you will find more information about post-Brexit procedures, controls, handling, and traffic flows in / to Belgian seaports.
The Belgian Embassy during the Covid-19 pandemic
In the context of the current Corona virus pandemic, the Belgian Embassy and the consular section must unfortunately restrict access to the public and can only welcome the public by appointment. We invite you, if possible, to submit your requests regarding consular services preferably by e-mail or by post. However, if you need to visit the embassy or consulate in person, you can make an appointment by e-mail: email@example.com . If not possible by email then by phone: +420 257 533 524/ 525, ext. 11 for the consular section (9:00-12:30, 14:00 -16:00).
Before your visit to the Embassy, please read carefully the following instructions:
- Please come as close as possible on the time of your appointment and come with as few people as possible.
- If you have been ill or showed symptoms of illness in the last two weeks, you are requested not to come by. This also applies if you live with someone who is ill or has recently had contact with someone who had COVID-19 complaints.
- Preferably check your temperature before going to the embassy.
- Wear a face mask and keep 1.5m away.
- When entering the embassy, use the available desinfenction gel.
In order to better organize the consular assistance, we also recommend that all Belgian travellers to the Czech Republic register their trip via Travellers Online
Travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic:
Travelers need to be aware that new outbreaks of COVID abroad can have important repercussions on their trip and repatriation can’t be guaranteed in case of cancellation of commercial flights or closure of borders.
IMPORTANT: All non-essential travel abroad is forbidden by both Belgian as well as Czech governments.
Travel/Return from Belgium to the Czech Republic
As of January 31st, 2021 there is in force a crisis measure to restrict free movement prohibiting all journeys of foreign nationals to the Czech Republic for other reasons than those absolutely essential. For the list of essential reasons please click here.
There are new conditions for entry of persons to the Czech Republic with effect from Friday February 5th, 2021. These new rules apply both to arrivals of foreign nationals and to the returns of Czech citizens and residents to the Czech Republic. For more information click here.
We recommend that you consult the following sites for information:
We draw your attention to the fact that the information published by the Czech government can be adapted very quickly and in the short term, depending on the epidemiological situation. It is therefore important to regularly consult the above websites!
Telephone and email hotline for inquiries related to the entry into the territory of the Czech Republic (operated by the Czech Ministry of Interior):
Monday - Thursday: 8.00 - 16.00 a Friday 8.00 - 12.00
+420 974 820 680 - option no. 3
Telephone hotline provides information in Czech and English language.
Individual exemption requests will not be answered, Ministry of the Interior does not grant any individual exemptions for entry into the territory of the Czech Republic.
Travel/Return from the Czech Republic to Belgium
From January 27 to March 1, 2021, Belgium introduced travel restrictions: travel is prohibited, except for essential reasons. Controls will be reinforced.
What is an essential reason?
- Travel for professional reasons
- Travel undertaken by diplomats, ministers, Heads of State and Government; travel undertaken by the staff of international organisations and institutions and by people invited by international organisations and institutions; travel undertaken by the staff of diplomatic and consular posts and by people invited by these posts; travel undertaken by members of the European Parliament when performing their duties
- Travel for compelling family reasons
- Travel for humanitarian reasons
- Study-related travel
- Travel that forms part of the everyday life of border municipalities and border regions
- Travel to take care of animals
- Travel in connection with legal obligations
- Travel to have urgent repairs carried out in the context of vehicle safety
- Travel in the context of moving house
- Travel for transit purposes
Read more about essential reasons here.
Are you a resident in Belgium, have you been abroad for more than 48 hours and are you returning to Belgium?
- Complete a sworn statement for essential travel.
- Fill in the Passenger Location Form within 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium. The form calculates whether you run a high risk of corona based on your answers. Do you receive a text message? You have a high risk of corona. You must be quarantined. Get tested on day 1 and day 7 of your quarantine. You will receive a code for this by text message. Not receiving a text message? You don't have to be quarantined.
Are you a non-resident in Belgium, are you traveling to Belgium and are you staying in Belgium for more than 48 hours?
- You must do a corona test PCR 72 hours before your departure to Belgium. The result must be negative.
- Complete a sworn statement for essential travel.
- Fill in the Passenger Location Form within 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium. The form calculates whether you run a high risk of corona based on your answers. Do you receive a text message? You have a high risk of corona. You must be quarantined. Get tested on day 7 of your quarantine. You will receive a code for this by text message. Not receiving a text message? You don't have to be quarantined.
Professional trips to Belgium for non-residents in Belgium
- For business trips, a "Business Travel Abroad" (BTA) form must be completed from the FPS Economy via this link. The BTA form that must be completed online by the Belgian employer, the Belgian client or an international organization established on Belgian territory BEFORE THE DEPARTURE of the employee concerned. The completed BTA form generates a certificate number that must be entered in the modified Passenger Locator Form (PLF) to activate the section professional travel. Without this number, a trip cannot be considered professional.
- The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is completed by the traveler within 48 before return to Belgium. The PLF provides a self-assessment questionnaire that must allow the government to make a risk analysis. Based on this, it is decided whether or not to impose the quarantine.
- Complete a Sworn statement for essential travel
- You must do a corona test PCR 72 hours before your departure to Belgium. The result must be negative
- The maximum stay in Belgium is 5 days.
Travelers from the UK, South Africa and South America
From Monday, January 25, all travelers traveling to Belgium from the United Kingdom, South Africa and South America will be required to go into quarantine for ten days with a PCR test on day 1 and day 7.
All information: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels/
IMPORTANT For any questions concerning the measures applicable to arrival in Belgium, please check the website https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/
and contact the FPS Public Health on 0800 14 689 (Belgian toll free number)
or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
For any questions concerning access to Belgian territory, please consult the FPS Interior website.
Following the decisions of the Concertation Committee of 22/01/2021, since February 1, 2021, the map with color codes is available only on the website https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels/
The call centre of the Foreign Affairs crisis centre can be reached at +32 (0)2 501 4000 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Belgian time). The call center is closed during weekends and on holidays and bridge days.