Prepare your trip

During the COVID-19 period, special measures are put in place.

To help you prepare for your trip and leave with peace of mind, you will find more information on these measures and the rules to follow below.

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Travel peacefully during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 period, access to the terminal is restricted to passengers with a valid ticket. 

  • People accompanying passengers with reduced mobility or minors may also enter the terminal.
  • We also advise you to arrive at the airport well in advance to allow our staff to check any additional travel documents required during the period of COVID-19 as well as in anticipation of peak traffic.
  • An area for checking required travel documents* has been set up at the entrance to the airport infrastructure in order to minimise check-in and boarding times.

         --->It is therefore advisable to have all your documents ready on your arrival at the airport.


Do you have a flight planned at Brussels South Charleroi Airport?

Here are the steps to follow:

Before the trip :

  1. Your national identity card or passport
  2. Your boarding pass
  3. Until 1 July: A certificate of negative PCR test before your departure and/or any other specific document to the requirements in force in your destination country. You can check these requirements via this linkA test centre is available at the airport (more info).
  4. From 1 July: People with the European digital certificate Covid will be able to travel freely within the territory of the European Union member states (except for related conditions specific to each country to be checked before your departure). This digital certificate will prove that you are :

           - either vaccinated

           - Or you have a negative PCR test (depending on your country of destination, this test must be carried out within a certain period of time before your departure. More info)

           - Or that you are now immune to COVID-19 following a recovery

More information on the European Covid digital certificate and how to obtain it via this link.

On return to Belgium:

  • On arrival in Belgium, all passengers aged 12 or more must fill in the Online Passenger Locator Form  before the return ( from October 1st, the form is only online and can be filled in up to 180 days in advance) even if you are vaccinated or transiting via Belgium between two flights. You will receive a QR code by e-mail that you will have to show when boarding.
  • Depending on your answers to the Passenger Locator Form, and if a quarantine or a test has to be carried out, you will receive an SMS indicating the procedure to follow when you return to Belgium.

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COVID-19 : Your travel documents

Make sure your travel documents are valid and accurate. 

A valid national identity card or passport is mandatory. 

For further information, please consult the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out which documents are required for your destination. 

During COVID-19, additional documentation is required for international travel.

 

  1. Your national identity card or passport
  2. Your boarding pass
  3. Until 1 July: A certificate of negative PCR test before your departure and/or any other specific document to the requirements in force in your destination country. You can check these requirements via this linkA test centre is available at the airport (more info).
  4. From 1 July: People with the European digital certificate Covid will be able to travel freely within the territory of the European Union member states (except for related conditions specific to each country to be checked before your departure). This digital certificate will prove that you are :

           - either vaccinated

           - Or you have a negative PCR test (depending on your country of destination, this test must be carried out within a certain period of time before your departure. More info)

           - Or that you are now immune to COVID-19 following a recovery

More information on the European Covid digital certificate and how to obtain it via this link.

On return to Belgium:

  • On arrival in Belgium, all passengers aged 12 or more must fill in the Online Passenger Locator Form  before the return ( from October 1st, the form is only online and can be filled in up to 180 days in advance) even if you are vaccinated or transiting via Belgium between two flights. You will receive a QR code by e-mail that you will have to show when boarding.
  • Depending on your answers to the Passenger Locator Form, and if a quarantine or a test has to be carried out, you will receive an SMS indicating the procedure to follow when you return to Belgium.

COVID-19 : Get tested before you leave

Following on from the decisions made by the Belgian consultation committee (Codeco) on 30 December, reinforcing testing facilities for anyone travelling back from red zone, the decision has been made to open a new Covid-19 testing centre within the airport terminal at Charleroi (BSCA).

After being granted an Inami number by the federal authorities, this new testing centre will be open and operational from 6am on Sunday 3 January.

Five testing lines will be made available to passengers returning from red zones who would like to get tested there and then.

Teams from the Red Cross and the airport will be managing this new system, which will be able to carry out up to 750 tests per day. 

Anyone wishing to have a PCR test (paying or holder of a QR code) can go to the testing centre at the airport without an appointment between 12.00 a.m. and 11.30 p.m. (7days/7) .

More information available (in French): https://covid.aviq.be/fr/testing-particuliers#je-cherche-un-centre-de-test

 

COVID-19 : Measures in force in your country of destination

By following this link, you will find the map developed by the European Union. Select or click on a country or region. The corresponding measures will appear. 

Download the APP Re-open EU to get all the information you need on the various national restrictions in place

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Arrival time at the airport

Advice on arrival time at the airport

It is recommended that you arrive at the airport approximately 2 hours before your scheduled departure time. During busy periods (school holidays, weekends,...), we ask our passengers to arrive 3 hours before departure

 Go to the flights of the day page to find out the recommended arrival time at the airport for your flight.

In your hand luggage?

The cabin baggage policy is regulated by each airline.  It is therefore essential to consult their website to find out what can be taken on board. 

The size of your hand luggage may not exceed the following dimensions: 55X40x20cm.

 

Please note that you are only allowed to take one bag per passenger.

Baby food (both milk and food in pots) are permitted in hand baggage. The quantity is that necessary for the duration of the flight. Security agents may ask you to taste them to prove that they are indeed baby foods.

Medication and dietary supplements to be consumed during the flight are also permitted. Security agents may ask you to taste them to prove that they are indeed medications are dietary supplements.

USEFUL INFORMATION : 

  1. Mark your name and address legibly on the inside and outside of your baggage
  2. With regard to liquids, pastes and gels, you are only permitted to carry containers of no more than 100 ml of these, placed in a single transparent bag per passenger, closed by a zip, with a maximum capacity of one litre (e.g. a 20 cm x 20 cm freezer bag).
  3. Pack all fragile objects carefully
  4. The following objects are prohibited in cabin baggage:
  • Liquids, pastes and gels in containers of more than 100 ml
  • Blunt objects 
  • Revolvers, firearms and weapons
  • Knives and sharp objects
  • Explosive and inflammable substances
  • Chemical and toxic substances

Your checked baggage?

The policy on baggage that can be carried in the hold is regulated by each airline.

To find out how many pieces of luggage you can carry and their weight, check your reservation or boarding pass. 

Another alternative is to check with your airline.

We advise you to carefully pack your fragile items and not to leave any valuables in checked luggage.

If you wish to take more than the allowance granted to your reservation, you will then be asked to pay a supplement at the airport according to the rates applied by your airline. For further information, please consult your airline's website.

Whatever you are carrying in your luggage, it may not exceed 32kg. 

It is advisable to affix a luggage tag with your contact details on your luggage and to leave a document inside, with your name, address and contact number.

ADVICE :

  1. Mark your name and address legibly on the inside and outside of your baggage
  2. Put liquids, pastes and gels in your hold baggage
  3. Do not put objects of value in your hold baggage
  4. Pack all fragile objects carefully
  5. Do not accept baggage or packages from third parties
  6. The following objects are prohibited in hold baggage:
  • Explosives, including detonators, primers, grenades, mines and explosives
  • Gas, propane, butane
  • Inflammable liquids, including petrol and methanol
  • Inflammable solids and reactive substances, including magnesium, fire-lighters, fireworks and signal flares
  • Oxidants organic peroxides, including bleach and body repair kits
  • Toxic or infectious substances, including rat poison and infected blood

Hold baggage is examined by sophisticated X-ray machines. If a prohibited object is found in your hold baggage, an audible warning broadcast in the terminal informs you of a meeting point where a security agent will look for you in order to take you to your baggage for a manual search to be performed. If a prohibited object is found, it will not be permitted to travel.

Prohibited articles in hold baggages

In your checked baggage:

  • Explosives, including detonators, fuses, grenades, mines and explosives;
  • Gas, propane, butane;
  • Flammable liquids, including gasoline and methanol;
  • Flammable solids and reactive substances, including magnesium, firelighters, fireworks, signal flares;
  • Organic oxidants and peroxides, including bleach, car body repair kits;
  • Toxic or infectious substances, including rat poison, infected blood.

Prohibited articles in the cabin

In your carry-on baggage:

  • Equipment likely, or appearing likely, to be used to cause severe damage by the emission of a projectile, in particular:
  • Rocket guns and starter guns
  • Toys, copies and imitations of firearms that may be confused with real weapons (e.g. air soft gun)

Articles with a sharp point or cutting edge that may be used to cause severe injuries, in particular:

  • articles designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and choppers,
  • ice axes and ice picks,
  • razor blades,
  • cutters,
  • knives with a blade greater than 6 cm,
  • scissors with blades, measured from the axis, exceeding 6 cm,
  • martial arts equipment, sharp or cutting,
  • lances,
  • cleavers,
  • machetes,
  • scalpels,
  • ski and walking/hiking poles,
  • pointed end tent tube (Canadian tent type),
  • tent pegs (for fixing the tent to the ground, known as "sardines").

Tools that may be used either to cause severe injuries or to threaten aircraft safety, in particular:

  • Crowbars;
  • Drills and borers, including portable cordless power drills;
  • Tools with a blade or shank greater than 6 cm that can be used as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels;
  • Saws, including portable cordless power saws;
  • Torches;
  • Sealing guns and nailers;
  • Hammers, wrench with bolts over 20 cm.

Articles which may be used to cause serious injury when used to strike, in particular:

  • baseball and softball bats,
  • cricket bats,
  • golf clubs,
  • hockey sticks,
  • lacrosse game sticks,
  • kayak and canoe paddles,
  • billiard, snooker and pool cues,
  • stove, cast iron stove,
  • maglite powered by more than 2 batteries "D" (large batteries),
  • martial arts equipment,
  • large chain (motorcycle chain type),
  • metal statue more than 20 cm high and with a heavy base,
  • camera or heavy camera tripod,
  • broom handle or similar.

Explosive or incendiary substances and devices that may, or appear likely to be, used to cause serious injury or threaten the safety of an aircraft, in particular:

  • Dynamite, powder and plastic explosive;
  • Copies or imitations of explosive devices;
  • Gas and gas container (example: butane, propane, acetylene, oxygen) of large volume;
  • Fireworks and other pyrotechnic articles (including table bombs and igniter ribbons);
  • Alcoholic beverages with a volume content of more than 70% ("140% proof");
  • Smoke bombs or cartridges;
  • Flammable liquid fuels, such as gasoline, lighter fluid, alcohol, ethanol;
  • Substances with a risk of ignition or spontaneous combustion;
  • Spray paint can;
  • Turpentine oil and paint thinners.

Any chemical or toxic substance that poses a risk to the health of passengers and crew or to the safety of the aircraft or property, such as:

  • Acids and alkaloids, as electrolyte cells and batteries that may leak;
  • Corrosive substances and bleaching products, as mercury, chlorine;
  • Radioactive materials, such as medical or commercial isotopes;

devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, including:

  • firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns
  • toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons,
  • component parts of firearms, excluding telescopic sights,
  • compressed air and CO2 guns, such as pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns,
  • signal flare pistols and starter pistols,
  • bows, cross bows and arrows,
  • harpoon guns and spear guns,
  • slingshots and catapults;

Special luggage

If travelling with children, it is possible to bring a stroller.

Your pets can also be part of the trip. Feel free to contact your airline for more information. 

Need assistance?

  • Person with reduced mobility 

information here

  • Unaccompanied minor

Some airlines accept to transport minors travelling alone. 
 In this case, an airport staff member from our PMR service can escort your child until he or she is seated on the plane

 

Useful information for travelers

Find information you need in the Brochure of belgian Federal Public Service Finance :

  • Duties and taxes
  • Controls ont the movement of cas
  • Endangered animals and plants
  • Counterfeited goods
  • Travelling with your pet
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*Processing of personal data: Verification of the Covid European Digital Certificate, PCR tests and recovery certificate

Processing of personal data: Verification of the Covid European Digital Certificate, PCR tests and recovery certificate

The European Parliament adopted on June 14, 2021 the Regulation (EU) 2021/953 on a framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable COVID-19 certificates of vaccination, testing and recovery (EU digital COVID certificate) in order to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

EUR-Lex - 32021R0953 - EN - EUR-Lex (europa.eu)

The Belgian State amended on June 24, 2021 its "Ministerial Decree of October 28, 2020 on emergency measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus", which designates the airlines as responsible for checking the "Digital Covid Certificate" and denying boarding on the aircraft.

Justel: 2020-10-28/01 (fgov.be)

At Charleroi Airport, we have been mandated by the airlines to perform this control. We act as a "subcontractor" of the airlines. This control is a processing of personal data authorized by the EU regulation 2021/953.

The member states are considered by this European regulation as the data controllers. You will find on the Covidsafe | Déclaration de confidentialité certificats COVID certificats COVID which contains all the information about the processing of your personal data under the EU COVID-19 certificate. Specifically, it will clarify how your data is collected, processed and used.

If you have any further questions about this data processing you can contact our Data Protection Officer atgdpr@charleroi-airport.com .

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