How are coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions affecting travel to Belgium? Get the latest on quarantine, lockdown and the status of borders.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Belgium – updated 7 October, 2020

Travel to Belgium is determined by a traffic light system of high, medium and low risk regions in the EU, UK and non-EU Schengen countries. For the most up to date information on where travel restrictions apply, check the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

  • It is mandatory to take a PCR test and self-isolate for 7 days on arrival if you are arriving from a high risk “red zone” (provided you take a test on day 5 and that test result is negative for COVID-19). Keep in mind, if you are traveling from a red zone, tourism may not be permitted
  • A PCR test is recommended for arrivals from medium risk “orange zones”
  • International travel to Belgium from outside the EU, UK and four non-EU Schengen countries remains subject to entry checks to prevent non-essential travel
  • Everyone must fill out a Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before arrival in Belgium.

Check the advice for traveling around Belgium before you go, and follow the advice of authorities. Wearing face masks on public transport is compulsory.

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Historically, Belgium has been generally free of terrorism attacks, however since 2014 the country has been subjected to spontaneous attacks by extremist Islamists who align themselves with Daesh (ISIL). Several foreign governments warn travelers to exercise caution when traveling in Belgium.

In 2015, the Belgian Government has issued a Level 3 security warning across the entire country, which indicates a serious threat of terrorism exists. Many foreign governments have suggested travelers keep a heightened level of vigilance in public places while traveling around major locations in Belgium, especially around shopping centers, transport hubs, airports and during major events. It’s also a good idea to listen to any announcements issued by Belgian authorities.

Security has also been increased at border crossings, transport hubs and airports.

Please check your government’s advice for travel to Belgium before departure. We care about your personal safety and wellbeing, and it’s important you adhere to all government issued travel warnings. 

  • March 2016: Terrorists launch attacks on the Brussels National Airport and Maalbeek Metro Station in central Brussels. The bombings kill 32 people and injured more than 300. The incidents caused air and train services in and out of Brussels to be cancelled
  • August 2015: Three people were injured in a terrorism attack onboard a Brussels to Paris train in Northern France
  • May 2014: Four people were killed in a shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels by a terrorist.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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