Updated: 12 May 2021
Embassy Brussels will be closed on Thursday 13 May & Friday 14 May. Contact details for Irish citizens in the event of an emergency while we are closed can be found here (in the green box).
1. Travel to Ireland | 2. Travel to Belgium | 3. Embassy Services
1. Travel to Ireland
From 15 April, any passenger who has been in Belgium in the previous 14 days, even if only transiting and remaining airside, is legally required to quarantine at a designated facility (Mandatory Hotel Quarantine) on arrival in Ireland. There are very limited exemptions to this requirement.
Additional information on Mandatory Hotel Quarantine, including in relation to costs, is available at: www.gov.ie/quarantine.
Passengers arriving in Ireland must complete a mandatory COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form and submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry.
Passengers are required to show a negative result of a pre-departure RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in the State. Children aged six and under are exempt from testing.
There is a legal requirement (with limited exceptions) to quarantine for all passengers arriving in Ireland.
Details of the steps to follow on arriving in Ireland from abroad, including testing and quarantine requirements, are available on: www.gov.ie/covidtravel
If you have queries regarding travel to Ireland in the context of COVID-19, the DFA Emergency Travel Advice Line number is +353 1 613 1700.
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.
2. Travel to Belgium
Our travel advice for Belgium is available here.
All passengers must complete a Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours prior to travel. Testing requirements differ for Belgian residents and non-residents.
Those arriving from red zone regions (see ECDC map) are subject to mandatory testing and quarantine requirements.
More information is available for those intending on travelling to Belgium is available from the Belgian Health Ministry. 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 here.
- Those resident or visiting Belgium are encouraged to familiarise themselves with public health measures.
- 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.
3. Embassy Services
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 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
The Passport Office is now processing Passport Online applications and is scaling up operations to clear all applications on hand within 6-8 weeks.
Passport Online is open to all applicants, including children, renewing their passports and those applying for their first passport who are resident in Belgium.
For the latest update on passport services, please visit: www.dfa.ie/passports
You should not make travel arrangements without a valid passport. Please do not use the paper passport application forms (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.
Visas for Ireland
See the notice in our Visa Section for the latest updates on visa services.