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Post-Brexit procedures, controls, handling, and traffic flows in/to Belgian seaports
Brexit is a fact. From the 1st of January 2021 onwards, the United Kingdom will no longer be part of the customs union and the internal market of the European Union. The controls and procedures that are applied at the external border of the EU will then also be applied to freight from and to the United Kingdom.
Belgium is an important logistic hub in Europe providing freight handling and shipping services for businesses in various European countries. Belgian authorities and ports are well accustomed to handling requirements and procedures for freight to and from countries outside of the EU. They have been preparing for the new situation with regard to the United Kingdom.
In order to best prepare for these new procedures, controls, and traffic flows, and thus ensure a smooth flow of goods to and from the UK via Belgian ports, companies exporting, importing and transporting freight to and from the UK can find an overview of webpages with relevant information hereafter:
- New procedures and controls for transport from and to the UK
- Handling sequence of traffic flows undergoing the procedures at the Belgian seaports and the use of port community ICT-systems in this context
- Real Time traffic information
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Travel to Belgium:
- With effect from 27 January 2021 and until 19 April 2021, only essential travel to and from Belgium is permitted. Information on what constitutes an essential trip can be found here.
- EU citizens and residents arriving in Belgium must:
- Fill in the Passenger Locator Form and follow the instructions on quarantine etc. they receive by text afterwards.
- Complete a Sworn Statement confirming that their trip is essential.
- Be tested for Covid-19. See the next points for details
- Non-residents must show a negative PCR test (done no more than 72 hours in advance of their travel date). You may receive instruction by SMS to quarantine and to be re-tested on day 1 and 7.
- Residents of Belgium returning to Belgium from Ireland must quarantine on arrival and be tested for Covid-19 on day 1 and day 7.
- For more information on exemptions, PCR tests, and transiting please consult the following website www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels
- Ireland is at Level 5 of the Government's Alert Level Framework.
- Anyone arriving in Ireland from overseas must fill in the Passenger Locator Form on arrival at the airport or port. Failure to fill in this form is an offence.
- From 26/03/2021, ALL passengers arriving in Ireland must show a negative/not detected PCR test done no more than 72 hours in advance. In addition to this:
- Passengers arriving from a country designated “High Risk” must complete 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine in a designated hotel on arrival. This should be booked and paid for in advance of arrival. Click here for more information. Mandatory hotel quarantine is required even if you only transited through an airport in a “High Risk” country. Please note that the list of “High Risk” countries is subject to change at short notice and it is the responsibility of the traveler to check the entry requirements in place before arrival.
- Passengers arriving from other countries must also complete 14 days quarantine on arrival at the address stated on their Passenger Locator form. This may be shortened if a second negative/not detected PCR test is completed no less than 5 days after their arrival (to take advantage of this possibility, the Irish authorities strongly advise people to book their test before travelling) The cost of the test is between €99 and €149. For more information click here and here.
- Passengers arriving from other countries without a negative/not detected PCR test must also complete mandatory hotel quarantine for at least 3 days until they obtain a negative PCR test result.
- All passengers are required to comply with local restrictions in place.
To stop the spread of Covid-19 it is very important to continue to :
- Practise social distancing,
- Wash hands frequently,
- Wear your mask (in indoor public places, on public transport, in busy workplaces, and outdoors where social distancing is not possible)
- Limit the number of people you interact with
If you feel unwell, you should contact your doctor BY TELEPHONE and follow the instructions. For medical emergencies phone 112 or 999. For more information from the HSE click here or phone 1850 24 1850.
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Are you a Belgian who has recently moved to Ireland and would like to register with the Embassy in Dublin? Did you lose your passport while you were travelling through Ireland as a tourist? Do you need to request a visa in order to travel to Belgium? Then you’ve come to the right address.
This website will keep you up to date on consular matters that are specifically applicable to Belgians in Ireland, current events in Belgian foreign policy and other useful information or events.