While going into self-isolation and getting a coronavirus test is mandatory for red zone returnees, it is only highly recommended and non-enforceable for those coming back from an orange zone.
The FPS’ figures are drawn from a mandatory return form that travellers coming into the country by all forms of transport, after a stay of more 48 hours abroad, are expected to fill in.
The number of people who should be in quarantine at the moment could therefore be higher than the FPS’ estimates, as not all passengers fill in the form. Moreover, checks on those entering by individual transport such as a personal vehicle or by foot or car are more difficult to carry out.
Since it was launched on 1 August, the return travel form has been completed 1.6 million times and a total of 108,000 people have returned from a red zone since, compared to 566,000 from an orange zone.