Since August 13, Belgium has started recognizing certificates of vaccination against COVID-19 issued in England and Wales, meaning that all fully vaccinated travelers from these two countries who hold the document are allowed to enter Belgium without undergoing a ten-day quarantine requirement, TheSchengen.com reports. .
“All necessary modifications have been made to the examination application and the backend to be able to read and verify certificates issued in England and Wales,” Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroek announced in a statement.
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On the other hand, the United Kingdom has granted permission to enter the country to European citizens, and American citizens who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, which is as the following list shows:
Comirnaty (BioNTech, Pfizer) Moderna Vaxzevria (formerly COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, Oxford) Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
The health minister said the team that implemented the Flemish health permit can now validate the NHS application. Belgium only recognizes the NHS vaccine certificate from England and Wales because Scotland and Northern Ireland already use their own vaccine certificates, which do not have a QR code.
However, some restrictions on travel from the UK remain in place in Belgium, where travelers who have been fully vaccinated using the NHS app are required to take a COVID-19 test on the first or second day after arrival and be quarantined for results to come in. For people without a UK vaccination certificate, quarantine rules still apply.
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All passengers, including Britons and Welshmen, must present a passenger locator form upon arrival, regardless of their vaccination status.
A COVID-19 vaccination passport is issued to EU citizens who have received two doses of the vaccine, have recently recovered from the virus, or have tested negative for the disease.
The country was among the first in Europe to start implementing the COVID-19 vaccination passport in a bid to facilitate travel across Europe.
Since the pandemic, Belgium has recorded 25,282 deaths and 1,145,735 million cases of coronavirus. It has recently seen a rise in infection rates from nationals from Morocco, who account for seven percent of all infection rates.
Belgium is implementing a vaccination campaign in which 84.2 percent of the population has been vaccinated with the first dose, and 78.8 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated.