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Belgium to tighten border crossing measures: Reports

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Belgium’s Consultative Committee has reportedly decided to tighten the measures for entering and leaving the country.

Arrivals to Belgium would have to provide a negative coronavirus test certificate before entry, but it currently remains unclear if these rules will apply to those with residency within the country, with Flemish media saying all ‘Non-Belgians’ will need the test, while others have said it would only be needed by non-residents.

Additionally, travellers returning from a red travel zone – which is currently almost all of Europe – will be required to go into quarantine.

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Exceptions would be made for Belgians travelling abroad for work, as well as for internationals entering Belgium for work-related reasons. Quarantine would also not be compulsory for people going abroad for work or for foreigners coming to Belgium for the same reasons.

On 7 December, this measure had already been announced, but it reportedly had to be discussed at the meeting before taking effect, according to reports.

Additionally, the curfew in Flanders would remain at midnight, and would not be brought forward to match the 10 PM curfew in Brussels and Wallonia.

The measures, however, are not official until they are announced during the press conference, which will start at 7:00 PM.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times