Updated: 15 January 2021
Travel to Ireland
Details of the steps to follow on arrival in Ireland from Belgium, including restricting your movements, are available here.
By law, passengers arriving in Ireland must complete a mandatory COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry.
With effect from 16 January, passengers from all countries will be required to show a negative result of a pre-departure PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in the State. Children aged six and under will be exempt. More information on this requirement is available on gov.ie
Please contact the dedicated HSE phone line +353 41 685 0300 with queries relating to public health measures in Ireland and the COVID-19 passenger locator form.
Details of the restrictions currently in place in Ireland can be found on www.gov.ie/covid19
- Information on testing in Belgium is available from the Belgian Health Ministry and a map of coronavirus testing centres in Belgium can be found here.
Travel to Belgium
Further information is available on the Re-Open Europa website.
Anyone traveling to Belgium by plane or boat is required to complete a Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours prior to travel, regardless of the length of their stay.
On arriving from a region deemed a red zone by the Belgian authorities, quarantining and testing is mandatory.
- Check if your region is a red zone on the Belgian Foreign Ministry map
Entry requirements for Belgium differ for Belgian residents and non-residents.
Non-residents (i.e. those not in possession of a Belgian residence card) arriving from a red zone will need to have a recent (max 72 hours) negative PCR coronavirus test result.
Residents (i.e. those with valid Belgian residence cards) arriving from red zones must be tested in Belgium on the day of arrival. This is in addition to the existing requirement to quarantine and test (on day 7).
There are additional criteria for entry for non-residents travelling to Belgium from a third country (non-EU & non-Schengen countries, including the UK). More information is available from Belgian Immigration.
- Public health measures are in place in Belgium. These include a curfew between 22:00-06:00 in Brussels and Wallonia and between midnight and 05:00 in Flanders.
- Those resident or visiting Belgium are encouraged to familiarise themselves with public health measures and may wish to download the Belgian Government COVID-19 tracking app Coronalert.
- Sign up to BE-Alert to receive the latest email updates directly from the Belgian Crisis Centre.
- A map of coronavirus testing centres in Belgium is available here.
Irish citizens travelling to or resident in Belgium are encouraged to register their contact details with the Department of Foreign Affairs so that we can contact you or your family in case of emergency.
In order to provide a safe environment for our staff and our visitors, and adhere to public health guidelines, the Embassy is currently operating with reduced on-site staffing.
Our public office is closed as the Embassy is currently focused on providing emergency consular services only. Appointments are available for Irish citizens requiring emergency consular assistance by contacting us.
For all other queries, please email us and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
If contacting us by phone, please ensure you include a phone number if leaving a voicemail message so that we can return your call.
Irish Passport Services
For the latest update on passport services, please visit: www.dfa.ie/passports
It is currently only possible to apply for an Irish passport (renewal or first passport) in Belgium using Passport Online. You should not make travel arrangements without a valid passport.
Please do not send us paper applications (APS2) as these cannot currently be processed.
If you need a travel document for a genuine emergency (death or serious illness of a family member, or emergency medical treatment), please contact us.
If you have a query in relation to an application submitted using Passport Online, please contact the Passport Office.
Visas for Ireland
See the notice in our Visa Section for the latest updates on visa services.