Travel to Belgium
If you have any questions regarding:
As of 1st September 2021, the Belgian authorities have decided that a vaccination certificate issued in a country not belonging to the European Union and containing at least the following information in Dutch, French, German or English will also be accepted:
- details that make it possible to identify the person who has been vaccinated (name, date of birth and/or ID number)
- details showing that all doses of a vaccine against the SARS-Cov-2 virus mentioned on the website "https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/" of the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment have been administered for at least two weeks;
- the brand name and the name of the manufacturer or the marketing authorisation holder of each vaccine administered
- the date of administration of each dose of the vaccine that has been administered;
- the name of the country where the vaccine was administered;
- the issuer of the certificate of vaccination with his signature, stamp or a digitally readable unique certificate identification code;
Currently on 01.09.2021 the following vaccinations are recognized: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca-Vaxzevria-Covishield and Janssen.
The ban on non-essential travel to Belgium no longer applies to travellers who, prior to arrival on the territory, hold a “vaccination certificate” that meets all the above mentioned criteria.
It means that you are allowed to travel to Belgium even if you do not have an essential reason, only :
- If you have been vaccinated with Covishield and your second dose was at least 14 days ago
- AND you have an Indian Cowin Vaccination certificate mentioning that:
- You have been vaccinated with Covishield
- The dates of both the doses of the vaccine (if your final certificate only mentions the second dose, you need to submit the provisional certificate as well)
- Your name, age, ID number
- Your second dose was more than 14 days ago
If you have a valid visa (even delivered before march 2020): you do not need a certificate of essential travel anymore
If you do not have a valid visa: you can now apply for a visa through VFS (C or D visa depending on the purpose of your travel, please refer to our website). You will need to submit your vaccination certificate at VFS.
Please note that if a transporter is used, the transporter is required to verify prior to boarding that the travelers indeed are in possession of such a vaccination certificate.
In the absence of such a vaccination certificate or in the event of false, misleading or incomplete information in this certificate entry may be refused in accordance with Article 14 of the Schengen Borders Code or Article 43 of the Law of 15 December 1980.
For travelers who are not fully vaccinated with Covishield (2 doses) or not vaccinated at all, the previous travel rules still apply: Only essential travel to Belgium is permitted. If you have a visa delivered before March 2020 or a Schengen visa delivered by another country, you need to apply for a certificate of essential travel.
Important note: specific conditions remain applicable upon your arrival in Belgium (quarantine and tests). Please read more details on: https://www.info-coronavirus.be
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