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Vaccination for Belgians against COVID-19

On the basis of a proposal of the Vaccination Taskforce, the Inter-Ministerial Conference on Public Health has approved some general principles on the vaccination of Belgians living abroad.

According to the principle of territoriality, Belgian citizens residing abroad will, to the possible extent, be vaccinated in their country of residence.

A. If you live in one of the countries/territories mentioned in this list and are registered at the local Embassy/Consulate General, you can pre-register for a vaccination during a stay in Belgium in the forthcoming months. The foreign spouse/partner and the foreign adult children of a registered Belgian citizen living in the same household (as attested in the National Register) will have the same access to vaccination as the Belgian citizen. The local Embassy/Consulate General will send information on the procedure. According to the Taskforce Vaccination, in charge of the organization of the vaccination campaign in Belgium, the actual vaccination for Belgians residing in one of the countries on this list starts from June onwards, provided that the vaccination campaign continues as planned.

B. Belgian citizens residing in a country offering the same types of vaccines as those used in the Belgian vaccination campaign are invited to be vaccinated in the framework of the vaccination campaign of their country of residence.

However, if they have not had the opportunity to be vaccinated in their country of residence, or if practical considerations prevent them from being vaccinated in their country of residence, they will be able to apply between 1 and 22 July 2021 to be vaccinated in Belgium, without, however, being able to deviate from the order of priority established in the framework of the Belgian vaccination campaign. Therefore, they should contact the Belgian diplomatic or consular mission where they are currently registered.

Vaccination certificate

On 1 September 2021, the Belgian authorities decided that a vaccination certificate issued in a country outside the European Union and containing at least the following information in Dutch, French, German or English is also accepted:

  • details identifying the person who has been vaccinated (name, date of birth and/or identification number)
  • details showing that all doses of a SARS-Cov-2 vaccine listed on the website of the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment have been administered for at least two weeks;
  • the brand name and the name of the manufacturer or marketing authorisation holder of each vaccine administered
  • the date of administration of each dose of the vaccine that was administered
  • the name of the country where the vaccine was administered;
  • the issuer of the vaccination certificate with his signature, his stamp or a unique digitally readable certificate identification code;

Currently, as of 01.09.2021, the following vaccines are recognised: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca-Vaxzevria-Covishield and Janssen.

The ban on non-essential travel to Belgium no longer applies to travellers who, prior to their arrival in Belgium, are in possession of a "vaccination certificate" that meets all the above criteria.

This means that you are allowed to travel to Belgium even if you do not have an essential reason, only if you have been vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the European Union and your second dose is at least 14 days old AND you have a Pakistani or Afghan vaccination certificate which states that :

  • You have been vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the European Union.
  • The dates of the two doses of the vaccine (if your final certificate mentions only the second dose, you must also submit the provisional certificate)
  • Your name, age, identification number
  • Your second dose was given more than 14 days ago

Please note that if you use a carrier, the carrier is obliged to check before boarding that travellers are indeed in possession of such a vaccination certificate.

In the absence of such a vaccination certificate or in case of false, misleading or incomplete information in this certificate, entry may be refused in accordance with Article 14 of the Schengen Borders Code or Article 43 of the Law of 15 December 1980.

For travellers who are not fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the European Union (2 doses) or who are not vaccinated at all, the previous travel rules remain applicable: Only essential travel to Belgium is allowed. If you have a visa issued before March 2020 or a Schengen visa issued by another country, you must apply for an essential travel certificate.