On June 15, 2020 Belgium officially reopened its borders to tourists, first allowing select countries to visit. Then on January 27, 2021 Belgium shut its borders again for non-essential travel. Now as of mid-2021, Belgium is once again allowing EU+ residents to visit, along with some third-party tourists.
Belgium was just celebrating a record year for tourism in 2019, with a whopping 9.4 million overnight tourists in Brussels alone. 2020 was projected to be an even bigger year until they had to close their borders.
Belgium Reopening Guidelines
Who Can Visit Belgium?
(accurate as of July 2021)
- All EU/Schengen and EEA nations
- Select third-party nations of: Albania, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, Singapore, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, United States of America, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Jordan, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
Are There Any Testing and/or Quarantine Requirements?
The Belgian Government has introduced a traffic light system of high, medium and low risk regions, classified as green, orange, and red.
Green and Orange: No testing or quarantines needed.
Red Country Rules: Passengers from ‘RED’ countries will have to provide proof of a 72-hour negative PCR test to board the flight to Belgium. A 10-day quarantine is also applied upon arrival, of which a passengers will be required to take another PCR test on Day 7.
When Will Belgium Reopen To Countries Outside The EU?
The EU Commission has recommended that all EU block members reopen for third-party nations summer 2021. Belgium started opening to more select third-party nations mid-June.
What Flights Have Resumed to Belgium?
Many airlines and flight routes have already resumed in June to many cities within Belgium. Belgium’s major airline Brussels Airlines is flying direct every day to many other European cities.
Other airlines that have also resumed direct flights in June include: WizzAir, RyanAir, Turkish Airlines, Alitalia, Aegean, Deutsche Bahn, Austrain Air, SAS, and Pegasus.TUI is expected to resume in July.
Although Belgium is currently not accepting American or Canadian tourists, Air Canada has direct flights scheduled from Montreal in July, and Brussels Airlines has direct routes from New York City also starting in July.
What’s Open in Belgium
All throughout the month of June, restrictions have started lifting in all aspects of daily life, including tourism. Here’s what’s open in Belgium, however they may have capacity rules or shortened hours:
- Hotels, AirBnB, cottages and campsites
- Restaurants and cafes
- Shopping malls, markets and boutiques
- Galleries, museums and tourist attractions
- Fitness Centers
Disclaimer: Belgium’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.
Article originally published June 24, 2020