COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Vaccinated Travelers: Travelers holding an EU Digital COVID Certificate (confirming full vaccination at least 14 days before entry, a negative COVID-19 PCR test issued no more than 72 hours before entry, or a recovery certificate confirming recovery no more than 180 days before entry) are quarantine exempt when returning from a red zone.
• Quarantine and COVID-19 Testing:Negative COVID-19 PCR test from a test performed less than 72 hours before entry, for travelers from a red zone. 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:
- Recovered travelers, recovered no more than two months before entry.
- Belgian residents
- Children under 12 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.
- Recovered travelers, recovered no more than two months before entry, are exempt.
- 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.
- 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. This includes fully vaccinated travelers and those carrying a negative COVID-19 PCR test.
• Individuals testing negative immediately upon arrival (day 1-2 after arrival) do not have to quarantine. Digital Health Platforms: Belgium issues and accepts the EU Digital COVID Certificate as proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative testing.
• Other Requirements: 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.
• Consular posts (except in high risk countries - see travel restrictions section) 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: Entry from high-risk countries is only permitted for the following categories:
- Belgian nationals and residents, and their cohabiting partners and/or children with an essential travel attestation.
- Transiting travelers, either traveling to their EU/Schengen Area country of nationality or residence; or remaining outside the EU/Schengen Area.
- Transport workers, freight workers and seamen, traveling for professional purposes and carrying an employer certificate.
- Humanitarian travel, for travelers carrying a diplomatic attestation approved by the Belgian Immigration Office; among limited exceptions. Notably, Highly Skilled permit holders are not currently permitted entry from these countries.
• Entry from other countries is permitted for the following categories:
- Travelers from EU countries.
- Travelers from countries 'green-listed' by the European Union.
- Fully vaccinated travelers, carrying a vaccination certificate equivalent to the EU requirements
- 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).
- Educational studies.
- Qualified professionals travelling for economically necessary reasons which cannot be postponed.
- Salaried workers and self-employed individuals authorized by the competent Region.
• 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.
• Home searches are being carried out with a reduced number of viewings due to extra measures in place.
- Visits can only occur if no one is present in the property.
- Visits are assisted by RC and Realtor.
- Sanitary measures remain in place including: Aeration of property between visits/ Realtor leaving open doors as much as possible/ Wearing of facial masks during visits imposed.
• Yes, bookings are being made virtually and apartments are available.
• All temporary accommodations are operational.
• Sanitary measures in place including disinfection after each visit or occupation are in place.
• Cleaning resumed as usual but the tenant can decide not to have the service.
• Schools will shortly close for the summer holiday period.
• Each family may host 4 people inside (not counting children).
• Telework remains mandatory, with 1 return time per week. There are never more than 20% of employees present at the same time (or max. 5 in SMEs with less than 10 employees).
• Testing is strongly recommended.
• The catering industry reopens indoors between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm, up to 4 people per table or one household per table and with 1.5 meters between table parties. - The closing hour for the outdoor catering industry is extended from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The table rules remain: 4 persons or one household per table and with 1.5 meters between table parties. - The rules for indoor and outdoor catering will continue to evolve during the summer months. The Consultation Committee will set the rules.
• Events includig cultural shows, performances or sports competitions are allowed. - Indoor Events: Up to 200 people or 75% of the room capacity, seated, with mouth masks and at a safe distance from each other. - Outdoor events: Up to 400 people, wearing mouth masks and at a safe distance from each other.
• Non-professional Sports: Up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors (except for contact sports).
• Youth activities, Camps, and Club Life: Up to 50 people, without overnight stays. Pre-testing is highly recommended.
• Parties and Receptions: Up to 50 persons indoors, otherwise follow the rules of the hospitality industry.
• Honorary services, Weddings and Funerals: Up to 100 persons inside and 200 persons outside. If there is a room capacity according to CIRM, the rules of events apply.
• Fairgrounds, non-professional flea markets and flea markets are now open.
• Fitness centers reopen with ventilation protocols and mandatory use of air quality meter in visible locations.
• Public saunas, jacuzzis, steam rooms, hammams and may reopen.
• Cinemas, bowling alleys, slot machine halls, casinos, betting shops can reopen with ventilation protocols as well as indoor activities at nature parks, zoos, amusement parks, indoor playgrounds, indoor recreation centers, tropical swimming pools, casinos, betting shops, arcades, unattended tanning beds and bowling alleys.
• Door-to-door sales are permitted.
• Manifestations and demonstrations of up to 100 people with prearranged routes are allowed.
• Public Transportation: Trains, trams and buses are operational as pre-COVID but with (small) reduction of service. Specific changes to transportation services include:
- Purchase of tickets on bus and tram not available (ticket vending machines and sales points are open).
- The wearing of masks is required from the age of 12 and up.
- No access via front doors.
- Social distancing requested but not enforced.
• Air Travel:
- 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).
- Each country decides independently on whether or not to reopen its borders thus traveling to Belgium from the aforementioned countries will thus, in principle, be authorized, however traveling to said countries from Belgium will remain subject to conditions set by each of them.
- Travelers should check border restrictions to other countries before travel. An overview of is available by clicking on the link: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/travelling_abroad/travel_advice_by_country (currently only available in Dutch or French)
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
• Video recommended
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
• Yes, under strict sanitary regulation from government
• Air: Limited services
• Sea: Limited services
• Limited trucking capacity available; high
• Trucking between Belgium and neighboring
countries could be subject to additional
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
• No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative