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Frequently Asked Travel Questions

Frequently Asked Travel Questions

Last Updated: 17 January 2022

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions on travel received by the Embassy of Ireland in Brussels in the context of COVID-19.

Citizens should exercise a high level of caution in any decisions about international travel, taking account of their overall health, their vaccine status, and the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Variant B.1.1.529 (Omicron) variant in other countries. All citizens should carefully consider the necessity of their travel at this time and be aware of the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad. If you contract COVID-19 when abroad, you may face delays and additional costs before returning home. 

Anyone considering travelling abroad should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit. Citizens should also be mindful of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. It is also important to check with your travel insurance provider on coverage before travel. 

The latest information on travel to Ireland is available at: gov.ie/travel & Re-open EU (EN | NL | FR)

Information for Belgian citizens seeking travel advice for Ireland is available from the Embassy of Belgium in Ireland (NL | FR | EN) or the Belgian Foreign Ministry "Travellers Online" website (NL | FR).

Belgian citizens may travel to Ireland using a valid Belgian Identity Card OR Belgian passport. More information is available here.

Travel to Ireland from Belgium 

- Passenger Locator Form, Testing & Quarantine

- Travel with children

- Travel to Ireland: when am i vaccinated?

- Public health measures in Ireland

- Travel to Northern Ireland 

Travel to Belgium from Ireland

- Entry requirements (passenger locator form, testing, quarantine)

Travel to Belgium: when am i vaccinated?

- Public health measures in Belgium

- Travel from Northern Ireland

- Travel to Belgium via France, The Netherlands or Great Britain

- COVID-19 testing in Belgium

 

Travel to Ireland from Belgium – What you need to know

The latest information on travel to Ireland from Belgium is available at: www.gov.ie/travel

The situation in relation to COVID-19 continues to evolve quickly and the requirements are subject to change at short notice.

The measures below apply whether the Belgian region you are travelling from is designated as green, orange, red or dark red on the ECDC map.

Passenger Locator Form

Passengers arriving into Ireland must complete a Passenger Locator Form (ePLF) within 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland from overseas (including Belgium)Failure to do so is an offence. 

More information on the ePLF is available at gov.ie/locatorform

The form is only available online.

Testing & Quarantine

Testing requirements for entry to Ireland differ depending on whether you are vaccinated/recovered or unvaccinated.

You can show you are vaccinated, have a recovery certificate or have a negative RT-PCR test result using the EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU-DCC). Details of how Belgian residents can obtain the EU-DCC are available on the CovidSafe BE website.

If you are vaccinated, you must present:

  • Proof of full vaccination (When am I considered fully vaccinated? - see below)

No testing or quarantine is required on arrival in Ireland.

A booster vaccintation (or third dose) is not currently a requirement for travel to Ireland.

 

If you are recovered, you must present:

  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19 (a positive RT-PCR test taken more than 11 days and less than 180 days ago)

No testing or quarantine is required on arrival in Ireland.

 

If you are unvaccinated, you must present:

  • A negative RT-PCR result from a test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival in Ireland.

For the purpose of travel to Ireland, antigen tests are not accepted.

No testing or quarantine is required on arrival in Ireland.

 

Travel with Children

Children aged 11 or under do not require any pre-departure tests.

More information on travel with children is available on gov.ie

For travel to Ireland, when am I vaccinated?

For the purpose of travel to Ireland, please see the table below for information on when you are considered vaccinated. Please note this differs from the definition of fully vaccinated used by Belgian authorities.

A full course of any one of the following vaccines:Regarded as vaccinated after:
2 doses of Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®) 7 days
2 doses of Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®) 14 days
2 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield) 15 days
1 dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®) 14 days
2 doses of Coronavac (Sinovac) 14 days
2 doses of Sinopharm BIBP 14 days
2 doses of Covaxin 14 days
A heterologous (mixed) dose of any of the above vaccines Apply the information above as it applies to the second dose
A single dose of any of the above vaccines administered within 180 days of a positive RT-PCR test result. The traveller must hold proof of the positive test and the vaccine dose. Apply the information above as it applies to the administered vaccine.

 

Public health measures in Ireland

Information on the public health measures in place in Ireland is available on gov.ie

Travel to Northern Ireland

If you are travelling from Ireland onwards to Northern Ireland, you also need to complete the ePLF (see entry requirements for Ireland above). For further information on public health measures applying in Northern Ireland, please see this page .

Northern Ireland consists of Counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone. Belfast is also in Northern Ireland.

Please be aware separate public health measures apply in Ireland and Northern Ireland.


Travel to Belgium from Ireland 

If you are planning travel to Belgium or within the EU/EEA it is advised that you consult Re-open EU for country-specific requirements.

Our travel advice for Belgium is available here.

Irish citizens travelling to Belgium are strongly encouraged to register their contact details so that we can contact you or your family in case of emergency.

Entry requirements for Belgium

All regions of Ireland (more info) are classified as red by Belgian authorities.

All passengers arriving in Belgium from Ireland must complete a Passenger Locator Form in the 6 months prior to arrival. 

The following public health measures apply for those arriving in Belgium from an EU red region (this includes Ireland):

If vaccinated (when am I vaccinated?) and you have an EU-DCC, no test or quarantine is required.

If recovered and you have an EU-DCC (no older than 180 days old), no test or quarantine is required.

If unvaccinated or you do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate, a negative test result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Belgium is required, or a negative result from a Rapid Antigen Test taken no more than 36 hours prior to arrival [self-administered tests are not accepted]. If resident in Belgium (i.e. you have a Belgian residence card), you have the option of testing following arrival in Belgium and you must home quarantine until receiving a negative test result*

Those arriving from EU red regions without a vaccination or recovery certificate must take a second test on day 7 following arrival.

If you do not have the EU Digital Covid Certificate (or certificate recognised by Belgium - see here), a negative PCR test result no older than 72 hours following arrival is required, or a negative result from a Rapid Antigen Test taken no more than 36 hours prior to arrival.

Details of how to obtain the EU-DCC if you reside in Ireland can be found on gov.ie/dcc.

Children under 12 travelling to Belgium are exempt from testing.

More information for those intending on travelling to Belgium is available from the Belgian Health Ministry

*Brussels specific measures for unvaccinated arrivals

Those arriving in Brussels from EU red regions (including Ireland) who are not fully vaccinated or do not hold a recovery certificate will be required to quarantine on arrival for 10 days. Quarantine may end early following a negative test result on day 7. This measure applies to residents and non-residents travelling to Brussels only and do not apply to those whose destination is in Flanders or Wallonia.

Details on how to quarantine is available from the Belgian Health Ministry.

 

For travel to Belgium from Ireland, when am I considered vaccinated?

For the purpose of travel to Belgium, regardless of which vaccine you received, you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your final dose of an EMA approved vaccine or Covishield (see here).

A booster vaccintation (or third dose) is not currently a requirement for travel to Belgium.

Note on Irish regions used in Belgian Passenger Locator Form

The Belgian authorities are using the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS2) system to identify and classify regions on the Belgian PLF. When entering where you are travelling from on the Belgian PLF, you will be asked which NUTS2 region you are travelling from.

The Irish NUTS2 regions are:

Eastern & Midland: Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wicklow

Northern & Western: Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo

Southern: Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny, Wexford 

 

Public health measures in Belgium

Information on the public health measures in place in Belgium is available from the Belgian Health Ministry.

Travel to Belgium from Northern Ireland 

For the purpose of travel to Belgium, Northern Ireland is categorised as a 'red zone outside the European Union'. 

The NHS COVID Pass with a QR code is recognised as proof of vaccination by Belgian authorities. 

Full details of the testing/quarantine measures that apply is available from the Belgian Health Ministry (see under: 'Are you travelling from a red zone outside the European Union or Schengen area?').

Those without the NHS COVID Pass with a QR code are considered unvaccinated.

Travel to Belgium from Ireland via France, The Netherlands or Great Britain

If you are returning to Belgium via France, The Netherlands or Great Britain, it is advised that you inform yourself of the requirements for entry to these countries, as well as Belgium's entry requirements.

More information is available on the Re-open EU website and at:

COVID-19 Testing in Belgium

A map of coronavirus testing centres in Belgium can be found here

Testing facilities are available at Brussels Airport.

A map of pharmacies which provide antigen testing services is available here. Please note antigen tests are not accepted for travel to Ireland.

If you contract COVID-19 while in Belgium, you should follow Belgium’s quarantine and isolation guidance.


Note:

We make every effort to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date, but you shouldn’t regard it as definitive or comprehensive in all respects. Situations can change quickly from one day to the next and from one part of a country to another. You are wholly responsible for making decisions about your own travel.

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