Belgium introduced mandatory quarantine for those returning from the “red zones”

Belgium has been tightening entry rules for travelers returning from countries in the red zone for the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus since midnight December 31.

This is stated in a press release following today’s meeting of the country’s Advisory Committee, The Brussels Times reports.

From December 31, 2020, residents and non-residents of Belgium who return to the country after staying at least 48 hours in the countries of the “red zone” will be quarantined for at least 7 days.

On the first and seventh days of quarantine, travelers will be given a PCR test, following which quarantine may be terminated at the end of the week.

Test centers are deployed at the airports of Brussels and Charleroi, as well as at the capital’s train station Midi, where international trains arrive.

From 2 January 2021, everyone returning to Belgium from abroad will receive messages inviting them to register at the test center.

All arrivals will also have to fill out a special passenger form to control their movement. Non-residents entering Belgium will be required to present a negative coronavirus test result upon entry.

The aforementioned measures have so far been introduced until January 15th.

Exceptions can be made for: people in important roles in key sectors, students during exams, and residents who have been abroad for professional reasons.

As a reminder, the Latvian government has introduced a curfew for the upcoming holiday weekend — from December 30 to January 4 and January 8-10. On these days, from 22:00 to 5:00, everyone should be at home.

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