Arriving at Brussels Airport

  • Several extra documents needed during COVID-19: Passenger Location Form (PLF), negative test certificate
  • Mandatory quarantine of at least 7 days upon return from red zone
  • Different procedures depending on the country you arrive from

Welcome to our airport, welcome to Belgium!

What do you need when arriving in Belgium?

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

  • Identity card or international passport. 
  • Passenger Locator Form
  • COVID-19 PCR Test

Passenger Locator Form

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 an activation code. The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is electronically available:

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 an 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 the 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? 

Based on the answers you give and the colour code of the country you are departing from, the form will work out whether you are regarded as a high-risk contact.

  • Did you receive a text message? If so, you are a high-risk contact. You must quarantine. Get tested on day 1 and day 7 of quarantine. You will receive a code for this by text message.
  • What if you didn’t receive a text message? You do not have to quarantine.

Quarantine rules after arrival in Belgium, can be checked on the following website

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.


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 from 6 years old. 

A vaccination certificate (or any other document confirming you received a vaccine) does not replace a negative PCR test.

Are you coming to Belgium from outside the EU or Schengen Area? In that case, please have a look at the rules for essential travel on the official COVID-19 website of Belgium:


More information about the COVID-19 Test Centres at departure and arrival at Brussels Airport can be found below. Online registration for the test is mandatory.

COVID-19 Test Centres

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).


Arriving at Brussels Airport

Once you have arrived at Brussels Airport, you have to retrieve your luggage, go through customs, meet the person that comes to pick you up or find the train or bus station ,.... Want to know all about arriving at Brussels Airport? Check out our Travel Planner Arrivals here

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