Belgium Eases Travel Restrictions for Foreigners

World News
01/09/2021 13:00

As of September 1st, the Belgian government has eased travel restrictions for travelers who want to travel to Belgium, the ban on non-essential travel to Belgium no longer applies to travellers who, prior to arrival on the territory, hold a “vaccination certificate” including those issued in a country not belonging to the European Union and containing at least the following information in Dutch, French, German or English will  be accepted:a vaccination certificate issued in a country not belonging to the European Union and containing at least the following information in Dutch, French, German or English will  be accepted:

  • details that make it possible to identify the person who has been vaccinated (name, date of birth and/or ID number)
  • details showing that all doses of a vaccine against the SARS-Cov-2 virus mentioned on the website https://www.infocoronavirus.be/en/ of the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment have been administered for at least two weeks;
  • the brand name and the name of the manufacturer or the marketing authorisation holder of each vaccine administered
  • the date of administration of each dose of the vaccine that has been administered;
  • the name of the country where the vaccine was administered;
  • the issuer of the certificate of vaccination with his signature, stamp or a digitally readable unique certificate identification code;
  • Currently on 01.09.2021 the following vaccinations are recognized:
  • EMA (European Medicines Agency) certified vaccines
    ◦ Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
    ◦ Moderna
    ◦ AstraZeneca/Oxford (Vaxzevria)
    ◦ Janssen
  • Covishield

In terms of quarantine and testing, requirements depend on the current color code of the country or origin, for example for green,red or orange zones, no testing or quarantine is required, and currently there are no very high risk countries listed. Vaccinated travelers coming from a red zone outside the EU, eg India, South Africa, Botswana,... need to get a test on day 1 or 2 after arrival and only need to quarantine awaiting negative result of that test. These specific conditions are in addition to the normal conditions of access to Belgium, such as regular visa requirements for certain countries.