Special attention during COVID-19 when connecting at Brussels Airport
As a connecting passenger, there are a number of documents to think of, especially in these times.
Ask your airline or during check-in if you have all the necessary documents for your onward journey. It might be that your connecting flight is operated by another airline. So ask both airlines, just to be sure.
Possible extra documents during this COVID-19 period are:
- Documents needed in the country of destination such as a negative COVID-19 test. Check the conditions you need to meet for your travel destination.
- Passport of your second nationality, if you have dual nationality.
- Connecting passengers must also complete the Passenger Locator Form. This document must always be completed on arrival in Belgium, regardless of the number of hours between both flights. This document is used by the authorities to help carry out proper contact tracing.
- If you are a self-connecting passenger, i.e. if you have booked two separate flights yourself with a layover at Brussels Airport, and one of the flights is a non-EU flight, you will have to pass border control once you've arrived in Belgium. This means you will need a negative COVID-19 test result, even if you stay in Belgium for less than 48 hours.
How to connect quickly and easily
For now, there are two departure zones at Brussels Airport: zones A and B. The T-zone is currently closed, the shuttle service to the T-zone is suspended until further notice.
Please check the map of the departure zones below:
To go from one zone to another, follow the red Connections sign to your departure gate.
Information on the overview screens
We help you to accomplish a smooth transfer at Brussels Airport. Have a look at how to go about your transfer.
Check the time
- Check the local time immediately upon arrival at Brussels Airport.
- If necessary, set your watch to the correct time zone.
Look for your flight
You can locate your flight on the flight information screens. The following details are shown:
- Flights are listed by planned departure time and destination. Some flights operate under more than one flight number. In that case, flight numbers are displayed in rotation on the screens.
- The time when the gate number will appear on the information screens.
- Departure zone: the departure zone is also displayed as soon as your gate number appears.
- The walking time to your gate. Be aware that the estimated walking time on flight information screens does not take into account waiting times at security screening or border control. So allow extra time to go through security screening and border control.
What about your baggage during transfer?
It depends on your airline. It may be that you need to pick up your baggage.
Your baggage is usually checked through to your final destination. You do not need to collect it in the Brussels Airport reclaim hall.
- Check the baggage label that you receive upon check-in. Is it showing your final destination? Then you can be certain that your baggage will go through to your final destination.
- To be sure ask your airline or the check-in agents before travelling.
Organised your own flight connection?
If you booked your flights separately to create your own flight connection, you will have to pick up your baggage at Brussels Airport.
- Follow the signage Baggage Reclaim and Exit Brussels.
- Collect your baggage and leave the baggage reclaim hall via customs.
- Head to the departures hall
- Check in for your connecting flight and get your onward boarding pass before continuing your journey.
Check the flight information screens regularly to ensure that you have up-to-date information. Or view the flight info on our website or download the Brussels Airport Mobile App.
What about your boarding pass?
Usually, you will receive your boarding passes, including those for your connecting flight, upon check-in.
Check with your airline or on check-in of your first flight, that you have all necessary boarding passes and possible transit documents. You can also check with the staff at the boarding gate.
- Use the roadmaps at various locations to see what you need to do before arriving at your departure gate.
- Allow extra time if you need to go through border control or security screening.
More info about security screening.