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Belgium tightens border control for neighbouring countries

Belgium will tighten the rules for Dutch travellers. From Saturday, the Netherlands is designated as ‘ red ‘ country and it is mandatory to present a Coronavirus certificate upon arrival in Belgium. For stays of less than 48 hours, the coronavirus certificate is not required.

The coronavirus certificate is valid for full vaccination, a negative test not older than 72 hours before arrival or a recovery certificate taken up to 180 days ago. If a traveller does not have this, he or she must be quarantined.

Exceptions are children up to 12 years of age. They do not need to be tested. Passengers must also fill out the so-called Passenger localization form.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises to regularly visit the local websites for the measures in force before leaving for Belgium. It was already mandatory to be able to show a Coronavirus certificate when the Dutch returned after a visit to Belgium. The advice to take a self-test at home also remains valid.

On Tuesday it was announced that Belgium will again introduce stricter coronavirus measures due to the rising coronavirus figures. As of Friday, it will be mandatory to wear a mask in public indoor locations, such as shops. From Monday it is mandatory to show a coronapass when visiting gyms and restaurants.

“As soon as we are again flooded with infections, we need to build higher protection walls,” said the Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. “They must ensure that our lives can still go on. A free but careful life.”

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