All you need to know about international mobility and your stay at ULB.

Second term organisation (February - June, 2021)

The University authorises mobility during the second semester: students who wish to come to Brussels are welcome.

However, the majority of ULB courses will be held remotely, only some practical work or seminars are held face-to-face. We hope to be able to resume face-to-face courses as soon as possible, but the current situation does not allow it yet.

We would also like to draw your attention to the fact that we cannot guarantee that, if face-to-face courses resume, all these courses can be followed remotely (e.g. in your home country). Therefore, if you plan to come to Belgium and follow all ULB courses remotely, with the agreement of your home university, you must contact your ULB academic coordinator to find out whether the courses you have chosen can be followed at a distance.

When it comes to testing, please note that for students in mobility, and upon proof of mobility only, it is possible to take a covid test free of charge, paid for by ULB.

From Monday 29 March 2021, ULB will organise Covid-19 saliva sampling screening for staff members and students present on campus. 

INcoming international students

Limitation of international travel

The ban on non-essential travel within the EU ended on 19 April 2021. For travel outside the EU, the EU rules still apply. A negative travel warning remains in place for all non-essential travel.
Follow the instructions available at

On 27 April 2021, Belgium decided to temporarily close its borders to travellers from India, Brazil, and South Africa due to the circulation of virulent variants of the coronavirus in these countries. More info.

Preparing your stay

We invite you to prepare your stay while remaining prudent, and not to incur any expenses or sign any contracts before the possibility of a stay is confirmed :
  • You have been able to finalize the administrative procedures (VISA requests, etc.) ;
  • Your country of origin allows travels to Belgium ;
  • Belgium allows the arrival of travellers from your country of origin ;
  • Latest rules for travelling (within Europe and from outside the European Union) and colour codes by country ;
  • Since the first of August, every person who enters Belgium from abroad or who wishes to stay more than 48 hours in Belgium will have to fill in an identification form (Passenger Locator Form).

Depending on your home zone, you may need to quarantine yourself. Should it be your case, please follow the recommendations issued by Sciensano:

  • Students must stay at a unique address. The address of this accommodation must be communicated to the students in advance so that they can duly fill in the passenger location form.
  • Any contact with other people should be avoided, including people who stay in the same house/location (keep a distance of 1.5 m remains the general rule).
  • Towels, bed linen and kitchen utensils must not be shared with other roommates. If possible, the person in quarantine should use a separate toilet and bathroom.
  • Students must be reachable at all times by the health authorities, and if necessary, cooperate by listing their close contacts (social bubble).
  • Visits by "external" people are not allowed.
  • Physical participation in social and academic activities is not permitted during this 14-day period. Classes can only be taken online, not on campus.
  • The quarantine cannot be carried out with people at risk (for example, people over 65 years of age, people with an underlying medical condition such as heart, lung or kidney problems, or people with weakened immunity).
  • Students may leave their residence - if wearing a face mask - for basic needs such as purchasing food or medical supplies, arranging urgent financial matters, etc.
  • The use of public transport should be avoided as much as possible. 

Teaching activities

Whatever the scenario or colour code in force, ULB strictly follows the governmental recommendations and takes the liberty to adapt its position accordingly. 

General information on quarantine

The information below is given for information purposes only, please always consult the website for the most recent measures.

Extension of one's stay in Belgium

Third-country nationals who are prevented from leaving Belgium for reasons of force majeure (quarantine, flight cancellation, border closure, etc.) may request authorisation to extend their stay. More information and the de-facto procedure are provided on the Immigration Office website
Updated on October 7, 2021