Arriving at Brussels Airport

  • Several extra documents needed during COVID-19: PLF, essential travel reasons, test certificate
  • Mandatory quarantaine
  • Welcoming someone outside the building and with a mouth mask

Welcome to our airport, welcome to Belgium!

Visiting or coming home? We will do our best to safely guide you through the airport.

When you arrive in Belgium, extra documents are required in these COVID-19 times are:

  • Identity card or international passport
  • Essential travel reason with a sworn statement . Please check the following website
  • Passenger Locator Form. Please see below for more information .
  • A negative COVID -19 test certificate to be checked before departing. 
  • Quarantine rules after arriving in Belgium. Please check the following website. With specific rules when coming from outside the EU.

Passenger Locator Form

From 1 August 2020, all passengers travelling to Belgium must fill in a form in advance, i.e. the "Public Health Passenger Locator Form":  

  • Every arriving passenger aged 16 years and over must fill in a form
  • Children under the age of 16 are registered with their parents
  • This document must be completed within 48 hours prior to arrival in Belgium
  • This also applies to people having a connecting flight at Brussels Airport (transfer passengers)

Upon correct registration of the document, you will receive a activation code. The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is electronically available here:

Public Health Passenger Locator Form

When boarding for your flight abroad, you will be asked to show the activation code as proof of submission of the form.  This means that you must be able to present the code or document at check-in or when boarding the flight abroad.

Every person aged 16 years or older must be able to submit a activation code.  Only persons for whom it is technically impossible to fill in the electronic form or who do not have a mobile phone number can still use the paper form. They keep a printed copy with them.

If you arrive in Pier B (from outside Schengen area), you will be asked again to show the activation code at border control or hand over the paper document.

Only arriving passengers, i.e. those returning from abroad, need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form. When departing from Belgium, you must follow the rules of the country of destination.

Negative PCR test required

Do you live in Belgium and did you spend more than 48 hours in a red zone? Then a PCR test is compulsory on day 1 and day 7 after your arrival in our country. This rule is applicable as from 6 years old.  You can be tested at the COVID-19 Test Centre at Brussels Airport with the activation code you received from the authorities by text message after filling in the Passenger Locator Form. In addition, you have to self-isolate until you receive a negative test result after the test on day 7.

  • Exception: all passengers travelling to Belgium from the United Kingdom, South Africa or South America must get tested on day 1 and day 7, regardless of the duration of the stay and self -isolate for 10 days.

Arriving passengers, not living in Belgium (non-residents) and travelling to our country from a red zone, must get tested prior to departure: 

  • whether Belgium is your final destination or you travel through Belgium with another mode of transport (car, train, bus...), you must be able to present a negative COVID-19 test at the moment of your departure before coming to Belgium.  The certificate may not be older than 72 hours. The airline will check this before you board the flight. If you are unable to present a valid certificate, you will not be allowed to board. This rule is applicable as from 6 years old. 

Online registration for the test is mandatory and can be done here.

The result will be available 24 to 72 hours after the test is taken.

The Test Centre for arriving passengers is located in the terminal, on level 2 (arrivals hall). The facility is open 7/7, including Sundays and public holidays, from 6.00 am to midnight. If you would like to take a test, we recommend you register online to avoid queues.

More information about the COVID-19 Test Centre at Brussels Airport can be found here.

Register for COVID-19 test

These regulations are issued by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (published in Moniteur Belge/MB 24.07.2020). For more details on currently applicable government measures, please:

  • Check the websites of the Foreign Affairs Ministry
  • Contact the call centre of Foreign Affairs on +32 (0) 2 501 4000 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Belgian time).

Step by step closer to Belgium

Coming from a non-Schengen country, you then go through border control first. Here only the manned counters are open. For hygiene reasons, the automated border control gates are not available. The officer at the counter will ask you to briefly take off your face mask.

In the baggage reclaim hall, floor stickers and markings will help you keep enough distance.  In the meantime, we take care of a maximum spread of flights over the baggage carousels so that keeping a safe physical distance becomes easier. Luggage trolleys are still available to transport your luggage and are, of course, thoroughly disinfected on a regular basis.

Is somebody coming to pick you up?

In the current circumstances, only persons travelling themselves or having travelled and airport staff are admitted to the terminal. People accompanying wheelchair users or minors can also access the terminal.

However, all this means that it is not possible for someone to come wait for you in the arrival hall. Ask your friends and/or relatives to wait for you outside in the designated areas at arrival level. They can park in car parks P1or P2.  As a passenger, you can find these zones by following the signage towards "pick up zone friends & relatives".

Taxis are, as always, available when you leave the arrivals hall.

If you go home or to your destination with professional transport (e.g. arranged by the hotel), they will also be waiting for you outside. They will pick you up at the blue coloured zone on the bus station level (0). The easiest way is to follow the bus icon signage.  This bus park is better known as "P15" among the drivers.