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.
In response to the coronavirus outbreak in China and all other viruses we provide you some preventive measures;
Transmission of the coronavirus is likely to be similar to that of the flu virus and happens via the respiratory tract. This can occur by directly inhaling infected droplets from coughing, sneezing, talking, or by direct contact with surfaces and especially with the hands on which these droplets end up. The virus can then be transmitted via the hands to the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and eyes.
1. You have to respect precisely the measures of social distance that apply to the Belgian territory: this is at least 1.5 metres between persons except persons living under the same roof
2. Apply good hand hygiene: wash or disinfect your hands regularly
3. Apply good cough and sneeze hygiene -> sneeze in a handkerchief and throw it away In the absence of a handkerchief, sneeze in your arm and not in your hand
4. Touch the face, mouth or nose as little as possible with the hands
5. Do not put your travel documents in your mouth while waiting
6. Pay attention to food hygiene (always wash hands before eating)
7. Avoid close contact with living and dead animals
8. Avoid close contact with people who cough and sneeze
9. It is best not to shake hands or kiss to greet at the moment
10. Only essential displacements are allowed (commuting, supermarket, doctor…)
11. Telework is the norm
12. Wearing mouth masks is mandatory on public transport for persons from 12 years old and highly recommended in airports, passenger flights, taxis, in public places with many people and in any place where respecting the minimum distance of 1.5 metres is not possible
13. Stay in your home/hotel when you are sick and contact your doctor by phone (do NOT go to the doctor nor to the emergency room)
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