Returning to Belgium: Passenger Locator Form, Quarantine and Testing
All travellers arriving in or returning to Belgium must, regardless of their status, country of origin or means of transport, fill in the PLF form (Passenger Locator Form) no more than 48 hours before their arrival in Belgium. This can be filled in easily online at https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/public-health-passenger-locator-form. An exception applies to persons travelling other than by aeroplane or boat and who are staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours or who have been away from Belgium for less than 48 hours.
Once the traveller has submitted the Passenger Locator Form they will receive a receipt with a QR Code via email. The traveller can also use the electronic form to do a self-evaluation to find out their risk of infection. Based on what they fill out, they will receive an SMS with the measures to follow.
Important: always keep the Passenger Locator Form to hand so that you can hand it in if required.
If you are returning from a red zone with a high risk score on the self-evaluation form, there are some measurements obligated; till the 15th of November 2020 there is an obligation of 10 days of quarantine; Testing only in case of symptoms.
You will find the most recent updates relating to the colour codes for each country at https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/covid_table.
The Rules for quarantine and testing since October 2020:
- Anyone showing symptoms must self-isolate for 7 days and get tested as soon as possible. If the test is positive, the person must remain in quarantine. If the test is negative, the person may leave quarantine as soon as their state of health allows.
- If the person is not showing symptoms, but has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, than there is an obligation of quarantine of 10 days + 4 days of increased alertness; no test (this procedure is applied at the moment till the 15th of November)
- Travellers arriving form red zones are not anymore obligated to test on Covid-19, accept if they are having symptoms or if after filling in of the PLF they are being asked to test themselves. In case of arriving from a red zone and with high risk score on the self-evaluation form is quarantine of 10 days obligated (this measurements are at the moment valid till the 15th of November).
Travellers can also get tested, if asked, on arrival at Brussels Airport.
Only tests taken within the Belgian system will be recognised! Visitors staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours or who have been in a red zone abroad for less than 48 hours will not be called for testing or be required to quarantine.
Travel within the EU+ countries is permitted, but you are advised to keep an eye on the changes on the map as well as the travel advice on the website, daily. To clarify: recommendations apply to areas colour-coded orange, while travel to areas colour-coded red is strongly discouraged.
Travel to countries outside the EU+ is permitted, although most journeys are strongly discouraged.
National rules and any health measures in the country of destination must be adhered to at all times.
Belgium also has its own corona app now, which will help us to prevent the spread of the virus. Have you downloaded it yet? More information at https://coronalert.be/en/
The measurements can and will be modified in the future; for the most up to date information please visit https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/
If you have any further questions or concerns, or need support or advice, please contact your Accent Foreign branch.