Arriving at Brussels Airport

  • Several extra documents needed during COVID-19: Passenger Location Form (PLF), negative test certificate
  • 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. 
  • Digital Passenger Locator Form (ePLF) or printed QR code of the ePLF. A paper form is no longer allowed
  • A vaccination certificate, a recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 PCR Test

Passenger Locator Form

All passengers travelling to Belgium must fill in a form in advance, i.e. the "Passenger Locator Form":  

  • Every arriving passenger aged 12 years and over must fill in a form.

  • Children under the age of 12 are registered with their parents.

  • You must complete the ePLF within 6 months (180 days) of your scheduled arrival in Belgium, even if you’re vaccinated

  • This also applies to people having a connecting flight at Brussels Airport (transfer passengers).

The ePLF is electronically available:

Passenger Locator Form


Verify the regulations via our travel map

Our handy, interactive travel map takes account of all these requirements and will tell you what to expect on your return: if and when to get tested, whether you have to self-quarantine or not and which documents you need.

Belgium is already prefilled as the country you return to. You only need to select the country you are returning from. Under ’Passport’, select your nationality. Finally, indicate whether or not you are fully vaccinated. 

This information is provided by a third party (Visa Run Inc. (Sherpa)) and cannot lead to any liability for Brussels Airport. Please consult our terms of use for more information.

Upon correct registration of the document, you will receive an activation code. 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 12 years or older must be able to submit an activation code. Travellers younger than 17 years without a vaccination certificate may travel with an accompanying person having a vaccination certificate. However, they are to have a test or recovery certificate from the age of 12.

A paper form is no longer allowed. A printed QR activation code is allowed. 

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.

Based on the answers you give on the PLF form, the form will work out whether you are regarded as a high-risk contact.

The testing and quarantine requirements differ according to the colour code of the zone you are returning from, your nationality and whether or not you are fully vaccinated. Vaccination has no impact on the obligation of the PLF: you always need to complete the PLF form.

You can get 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. Online registration for the test is mandatory.


COVID-19 Test Centre

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).

Covid regulations after arrival in Belgium, can be checked on the following website

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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