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Frequently Asked Travel Questions

Frequently Asked Travel Questions

Last Updated: 7 October 2021

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.  

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).

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 or The Netherlands

 

Travel from Belgium to Ireland – What you need to know

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). The ePLF is only available online.

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

Testing & Quarantine

In addition to the ePLF, you must produce proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative RT-PCR test.

If you have valid proof of being vaccinated (when am I vaccinated?), no travel-related testing or quarantine is necessary.

If you have valid proof that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country. No further testing or quarantine is required. Please note non RT-PCR tests (e.g. antigen tests) are not acceptable for entry into Ireland.

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.

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

Please note: Different public health measures may apply if travelling to Ireland from or via Great Britain (see: Embassy of Ireland, London).

Travel with Children

Children between the ages of 12 and 17 are required to have a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival to travel into the country, unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery.

Children aged 11 or under will 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, you are considered vaccinated if you have been vaccinated with a European Medicines Agency approved vaccine with recommended number of days after the final dose. Please note this is different than the definition of fully vaccinated used by Belgian authorities.

VaccineFully vaccinated
Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine : BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®)  7 days after 2nd dose
Moderna Vaccine CX-024414 (Moderna®)  14 days after 2nd dose
 Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield)  15 days after 2nd dose
 Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®)  14 days after single dose

 

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 you do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate, a negative PCR test from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Belgium is required. If resident in Belgium (i.e. you have a Belgian residence card), you have the option of testing on day 1 following arrival in Belgium and you must home quarantine until receiving a negative test result*

As of 31 August, 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, a negative PCR test result no older than 72 hours following arrival is required. 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

From 17 September, those arriving in Brussels from EU red regions 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.

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.

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'. Details of the public health measures that apply are available from the Belgian Health Ministry.

The NHS COVID Pass with a QR code is now recognised as proof of vaccination by Belgian authorities. Those with the NHS COVID Pass with a QR code must complete a Belgian Passenger Locator Form and take a test following arrival on day 1 or 2 and quarantine until receiving a negative result. A second test must be taken on day 7

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

Travel to Belgium from Ireland via France or The Netherlands

If you are returning to Belgium via France or The Netherlands, 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:

 

There are significant risks associated with international travel in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is likely to remain the case for the foreseeable future. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad, or those already abroad, are advised to monitor our travel advice.


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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