Embassy opening hours
The Belgian Embassy in Tokyo is exceptionally open from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., only by appointment.
Please read before visiting our embassy: Covid-19: New Normal at the Embassy
COVID-19: Travel Restrictions
DISCLAIMER: This overview is based on currently available information. This information will be updated regularly. No rights can be derived from this overview.
Coming to Belgium
From April 19, 2021, new measures apply for travel to and from Belgium:
- Non-essential travel abroad from Belgium is no longer prohibited (but strongly discouraged): the Sworn Statement is no longer required.
- Non-essential journeys to Belgium are no longer prohibited for persons who have the nationality of / primary residence in a country of the European Union or of the Schengen zone, or who have their primary residence in a third country included on the EU White List: the Sworn Statement is no longer required.
- Non-essential journeys to Belgium remain prohibited for persons who do not have the nationality of a country of the European Union or of the Schengen zone, and who have their main residence in a third country that is not included in the EU White List.
However, Japan remains a red zone for Belgium. The following measures, therefore, apply to travelers from Japan:
1. Essential Travel Certificate
- Mandatory (with some exceptions) for travelers who do not have Belgian nationality or the nationality of one of the countries of the EU or the Schengen area, and who reside in Japan.
2. Public Health Passenger Locator Form (PLF)
- Mandatory for all travelers.
3. PCR test before departure (in Japan)
- Mandatory for travelers aged 6 and over, who do not reside in Belgium.
- Recommended for travelers residing in Belgium.
> Register of Medical Institutions Issuing COVID-19 Testing Certificates (PDF) on the TeCOT website
4. PCR test after arrival (in Belgium) :
- Mandatory for travelers residing in Belgium, on day 1 and day 7 of quarantine.
- Mandatory for travelers who do not reside in Belgium, on day 7 of quarantine.
> Directory of PCR testing centers in Belgium on the website of the Federal Crisis Center: Where can you get tested?
5. Quarantine (7days)
- Mandatory for all travelers.
Important: The quarantine and test obligation will be more strictly enforced in Belgium from April 19. Anyone who does not respect the obligation risks a fine of at least 250 euros.
Complete information on the sanitary measures taken by Belgium is published on the website of the Federal Crisis Center and on their FAQ - “International” section.
For more details concerning the essential travel reasons and the measures to follow when entering Belgium and for questions relating to visas for non-Belgians: Coming to Belgium
Traveling (back) to Japan
The Japanese government has taken temporary measures concerning Belgian travelers and/or travelers from Belgium (and many other countries):
- Ban on entry to the territory for travelers who come from Belgium or who have stayed in Belgium in the past 14 days*,
- Abolition of the visa exemption for short stays (stays of less than 90 days) for Belgians,
- Cancellation of long-stay visas (stay of more than 90 days) issued by the Embassy of Japan in Belgium before March 20, 2020, to foreigners who have not yet arrived in Japanese territory.
* Entry of all travelers who have visited India, Pakistan, or Nepal within the previous 14 days, will be forbidden starting from 14 May 2021 (except for Japanese nationals) in an effort to shield Japan from more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus. Further information can be found on the website of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For more details regarding the specific measures for Belgian residents in Japan, and the exceptions, go to our Covid-19 pages: 2.Restrictions pour les voyages vers le Japon (FR) or 2. Reisbeperkingen naar Japan (NL), as well as the website of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Attention! From March 5, 2021, travelers from Belgium are required to complete the first 3 days of their quarantine at a location designated by the quarantine station chief. On the third day, they are required to take a PCR-test. If the result of the PCR-test is negative, the travelers can leave the facility to continue their quarantine at their home or hotel.
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<- Building of the Embassy in Tokyo, situated on “Belgium Square” in Kojimachi.
Are you moving to Japan or are you going to visit Japan? Please make sure that you read our frequently asked questions about travel to Japan before starting your journey.
Do you live in Japan? If you are a Belgian citizen, please register with the Embassy, by visiting our consular section in Tokyo or by sending us an e-mail. Also, go to our consular services pages for more information about what we can do for Belgian citizens living in Japan and Japanese citizens who want to come to Belgium.
If you are interested in Belgium and would like to study, work or do business in Belgium, please check the latest opportunities in terms of scholarships and executive training, or read some general information about the relations between Belgium and Japan.