Belgium on Saturday banned “non-essential trips” to the Spanish regions of Navarre, Aragon, Barcelona and Lérida in Catalonia, the Lake Geneva region in Switzerland (Vaud, Valais, Geneva) and the French department of Mayenne, because of their epidemiological situation.
The Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also included on this “red” list the Bulgarian regions of Severoiztochen and Yugozapaden, several areas of Romania (center, south-east, south-Muntenia and south-west Oltenia), as well as the city of Leicester (United Kingdom).
Quarantine and screening are compulsory for travelers from these areas returning to Belgium.
Quarantine and screening are also “recommended” for a certain number of zones appearing on an “orange” list, which includes in particular for France the Paris region (except the department of Seine-et-Marne), the Pays de la Loire , the Nord department, Haut-Rhin, Haute-Savoie, Meurthe-et-Moselle and Vosges. These lists are established on the basis of the evaluation of an expert unit, the Celeval.
An identification form to fill out
From Saturday, any person returning to Belgium from abroad or who wishes to stay more than 48 hours in Belgium must complete an identification form, providing their contact details and the places where they have stayed during the last 14 days.
Faced with a rebound in the coronavirus, in particular in the Antwerp region, Belgium implemented new restrictions this week, by reducing authorized contact, gatherings and extending mask wear. A curfew has been declared from 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Antwerp.
The country had on Saturday 68,751 cases recorded since the start of the pandemic and 9,841 deaths. Belgium is one of the countries with the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 compared to its population, with 85 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.