Can I visit Belgium during the pandemic?
Belgium is a country that has so much to offer, Brussels is not only the Capital of the European Union, it is also the World Capital of Chocolated, this country has dream landscapes and the best beers, rest assured that you will have an unforgettable trip If you visit Belgium, however, given the current situation due to COVID-19, the Government of Belgium announced new measures for entering the country, among which the following stand out:
Non-essential travel is prohibited until April 18, 2021.
There will be controls at airports, ports, train stations, as well as on roads and highways.
People traveling to and from Belgium must present an "affidavit", which contains the purpose of their trip; This statement will be linked to a passenger location form and accompanied by documents that support the need for travel.
During this period, trips are only allowed for any of the following reasons:
- Overriding family reasons: Overriding family reasons, family reunification, visits to a partner or spouse who do not live in the same address will be considered as long as plausible evidence can be provided that it is a stable and lasting relationship. As well as trips related to co-parenting, civil or religious weddings and funerals or cremations.
- Humanitarian reasons: Medical reasons, seeking medical treatment, assistance to an elderly, minor, disabled or vulnerable person.
- For study purposes: trips made by students who participate in an exchange within the framework of their studies or trips by researchers who have an accommodation contract.
- Travel in border regions: Travel related to activities of daily life and that are also authorized in Belgium.
- Trips that are made for professional reasons.
- Others: Travel for the care of animals, for legal obligations, urgent removals and repairs for the safety of vehicles.
As of Monday, January 25, 2021, all travelers from the United Kingdom, South Africa and South America must be quarantined for 10 days and undergo two COVID-19 tests (PCR); the first must be carried out on the first day of the quarantine and the second, on the seventh day of the quarantine.
Any person who is not a resident of Belgium must take a test upon arrival in Belgian territory, in addition to the test with a negative result required before starting the trip.
People who test positive for COVID-19 must remain in isolation for 10 days.
As of March 26, 2021 and until April 25, 2021, the following measures are established:
- Outdoor gatherings with a maximum of 4 people are allowed, unless they are members of a family living under the same roof.
- Commercial establishments can only receive clients by appointment.
- The activities of non-medical contact professions are suspended.
- In static demonstrations, the maximum number of people gathered is 50.
- A 10:00 p.m. curfew was established. at 6:00 am.
- Teleworking is mandatory, except for essential activities, in which case the rules of social distancing must be strictly adhered to.
- A 10:00 p.m. curfew was established. at 6:00 a.m.
- The use of a mask that covers the nose and mouth is mandatory.
- Teleworking is still the norm. This rule should be implemented wherever possible.
If you are planning a trip to or from Belgium, check with your airline about the status of your reservations.