Brussels Airport has developed the ‘Welcome Back’ tool to help passengers plan their trip so they can start their vacation with more ease. Based on flight data, the check-in desk opening time and how busy the airport is at that moment, they will receive tailored advice. Passengers can also sign up for notifications allowing them to receive updates on their flight until boarding time.
With the summer holiday season officially starting on the 1st of July, the airport expects to see the numbers steadily rise towards 40,000 passengers a day. After passing the 30,000-passengers-a-day mark last weekend for the first time since the start of the pandemic, passenger numbers continue to rise towards 40,000 passengers a day at the beginning of July (compared to more than 90,000/day in normal times). For July and August together, Brussels Airport expects to welcome about 2.5 million passengers.
As of July 1st, travelers who carry an EU travel certificates will be able to show proof that they have either been vaccinated, have a recent negative PCR Covid-19 test, or recently recovered after infection.
Brussels Airport requests that passengers respect social distancing, wear their face masks and regularly wash or disinfect their hands. The good ventilation in the terminal also contributes to safety. Passengers who are not yet fully vaccinated need a negative Covid-19 test certificate for almost all destinations.
Passengers who need a test, can do so at Brussels Airport, at the Test Centre in front of the Departures Hall. Since Monday 28 June, eligible passengers can also get their free PCR test (offered by the government) there. The Test Centre also provides antigen tests, but the free test code cannot be used for these. Passengers are advised to provide sufficient time to receive the test results. https://brusselsairport.ecocare.center/.
On their arrival at the airport, passengers will notice that there are new waiting areas in front of the terminal, made of open-sided tents. On peak moments, passengers will be asked to first queue inside those tents, before proceeding to the check-in desk for their flight. The measure was taken to guarantee social distancing on busier days.
According to the Brussels Times, as of Monday June 28th, residents of Belgium can get two free PCR tests if they have not yet been invited for vaccination, have not yet been fully vaccinated or received their final dose less than 14 days before traveling.