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Belgium – Entry And Travel Update

At present, the travel restrictions for non-essential travel are

still in place. The Belgian Federal government decided not to

re-open the borders for the 15 white-listed countries (Algeria,

Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New

Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay,

and China *subject to confirmation of reciprocity).

Effective July 2, 2020, Belgium has extended the list of

specific categories of travellers with an essential function or

need to mariners, persons attending meetings of international

organisations, students and highly qualified personnel whose work

cannot be carried out at a distance (taking into account the visa

procedures currently in force).

Furthermore, EU+ citizens and third-country nationals legally

residing in the European Union, as well as their family members,

can travel wherever they wish in the EU+, including Belgium, and no

longer only in their country of residence.

As of July 6, 2020, the Belgian embassy/consulate general in the

United States has resumed accepting some visa applications

by mail only, such as:

  • Third-country nationals travellingfor the purpose of study;
  • Highly qualified third-countryworkers if their employment is necessary from an economic

    perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed abroad

    (Single Permit holders).

  • Family members of EU citizens,citizens of Schengen associated countries and third-country

    nationals: receipt and processing of D-type visas, but without

    issuance of visas until further notice. C-type visas for short stay

    visits, by mail unless the traveler has not applied for a Schengen

    visa during the last 5 years. If this is the case, please contact

    the consular mission you wish to visit to schedule an


Anyone travelling to Belgium must complete a Passenger Form

which must be submitted to the designated authorities upon arrival.

This is a sanitary measure imposed by the Federal Public Service

Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. The form may be

downloaded here.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general

guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought

about your specific circumstances.

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