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Travel: Vaccine, Quarantine and PCR – Measures Effective This Summer

On what conditions will Belgians be able to travel this summer and on what conditions will they have to return to the country? It was one of the hottest issues on Codeco’s agenda on Friday June 4th.

After Europe agreed on the Coronapass, important points were resolved. Here are the answers to your questions.

There will be no need to show evidence of a negative PCR result while traveling: “fully” vaccinated and children under twelve years of age.

It’s true: Fully vaccinated people won’t need to have a Covid PCR test to travel. To be considered fully vaccinated, you must receive two scheduled doses within at least two weeks in case of double doses of the vaccine. If this delay is not reached, it will be necessary to undergo a PCR test, even after receiving two doses … More activity is expected from the test centers.

Children under 12 will not need to take a PCR test this summer.

Have to take a PCR test: unvaccinated “full” for more than 12 years

This effectively means that all people who have not had the opportunity to receive a full vaccination (given the buffer period of 15 days after the second dose) or who refuse to receive it will have to undergo a PCR test. travel (or show proof of immunity to the virus with a Covid passport).

Will these PCR tests be free?

Yes, for young people under 17, but also for adults who have not yet received an invitation for vaccination, as well as for those who have not yet received a full vaccination. In all these cases, interventions will be granted in the amount of no more than 55 euros, and in two cases.

What about quarantine upon arrival at your destination?

A fundamental principle of European philosophy: the host country has the ability to take concrete action. However, few European countries will encourage quarantine on arrival for foreign residents, and even less so for people who have been vaccinated. Since, in the philosophy of Alexander De Croo, “a negative PCR result is equivalent to vaccination”, it is safe to say that preventive quarantine upon arrival in the country of destination will de facto disappear this summer.

The government reminds that travel outside the EU zone is still “strongly discouraged”.

What about testing and quarantine when you return to Belgium?

When you return to Belgium, if you return from the green or orange zone, you will not be subject to any obligations (no tests or quarantine). On the other hand, if you return from the red zone, only “fully” vaccinated and young children will be able to avoid testing. All others will need to be tested at Covid no earlier than 72 hours before arriving in Belgium. Preventive quarantine, on the other hand, disappears: in case of a positive test result, all you have to do is isolate yourself.

For people returning from a very high risk area where “worrying options” such as the Indian or Brazilian variant are prevalent, a 10-day quarantine is mandatory and a PCR test will be required on Day 1 and Day 7. Access to the country is prohibited for residents of high-risk areas, with the exception of major movements of transport personnel and diplomats, who, however, must comply with a 10-day quarantine with PCR tests.

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