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Belgium Now Accepts Rapid Antigen Tests for Travel

Travelers who have recently taken a rapid antigen test can travel to Belgium without being subject to additional rules such as self-isolation requirements because the latter’s authorities now accept this type of test as valid proof of entry.

“Testing in the context of travel can be a PCR test or a RAT (rapid antigen test). The PCR test is valid for 72 hours. The RAT test is valid on the day of the test and the day after the test,” the Belgian authorities said in a statement.

The decision by the Belgian authorities to recognize rapid antigen tests was welcomed by the International Air Transport Association, which said passengers would now be able to take more cost-effective flights while following COVID-19 safety rules.

“Great news that Belgium now accepts rapid travel antigen tests! This means cheaper and easier passenger flights while keeping the risks of COVID-19 at bay. “This will be a huge support for international travel to and from Belgium and revitalize the economic recovery from the pandemic,” the International Air Transport Association wrote on its official Twitter account.

Following the new changes, non-vaccinated and non-exhausted travelers who plan to visit Belgium will be allowed in as long as they submit a recently performed rapid antigen test, reports.

However, since Belgium has its own color-coded system, different rules apply depending on the country of origin a person is traveling from.

Travelers arriving in Belgium from an EU/Schengen area country that is currently included in its green or orange list are not subject to any additional restrictions as long as they hold a negative test result.

On the other hand, travelers from one of the red-listed countries who have a rapid antigen test need to take the test again on the seventh day after entering Belgium.

Except for those with a recent rapid antigen test result, Belgium already allows entry to all those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as well as those who have recovered from the virus.

Travelers who have been vaccinated and recovered do not need to follow the rules for testing or self-isolation, no matter what country they are traveling from.

>> COVID-19 rules and restrictions for travel to Belgium

In addition, apart from the entry requirements mentioned above, all persons planning to travel to Belgium should bear in mind that they must also fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

With regard to this model, the Belgian authorities previously imposed new requirements that came into force on October 11. In line with the new regulation, all vaccinated and recovered persons must prove they hold the correct certificates in the PLF upon their return to Belgium.

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