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Belgium Removes Passenger Locator Form Requirement From Today

Passengers arriving on the territory of Belgium will not be required to present a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) upon entry, as this requirement has been officially rescinded today.

“The general obligation to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is no longer valid,” the Belgian Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety, said in a statement.

However, the authorities stressed that the PLF requirement would not be rescinded for everyone. Travelers arriving in Belgium from a third country that is not part of the EU’s whitelist will still be required to fill out a passenger locator form, reports.

“PLF is only mandatory for those traveling to Belgium with a third-country carrier that is not on the EU whitelist,” FPS explained.

Additionally, it was highlighted by the same update that all travelers who hold one of the COVID certificates – vaccination, recovery or testing certificate – are now exempt from the test and quarantine obligation.

“For those who travel to Belgium and have one of three COVID certificates (vaccinate, test or recover), there is no obligation to be tested or quarantined,” FPS added.

This means that vaccinated and recovered travelers, as well as those with a negative COVID-19 test result, can enter Belgium without having to go through additional entry procedures. Travelers now only have to present a valid entry permit.

The vaccination certificate is valid upon entering Belgium only if the document proves that the holder has completed the initial vaccination in the past nine months or received an additional dose of vaccination. Moreover, the authorities made it clear that recovery certificates are recognized as long as the document proves that the holder has tested positive for the virus within the past six months.

For negative COVID-19 tests, Belgian authorities have confirmed that they accept rapid antigen tests and polymerase chain reaction tests. A rapid antigen test must be performed 24 hours prior to arrival, and a PCR test must be performed within 72 hours prior to arrival.

On the other hand, Belgium applies stricter rules to those who do not meet the requirements. Non-exempt and non-vaccinated travelers from the EU/Schengen area as well as from other countries must submit a PCR or rapid antigen test upon entry.

Similar to Belgium, many other EU countries have already relaxed some of their travel rules.

Hungary and Ireland are the latest countries to announce that they will no longer apply COVID-19 restrictions to incoming travelers.

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