From today, we can travel to and from Belgium. That travel can be non-essential. But while we can leave Belgium for another member state of the European Union or a member state of the Schengen Area, it is important to research which country is welcoming tourists.
That list changes as countries change their COVID-19 policies. A good place to start researching is Info-Coronavirus. There you can see the colours of zones. Also check the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs and obviously relevant sources from your tentative destination.
Returning to Belgium from a red zones mandates two covid tests – on day 1 and on day 7 and a week’s quarantaine to await the test results. You also need to fill in the Passenger Locater Form. The police will check if you’ve been tested.
That may be the smallest issue.
The question is: where to go? There’s no point going somewhere where you need to quarantaine first and where your liberty of movement is limited and there’s not much to do.
The situation is changing almost daily. Everywhere there are tensions between medical interests versus political reality and public outcries.
- Passenger Locator Form.
- Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs.
- ‘Nu verbod op niet-essentiële reizen morgen vervalt: waar kan je naartoe? En onder welke voorwaarden?’, Ann Willems, Valerie Vanhelden, VRT NWS, 18.04.2021.
As a reminder
Member states of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.
The Schenen Area: Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark (excluding Greenland and the Faroe Islands), metropolitan France, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
United Kingdom‘s travel fate is unclear.