Belgium will not allow non-essential travel to regions of Europe

Belgium bans non essential travel

Belgium’s authorities have banned non-essential travel to certain areas of Switzerland, Spain, and France. So, traveling to these countries and areas on a tourist visa will not be possible. These countries have been added to Belgium’s red zone nations as there is a surging number of new COVID-19 cases.

Travel has been prohibited by the Belgium government to the following regions:

  • Autonomous Region of Aragon
  • Mayenne department, France
  • Barcelona province and Lleida province of Spain
  • The autonomous region of Navarre

The Canton Geneva, Valais, and Vaud regions in Switzerland are also listed in the “red” areas.

Other regions that are banned by Belgium from being visited for non-essential reasons are:

  • Yugozapaden and Severoiztochen in Bulgaria
  • Vukovar-Srijem county in Croatia
  • Lithuania
  • Sud-Vest Oltenia, South Muntenia, Southeast, and Central in Romania
  • Leicester in the UK

Anybody arriving in Belgium from the above-mentioned locations as with a Belgium tourist visa will have to undergo compulsory screening and quarantine.

The Belgium’s government has advised the country’s citizens to increase vigilance for “orange” regions. For those coming from these regions, screening and quarantine are not compulsory, but rather recommended.

Travel to green zones only is permitted as of now. Nevertheless, from Aug 8, 2020, everyone coming back from abroad or those preferring to stay for over 48 hours in the country must fill an identification form, furnishing detailed information.

A curfew is now in effect in Antwerp from 11.30 pm to 6 am. The Belgian authorities imposed this owing to the current COVID-19 situation.

Belgium has till now reported a total of 71, 158 cases. The death toll has reached 9,859.

In July 2020, Belgium rejected the EU Council’s recommendation favoring the residents of 15 third-countries. The Council recommended reopening borders for the mas the countries were found epidemiologically safe.

On July 15, 2020, Belgium’s National Security Council decided to permit travelers from the Schengen Area and the EU. This included the UK.

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