The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:
- the whole of Belgium based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
Travel is subject to entry restrictions
The Belgian Government has prohibited all non-essential travel to and from Belgium from 27 January to 1 March.
UK nationals resident in the UK or outside of the EU are not permitted entry to Belgium for non-essential purposes due to the EU-wide COVID-19 restrictions. Essential travel is still permitted; those travelling to Belgium should have proof that their journey is essential. These restrictions do not apply to UK nationals who are resident in Belgium, who should be prepared to show valid proof of residence to enter Belgium.
All non-residents aged 12 years and over travelling from the UK will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test upon entry.
All travellers arriving directly from the UK, including those resident in Belgium, must complete the Belgian Passenger Locator Form before travel. Travellers who have not completed the form before travelling may be refused entry and/or face a fine.
From 25 January, all travellers from the UK must quarantine for 10 days on arrival and take a test on the first and seventh day of their quarantine.
Please see Entry Requirements for further information.
Preparing for your return journey to the UK
If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:
Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.
If you’re planning travel to Belgium, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
There are rules about taking food and drink into the EU. See Taking food and drink into Belgium for further information.
Travelling via Calais? Check travel advice for France.
If you’re currently living in or moving to Belgium, check the Living in Belgium guide in addition to this travel advice.
Demonstrations often take place in Brussels, including around transport hubs and the Schuman area. See Demonstrations
Theft and pickpocketing is a problem in crowded areas. Take care of your belongings and passports at all train stations in Brussels. See Crime
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Belgium. Attacks could happen anywhere, including on public transport and transport hubs and in other places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism
Security operations are likely to be carried out at short notice. You should remain vigilant and follow the instructions of the Belgian authorities. Police have asked the public not to comment on police operations on social media. You can find more information on the Belgian Crisis Centre website and Twitter channel.
If you need to contact the emergency services, call 112.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
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