Belgium’s latest Covid measure sounds like it belongs more in an episode of Game of Thrones (earlier seasons only please) rather than a cross-border pandemic fighting situation, but here we are.
The “declaration on honour” – which has now been called a “sworn statement” in the English version – is a form that travellers need to carry from today to explain why they are able to cross the border now all non-essential travel to and from Belgium is banned.
Using the form, a traveller declares that their cross-border trip falls under a category of journeys that are considered essential, something which they will need to prove to the police if they are checked.
“If” really is the keyword there – as reports from people coming back over main borders after break certainly made it seem like border checks were not as common as you would think.
So, have you been stopped crossing the border?
Do you think the form will make people stop what they were doing?
Let @johnstonjules know on Twitter.
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