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TRAVEL TO BELGIUM
A temporary ban on all non-essential travel to Belgium was put in place, starting from Wednesday 27th January until Thursday 1st of April 2021.
During this period all non-essential travel to and from Belgium is prohibited. The travel ban will be monitored for road, air, sea and rail traffic.
Anyone travelling to or from Belgium will be required to carry a sworn statement. This sworn statement must be linked to the Passenger Locator Form and must be supported by the necessary documents.
Requirements for all travelers
All travelers from outside the EU and Schengen have to:
- Take a test no more than 72 hours before departure to Belgium (applicable to all travelers over 12 years old). The test has to be presented to the airline when checking in for the flight.
- Complete the Passenger Locator Form before traveling (see below)
- Complete the Sworn Statement before traveling (see below)
- Take a test upon arrival. Travelers who test positive upon arrival have to self-isolate for 10 days, those who test negative have to observe quarantine (see next step for details)
- Observe a mandatory quarantine of minimum 7 days which can only be ended after a negative test. If the test is positive, the quarantine period will be extended. The full overview of quarantine and isolation measures is available here: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/quarantine-isolation/
- Closely monitor their health for another 7 days after the end of the quarantine or isolation period.
Mandatory forms for travel to Belgium
PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM - All persons traveling to Belgium and all persons travelling through Belgium and who are staying at least 48 hours must fill out an online identification form (Passenger Locator Form) before traveling. When you submit the form, you will receive an e-mail with a QR code. You have to be able to show this QR code to your airline when checking in at the airport. You can find this form here. (Note: Business travelers need to obtain an approval code from the FPS Economy before they can complete the Passenger Locator Form. More information below)
SWORN STATEMENT - Anyone travelling to or from Belgium is required to carry a sworn statement. This sworn statement must be linked to the Passenger Locator Form and supported by the necessary documents. You can download the sworn statement form here.
ESSENTIAL TRAVEL CERTIFICATE – Any traveler to Belgium who is not a Belgian citizen has to obtain an Essential Travel Certificate from the Consulate General of Belgium to be able to travel to Belgium. Entry to Belgium will be refused to travelers who do not have this certificate. Scroll down for more information.
TRAVEL TO BELGIUM: EXCEPTIONS / VISA
Travel to Belgium is only allowed for a limited number of essential travel categories, as listed on this website: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/news/occ-2201/
Travel for professional reasons
Anyone traveling to Belgium for business reasons has to request an approval code from the FPS Economy. Business travel to Belgium is not allowed without obtaining an approval code first. This applies to non-Belgian travelers and to Belgian citizens.
- The Business Travel Abroad form (BTA) must be completed online by the Belgian employer, the Belgian client or an international organization established on Belgian territory before the departure date.
- The completed BTA form generates a certificate number that must be entered in the modified Passenger Location Form (PLF) to activate the professional travel section.
- The Passenger Location Form (PLF) has to be completed by the traveler before departure to Belgium.
Transit through Belgium remains allowed for transit from third countries to another third country.
Is not allowed: nationals of "third countries" (non-EU, non-Schengen, non-white list) who wish to travel through Belgium to reach an EU / Schengen country. Belgium cannot be a point of entry into the EU if another EU country is the final destination.
Travel to Belgium is allowed when traveling for study purposes, including travel by pupils, students and trainees undergoing training as part of their studies and researchers with a hosting agreement. This applies to non-Belgian travelers and to Belgian citizens.
Travel to Belgium is allowed for humanitarian reasons:
- Travel for medical reasons and continuation of medical treatment
- Assistance or care to an elderly person, minor, disabled or vulnerable person
- Visiting relatives receiving palliative care
This applies to non-Belgian travelers and to Belgian citizens.
Travel to Belgium is allowed for overriding family reasons. This applies to non-Belgian travelers and to Belgian citizens.
- trips justified by family reunification, as defined in the Law of 15 December 1980 on entry, stay, settlement and removal of foreign nationals
- visits to a spouse or registered partner residing in Belgium
- travel to visit an unregistered partner who does not live under the same roof (‘de facto partner’) is possible but the traveler needs to proof the long and stable character of the relationship. See below for more information.
- travel within the framework of co-parenting
- travel for funerals or cremations (first and second degree of kinship)
- travel within the framework of civil or religious marriages (first and second degree of kinship)
Visiting de facto partner
Travel to visit a de facto partner who resides in Belgium is allowed.
- Any non-Belgian traveler needs to either have a valid visa C that was issued after 18.03.2020 or an Essential Travel Certificate to enter Belgium. In order to obtain the visa C or the Essential Travel Certificate, the partners will need to prove that they have a lasting and stable relationship.
- A Belgian citizen traveling to Belgium to visit a de facto partner has to be able to provide proof of the long and lasting relationship.
This can be demonstrated as follows:
- The partners provide proof that they have lived together on an interrupted basis, in Belgium or in another country, for at least 6 months before the submission of the visa application (for nationalities subject to visa) or the planned date of travel (for nationalities not subject to visa);
- The partners have been in a relationship for at least 1 year, during which they have met physically at least 2 times for at least 20 days. In the event that a visit has to be canceled due to travel restrictions (COVID-19), they must show proof that a visit previously planned can be taken into consideration for the second visit
- the partners have a common child.
The non-Belgian de facto partners must also present the following supporting documents to apply for the Essential Travel Certificate:
- Schengen travel health insurance for a minimum cover of EUR 30000
- Proof of sufficient personal means of subsistence or a declaration of liability (Annexe 3bis) from the partner in Belgium
- Return guarantees: the traveling partner has to present proof that he/she will return to Hong Kong or Macau.
Essential Travel Certificate
Long stay (more than 90 days):
- Visa D is required to enter Belgium.
Short stay (90 days or less):
- Third country nationals who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen zone (e.g. HKSAR, BNO or Macau SAR passport holders) need to obtain an Essential Travel Certificate from the Consulate General before traveling.
- Third country nationals who need a visa to enter the Schengen zone and who received a visa before 18/03/2020 need to obtain an Essential Travel Certificate from the Consulate General before traveling (more information below).
- Third country nationals who need a visa to enter the Schengen zone and who received a visa after 18/03/2020 do not need to obtain an Essential Travel Certificate.
The Essential Travel Certificate is issued by the Consulate General, after assessment of the essential nature of the planned trip. Please read the information below carefully, and complete the application form before applying for the certificate.
Application for the Essential Travel Certificate has to be done in person at the Consulate General, between 9am and 1130am Monday to Friday. Applicants will be informed by e-mail when their certificate is ready for collection.
- The arrival date, departure date and flight number have to be mentioned on the certificate. A return ticket is required when applying for the certificate.
- Allow enough processing time before your intended travel date. The certificate will not be issued on the same working day.
- The certificate will be issued free of charge.
An overview of the required documents to apply for the Essential Travel Certificate is listed on the application form. Click here to download the form
TRAVEL TO HONG KONG FROM BELGIUM
Since 25/03/2020 non-residents are no longer allowed to enter Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong government has announced more stringent measures for travelers from Belgium. These conditions apply to travelers who were in Belgium in the 14 days before arriving in Hong Kong.
Test before departure from Belgium
No more than 72 hours before departure, each traveler must take a nucleic acid test for COVID-19.
- The result of this test has to be negative to be allowed to travel
- A test report in English must be presented upon arrival in Hong Kong
- The laboratory where the test is performed must be ISO 1589 accredited. The list of recognized testing facilities is available by clicking here.
We strongly recommend to print a copy of the Verbal Note that was sent to the Government of the HKSAR, as well as the list of testing facilities, and present these printouts together with the test result at the airports in Belgium and in Hong Kong. Click here to download and print the verbal note.
Arrival in Hong Kong
Upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport, all travelers have to take a mandatory test. Travelers have to wait for the result of this test at a designated location (depending on the time of arrival: AsiaWorld-Expo or a provided hotel for 1 night).
- Negative test result: the traveler will be allowed to leave for the hotel that has been booked in advance. Transport to the hotels is provided – travelers are not allowed to arrange their own transport.
- Positive test result: the traveler is transferred to a hospital or a specialized center. In this case, the traveler bears the cost of canceling the hotel reservation.
All travelers have to observe a mandatory 21 days quarantine period. This quarantine has to be done in a designated hotel that was booked in advance (Click here for the list of designated hotels). Each traveler must present proof of reservation of the hotel room upon arrival.
- Home quarantine is not allowed.
- Receiving visitors is not allowed during quarantine.
On the 19th or 20th day of quarantine each traveler has to take another test. A negative test result is required to leave the quarantine hotel. When the test result is positive, the traveler will be transferred to a hospital or a specialized center.
All the information concerning the return of high risk places (including Belgium) is available on this site: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html
General information on the Hong Kong government's measures for travelers can be found here: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html
TRAVEL TO MACAU
Since 23/12/2020, the following restrictions apply to entry into Macau:
Residents of Macau are allowed to enter Macau.
Residents of China, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan are allowed to enter Macau provided they have not traveled outside Greater China in the 21 days prior to their arrival
Travelers who are not residents in Macau, China, Hong Kong SAR or Taiwan will only be admitted if all the required conditions are met:
1. Exceptional family circumstances or a strong connection to the Macau SAR, and
2. The traveler stayed in Mainland China for a minimum of 21 days prior to arrival in Macau, and
3. The traveler received permission in advance from the government agency responsible for health.
All travelers must spend a quarantine at a government center upon arrival in Macau, measure their health after the quarantine for a period of time, and are required to take a test at the end of this period. The length of that quarantine (14 days or 21 days) depends on where the traveler has been before arriving in Macau. Information about the restrictions and conditions to enter the Macau SAR is available here.
The Consulate General will remain open to the public during the normal opening hours.
In order to maintain a healthy and safe environment both for visitors and employees, and in accordance with the recommendations of the local authorities, the Consulate General of Belgium requests you to observe the following rules:
- If you have a fever (37.5°C or more) or any signs and symptoms of the novel Coronavirus, DO NOT come to the Consulate General.
- Wear a protective face mask. Visitors who arrive without their own face mask will not be permitted to enter. Face masks will not be provided.
- Use alcohol disinfectant upon arrival and before touching fingerprint devices.
- Respect social distancing (1.5m).
- Visa applications: In order to minimise waiting times please prepare your file carefully in accordance with the list of required documents and in the same order.
Your kind understanding and cooperation are highly appreciated.