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Updated: What are the rules on travel to/from Belgium?

22:00 16/09/2020
Updated: Thursday 17 September

Belgium reopened its borders to non-essential travel on 15 June, opening up the possibility to enjoy a foreign holiday within the EU and Schengen area, and the UK, for the first time in three months.

Belgian residents can travel to most European countries, but travel restrictions still apply in several countries within Europe.

Non-essential travel outside the EU and Schengen area remains restricted. The EU has agreed on a "safe list" of 15 countries, including Australia, Canada and Japan, but Belgium has decided not to follow the EU's recommendations, and continues to ban travel to and from these countries.

Belgium's foreign affairs ministry has updated its website with the latest travel advice, including a colour-coded guide to which countries are fully open (green), open with some restrictions (orange) and still off-limits (red).

From 1 August, anyone arriving in Belgium, who has been out of the country for three days or more, must fill in this electronic Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before arrival.

Green: open without restrictions

The following "green" countries/regions within Europe are open to travel from Belgium without any restrictions:

  • Austria: province of Carinthia

  • France: Department of Creuze

  • Italy: Regions of Piemonte, Aosta Valley, Abruzzo, Molise, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicily and Marche

  • Liechtenstein 

  • Poland: Regions of West Pomeranian, Lubusz, Lower Silesian, Opole, Kuyavian-Pomeranian, Warmian-Masurian, Lódz, Swietokrzyskie, Lublin, Podlaskie, Greater Poland, Silesia, Mazovia, and the region of Warsaw

  • Portugal : Region of  the Center

  • Sweden: Regions of Stockholm and  Upper Norrland

  • Switzerland : Cantons of Basel-Landschaft, Glarus, Schaffhausen, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Sankt-Gallen, Graubünden, Thurgau, Lucerne, Uri, Obwalden, Nidwalden and Ticino.

Orange: open with some restrictions

These "orange" countries allow travel from Belgium, with some conditions:

  • Cyprus (mandatory test)

  • Estonia (quarantine)

  • Germany (mandatory test or quarantine < Brussels-Capital Region) 

  • Greece (mandatory test)

  • Iceland (mandatory test or quarantine)

  • Ireland (quarantine) 

  • Italy (mandatory test only for Sardinia)

  • Latvia (quarantine)  

  • Lithuania (mandatory test and quarantine)

  • Netherlands (quarantine from city of Antwerp and Brussels-Capital Region) 

  • Norway (quarantine) 

  • Portugal (mandatory test only for the Azores and Madeira)

  • Slovakia (quarantine)  

  • Slovenia (quarantine) 

  • United Kingdom (quarantine)

Orange: open, but remain vigilant

  • Austria: provinces of Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Vorarlberg, Salzburg, Burgenland, Styria and Tyrol

  • Bulgaria 

  • Czech Republic: Regions of Northwest, Central Moravia and Moravia-Silesia

  • Croatia: Zagreb (city and province); provinces of Bjelovar-Bilogora, Osijek-Baranja, Vukovar-Srijem, Karlovac, Sisak-Moslavina, Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Istria, Varaždin, Međimurje, Koprivnica-Križevci and Krapina-Zagorje.

  • France: Departments of Aisne, Allier, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Ardèche, Ardennes, Ariège, Aube, Aude, Bas-Rhin, Calvados, Cantal, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Cher, Corrèze, Côtes-d’Armor, Deux-Sèvres, Dordogne, Doubs, Drôme, Eure, Eure-et-Loir, Finistère, Haut-Rhin, Hautes-Alpes, Haute-Loire, Haute-Marne, Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Saône, Haute-Savoie, Haute-Vienne, Indre, Jura, Landes, Loir-et-Cher, Loire-Atlantique, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Lozère, Manche, Marne, Mayenne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Morbihan, Moselle, Nièvre, Oise, Orne, Saint Martin, Savoie, Somme, Saône-et-Loire, Tarn, Territoire de Belfort, Vendée, Vosges, Yonne 

  • Germany: Regions of Upper Bavaria, Lower Bavaria, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Middle Franconia, Swabia, Freiburg, Upper Palatinate, Upper Franconia, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Braunschweig, Hanover, Weser-Ems.

  • Greece

  • Ireland: Eastern and Midland; Southern Ireland

  • Italy: Regions of Veneto, Liguria, Lombardy, Campania, Sardinia, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Puglia, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Umbria, Lazio and the Autonomous Provinces of Bolzano and Trento.

  • Luxembourg

  • Malta

  • Netherlands: provinces of Groningen, North-Brabant, Utrecht, Limburg, Gelderland and Flevoland

  • Norway: Regions of Oslo and Viken; Western Norway

  • Poland: provinces of Lesser Poland, Subcarpathia, Pomerania

  • Portugal: Lisbon metropolitan area, Northern Portugal, Algarve, Alentejo

  • San Marino

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Spain: islands of Tenerife, El Hierro, La Gomera and La Palma

  • Sweden: Middle East Sweden, Småland and islands, South Sweden, West Sweden, Middle North Sweden and Middle Norrland

  • Switzerland:  cantons of Valais, Jura, Aargau, Bern, Geneva, Solothurn, Neuchâtel, Basel-Stadt, Zürich, Schwyz and Zug 

  • United Kingdom: North East England, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, Wales, Yorkshire and Humber, West Central Scotland, Southern Scotland, Northern Ireland

  • Vatican

Red: no travel allowed

These regions in Europe are "red" - meaning no travel from Belgium is allowed:

  • Andorra 

  • Austria: province of Vienna

  • Croatia : Provinces of Split-Dalmatia, Brod-Posavina, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Požega-Slavonia, Virovitica-Podravina, Lika-Senj, Zadar and Šibenik-Knin

  • Czech Republic:  regions of Prague, Central Bohemia, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast

  • Denmark

  • Finland

  • France:  Ville de Paris ; Departments Ain,  Alpes-Maritimes, Aveyron,  Bouches-du-Rhône,  Corse-du-Sud,  Côte-d’Or, Essonne,  Gard,  Gers,  Guadeloupe,  French Guyana,  Gironde,  Haute-Corse,  Haute-Garonne,  Hauts-de-Seine, Hérault, d’Ille-et-Vilaine, d’Indre-et-Loire, Isère,  Loire,  Loiret,  Maine-et-Loire,  Martinique, de Mayotte,  Nord,  Pas-de-Calais,  Puy-de-Dôme,  Pyrénées-Atlantiques,  Pyrénées-Orientales,  Réunion,  Rhône,  Sarthe, de Seine-et-Marne,  Seine-Maritime,  Seine-Saint-Denis, de Tarn-et-Garonne,  Val-d’Oise,  Val-de-Marne,  Var,  Vaucluse,  Vienne,  Yvelines

  • Hungary

  • Monaco

  • Netherlands: provinces of South-Holland, North-Holland

  • Romania

  • Spain except the islands of Tenerife El Hierro, La Gomera and La Palma

  • Switzerland: cantons of Fribourg and Vaud

  • United Kingdom: North West England

Red: compulsory quarantine on return to Belgium

People returning to Belgium from the following red zones will be required to quarantine for 14 days and take two coronavirus tests (one on arrival, the second after nine days):

  • Andorra 

  • Austriaprovince of Vienna

  • Croatia : provinces of Split-Dalmatia, Brod-Posavina, Zadar and Sibenik-Knin, Dubrovnik-Neretva and Požega-Slavonia, provinces of Virovitica-Podravina, Lika-Senj

  • Czech Republic:  Prague region, Central Bohemia, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast

  • France: Ville de Paris ; Departments of Ain,  Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Corse-du-Sud, Côte-d’Or, Essonne, Gard, Guadeloupe, Guyane française, Gironde, Haute-Corse, Haute-Garonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Hérault,  Loiret, Martinique, Réunion,  Rhône, Seine-et-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-d’Oise,  Val-de-Marne, Var, Vaucluse and Yvelines. Departments of Aveyron, Gers, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre-et-Loire, Isère, Loire, Maine-et-Loire, Nord, Pas-de-Calais,  Puy-de-Dôme, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Pyrénées-Orientales, Sarthe, Seine-Maritime, Tarn-et-Garonne, Vienne.

  • Hungary: Budapest

  • Monaco 

  • NetherlandsProvinces of South-Holland and North-Holland

  • Romania

  • Spain except the islands of Tenerife, El Hierro, La Gomera and La Palma

  • Switzerland: canton of Freiburg, Vaud

  • United KingdomNorth West England

  • All countries outside the EU/Schengen area

The foreign ministry emphasises that the red zones apply to people who have stayed within the red zone on holiday, not simply passed through the airport.

Check www.diplomatie.be regularly as the list will be updated regularly, based on the number of coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

Orange: Quarantine and coronavirus test strongly recommended on return

If you are returning from the following "orange zones", you should quarantine for 14 days and take a coronavirus test. But, unlike the above red zones, this is not compulsory and legally enforced - it is merely a recommendation.

  • Austria: provinces of Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Vienna, Vorarlberg, Salzburg, Burgenland, Styria and Tyrol

  • Bulgaria

  • Croatia: Zagreb (city and province); provinces of Bjelovar-Bilogora, Virovitica-Podravina, Osijek-Baranja, Vukovar-Srijem, Karlovac, Sisak-Moslavina, Lika-Senj, Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Istria, Varaždin, Međimurje, Koprivnica-Križevci, Krapina-Zagorje 

  • Czech Republic: Regions of Central Bohemia, Southwest, Northwest, Northeast, Southeast; Central Moravia and Moravia-Silesia

  • Denmark 

  • France: Departments of Aisne, Allier, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Ardèche, des Ardennes, Ariège, Aube, Aude, Aveyron, Bas-Rhin, Calvados, Cantal, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Cher, Corrèze, Côtes-d’Armor, Deux-Sèvres, Dordogne, Doubs, Drôme, Eure, Eure-et-Loir, Finistère, Gers, Haut-Rhin, Hautes-Alpes, Haute-Loire, Haute-Marne, Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Saône, Haute-Savoie, Haute-Vienne, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Isère, Jura, Landes, Loir-et-Cher, Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Lozère, Maine-et-Loire, Manche, Marne, Mayenne, Mayotte, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Morbihan, Moselle,  Nièvre, Nord, Oise, Orne, Pas-de-Calais, Puy-de-Dôme, Pyrénées-Atlantiques,  Pyrénées-Orientales, Saint Martin, Savoie, Seine-Maritime, Somme,  Saône-et-Loire, Sarthe, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Territoire de Belfort,  Vendée, Vienne, Vosges, and Yonne 

  • Germany: Regions of Upper Bavaria, Lower Bavaria, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Middle Franconia, Swabia, Freiburg, Upper Palatinate, Upper Franconia, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Braunschweig, Hanover, Weser-Ems.

  • Greece

  • Hungary

  • Ireland: Eastern and Midland; Southern Ireland

  • Italy: Regions of Veneto, Liguria, Lombardy, Campania, Sardinia, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Puglia, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Umbria, Lazio; Autonomous Provinces of Bolzano and Trento.

  • Luxembourg

  • Malta

  • Netherlands: provinces of South-Holland, North-Holland, Groningen, North-Brabant, Utrecht, Limburg, Gelderland and Flevoland

  • Norway: Regions of Oslo and Viken; Western NorwayPoland: provinces of Lesser Poland, Subcarpathia, Pomerania.

  • Portugal: Lisbon metropolitan area, Northern Portugal, Algarve, Alentejo

  • San Marino

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Spain: islands of Tenerife, El Hierro, La Gomera and La Palma

  • Sweden:  Middle East Sweden, Småland and islands, South Sweden, West Sweden, Middle North Sweden and Middle Norrland

  • Switzerland: cantons of Vaud, Valais, Jura, Aargau, Bern, Geneva, Solothurn, Neuchâtel, Basel-Stadt, Zürich Schwyz and Zug 

  • United Kingdom: North East England, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, Wales, North West England, Yorkshire and Humber, West Central Scotland, Southern Scotland and Northern Ireland

  • Vatican

What about travel outside Europe?

Since 1 July, the EU has approved travel to 15 countries outside Europe. The "safe list" is made up of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. China is also on the list, with the condition of reciprocity.

Belgium has decided not to follow the EU's recommendations. A ministerial source said nine of the countries on the EU's list were still categorised as "red" by the Belgian federal finance ministry, indicating that they remain high-risk, and the others do not guarantee reciprocity of free movement for all EU nationals. "After all the efforts made by everyone, we have decided to be prudent and take precautions," said foreign affairs minister Philippe Goffin. Ministers will continue to monitor the latest virus stats in each of the countries on the list.

Written by The Bulletin

Comments

Antwerpstephen

Advice- last year I moved to Antwerp with my Belgian partner who got residency - at this stage I haven’t as I was completing work in England and trying to sell a former home .Will this have effect on any EU travel from Belgium for me as I am not registered in Belgium yet although living here...

Jun 19, 2020 17:47