Belgium has dropped almost all of its COVID-19 restrictions

May 23, 2022

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Belgium has become the latest European nation to ease COVID-19 related travel restrictions.

Not only have authorities lifted a ban on non-essential travellers from outside the EU, but visitors to the E.U.’s administrative heartland will no longer be subject to any entry restrictions, such as passenger locator forms, proof of vaccination or negative tests.

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However, Belgian premier Alexander De Croo warned of one crucial exception to the rule: people from any country harbouring a “variant of concern”.

“This does not apply to travellers coming from a country with a new variant of concern,” he said in a press release. “For them, the current rules continue to apply.”

Currently, there are no known “variants of concern” within the U.K.

In addition to the travel rules, all face mask rules have also been lifted inside Belgium, except in hospitals, doctor’s offices and pharmacies.

Related: Spain relaxes entry rules for unvaccinated British holidaymakers

The British Foreign Office confirmed the news today on its website.

“There are no longer Covid-related restrictions on travel from the UK such as the need to present evidence of vaccination, a negative Covid test or to complete a Passenger Locator Form,” it said. “A ban on non-essential travel remains in place for travellers arriving from very high-risk countries, and arriving passengers are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form, quarantine for 10 days and take a PCR test on days 1 and 7.”

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Britain opened its borders to all travellers, regardless of vaccination status on 18 March.

A number of other countries across Europe have since followed suit, including Austria, Greece, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania, Sweden, Serbia, Slovenia and Slovakia.

And Belgium’s news comes a day after Spain eased travel restrictions for U.K. holidaymakers, allowing unvaccinated visitors to enter the country so long as they can provide a negative PCR or antigen test on arrival.

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