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
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