New regulations have been published in the Belgian Official

Journal regarding the travel ban from India. The travel ban, which

is effective as of April 28, 2021, applies to individuals who were

present in Brazil, India, or South-Africa at any moment during the

last 14 days. These individuals cannot travel directly or

indirectly to Belgium.

A few exceptions remain, such as:

· Belgian nationals, as well as those with main residence

in Belgium can return to Belgium.

· Individuals with minimal travel history considered

“essential” and are thus allowed:

– Professional travels of transport personnel, freight and

cargo personnel, and seafarers: a certificate, issued by the

employer would be required;

– Professional travels of diplomats, staff of

international organizations, people invited by international

organizations whose physical presence is required for the

well-functioning of these organizations: an essential travel

certificate, issued by the local Belgian embassy/consulate would be

required. Entry can be refused if the required certificate cannot

be submitted or would be false, misleading, or incomplete.

Quarantine rules will also be stricter, with testing and

quarantine to be required even for a stay of less than 48

hours.

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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