Travel to Belgium
COVID-19: Extraordinary times - Extraordinary measures
A. GENERAL RULE
Canada is currently considered as an “orange zone” by Belgium.
This means that:
- Belgian citizens,
- Citizens of the European Union or of the Schengen area,
- Persons who have their main residence in Belgium, the European Union or the Schengen area,
- Canadian citizens or non-European residents of Canada
may travel to Belgium, regardless of the reason for travel.
Nevertheless, access to Belgium is conditional upon the usual entry requirements as well as specific safety measures put in place to contain the COVID-19 pandemic (see below).
Travelers subject to Schengen visas must apply for a short-stay visa in accordance with the instructions available on our website.
Please note: Schengen visas are not required for Canadian citizens for a stay of less than 90 days.
C. EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES
Passenger Locator Form
Every person travelling from Canada to Belgium must complete a 'Passenger Locator Form' (PLF) within 6 months prior to arrival.
Entering Belgium: according to the requirements of the Canadian authorities, since October 30th, 2021, any person aged 12 years and over must be fully vaccinated to travel by air from Canada to a foreign country, including Belgium. Until November 30th, 2021, however, some people may be allowed to travel with proof of a valid molecular test for COVID-19 performed within 72 hours prior to travel. People having issues with this Canadian requirement are invited to take it up with the Canadian autorities.
Participating in activities in Belgium: proof of vaccination may be requested in Belgium in order to access certain public or private places. However, vaccination certificates issued by Canadian provinces are currently not recognized as such in Belgium. We recommend that you download the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination. See on this page the recognition criteria for foreign vaccination certificates.
To convert your foreign certificate into a Belgian certificate, a mechanism is available only to Belgian citizens, to people residing in Belgium as well as to their immediate family members. Details on how to make use of this mechanism are available on this page. Please note that the Consulate General does not intervene in any way in this procedure. You will need to contact a doctor in Belgium by your own means.
For non-Belgians, the Brussels Region has put in place a conversion mechanism to get a 'Covid Safe Ticket' which would be valid for one month and only in Belgium. Register on this page.
Entering Belgium: residents of Canada do not have to take a COVID-19/PCR test when making a direct trip to Belgium or in case of airport transit.
Participating in activities in Belgium: if you do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate and cannot “convert” your foreign vaccination certificate, you must follow local guidelines and consider the possibility of being tested on site in order to obtain a COVID Test Certificate through to the Belgian CovidSafeBE application (note: the validity period of such a certificate is limited: 48 hours to 72 hours after the test).
There is no standard quarantine requirement for travelers from Canada to Belgium. However, depending on the information you provide in the PLF (see above), you may be subject to quarantine (10 days), on the basis of an individualized risk-assessment by Belgian public health authorities.
Entry conditions and health measures in Belgium
Updated information on entry conditions and health measures in force in Belgium is available on the info-coronavirus portal
Check the specific health measures put in place by your airline. In case of transit, make sure to follow the measures of the transit country in addition to the Belgian measures.
Notice to all travellers
The Consulate General of Belgium in Montreal is not responsible for granting access to Belgium's territory, which is a prerogative of the Belgian Border control. Border control always keeps the ultimate right to let any traveler enter Belgium or not.
All passengers must be able to show to both the airline and border control that they meet the entry requirements of the Schengen Area.