Belgium is about to become an orange area again after being a red zone for nine months. After the Kingdom of Belgium itself allowed leisure travel abroad again, turning orange is big factor for travel.
It’s simple, really. Red is bad, green is good. Orange lays in the middle. The risk for COVID-19 infection is moderate.
As a resident of Belgium willing to travel abroad you want two things:
- Belgium letting you and letting you in without systematically having to quarantine upon return. That’s the Belgian perspective.
- Your destination not compelling a quarantine upon arrival.
Belgium turning orange will convince other countries of the European Union to be more welcoming of people travelling from Belgium.
If you ever watched an American disease or virus disaster film, you know the acronym CDC. The Centres of Disease Control in the United States. In Europe there’s the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The ECDC has a coloured map of countries within the EU and somewhat associated with the EU.
The same is true for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany), Adriatic Croatia, Salzburg in Austria, large parts of Poland (Silesian Voivodeship, Greater Poland Voivodeship, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Opole Voivodeship, Łódzkie Voivodeship, Lublin Voivodeship), of Western Norway (yest that’s the name of a region) and the French TOM of Mayotte.
In France the regions of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine, Brittany, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees will also be coloured orange.
The United Kingdom is not mentioned. But PM Boris Johnson has delayed ‘Freedom Day‘ to 19 July. The Delta or Indian variant is causing havoc in Albion.
Don’t forget that you always need to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) when you’ve been outside Belgium for more than 48 hours.
- ‘European travel map colours orange and green, Catalonia turns red again’, Maïthé Chini, The Brussels Times, 14.06.2021.
- ‘België kleurt eindelijk weer oranje op Europese kaart: wat betekent dat voor reizen?’, Werner Rommers, Gazet van Antwerpen, 14.06.2021.
- So we can travel, but where to?.
- Belgium allows non-essential leisure travel from and to EU Member States.
- Belgium to allow leisure travel within European Union and Schengen Area from 19 April.
- Antwerp COVID-19 Test Village for leisure travel corona tests moves from Spoor Oost to Antwerp Expo on 4 June.