New rules for residents returning to Belgium

The illustration photo shows a policeman checking a person in a car at the border between Belgium and France in April 2020 © BELGA / BENOIT DOPPAGNE

The latest update to Belgium’s coronavirus rules – more here – has provided more information on how travel will unfold for those looking to arrive in the country from different areas from July 1.

While non-EU non-residents have been given specific rules, the requirements are slightly different for residents and are more based on the color-coded areas we know of.

They are:

Back from a green or orange zone: no quarantine or testing requirement.

Back from a red zone: No quarantine if fully vaccinated (+ 2 weeks), recently tested negative by PCR test (

Those who were tested immediately upon arrival (day 1 or day 2) do not need to be quarantined. A negative PCR test is required for people from 12 years old. Children under 12 are exempt from the testing requirement.

Back from a “very high risk area”: Mandatory 10-day quarantine with PCR test on day 1 and day 7. This obligation also applies to people who have been fully vaccinated or who have already tested negative in the country itself.

Although not expressly said, it is understood that these measures would also apply to residents traveling outside the EU, although such travel remains “strongly discouraged”.

These changes according to De Croo’s statement, “will be possible on the basis of the European digital corona certificate”.

“The certificate will be used in all EU countries from July 1 and is proof that a person has been vaccinated against the crown, tested negative for the crown, or has recovered from the crown.”

Belgium is part of a list of European Union countries “technically ready” to connect to the technical gateway system to implement the European Union’s “digital green certificate”, facilitating free movement within the EU during the pandemic.

Seven countries, including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland, have already connected to the gateway to verify certificates and have started issuing the first certificates, the European Commission said in a press release on Tuesday.

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