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Random checks at Belgium-Netherlands border checkpoints

Travellers going back to the Netherlands from Belgium can be checked for their coronavirus certificate from Sunday, August 8. This is done on a random basis and without checkpoints, a spokesperson of the Royal Dutch military police reports Wednesday.

As early as the end of July, it was announced that travellers aged 12 and over who come from EU countries with a yellow travel advice will have to carry a Coronavirus certificate with them by 8 August. They have to show this to the Royal Marechaussee on request. This may be a vaccination certificate, repair certificate or negative test certificate.

People who have been fully vaccinated or recovered from a Coronavirus infection can demonstrate this in the CoronaCheck app. Other travellers must be tested in their country of residence before their return journey. In the case of a PCR test, this should be done up to 48 hours before departure, in the case of an antigen test 24 hours. This is checked on a random basis by mobile teams, says the spokesperson.

People who do not travel by their own means of transport are checked by transport companies. Passengers who do not carry a Coronavirus certificate during a check will be fined 95 euros.

No controls are carried out in the border region on the German border. The fact that there are no controls on the east side of the Netherlands is due to the fact that the risk areas are mainly in the south of Europe. Belgium, parts of France, Spain and parts of Portugal are yellow.

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