The Consultative Committee of Federal and Regional Governments has announced a ban of non-essential travel in and out of Belgium from 27 January until 1 March. This new coronavirus countermeasures aims to avoid a new peak in infections and minimise the import of the dreaded so-called British variant.
Foreign tourism and leisure travel is banned, essential trips are allowed. For work, for school, for humanitarian travel. You will have to be able to prove why your journey is essential. Cross-border work-related travel is also allowed. People that live close to the border and usually cross it to go to work or do their shopping will also be allowed to continue to do so.
The Consultative Committee doesn’t want a repeat of what happend during the Christmas Break, when some 150,000 went skiing, to Dubai or to the Maledives. The next school holiday is Spring Break (13th to 21st of February).
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will have to isolate for ten days rather than seven days as is currently the case. However, people required to quarantine because they have had a high-risk contact or because they have returned from a so-called red zone on the coronavirus infection rate map will have to quarantine for seven days.