Several regions return to red: what impact for travelers?

Travel is permitted, but under certain conditions.


Through Writing with Belga

LThe regions of Southern Denmark, the Ionian Islands (Greece), Ceuta (Spain), the Azores (Portugal) and the Principality of Andorra will, from Wednesday, again be colored red on the map of travel destinations that the FPS Foreign Affairs updates every Sunday on the basis of data and criteria from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

For Wednesday, June 9, almost all the countries of the European Union and the Schengen area will have a code either red or orange.

Only certain regions of Europe are spared and pass in green code such as Greenland and the Faroe Islands (Denmark), Molise (Italy), several Finnish regions (Åland, Western Finland, Eastern and Southern Finland), the Subcarpathian and Lubusz regions in Poland, north-east and south-west Romania as well as San Marino. Malta and Iceland were already, and remain, in Code Green.

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The updating of the color codes also saw Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Monaco and the Vatican go entirely orange. As recently as last week, this only concerned a few regions of these countries.

For countries outside the European Union and the Schengen area, not much has changed: the red code is generalized everywhere with the exception of Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Israel and South Korea which are in code green, and Thailand, which is in code orange (it will nevertheless switch to code red on June 9).

What this changes:

If you have stayed abroad for more than 48 hours or you are returning by plane or boat or you are returning to Belgium by train or bus from a country outside the EU or the Schengen zone, you must complete the Passenger Location Form (PLF) at the earliest 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium.

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Based on your answers, the form will calculate if you are a high risk contact.

From July

From July 1, all European citizens will be able to move within the European Union thanks to the European digital covid certificate. It will be used to prove that you are vaccinated, that your test is negative or that you have recovered from the coronavirus. In addition to this certificate which will allow free and safe travel during the summer, the Consultative Committee has set new modalities concerning quarantines.

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Two possible scenarios: As Belgian national returning from a stay abroadin green or orange zone, quarantine and the test are no longer mandatory. The return of a Red zone involves quarantine unless you have the European digital covid certificate attesting to a full vaccination of at least two weeks, a negative PCR test done within 72 hours or a certificate of recovery. Finally, if you return from a very high risk country, where the variant is of concern, you are required to do a 10-day quarantine as well as a PCR test on the first and seventh day. Even being vaccinated (two doses) or having made a negative PCR test before returning, quarantine remains in force.

You are not not resident and you return from a green or orange zone, quarantine and testing are not mandatory. Back from a Red zone, you will not have to quarantine provided you have a European digital covid certificate attesting to your complete vaccination of at least two weeks, a negative PCR test done within 72 hours or a certificate of recovery. If you are returning from a country outside the EU, you must be vaccinated and have been for two weeks. In addition, your vaccine must be approved by the European Union. You will also need to take a test on the day of your arrival. If you return from a very high risk area (worrying variants), an entry ban on the territory applies for non-Belgians who do not reside in Belgium. Exceptions involving a mandatory quarantine and two tests are possible, in particular for diplomats and transport personnel.

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