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Belgium

Belgium

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7 September 2021


Certificate adoption

Yes, the adoption of certification will be to verify at least vaccination, recovery or negative test of travellers.

Also, In June, the country successfully linked to the EUDCC gateway, following Germany’s, Czechia’s, Greece’s, Denmark’s, Croatia’s, Poland’s, and Bulgaria’s lead in issuing the paperwork one month ahead of schedule.


Instrument type

Vaccination and Immunity based


Certificate name

The EU Digital COVID Certificate (EDCC)


Timeline

Expected to be launched on July 1, 2021


Certificate details

Key features are that

(i) the certificate can be in national language and English, is free of charge and valid in all EU state members.
(ii) it contains necessary key information such as name, date of birth, date of issuance, relevant information about vaccine/ test/recovery and a unique identifier.
(iii) this data remains on the certificate and is not stored or retained when a certificate is verified in another Member State or visited countries.
(iv) for verification purposes, only the validity and authenticity of the certificate is checked by verifying who issued and signed it. All health data remains with the Member State that issued the Certificate.


Certificate format

The certificate is available in digital and/or paper format with QR code.

 


Entry protocol

General entry

  • Belgian authorities demand that a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) be completed 48 hours prior to arrival. However, the following travelers are free from the PLF requirement:

(A) Those who are only in Belgium for 48 hours or less

(B) Those returning after a journey lasting less than 48 hours

(C) Those traveling to Belgium via plane or water.

(D) Those arriving by rail or bus from outside the EU or the Schengen Zone

(E) Testing and quarantine regulations differ based on the traveler’s home country.

  • Belgium uses a color-coded system that is applied by area or nation and is based on data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which is updated weekly. Green countries, according to this list, provide minimal danger of Coronavirus infection; as a result, visitors from these countries are typically allowed to enter EU members with little to no entry restrictions. In Belgium, visitors traveling from green countries do not have to go through quarantine or undergo any tests.
      • All EU and Schengen Zone countries, as well as the additional third countries, are color coded green for Belgium. Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, United States of America, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Macau Special Administrative Region, Taiwan as an entity and territorial authority that is not recognized as a state by at least one member state, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussa, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussa, Brun
      • Travelers from countries with an orange color code are likewise exempt from quarantine and testing requirements. Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Andorra, and the Netherlands, with the exception of Friesland, Drenthe, Flevoland, and Limburg, which are classified green regions, are orange color coded regions and countries with a considerably higher risk of Coronavirus infection. Except for Stockholm, Middle Norrland, East Middle Sweden, South Sweden, and West Sweden, all of Sweden is classified as a green area. Denmark’s Capital Region Attica, Crete, and the South Aegean are three Greek regions. Galicia, Castilla-La Mancha, and Melilla are three Spanish regions. The Finnish area of Helsinki-Uusimaa, the French territory of Guadeloupe, and the Finnish region of Helsinki-Uusimaa Trndelag, Adger, and South-Eastern Norway are Norwegian areas, whereas Azore is a Portuguese region.
      • The list of red-colored nations indicates regions or countries in Europe where individuals are now at high risk of Coronavirus infection: Cyprus, Spanish regions of Aragon, Catalonia, Cantabria, La Rioja, Andalusia, Canary Islands, Valencian Community, Asturias, Basque Country, Navarre, Communidad de Madrid, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Baleares, Murcia, French regions of Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion, Portuguese regions of North, Algarve, Center (PT), Lisbon Metropolitan Area, Alentejo.
      • Travelers from the following countries are deemed highly high-risk and are not permitted to enter Belgium: Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, India, Indonesia, eSwatini, Lesotho, Mexico, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Uganda, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • For passengers arriving from countries with a high risk of spreading virus, a ten-day quarantine is necessary, regardless of vaccination status.

For vaccinated person

  • All fully vaccinated travelers from green, orange, and red countries (EU countries) who have received one of the European Medicines Agency authorized vaccines (Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Janssen) and can show the vaccination certificate upon arrival are permitted to enter Belgium without being tested or quarantined.
  • Travelers who are vaccinated from red countries outside the European Union, on the other hand, must have a COVID-19 test on the first or second day of arrival, with the possibility of avoiding quarantine if the test result is negative. If the passenger fails to present a vaccine or recovery certificate, he or she must be quarantined for 10 days, with tests necessary on the first and seventh days.

For person who previously infected from COVID-19

  • Travelers who show a recovery certificate confirming they are immune to the COVID-19 virus owing to a prior infection are allowed to enter Belgium under the same conditions as vaccinated travelers, as long as the positive PCR test result is no more than 180 days old. A test certificate confirming that the possessor is Coronavirus-free will also allow the tourist to enter Belgium without being quarantined.
  • Travelers coming from European countries in the red zone are exempt from quarantine provided they have been immunized against the virus within the past 72 hours. If not, they must be tested within the first 48 hours of arrival, and if the result is negative, the passenger is exempt from quarantine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from being tested for the virus.
  • For passengers who have recovered from the virus in red countries outside the European Union, a COVID-19 test is necessary on the first or second day of arrival, with the possibility of releasing quarantine if the test result is negative. If the passenger fails to present a vaccine or recovery certificate, he or she must be quarantined for 10 days, with tests necessary on the first and seventh days.

For unvaccinated person

  • Travelers who are not completely vaccinated and want to return to Belgium from countries considered severely afflicted by the Coronavirus will be required to perform a PCR test on the first and seventh days following arrival, according to Belgian officials. According to the Belgian authorities, anyone who test positive will be subject to a ten-day obligatory quarantine.
  • The day-one test can be avoided if passengers produce a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arriving in the Western European nation.
  • Furthermore, checks at airports and train stations will be tightened to verify that residents correctly complete Passenger Locator Forms (PLF).
  • Travelers arriving from the red zone in Europe are exempt from quarantine provided they tested negative for the virus within the past 72 hours. If not, they must be tested within the first 48 hours of arrival, and if the result is negative, the passenger is exempt from quarantine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from being tested for the virus.

For additional entry

  • According to a press release, visitors visiting Belgium will be allowed to join a variety of events and activities, such as private gatherings, parties, and organized activities, with no curfew or capacity restriction.
  • Furthermore, visitors to pubs and restaurants will no longer be restricted to certain opening and closing hours, and there will be no requirement to maintain a certain space between tables. However, serving employees must continue to wear a face mask. However, travelers will only be permitted to visit nightclubs and dance halls from October 1.
  • Visitors visiting Belgium will be permitted to attend indoor activities with less than 200 participants or outdoor events with fewer than 400 people, which will be increased to 500 attendees from October 1. Travelers will not be allowed to visit the Brussels-Capital Region, however, because the region will not be reducing restrictions at that time.
  • Tourists will no longer be required to wear masks beginning September 1, unless they are attending an inside event with more than 200 spectators or an outdoor event with 400 attendees.

Vaccine authorised to be used in the country

Belgium approves only the European Medicine Agency recommended vaccines. These include:

  • Moderna
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer BioNtech.

Vaccine accepted for inbound travellers

  • Comirnaty (BioNTech, Pfizer)
  • Moderna
  • Vaxzevria (previously COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, Oxford)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

Border status

Open: The country is opening for travellers from European states.

However, a traffic-light system (red, orange, green) has been adopted to classify EU countries (EU 27 + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) according to their epidemiological (rate of infection) situation.

Non-essential travel to Belgium is generally prohibited for passengers whose main residence is in third countries outside of the aformentioned list.


Remarks

  • It should be noted that the time when people took the test on the European test page is translated to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which is two hours earlier than the time in Belgium.For instance, if you took your test at 9:00 a.m., the European test certificate would reflect 7:00 a.m. However, if your test is only valid for 48 hours, a two-hour discrepancy might soon produce complications or worry.