The authorities in Belgium have confirmed that travelers who have not been fully vaccinated and plan to return to Belgium from countries considered severely affected by the Corona virus, will have to take a polymerase chain reaction test on the first and seventh day after arrival.
According to the Belgian government, people who test positive for the virus will be required to follow a mandatory ten-day quarantine rule, TheSchengen.com reports.
The first-day test can be avoided if travelers present a negative PCR test result, of no more than 72 hours, upon arrival in the Western European country.
In addition, checks will be more stringent at airports and train stations to ensure that citizens accurately complete Passenger Locator Locator (PLF) forms.
“Today, no Schengen country is on this list, but this situation could develop very well. Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo noted in this regard, in this case, we must be able to move quickly.
According to Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroek, travelers should be fully vaccinated when planning travel to countries that have recently reported an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, such as Spain and Portugal.
“Personally, my advice is that if you want to go to Spain, you should get fully vaccinated. Portugal and Spain are countries I wouldn’t go to if I didn’t get fully vaccinated,” Vandenbroek stressed.
As for Belgian citizens, a survey previously conducted by the tourism company Flanders revealed that two-thirds of Belgians are planning to travel this summer despite the coronavirus situation.
Besides tightening the measures imposed by the Belgian government in order to stem the spread of the virus further, other countries also continue to maintain stricter rules to keep the COVID-19 situation under control.
However, only 17 percent of Belgian citizens who took part in the Flanders tourist survey said they would not travel this summer, compared to 44 percent in the summer of 2020.
In a bid to allow more vaccinated foreigners to visit its territory, Belgium previously decided to recognize the AstraZeneca vaccine made in India, which is not currently recognized in the EU’s digital COVID certificate launched to facilitate travel for vaccinated citizens of EU member states. .
Authorities in Belgium also announced that on August 13 they will launch a “COVIDSafe Card”, which will reveal whether a person has been fully vaccinated, recovered or tested negative for the virus. This ticket will allow entry to major events in the Western European country that bring more than 1,500 people outdoors.