Frequently Asked Travel Questions
Publication13 July 2020
Last Updated: 10 August 2020
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.
Travel to Ireland
Q: What are the requirements for travel into Ireland from Belgium?
A: The Irish Health Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland from Belgium to restrict their movements for 14 days.
By law, if you arrive in Ireland from any other country you will need to fill in a form called the Covid-19 Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at the port of entry.
Check the Government of Ireland Travel Page for full information on these requirements.
Q: When will the restrictions on travel to Ireland end?
A: We do not know how long the current travel restrictions will be in place.
These measures are regularly reviewed and based on the latest public health guidelines.
Q: Are there flights to Ireland from Belgium at present?
A: There are flights operating between Belgium and Ireland for those who need to travel for essential reasons.
Q: I will be travelling on to Northern Ireland. What are the guidelines for those travelling to Northern Ireland?
A: If you are arriving in Ireland and travelling onwards to Northern Ireland you will have to fill out a portion of the Public Health Passenger Locator Form and submit it at your port of entry.
If you are travelling onwards from Ireland into Northern Ireland, check this guidance on public health guidelines in place for travel to Northern Ireland.
Q: Can I move back to Ireland?
A: If you wish to or need to return to Ireland, it is possible to do so. Be aware that all travellers to Ireland, including Irish citizens, are required by law to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form and are expected to restrict their movements for 14 days on arrival.
If you require assistance on your return to Ireland, organisations such as CrossCare Migrant Project can provide you with advice. Comprehensive information on supports available if you are returning to Ireland during the Covid-19 crisis are also available on Citizens Information.
Q: Where can I find more information?
A: More information is available on the Government of Ireland Travel Page.
Travel to Belgium
The Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against all non-essential travel to Belgium until further notice.
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.
Q: Where can I find the latest travel advice for Belgium?
Q: Are there special entry requirements for Belgium? Do I need to quarantine or self-isolate?
A: If you do need to travel, Belgium has reopened its borders for travel to and from EU member states (including Ireland), UK and non-EU Schengen states (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway), regardless of the reason for travel.
Anyone traveling to Belgium from abroad (including Ireland) is required to submit a Public Health Passenger Locator Form. The form should be completed no more than 48 hours in advance of travel. The form will be compulsory for anyone travelling to Belgium or prior to return by anyone who leaves Belgium for a period of more than 48 hours.
If you do not have a mobile phone or have difficulty with the electronic Passenger Locator Form, a PDF version of the form can be completed and emailed to the Belgian authorities on the day of travel (instructions can be found on the form).
Whether you need to quarantine or self-isolate on arrival in Belgium depends on where you are arriving from.
If arriving in Belgium from a region that is deemed a high risk by the Belgian authorities, quarantine and testing are mandatory. These “red zone” regions are listed on the Belgian Foreign Ministry website (see section ‘You are arriving from…’). These lists are subject to frequent change and this should be considered prior to making travel plans. Those arriving from a "red zone" must submit a Public Health Passenger Locator Form.
Those travelling to Belgium from outside the EU, the UK or non-EU Schengen countries are obliged to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form, to self-quarantine for 14 days and be tested for COVID-19.
We make every effort to ensure our travel advice 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.