Over 17,000 people protest Belgian decision to make Spain a red travel zone in Facebook group
Share article:
Share article:

Over 17,000 people protest Belgian decision to make Spain a red travel zone in Facebook group

Credit: Needpix

Over 17,000 people, mainly Belgians, have joined a Facebook group to protest Belgium’s decision to make Spain a red travel zone.

In the space of two weeks, approximately 17,700 people joined the group, called “Niet akkoord met Spanje ROOD” (Don’t agree with Spain RED), to express their outrage caused by what they call “a very unjustified decision” by Belgium.

At the start of September, Belgium’s Foreign Affairs Department assigned all of Spain, except Tenerife, a red colour code, meaning non-essential journeys to the country are no longer allowed, and returning travellers have to be tested and quarantined.

Currently, the islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro, as well as Tenerife, are considered orange zones, meaning increased vigilance while travelling is necessary, and being tested and/or quarantined upon return is recommended.

Many residents, second-home owners and regular holidaymakers in Spain can confirm that the Covid-19 situation is not so bad in many places, and that people often feel safer than in Belgium, the group states on Facebook.

Related News:


“Belgium is turning Spain red, and that is totally wrong,” Erik Claes, a Belgian member of the Facebook group who owns a B&B in Spain, and has been living there for years, said on VRT radio.

“They rely on WHO data. Yesterday, there were some 3,000 infections in Spain and 979 in Belgium. If you compare that with the number of inhabitants of both countries, I am not surprised that such groups are appearing on social media.”

People are tired of the fact that Belgium can “just decide” to colour a country red, according to Claes, adding that such a decision has a lot of consequences for a country.

Some members of the group are even planning a court case against Belgium, and are currently looking into the possibility of hiring a lawyer. Within the group, a crowdfunding campaign has been started to raise money for this lawsuit.

The decision to assign Spain a red colour code, however, was “not taken lightly,” health officials said last week, in response to the many questions they received about the announcement.

Before changing Spain’s colour code, Belgian experts looked at the number of infections in the country, the trend of the figures, and the percentage of positive tests, according to virologist Steven Van Gucht. “All these indicators are rising sharply in Spain,” he said.

Additionally, Van Gucht clarified, Belgium is not the only country implementing restrictions for Spain, as several other EU countries also ask travellers to quarantine when returning from Spain, and others ask for a test.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times

Latest news

Increase in number of people ‘asking King for mercy’ through royal pardons
More and more people living in Belgium have been seeking royal pardons, mainly for fines, largely as a result of it now being possible to send in ...
England now accepting cheaper Covid tests from fully vaccinated travellers
Fully vaccinated travellers who enter England from non-red countries will only be required to book a lateral flow test to take following their ...
Re-introducing face masks indoors considered as Covid-19 situation worsens
Belgium's council of ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the worsening epidemiological situation, and reintroducing face ...
Federal museums to receive €2.9 million booster shot
Federal museums will receive an additional €2.9 million in support from the government for the fiscal year 2021, of which the first payouts will be ...
European Parliament emphasises healthy food and animal welfare in EU Farm to Fork Strategy
The European Parliament adopted this week a resolution on the EU Farm to Fork Strategy calling for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food ...
Threats of strike action could affect Brussels’ STIB network from Monday
Brussels public transport operator STIB's trams, buses and metros could be affected from Monday 25 October onwards as the union representing the ...
Number of international adoptions in Belgium continues to drop
The number of regulated international adoptions authorised by Belgium further dropped in 2020, continuing an ongoing decreasing trend. Last ...
Disaster drill with emergency services held at Brussels Airport
Around 300 people took part in a disaster drill held was organised on Saturday by Brussels Airport in collaboration with external emergency services ...
Austria presents bill to legalise euthanasia
Austria’s government on Saturday presented its proposals for legalising assisted suicide, in response to a Constitutional Court ruling that the ...
Brussels’ Museum Night Fever draws in some 12,000 visitors
Some 12,000 participants took part in the 14th edition of Museum Night Fever in Brussels, with the 29 participating museums filled to the maximum ...
Relaunch of 10,000 steps campaign to get Flemish people moving
The Flemish government is breathing new life into its 10,000 steps campaign to get people in the region moving after a recent survey found that a ...
‘No scientific basis’ for giving everyone third dose, vaccine expert says
The head of Belgium's Vaccination Taskforce has argued that there is not enough scientific evidence to support the Flemish government's decision to ...