From March 11, next Friday, travelers arriving in Belgium will no longer be required to submit a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), as the government is set to remove the requirement on the eve of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was announced by the Federal Public Service (FPS) website for Health, Food Safety and Environment in Belgium in a press release on March 4.
“The general obligation to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is no longer valid. PLF is only mandatory for those traveling to Belgium with a third country carrier not on the EU whitelist. For those traveling to Belgium with one of three COVID (vaccination) certificates or testing or recovery), there is no obligation to be tested or quarantined,” the press release notes.
It also clarifies that those living in Belgium who do not have a certificate of vaccination or recovery, nor negative COVID-19 test results, arriving in Belgium from another country where there is a high rate of coronavirus cases, should take a rapid antigen test or PCR test in Within 24 hours upon arrival in the country.
The press release also notes that “countries with an unfavorable situation include those in dark red on the ECDC map and third countries not on the EU whitelist.”
Currently, only a few regions of Norway, Poland, and Romania are not colored dark red on the EU map. Whereas the EU whitelisted countries are:
Bahrain Chile China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) Colombia Indonesia Kuwait New Zealand Peru Qatar Rwanda Saudi Arabia South Korea United Arab Emirates Uruguay
The ban on entry for travelers from third countries who do not hold a vaccination or refund certificate remains in effect.
“A ban on entry from countries or regions with a new variant of concern (high-risk VOC region) continues to be enforced,” the press release notes as well, explaining that individuals allowed to enter Belgium from these regions remain subject to testing and quarantine restrictions.
Whereas, as of today, March 7, Belgium has ended its state of pandemic emergency, which means that many local COVID-19 restrictions, including here the requirement to carry a Covid Safe Ticket in order to access places such as restaurants, bars, etc., also as events , has been terminated.
The move was taken in line with the large number of people vaccinated in the country, which is over nine million Belgians with the initial vaccination, and more than seven million with booster doses. The number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has also decreased.