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Exemptions from the temporary travel restriction

 


Exemptions from the temporary travel restriction

The following categories of persons are exempt from the temporary travel restriction to the EU+ area (all EU Member States + Schengen Associated States i.e. Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland):

(a) Union citizens within the meaning of Article 20(1) TFEU and third-country nationals who, under agreements between the Union and its Member States, on the one hand, and those third countries, on the other hand, enjoy rights of free movement equivalent to those of Union citizens, as well as their respective family members;

(b) third-country nationals who are long-term residents under the Long-term Residence Directive or deriving their right to reside from other EU Directives or national law or who hold national long-term visas, as well as their respective family members.

Attention: these persons must be in possession of the documents required to enter the territory.

Family members (as defined in Articles 2(2) of Directive 2004/38/EC) are:

(a) the spouse;

(b) the partner with whom the Union citizen has contracted a registered partnership, on the basis of the legislation of a Member State, if the legislation of the host Member State treats registered partnerships as equivalent to marriage and in accordance with the conditions laid down in the relevant legislation of the host Member State;

(c) the direct descendants who are under the age of 21 or are dependants and those of the spouse or partner as defined in point (b)

(d) the dependent direct relatives in the ascending line and those of the spouse or partner as defined in point (b).

Attention: these persons must be in possession of the documents required to enter the territory and their status as a family member must be validly established on the basis of documents. Where applicable, they must apply for an entry visa (C visa) at the competent Belgian diplomatic or consular post.