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When you are departing on holiday, you will need to inquire about the situation in the country of destination. Furthermore, please check all information regarding required travel documents, passports and visas for your journey. We advise you to contact your airline, tour operator or travel agent to get the latest information regarding the travel advice and travel documents needed for your final destination.
In addition, the website of the federal government provides an overview of the most important travel advice for each country.
Central and South America and the Carribean are currently hit by an outbreak of the Zika virus.
The virus is spread to humans by the Aedes mosquitos. The virus itself is not thought to be dangerous to most people but it has been linked to pregnant women and the birth defect microcephaly.
For more information, please check the WHO web site.
Most airlines do not allow pregnant passengers to fly along after the 36th week of pregnancy. After the 28th week, they should be able to submit a medical certificate. Do always inquire with the airline operating the flight for the most current guidelines.
Plan your trip to the airport in advance. Please find all needed information for getting to the airport by car or public transport under the heading “access”.
Please contact your airline or visit your airline website to inform whether online check-in is made available.
Identity card & passport
Do not forget to bring valid travel documents. Children under the age of 12 need a children’s ID or passport in order to be allowed to travel by plane.
Please check with your airline on luggage restrictions and dimensions.
We also recommend to check the heading luggage to find more information about packing your luggage and rules which may apply.
Please contact your airline, tour operator or travel agent at least 48 hours before your departure and arrival to make special requests.
It is very useful to make a checklist of things you should not forget .
Besides the obvious sun glasses, sun tan lotion or mosquito repellent some destinations require a more thorough preparation.
As a citizen, you are most likely to be confronted with a Customs employee upon return of your holiday or business trip. Customs employees have the right to screen you at entering the country, whatever the way in which you travel or the means of transport you are using.
It may be nice to bring along gifts, souvenirs or exotic objects from your holiday destination but please take into account that there are a number of rules and limits which have to be taken into account.
For more information on this subject, we advise you to consult the website of the Administratie van Douane en Accijnzen (French language).
Tel. Customs Ostend Airport : +32 (0) 59 55 15 39