Covid-19: Belgium advises against travel to the North and recommends quarantine for Belgians on their return

Belgium “strongly advises against” travel to the Nord department, classified as “orange” since Saturday, August 1. For any Belgian returning, the government recommends quarantine and screening.

Due to its epidemiological situation, the Nord department was added to the list “orange“from Belgium this Saturday, August 1. Which means that the country strongly advises against travel to the North and recommends that Belgian nationals returning from it be tested and quarantined. Other regions and departments of France are concerned: Pays-de-la-Loire, the Paris region (except the department of Seine-et-Marne) Haut-Rhin, Haute-Savoie, Meurthe-et-Moselle and Vosges.

Any Belgian national returning to his country from abroad or who wishes to stay more than 48 hours in Belgium must complete an identification form, providing his contact details and the places where he has stayed during the last 14 days.

Many European zones on the red list

But the country does not stop at these measures. He banned that same day the “non-essential travel“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.

The Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs also included on this list “red“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 Leceister (United Kingdom).

For all of these regions, quarantine and screening are compulsory for any national returning to Belgium.

These lists are established on the basis of the evaluation of an expert unit, the Celeval.

For a week, Belgium has tightened its health measures

Faced with a rebound in the coronavirus, particularly in the Antwerp region, Belgium this week put new restrictions in place, reducing authorized contacts, gatherings and extending the wearing of masks. A curfew has been declared from 11.30 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Antwerp.

The country had on Saturday 68,751 cases identified 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.


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