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COVID-19 - Travel Restrictions
The COVID-19 pandemic has many consequences, including for travels between Belgium and Turkey.
Travelling to Belgium
Turkey is considered as a red zone outside the European Union. To learn about what to do when you arrive in Belgium, please see the official website of the Belgian authorities: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels/
The ban on non-essential travel to Belgium no longer applies to travelers who, prior to arrival on the territory, can prove with a “vaccination certificate” a complete vaccination with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency and for which all doses of the vaccine provided for in the medical leaflet have been administered for at least 2 weeks (see: https://dofi.ibz.be/en/themes/covid-19/international-travels).As of 20.08.2021,vaccination certificates delivered by Turkey are recognized by the European Union. It is therefore equivalent to a digital COVID certificate from the EU and can be used to travel to Belgium. Concerning the recognition of vaccines administered abroad, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (in French or Dutch) for more information.
If you are not fully vaccinated or in the absence of a recognized vaccination certificate, you may only travel to or from Belgium for trips which are considered to be essential and you must carry an Essential Travel Certificate.
Contact your airline company to check whether you are required to present a PCR-test (<72 hours) or a rapid antigen test before departure. (depending on your residence, origin, transit or destination)
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