Last Update: 24/08/2020 12:51

Traveling To Belgium from a Red Zone

Red zones are municipalities, districts, cities, regions or countries which have been put back into lockdown by the country in question or where Belgian tourists are at a very high risk of infection.

For these zones, Belgium has a formal travel ban in place.

People who return from these zones will be treated as “high-risk contacts”, which means that they will have to be tested and go into quarantine or self-isolate.

What happens if I am tested after my return?

You will receive a code with which you can be tested. Keep this code, you can use it to get the test refunded. Pending your appointment for your test and result, stay in quarantine.

If you test negative for COVID-19, you will remain in quarantine at home. At the earliest five days after the first test and nine days after your return, a second test will follow. If this test is also negative, you no longer need to remain in quarantine. If the test is positive, follow your GP’s instructions and remain in self-isolation.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 after the first test, you must stay in self-isolation for at least 7 days and follow the instructions of your GP who will continue to monitor your health. The contact tracers will contact you to identify all of your close contacts and will then follow up with them.

Which rules should I respect during my quarantine or self-isolation?

  • Avoid using public transport as soon as you return to Belgium.
  • The period of quarantine or self-isolation starts as soon as you arrive in Belgium after your trip.
  • Quarantine or self-isolation means that you stay indoors (including use of a garden or terrace) at a single address. This can be your private address or with family or friends. If you test positive, all members of the same household are considered to be close contacts.
  • During your quarantine or self-isolation, contact with other people, including people in the same household, should be avoided as much as possible. Keep a distance of 1.5m at all times.
  • Towels, bed linen and eating or drinking utensils should not be shared with the other members of the same household and, where possible, the person in quarantine or self-isolation should use a separate toilet and bathroom.
  • The social distancing and hygiene measures do not apply during quarantine between you and the people you were travelling with.
  • Do not self-isolate at a location where people live at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (e.g. people older than 65, people with a serious underlying medical condition such as severe heart, lung or kidney disease and people with decreased immunity).
  • Receiving visitors is not allowed during quarantine or self-isolation.
  • Working and going to school is not allowed. Teleworking is permitted.
  • Stay indoors during quarantine or self-isolation. You may only leave your home for the following essential trips and you must wear a (fabric) face mask:
    • Visiting your GP or for urgent medical care;
    • Purchasing basic necessities, such as food and medicines, but only if no one else can provide them;
    • Settling urgent legal/financial issues;
    • Key workers or people who have a recognised compelling reason: trips for essential and short-term activities associated with this reason.
  • During quarantine or self-isolation, contact tracers should be able to reach you at all times and you must cooperate in listing your close contacts.

*The Information given on this page “” has been taken from one of the official websites of Belgian Government and only for informative purposes. ISCEB doesn’t accept any responsibility for the reliability of the Information given. For an updated version please visit

** Please visit the Covid-19 page of KU Leuven for the official Information given by the University.