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Important: check COVID-19 travel restrictions, testing and self-isolation rules, and complete any mandatory documents before you go. 

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

Essential information on the latest travel requirements to help you plan your journey.

Our contact centre is very busy, so please only call us if your question is urgent and isn’t answered in the information below or on the official government websites. Our teams are only able to answer basic questions about testing requirements and mandatory paperwork. Unfortunately we can’t answer detailed queries about individual cases.



 

Coronavirus and Eurostar services – last updated 17 January 2022

You must follow all travel rules and complete any necessary mandatory forms before travelling. Our teams will refuse travel if you don’t have the correct forms complete and ready to be checked. As regulations can change at short notice, please check the latest official government information of your departure and destination countries before travelling and read the ‘Travel’ sections below. 

It’s our policy th.at you must continue to wear a face covering on board our trains, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated. More info.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure that your reason for travel is permitted by the country you are visiting, as the rules differ for each destination

Travel restrictions and entry requirements

Travel to the UK

IMPORTANT: You must check which countries and territories are on the UK government's red list before travelling. Eurostar is not allowed to carry passengers from red list countries. More information.

1) I AM VACCINATED. WHAT COVID-19 TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ME?

  • Mandatory Passenger Locator form

Complete a mandatory Passenger Locator Form no more than 48 hours before arriving at the station. Bring the completed form with you ready to be checked at the station. Full details and exemptions.

  • Book a mandatory day 2 COVID-19 test

Book and pay for your day 2 COVID-19 test before you depart for the UK (required even if you are in the UK for less than 2 days). Full details and exemptions. Find out more about how to book a test.

  • Mandatory proof of full vaccination

You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (for over 14 days) with a document (digital or paper-based). Full details and exemptions.

To be considered fully vaccinated by the United Kingdom, you must have been vaccinated under an approved vaccination programme:

You must have had a complete course of one of the following vaccines at least 14 days before you arrive in England:

  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Janssen
  • Sinovac
  • Sinopharm Beijing
  • Covaxin
     

The day you have your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days. Formulations of these vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, also qualify as approved vaccines. Where 2 doses of a vaccine are required for a full course, you can:

- mix 2 different types of vaccine from the above list, for example Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna
- have the 2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programmes, for example Australia and Japan, UK and USA, France and Canada. More info

IMPORTANT: If you are fully vaccinated, but do not meet the UK’s rules for being fully vaccinated as described above, you must select 'Not fully vaccinated' as your status and follow the non-vaccinated rules. People with 1 vaccine dose + COVID recovery certificate are not considered fully vaccinated under UK rules.

  • No requirement to self-isolate on arrival
     

2) I AM NOT VACCINATED. WHAT COVID-19 TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ME?

  • Mandatory proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result

From 07 December 2021, present a negative lateral flow or PCR test result that meets the standards required by the UK government. The test must be taken a maximum of 2 days before departure. You may not be able to travel if it isn't compliant. Full details and exemptions.

  • Mandatory Passenger Locator form

Complete a mandatory Passenger Locator Form no more than 48 hours before arriving at the station. Bring the completed form with you ready to be checked at the station. Full details and exemptions.

  • Book mandatory day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests

Book and pay for your day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests before you depart for the UK. Full details and exemptions. Find out more about how to book a test.

  • Self-isolate for 10-days upon arrival unless exempt

Take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on, or after, day 8 of quarantining. Full details and exemptions.

3) I AM TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN 

  • If you are travelling with children under 18, check the table below to see which rules apply for children. Full details here.
     
      12-17 years
    (inclusive)
    5-11 years
    (inclusive)
    0-4 years
    (inclusive)
    Passenger Locator form.*
    Complete online
    YES YES YES
    Negative pre-departure test.
    Full details
    NO NO NO
    Proof of booking a day 2 COVID-19 test.
    Full details
    YES YES NO
    Self-isolate on arrival.
    Full details
    NO NO NO

      *A child under the age of 18 may be included on an adult's Passenger Locator Form.
     

If you are travelling on to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, or please check further information here:

Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-advice

Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine/pages/overview/

Wales: https://gov.wales/arriving-wales-overseas

Travel to Belgium

1) I AM VACCINATED. WHAT COVID-19 TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ME?

  • Mandatory proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result

​​​​​​If you are not a Belgian resident, and you are staying in Belgium for more than 48 hours, you must present either a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure or a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) taken no more than 36 hours before departure. NHS tests are not accepted.  Full details and exemptions.

  • Mandatory Passenger Locator Form

Complete this form online before arriving at the station. You'll need to show your completed form at the station. Please note, you are still required to complete this form even if you’re staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours or were abroad for less than 48 hours. Full details and exemptions.

  • Mandatory proof of full vaccination

Present your certificate of full vaccination issued by the country where your vaccination was administered. If you were vaccinated in the UK you must present your NHS digital pass or official paper certificate. 
People with 1 vaccine dose + COVID recovery certificate are not considered fully vaccinated under the Belgian rules. Full details and exemptions.

You are considered as fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your last vaccination dose. The following COVID-19 vaccines are recognised by Belgium:

•    Pfizer/BioNTech 
•    Moderna
•    AstraZeneca/Oxford 
•    Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
•    Covishield

Important: People with 1 vaccine dose + COVID recovery certificate are not considered fully vaccinated under Belgian rules.

  • Quarantine rules

If you’re staying in Belgium for MORE than 48 hours or have been in the UK for MORE than 48 hours:
You must self-isolate and take a PCR test on days 1 and 7 after arriving in Belgium. You may end quarantine if the result of your day 1 PCR test is negative. Full details and exemptions.

If you’re staying in Belgium for LESS than 48 hours or have been in the UK for LESS than 48 hours:
There are no test or self-isolation requirements upon arrival. Full details and exemptions.


2) I AM NOT VACCINATED. WHAT COVID-19 TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ME?

  • Mandatory proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result

​​​​​​If you are not a Belgian resident, and you are staying in Belgium for more than 48 hours, you must present either a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure or a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) taken no more than 36 hours before departure. NHS tests are not accepted.  Full details and exemptions.

  • Essential Travel Certificate or official document

If you’re not an EU national or Belgian resident, you can only travel to Belgium for essential reasons. You must present official proof of your essential reason to travel to Belgium. Accepted reasons for travel can be found at the following link. Full details and exemptions

  • Mandatory Passenger Locator Form

Complete this form online before arriving at the station. You'll need to show your completed form at the station. Please note, you are still required to complete this form even if you’re staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours or were abroad for less than 48 hours. Full details and exemptions

  • Quarantine rules

Staying in Belgium for MORE than 48 hours or been in the UK for MORE than 48 hours?

If you are a Belgian resident, you must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. Take a PCR test on days 1 and 7. You may end quarantine if the result of your day 7 PCR test is negative. Full details and exemptions

If you are not a Belgian resident, you must self-isolate and take a PCR test on days 1 and 7 after arrival. You may end quarantine if the result of your day 7 PCR test is negative. Full details and exemptions

Staying in Belgium for LESS than 48 hours or been in the UK for LESS than 48 hours?
There are no test or self-isolation requirements upon arrival. Full details and exemptions
 

3) I AM TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN

 

12 years old or over

11 years or under

Passenger Locator form*
Complete online

REQUIRED

NOT REQUIRED*

Printed or digital proof of negative pre-departure PCR or RAT test
Full details

REQUIRED**

NOT REQUIRED

PCR upon arrival
Full details

REQUIRED**

NOT REQUIRED

Self-isolate upon arrival
Full details

REQUIRED**

REQUIRED***

*Children 11 years and under can be included on an adult's Passenger Locator Form if they are staying at the same address
** Children aged 12 and over are required to follow the same testing and self-isolation rules as adults
*** Only required if their parent or guardian is self-isolating

 

4) WHAT LOCAL RULES APPLY TO VISITORS TO BELGIUM?

  • You are required to carry proof of your COVID-free status

All visitors to Belgium aged 16 or over will need to show proof they are COVID-free when visiting restaurants, cafés, fitness clubs, nightclubs and large events. The 3 acceptable forms of proof are:

• A vaccination certificate showing you have been fully vaccinated

• A test certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result

• A certificate of recovery showing you have recovered from COVID-19

Full details
 

  • Face Masks in Belgium

Wearing a face mask is compulsory (from the age of 10) in the following settings: on public transport; in stations and airports; shops and shopping centres; at large indoor outdoor events. Full details and exemptions

Travel to the Netherlands

If you’re travelling from Belgium to the Netherlands, please read the latest official government information, check if you need a negative COVID-19 test, and complete all mandatory forms before travelling. You must comply with all travel rules in place in the Netherlands, even if you’ve been vaccinated. Find out more on the Dutch government’s website. 

If you're travelling from the UK to the Netherlands, you'll find more information under 'Travel to the Netherlands' on the UK version of this page.

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