COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Vaccinated and recovered travelers carrying an EU Digital COVID Certificate issued by an EU Member State, North Macedonia, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, or Vatican City (case by-case review required for Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), a UK NHS COVID Pass, or other accepted vaccination certificate (detailed below), who have stayed in EU ‘red zone’ countries in the 14 days before entry, do not need to quarantine, carry a PCR test result, or complete COVID-19 tests in country.
• Vaccinated travelers carrying an EU Digital COVID Certificate issued by an EU Member State, North Macedonia, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine or Vatican City (case-by-case review required for Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), a UK NHS COVID Pass, or other accepted vaccination certificate (detailed below), who have stayed in non-EU ‘red zone’ countries in the 14 days before entry, must complete an on-arrival test (day 1 or 2 after arrival) and can cease quarantineupon receiving a negative test result (non-vaccinated travelers complete 10-day quarantine).
• Other vaccination certificates require case-by-case review, but may be accepted if confirming full vaccination with an EMA-approved vaccine at least two weeks before entry. They must be issued in Dutch, English, French or German; confirming traveler identification details (name, date of birth and/or ID number); vaccine brand and manufacturer/marketing authorization holder name for each dose; vaccination date(s) and country; signature, stamp or unique certificate identification code (digitally readable) of certificate issuer.
• Negative COVID-19 PCR test from a test performed less than 72 hours before entry, for all travelersfrom 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, and limited other exemptions.
• 10-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.
• 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 is permitted for the following categories:
- Residents from 'greenlisted' countries.
- Fully vaccinated travelers, carrying a vaccination certificate confirming full vaccination with an EMA-approved vaccine at least two weeks before entry (vaccination certificate in Dutch, English, French or German; confirming traveler identification details (name, date of birth and/or ID number); vaccine brand and manufacturer/marketing authorization holder name for each dose; vaccination date(s) and country; signature, stamp or unique certificate identification code (digitally readable) of certificate issuer) (e.g., EU Digital COVID Certificate or UK NHS COVID Pass).
- Belgian nationals and Belgian residents and their family members, seeking re-entry.
- Health, cross-border, transport, and seasonal agricultural staff, travelling for professional purposes.
- Individuals in transit to destinations outside the European Union/Schengen Area.
- Individuals traveling for compelling family reasons (family reunification, visits of non-cohabitating spouses who are able to proof a durable relation, co-parenting situations, funerals, marriage).
- Individuals traveling for 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.
• Day-care is open
• Children can go to school. Your school will give you more information
• Do you have a question about nurseries or schools?
- For info on Flanders visit: https://onderwijs.vlaanderen.be/ for more information about education in Flanders
- For info on Wallonia Brussels visit: http://www.enseignement.be/index.php for more information about education.
• Belgium general advice, What should you do?
- Respect the hygiene rules.
- Take your activities outside.
- Think about vulnerable people.
- Keep your distance (1.5m).
- Limit your close contacts.
- Follow the rules on gatherings.
• Face masks
- In busy places (such as the supermarket, in a shopping street, etc.) it is not always possible to keep a distance of 1.5 meters. That is why you have to wear a face mask in these places.
- More information about where and how to wear them can be found - https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/facemask/
• Testing for COVID
- If you have symptoms yourself, you stay at home immediately. You will be tested as soon as possible. Contact your GP for this. You must also be tested when you return from a red zone or when you came into contact with someone who has COVID.
• Quarantine and isolation
- If you test positive for COVID, you will have to remain in isolation. When you came into contact with someone who had it when you were in a red zone, you have to quarantine.
• FAQs are available at - http://www.enseignement.be/index.php
• Please note: Some cities and towns have stricter rules. For example, in cities where not enough people have been vaccinated, such as in Brussels. Check the website of the city or town.
• 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 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.