Embassy and Consulates of Belgium in Ireland
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Current situation in Ireland

 

Visiting the Embassy

Important information for visiting the Embassy:

  • Please check if it is necessary to visit the Embassy in person.  Some consular services can be completed by post. 
  • If you are attending the Embassy you must make an appointment
  • 1 appointment = 1 person.  Only people with a confirmed appointment will be permitted to enter. 
  • Social distancing guidelines will be in force which means that only 1 person at a time will be allowed at the public counter.  Please note this means you will be asked to queue outside.  We would appreciate if you would arrive on time for your appointment, and not too early.
  • We are doing our best to make sure our public areas are kept as clean as possible.  On arrival (and if instructed by our counter staff) please use the hand sanitizer provided. 
  • PLEASE DO  NOT ATTEND THE EMBASSY if you have symptoms of Covid-19, or have had contact with someone who has, or if you are self-isolating  

Local restrictions

Information on the current public health measures in place in Ireland is available here

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.  

 

International Travel

 

Travel to Belgium

Belgium allows citizens or residents of EU or Schengen countries to travel to Belgium.  It is important to also check the local restrictions in place in your country of residence (see below).      

Residents of Belgium are strongly discouraged from non-essential international travel outside of the EU.  

For comprehensive information and the colour codes by country, please consult the following website www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels

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.  
  • Residents and Non-residents returning from:
    • GREEN or ORANGE zones: do not need to get a PCR test in advance or quarantine on arrival.  You must still follow any further instructions received by SMS.   
    • RED zone (within the EU): must show a negative PCR test done no more than 72 hours in advance and quarantine on arrival.  Exemptions may apply for those with a vaccination or recovery cert.  Click here for more information.  
    • RED zone (outside of the EU) or VERY HIGH RISK ZONERestrictions apply.  Please note that these restrictions apply if you have been in a Very High Risk Zone during the 14 days prior to your arrival in Belgium.  Click here for more information
    • Failure to comply with testing and quarantine obligations is an offence subject to a fine of minimum 250€.

Travel to Ireland

Ireland is using the EU Covid Digital Certificate.  Here is the information provided by the Irish government. 

EU countries (+ Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) 

  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form
  • Show a valid EU Digital Covid Certificate OR a negative RT-PCR test done no earlier than 72 hours in advance.  

Non EU + Countries:  A distinction will be made between Emergency Brake and Non-Emergency Brake countries, which will come with their own instructions:

Emergency Brake’ Countries (click here to see the list of ‘Emergency Brake’ countries):

  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form
  • Proof of a negative RT-PCR test done no more than 72 hours in advance of arrival
  • Self-quarantine (for those with valid proof of vaccination) OR mandatory hotel quarantine (for those without valid proof of vaccination)
  • Post arrival testing. 

Other countries (Non-Emergency brake countries):

  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form
  • Children over 12 must show a negative RT-PCR test.
  • Passengers with a valid proof of vaccination do not require any travel related testing or quarantine. 
  • Passengers who are not vaccinated or who can’t show a valid proof of vaccination will need:
    • Proof of a negative RT-PCR test done no more than 72 hours in advance of arrival
    • Self- quarantine 
    • Post-arrival testing