Date Updated

04/01/2021



  • • Travelers must complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before their arrival; individuals should carry proof of completion of the form during the trip and for 48 hours following their arrival in Belgium; limited exemptions apply based on transportation mode and limited duration of stay in Belgium

    • Essential travelers must carry a completed sworn statement on essential travel, available below

    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test from a test performed less than 72 hours before entry, for travelers from a red zone as listed on the site below (2) the medical certificate must be in Dutch, French, German, or English, and must be presented on paper or in electronic form; the following categories are exempt:
    - Belgian residents;
    - Children under 6 years old;
    - Travelers entering by car who were abroad for under 48 hours or will remain in Belgium for under 48 hours;
    - Travelers in transit, remaining in the airport transit zone (unless requiring a negative test for their destination country);
    - Transport staff, cross-border workers, cross-border students; among limited other exemptions

    • 7-day home quarantine and COVID-19 test for individuals coming to Belgium from a red zone; these travelers complete a COVID-19 PCR test on day 1 and day 7 of quarantine; passengers will receive a text message with which they can register at a test center
    - Individual exemptions may be granted for short business travels in Belgium after completing the Business Travel Abroad form by the host organization in Belgium and the completion of Public Health Passenger Locator Form by the travelers
    - Travelers may only leave quarantine to fulfil the essential purpose of the trip if applicable, and to the extent that this activity cannot be postponed until after the quarantine
    - Further information is available on the site below (3)
    - Travelers from a green or orange zone are not required to quarantine

    • 10-day quarantine for travelers from South Africa, South America and the United Kingdom; these travelers complete a COVID-19 PCR test on day 1 and day 7 of quarantine (1) https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/essential-travel-sworn-statement (2) https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en (3) https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/testing/


  • • Consular posts now offer the following services:
    - D visa applications for Single Permit (visa code B34) applicants and their family members;
    - D visa applications for EU Blue Card (visa code B29) applicants and their family members;
    - Schengen Visa applications/Travel attestations (visa exempt nationals) for other essential functions and needs;
    - Broader services in European Union / Schengen Area countries
    - Applicants are advised to contact their consular post before visiting

    • Regional Employment Offices and the federal Foreigner’s Office continue to process work and residence (single) permit applications

    • Town halls are resuming their activities; applicants are advised to contact town hall by phone or email to schedule an appointment Travel Restrictions

    • Until 18 April, entry is permitted for nationals and residents of EU/Schengen Area countries, and residents of countries ‘greenlisted’ by the EU as listed on the website below (1), for the below essential travel purposes only:
    - Professional reasons;
    - Compelling family reasons (family reunification, visits of non-cohabitating spouses who are able to proof a durable relation, co-parenting situations, funerals, marriage);
    - Humanitarian reasons: urgent medical care, care for elderly or vulnerable individuals (minors, disabled), visit to a relative in palliative care;
    - Studies; and
    - Transit; among limited other permitted purposes as listed below (2)

    • Until 18 April, entry from outside the EU, or from non-greenlisted countries, is restricted to the below essential travel purposes:
    - Belgian nationals and residents and their family members, seeking re-entry;
    - Health, cross-border, transport and seasonal agricultural staff, travelling for professional purposes;
    - Transit to destinations outside the European Union/Schengen Area;
    - Compelling family reasons (family reunification, visits of non-cohabitating spouses who are able to proof a durable relation, co-parenting situations, funerals, marriage);
    - Studies;
    - Qualified professionals travelling for economically necessary reasons which cannot be postponed; and
    - Salaried workers and self-employed individuals authorized by the competent Region; among limited other permitted purposes as listed below (3)

    • Permitted entrants should hold a Schengen C visa or attestation of essential travel, issued by a consular post, for entry under 90 days in a 180-day period; or long-term visa for longer stays (1) https://reopen.europa.eu/en (2) https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels/ (3) https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels-outside-eu-schengen/


  • • Home Searches are being carried out but a reduction of the number of viewings to be noted due to extra measures in place: - Visits can only occur if no one is present in the property - Visits are again assisted by RC and Realtor - Sanitary measures remain in place as before:
    - Aeration of the property between visits
    - Realtor to (leave) open doors as much as possible
    - Wearing of facial masks during visit imposed


  • •Yes, bookings being made virtually; no face-to-face support; apartments are available

    • All temporary accommodations operational

    • Sanitary measures in place (disinfect after each visit or occupation)

    • Cleaning of apartments may still be impacted regarding some providers (no weekly or bi-weekly cleaning at this stage)


  • • Schools have closed prolonging the easter break





    • Schools are set to re-open on 19 April and likely all years if numbers are ok

    • High schools/University remain online until further notice but sporadic classes are organized on the premises


  • • All non essential shops work on appointment only

    • No alcohol sales after 8 p.m.

    • Markets have remained opened and are following distancing protocols - Food markets only

    • Many cultural venues opened (musea)

    • Sport facilities mostly closed except for outside and possible big halls

    • All professions with close contact (apart from medical professions) closed again; hairdressers, beauty parlors, etc

    • Day trips/tourist visits allowed but only within social bubble (family + 1 person) or with other people if social distancing can be guaranteed (police will do random checks in holiday homes/resorts) - Holiday resorts are open (swimming facilities in resort remains closed); holiday homes are still available

    • Cross border travel/tourism: You may travel to other countries for essential purposes only; there are 3 types of zones; click here for an overview of the different zones - Rules may differ in each country; check the rules on https://diplomatie.belgium.be/nl/Diensten/Op_reis_in_het_buitenland/reisadviezen - You must fill in a form before returning to Belgium

    • Travelers from outside the EU: essential travel only and mandatory self-quarantine of 10 days to observe:

    • Some countries impose self-quarantine for travelers from Belgium

    • Each household (people living under the same roof) may meet up to ONE person only always the same person; in this instance, keeping a distance of 1.5 meters is not mandatory; this is the social bubble; children under the age of 12 are not included in this bubble of 4 people; a meeting with 4 persons total are allowed but only if social distancing can be guaranteed

    • One extra person can be added to the bubble for singles only (2 close contacts allowed)

    • Sport activities: all INDOOR clubs closed until further notice; sport activity can be done outside with 4 persons max (social distance to observe)

    • RESTAURANTS AND BARS CLOSED until further notice

    • Buildings of worship are open and mass is organized for max 15 pers; funerals and weddings also max 15 pers


  • • All public transport: Train, trams and buses are operational as pre-COVID but with (small) reduction of offer to be observed; some rules need to be observed:

    • Purchase of tickets on bus and tram not possible (ticket vending machines and sales points are open/available)

    • Wearing of mask is COMPULSORY from the age of 12 and upwards

    • No access via front door

    • Social distancing to respect but no enforcement detected any more Airlines:

    • Belgium has lifted the restrictions on its borders to and from the European Union, the United Kingdom and the four non-EU Schengen countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway); nevertheless, it is worth reminding that each country decides independently on whether or not to reopen its borders; travelling to Belgium from the aforementioned countries will thus, in principle, be authorized, while travelling to said countries from Belgium will remain subject to conditions set by each of them; it is advisable to inform oneself on these conditions before undertaking travel of any kind; an overview of conditions is available on:

    • https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/travelling_abroad/travel_advice_by_country (currently only available in Dutch or French)
  • Household Goods

    Survey (Video/In-person)
    • Video recommended



    Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
    • Yes, under strict sanitary regulation from government

    Freight Availability/Cost
    • Air: Limited services
    • Sea: Limited services

    Road Availability
    • Limited trucking capacity available; high
    rates
    • Trucking between Belgium and neighboring
    countries could be subject to additional
    checks

    Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
    • No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative

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