It is as many people feared: Belgium is experiencing another rise in the number of coronavirus infections and is taking additional steps to curb a further flare-up. We summarise the most important changes for you below.
Travelling to and returning from a foreign country?
- You will be obliged to complete a ‘Passenger Locator Form’ ( PDF ) 48 hours before returning to Belgium, regardless of which country you are coming from or what means of transport you are using (car, aeroplane, train, bus etc.) You will find this document here.
- The government is now working on a colour code system which will indicate the actions you have to take when you return from a red, yellow or green area.
- Returning from a 'red zone' means a mandatory quarantine of 9 days (including a coronavirus test before and after this quarantine period).
- When you return from an 'orange zone' there is no mandatory quarantine, but you are recommended to stay in quarantine and to take a coronavirus test. Your employer can oblige you to go into quarantine or work at home for this period. A coronavirus test is strongly recommended when returning from an orange zone.
- When you return from a 'green zone' no quarantine applies and therefore no further action is needed.
You will always find the most recent updates relating to the colour codes for each country on this page.
Face mask requirement
Wearing a face mask was already a requirement in places including public transport, the workplace (only if it was not possible to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres) and shops. From 25 July onwards, face masks are also mandatory at markets, in shopping streets, in public buildings, in crowded places and in hospitality establishments - restaurants, pubs, cafes etc. - (unless you are sitting at a table). Municipalities and provinces will also be at liberty to introduce possible additional rules for their areas.
In hospitality establishments, customers have to supply their telephone number or e-mail address so that they can be contacted if an infection is suspected or identified.
The basic rules are now well known, but we will also recap them for you:
- Do you feel ill? Then stay at home.
- Wash your hands with soap regularly and thoroughly.
- Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people. If this is not possible, wear a face mask.
- Limit your physical social contacts and in particular arrange to meet people out of doors.
- Wear a face mask in crowded public places.
The Belgian government has announced rigorous checks and severe penalties for infringements of the use of face masks and failure to comply with the rules. We will keep you informed of any changes via our website. If you have any questions or doubts, please contact the Accent Foreign office in your area at any time.