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Sanitary Measures Covid-19

Have you booked a flight with Air Belgium? Or perhaps you are planning on travelling with us? Great idea

Given the exceptional circumstances, we invite you to hereby learn about our sanitary measures ahead of your travel with us đŸ˜Š

All required information is described on this page. The comfort and safety of our Passengers and Employees are our top priorities.

Have a nice flight ✈ and enjoy the reading!

Discover below an information video detailing the sanitary measures that we put in place:

  1. ZEN! Book now and we allow you to change travel dates free of charge or we ensure full refund
  2. Before arriving at the airport
  3. Arriving at the airport
  4. Your way through the airport
  5. At the boarding gate
  6. When boarded
  7. During your flight
  8. Sanitary checks during your flight
  9. Air Belgium Business Lounge at Brussels Charleroi
  10. Sanitary measures at Brussels Charleroi Airport
  11. Sanitary measures at Pointe-Ă -Pitre Airport, Guadeloupe
  12. Sanitary measures at Martinique Aimé Cesaire Airport

ZEN! Book now and we allow you to change travel dates free of charge or we ensure full refund

We understand that the current sanitary context may cause uncertainty and stress for those of you who wish to book their next travel or holiday. 

If you are in in doubt, we have something that will reassure you!

Air Belgium offers you peace of mind with our ZEN formula for all bookings with a departure scheduled until 30 April 2022 included.

Just relax! As we are waiving all extra charges for any flight ticket purchased, you will be able:

  • To modify your travel dates free of charge for a trip planned within a year from the original departure date.
  • To change the destination free of charge for a trip scheduled within a year from the original departure date.

And since we want everyone to feel “super ZEN” đŸ˜Š you may also be fully reimbursed in the event we are prevented from operating some of our flights due to eventual COVID-19 restrictions.

Spare yourself the hassle of last-minute bookings, and benefit from our attractive early fares! Book now your preferred dates at the most suitable fares, and simply stay “ZEN”.

(*) Possibility to change dates and destination once, without administrative charges and regardless of your initial ticket conditions for a trip planned within a year from the original departure date. In the event you are changing dates and/or destination leading to a fare increase, you will simply be asked to pay the difference before your departure date. In the event of a decrease in fare you will be reimbursed. All other conditions and services related to your initial ticket remain valid and applicable subject to availability.

Before arriving at the airport

Covid-19 screening test

Last updated March 31, 2021.

The French Authorities require all passengers wishing to travel to the French West Indies to undergo an RT-PCR screening test.

RT-PCR testing by your primary care doctor

This RT-PCR test may be requested from your primary care doctor. Once the test has been performed, your doctor will give you a medical certificate confirming that the results of your test are negative. You will need to take this certificate with you on your trip and present it at the check-in counter. 

Covid-19 Rapid RT-PCR testing via a Laboratory

You can also carry out a rapid screening test directly from a laboratory such as the Institute of Clinical Biology Université Libre de Bruxelles - IBC'LAB.

All you need to do is make an appointment with the laboratory, present yourself on the agreed day to carry out the test. The results will be sent to you by email within 4 hours after the test has been performed or by post, as you may wish. Results must be negative in order to travel. You will need to bring the results of your test for your trip and present them at the check-in counter. Several laboratories in Belgium offer this service.

Online Check-in

To limit as much as possible the handling of document and exchanges between individuals, Air Belgium is strongly encouraging each passenger to favour online check-in.

You may check-in online within 24 hours before departure of your flight. Proceed via the My Booking section on our website. All passengers who have checked-in online will only have to make a quick stop at the baggage drop-off counter. 

If you have not made your online check-in, no need to worry!  Go to our check-in counter relevant to your travel class and our staff will happily make the necessary arrangements and issue your boarding pass.

Your Luggage

The number, weight and size of your checked baggage remains unchanged with baggage policy and as per the specifications of your booking.

Carry-on baggage and hand baggage (handbag, computer bag, etc.) continue to be allowed under the same terms and conditions as previously. You may consult each travel class baggage terms.

Aircraft Cleaning

Our fleet is thoroughly disinfected and is undergoing deep cleaning by specialised teams using certified products before each flight. Special emphasis is paid to individual spaces as well as common areas. Each passenger's individual spaces including tables, screens, armrests, remote controls, storage areas, and so forth are carefully disinfected. A detailed cleaning of galleys, aisles and toilets is also systematically executed. Your crew members will be entering the aircraft wearing gloves and facial masks that will be worn throughout the flight.

Arriving at the airport

Wearing a facial mask is compulsory: whether at the airports (departure and arrival) as well as on board the aircraft and during the flight.

To ensure maximum safety for all our passengers and staff and to ensure your entry into the destination territories, we have set up a control area specific to Air Belgium where we will perform a temperature scan by infrared thermometer. 

At the check-in counter, a verification of your medical certificate confirming your negative results to the RT-PCR test will be carried out.

If you are travelling or flying back to Belgium, the Belgian Authorities ask all travellers to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) within 48 hours before the departure of your flight. This document generates a QR-code which will be requested upon arrival in Belgium. Passengers transiting through Belgium and staying less than 48 hours on Belgian territory are not required to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF)

Your way through the airport

Social distancing and all the usual precautions are applied within the airport and throughout your entire journey - from your arrival at the airport (parking) through the terminal and up to your boarding gate. 

Brussels Charleroi Airport will check the body temperature of all travellers. Anyone with a temperature above 38° Celsius could be refused access to the terminal.

The following usual steps are maintained:

The ground staff is equipped with masks and, if necessary, gloves. The rules of social distancing keep applying.

Hydroalcoholic gel dispensers will be at your disposal in many areas of the airport. Written reminders and audio announcements will be made on a regular basis to remind you of the rules of social distancing.

You will also be able to buy food and drinks, but only for take away.

For more information on the measures taken by the airports, please visit airport websites listed below. We invite you to read them and to adhere to the conditions and measures described. This will make your journey smoother and more pleasant.

At the Boarding Gate

Social distancing and sanitary measures will be applied at your boarding gate. A marking on the ground will remind you of social distancing measures.

For a speedy and orderly boarding process, we ask you to present yourself at the boarding counter according to row order announced by the staff.

Relax - You are all expected on board, and everyone will be able to take their designated seat đŸ˜Š This row-by-row boarding method avoids congestion in the airport and on the plane and facilitates boarding. Announcements will be made by ground staff indicating when to report to the boarding counter.

While going through boarding, an additional temperature check will be carried out before boarding. If your temperature is above 38° Celsius, a second temperature reading will be taken using a medical thermometer.  

For everyone's safety, we reserve the right to refuse access to a passenger whose two temperature tests would confirm a body temperature index higher than 38°Celsius and/or if the use of a mask is not respected.

When Boarded

As a reminder, wearing a mask remains mandatory at the airport and on board. Wearing a mask is compulsory for children from 12 years old and over. Our crew members will welcome you with masks and gloves. You will board our thoroughly disinfected and cleaned-up aircraft. Each headrest is disposable (single-use headrest per seat) and replaced after each flight. Plenty of hydroalcoholic disinfectant gel dispensers will also be available onboard.

Upon arrival in the aircraft, we kindly ask you to please:

Once boarding is complete, a crew member will proceed to close and disinfect the overhead bins and handles. We ask you to pay attention to the announcements made by your cabin crew and to carefully respect the instructions given.

Sanitary Kit

On board our aircraft, each passenger will receive a sanitary kit containing the following items:

  • Hydroalcoholic gel.
  • 5 disinfecting wipes - 4 of which are designed to clean your travel surfaces (tablet, armrests, screen, storage spaces, etc.) as well as a face wipe.
  • A surgical mask.

These supplies will allow you to disinfect your personal space whenever you wish during the flight.

During your flight

To effectively protect yourself, we have to temporarily modify our standard inflight service that you are normally accustomed to when flying with Air Belgium. 

In the interest of all on board, movements in the cabin must be strictly limited to a minimum. 

The comfort and safety of our passengers and staff members remains our top concern at all times. Please do not hesitate to contact your cabin crew members for any questions you may have, including questions about service on board.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

Meals and beverages on board

Meal frequency remains in accordance with Air Belgium service standard. Nevertheless, some adjustments have been made:

Your Comfort and entertainment on board

In Economy class, a single-use blanket is distributed and offered to each passenger. We invite you to take it with you when leaving the plane.

In Business class, the usual reusable blankets are still distributed. These blankets are always thoroughly and carefully washed after each use. They are individually wrapped and distributed personally to each passenger shortly after take-off. As these are reusable blankets, it is not possible to take them with you after the flight, so please return them to your cabin crew at the end of the flight. We temporarily do not distribute pillows in any of our travel classes.

After take-off, you will receive individually wrapped earphones (adjustable plug for smartphone). They are also offered by Air Belgium and may be taken with you after your flight.

Duty Free items and buy-on-board services are temporarily suspended on all our flights.

Flying in Business or Premium Class?

To ensure maximum safety for all our passengers and staff members, we have temporarily modified our onboard service.

Our cloakroom service is temporarily interrupted. The welcome drink in Business class will not be offered. However, the aperitif service after take-off is maintained.

Your crew members will distribute the following items:

Pleasing you is what makes us truly happy! The high quality of our meals and their quantities remain unchanged.

Each element of your meal tray is closed and covered with a protective lid. Every passenger will be asked to remove these lids themselves to avoid any additional handling 

To limit movement in the cabin, there will be no self-service buffet during the flight. The cabin crew member will provide snacks and beverages directly at your seat.

Our modified services by travel classes

Sanitary checks during your flight

Continuous monitoring will be carried out during your entire flight. Our crew members will proceed with temperature checks every four hours with specific infrared equipment. 

In the unfortunate event of a passenger showing symptoms during the flight, he/she will be asked to relocate from the rest of the passengers and invited to be seated to one of the dedicated rows of seats preserved to this effect. 

Common areas such as lavatories will be cleaned several times during the flight.

Passengers are requested to comply to the usual sanitary measures and precautions meaning:

The air filtration systems in our aircraft is very efficient and allow 100% of the volume of air is changed every 3 minutes: 60% of the air is external to the aircraft and 100% of the air is filtered to 99.7% by HEPA filters - equivalent to those found in surgical operating  rooms.

Air Belgium Business Lounge at Brussels Charleroi

The Air Belgium business lounge remains accessible to our passengers in Business and Premium class. To ensure the safety of all passengers and staff members, our lounge is disinfected and thoroughly cleaned up after passenger boarding. 

The standard business lounge service is temporarily adjusted to comply with sanitary measures and more specifically:

Sanitary measures at Brussels Charleroi Airport

To ensure maximum safety for all passengers and staff working at Brussels Charleroi Airport, the use of masks is compulsory for every person visiting the airport site. Social distancing rules and sanitary measures are of course applied within the airport.

For more information, please check Brussels Charleroi Airport’s website and the dedicated pages listing all measures put in place, via the following link.

Sanitary measures at Pointe-Ă -Pitre Airport, Guadeloupe

Social distancing and sanitary measures apply throughout the airport.

For more information, please visit the website of Pointe-Ă -Pitre Airport in Guadeloupe and the dedicated page listing the measures implemented via the following link.

Sanitary measures at Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport

Social distancing and sanitary measures apply throughout the airport.

For more information, please visit the website of Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport and the dedicated page listing the measures implemented via the following link.