Frequently Asked Travel Questions
Publication30 December 2020
Last Updated: 18 March 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.
Please be aware that there is an Irish Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel.
1. Travel to Ireland
2. Travel to Belgium
1. Travel to Ireland
Q: What are the requirements for travel into Ireland from Belgium?
All travellers coming into Ireland must:
* You may leave to take a RT-PCR test no less than 5 days after your arrival – if you receive written confirmation that the result of this test is negative/ ‘not detected’ your period of quarantine can end. Testing provision under Ireland’s framework for international travel is not provided through the public health system, but is being met by the private commercial sector on a user pays basis. Information about COVID-19 testing facilities, including how to book a pre-departure test, is available from Dublin Airport and Cork Airport.
Full details of the entry requirements and steps to follow (including limited exemptions to the requirements) on arrival in Ireland are available here.
Q: Are there flights to Ireland from Belgium at present?
A: There are a very limited number of flights operating between Belgium and Ireland.
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 COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form in advance of trave and have a negative RT-PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland.
Passengers travelling to Northern Ireland must ensure that they are familiar with the guidance and regulations in place, including the completion of a UK Passenger Locator Form.
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 must comply with the entry requirements in place during the pandemic.
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 on travel to Ireland?
A: More information is available on the Government of Ireland Travel Page.
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 public health measures are regularly reviewed.
2. Travel to Belgium
**With effect from 27 January 2021, only essential travel to Belgium is permitted. More information is available here. **
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.
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: What are the requirements for travel to Belgium?
With effect from 27 January 2021, only essential travel to/from Belgium is permitted.
Details of the categories of travel deemed essential by Belgian authorities are available here.
Passenger Locator Form & Sworn Statement
Passenger Locator Form
Anyone traveling to Belgium from abroad (including Ireland) is required to submit a Public Health Passenger Locator Form (PLF). The form should be completed no more than 48 hours in advance of travel. Anyone travelling to Belgium by plane or boat must submit a PLF, regardless of their length of stay in Belgium.
Proof that you submitted the form must be carried at all times in the 48 hours after arrival.
More information on how the Belgian PLF works is available here.
If you do not have a mobile phone or have difficulty with the electronic PLF, a PDF version of the form may be used. Two copies should be carried.
From 27 January 2021, passengers must carry a Sworn Statement (available here) and supporting documents as regards the essential nature of their travel.
Quarantine & Testing
All arrivals from red zones on the ECDC map are subject to testing and quarantine requirements. Testing requirements differ for residents and non-residents.
Residents (i.e. those with valid Belgian residence cards) arriving from red zones must be tested following arrival (day 1). You must quarantine and be tested again on day 7.
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. A second test must be taken on day 7 of quarantine.
Q: What does quarantine involve?
A: Quarantine means staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people. Further details of what quarantine involves is available from the Belgian Health Ministry (see under the heading ‘Transport and International’ – What does ‘Quarantine’ mean?)
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.