Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner


There's a wordwide outbreak of COVID-19. Take a look at the preventive measures related to COVID-19.

The Belgian government imposes travel restrictions:

  • Non-essential travel is strongly discouraged.
  • You must fill in the Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours before arriving in Belgium if you:
    • stayed abroad for longer than 48 hours
    • or return by boat or plane.
  • After return, quarantine and a COVID-19 test on the first and seventh day are compulsory. If the second test is negative, quarantine may be stopped.
  • If you return from any of the following areas from this list, you do not need to be quarantined or tested.

Check the entry conditions imposed by the authorities of this country on travellers from Belgium.

Check the current security situation on the federal government website and register your itinerary on Travellers Online.

The information on Wanda is updated daily, but not over the weekend.

This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.

Important health risks


In the southern regions in the Yunnan province (in the extreme south of China, in the border area with Laos-Vietnam-Myanmar) there is a very low malaria risk. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning.

In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.

There is no risk of malaria in the rest of the country.

Other insect-borne diseases

Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue and chikungunya in the south of the country and leishmaniasis.

Japanese encephalitis occurs in all provinces including Tibet, with the exception of Xizang (Tibet), Xinjiang and Qinghai, especially from June to October.

Tick-borne encephalitis

Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease.

Tick-borne encephalitis is present in the north (see the tick-borne encephalitis map of China).


Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.


There is a risk of infection with schistosomiasis when swimming or bathing in lakes and rivers.

Altitude sickness

You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.

Other possible infections

Other frequent health risks while travelling

Read these tips before you leave.


Hepatitis A


Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations




A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travellers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.

Yellow fever

Mandatory for some travelers

Yellow fever does not occur here, but the vaccination is compulsory from the age of nine months:

  • If you are departing from another country where yellow fever can occur. 
  • If you have spent more than twelve hours in transit in an airport in a country where yellow fever occurs.

This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official yellow fever vaccination centre and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.

The vaccination is not compulsory if you only travel to Honkong or Macau.

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

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