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NOVEL CORONAVIRUS 2019-nCoV
TRAVEL TO BELGIUM
A temporary ban on non-essential travel to Belgium is in place for travelers who
1) do not have the nationality of a EU or Schengen country, and
2) are residents of a country outside EU or Schengen that is not whitelisted.
Hong Kong and Macau are not whitelisted. Anyone traveling from Hong Kong or Macau to Belgium who does not have the nationality of a EU or Schengen country needs to apply for an Essential Travel Certificate at the Consulate-General of Belgium in Hong Kong.
Travelers who have the nationality of an EU/Schengen country do not need an Essential Travel Certificate.
Travelers who do not have the nationality of an EU/Schengen country but who have their residence in the EU/Schengen zone do not need an essential travel certificate. Those travelers will be required to provide proof of their residence status (residence card, ID card,…).
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)
- 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 after receiving an SMS message upon completing the Passenger Locator Form. If you receive a text message you have to follow the instructions in the message. The full overview of quarantine and isolation measures is available here: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/quarantine-isolation/
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)
ESSENTIAL TRAVEL CERTIFICATE – Any traveler to Belgium who is not a citizen of an EU or Schengen country and who is not resident in an EU/Schengen country 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
- You have the nationality of a country of the European Union or the Schengen zone: travel to Belgium is allowed. Click here to see the current requirements for travel (scroll down to ‘I do not live in Belgium’)
- You DO NOT have the nationality of a country of the European Union or the Schengen Zone but you DO have your regular residence in Belgium or in a country of the EU or Schengen: travel to Belgium is allowed. Click here to see the current requirements and restrictions.
- You DO NOT have the nationality of a country of the European Union or the Schengen zone and you DO NOT have your residence in a country of the EU or Schengen: only essential travel is allowed. Click here to see the current restrictions and requirements. You need to apply for an Essential Travel Certificate (if you are visa exempt, e.g. Hong Kong SAR passport holder) or a visa before traveling.
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 unless they are residents in an EU/Schengen country.
- 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.