travel, either directly or indirectly, to Belgian territory to which the UK has been added. An entry ban applies to these ‘very high-risk’ countries:
Only the following people are allowed to travel to or through Belgium:
- People holding Belgian nationality;
- People having their main residence in Belgium;
- The spouse or partner of a person who has Belgian nationality or has his/her main residence in Belgium. This spouse or partner must live under the same roof as the person who has Belgian nationality or the person who has the main residence in Belgium. These travellers must hold an Essential Travel Certificate issued by the Belgian diplomatic or consular post. The de facto partners must have provided plausible evidence of a stable and long-term relationship (see FAQ);
- The children of a person who has Belgian nationality or has his/her main residence in Belgium or of his/her spouse or partner as described above, insofar as they live under the same roof. These travellers must hold an Essential Travel Certificate issued by the Belgian diplomatic or consular post;
- People who travel through Belgium to the country of the European Union or Schengen Area of which they are a national or where they have their main residence;
- People travelling outside the Schengen Area and the European Union (transit via a high-risk country without leaving the international zone of the airport or transit in Belgium from a high-risk country without leaving the airport’s non-Schengen Area);
- People travelling for extremely compelling humanitarian reasons. These people must have a Certificate of Travel for Humanitarian Reasons issued by the Belgian diplomatic or consular post and approved by the Immigration Office;
- Transport personnel, freight and cargo personnel, mariners, tug crews, pilots and industrial staff working at offshore wind farms travelling for work. These travellers must have a certificate issued by their employer;
- Diplomats, staff of international organisations and people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the proper functioning of those organisations, when performing their duties. These travellers must have an Essential Travel Certificate issued by the Belgian diplomatic or consular post.
For the above-mentioned authorised travellers, stricter measures apply before and upon arrival in Belgium:
- Before arrival in Belgium, they must always fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), regardless of how they travel or for how long they are staying in Belgium or abroad.
- If they do not have their main residence in Belgium, they must always be able to present a negative PCR test conducted less than 72 hours prior to arrival or as of 1 July have an EU Digital COVID Certificate (or one deemed equivalent by the European Commission or Belgium).
- They must get tested in Belgium on day 1 (only for residents in Belgium) and day 7 (residents and non-residents). All persons returning from a very high risk country must also quarantine for a period of 10 days.
- The measures relating to arrival in Belgium (testing/quarantine) apply even to fully vaccinated people.
Please be aware of the HN rules if you are due to receive visitors from the UK whilst this ban is in place and ensure they are fully compliant with the rules.
Debs / Mrs F
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