Anyone who is going on holiday or returning from a stay abroad in the near future, must fill in a travel form from tomorrow. Only those who spend less than 48 hours abroad and do not travel by plane or boat are exempted from the so-called Public Health Passenger Locator Form.
But what about the details? What should you fill in, where can you go and how is the information used? We list the details for you.
“The measure is an extension of the procedure that has been in place for air travelers for several years. Passengers arriving from areas where an epidemic is imminent must complete a form with various details. The aim is to be able to contact quickly if someone who is sick, for example due to Ebola, is on an airplane, “said Gino Claes, advisor to the FPS Health, during the press conference of the Crisis Center.
In these cases, you must complete the form
If you plan to travel to Belgium or return to Belgium after a stay abroad, you must:
- Read the latest travel advice.
- Complete a Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours before arrival in Belgium.
This form must be completed by:
- Anyone traveling to Belgium by plane or by boat.
- All other persons traveling to Belgium, except when they stay in Belgium for less than 48 hours or when they return to Belgium after a stay abroad of less than 48 hours.
How does it work?
The online form must be completed within 48 hours before your return to Belgium. It only takes a few minutes to complete. Once completed, you will receive a QR validation code by email. This is proof that you have completed the form correctly. For travelers returning by plane: this QR code must be presented at the time of boarding.
Every person who comes to Belgium by plane or boat must fill in the form. People who come to Belgium by other means of transport (bus, car, train, etc.) must fill in the form if they have spent more than 48 hours abroad before arriving in Belgium AND wish to spend more than 48 hours in Belgium stay. Children under 16 are registered in their parents’ form. Unaccompanied children must complete their own form or have it pre-completed by an authorized adult.
When you arrive in Belgium and you are recognized as a risk profile (coming back from a red zone), you will receive an SMS asking you to isolate yourself and contact a doctor. The doctor will tell you where to perform a test. You will automatically receive a second SMS with a ticket with which you can perform this test. This isolation and test are mandatory if you come from a red zone. If the test is positive, the regional health service will contact you and a contact investigation will be started.
If a passenger who has traveled back to Belgium by plane, train, boat, bus after arrival tests positive on COVID-19, the contact details of all fellow travelers will be provided to the competent regional authority (in Belgium) or to the national authority ( for passengers from other countries). A contact investigation will be initiated on the basis of this information.
Why do I have to fill in the form when I return from a green zone?
Because the situation changes from day to day. By filling in this form you can be notified immediately and officially if the zone you stayed in has turned red. You get all the information you need to protect yourself and your environment. If you travel by public transport, based on the information on the form you can also be warned if a fellow passenger passenger tests positive for the COVID-19 virus.
You can find the form here. The Public Health Passenger Locator Form is available in the three national languages.