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Belgium bans passenger travel from India

La Belgique interdit tout transport de passagers en provenance de l'Inde, du Brésil et d'Afrique du Sud. La proposition du gouvernement fédéral a été approuvée ce matin par un Comité de concertation électronique. La ministre de l'Intérieur publiera un AM à cet effet dans les plus brefs délais.

Passenger travel by air, train, boat, and bus, including transit traffic, from India, Brazil and South Africa to Belgium will be banned.

Only a very limited number types of essential travel will still be allowed:

  • professional travel of transport workers and seafarers;
  • Travel of diplomats, staff of international organisations and persons invited by international organisations whose physical presence is indispensable for the proper functioning of these organisations, in the performance of their duties.

Authorised travel is only possible on submission of a certificate issued by the employer and on submission of a certificate issued by the Belgian diplomatic mission or consular post if it is demonstrated that the journey is essential.

Stricter test and quarantine rules upon return

People with Belgian nationality and people who have their main residence in Belgium can return from India, Brazil, and South Africa to Belgium. They are strongly advised not to travel to these countries.

For non-residents of Belgium travelling from India to our country and staying in our country for less than 48 hours, or when a resident of Belgium has been in India for less than 48 hours, no exception to the testing and quarantine rules will apply. The same stricter rules already apply to South America, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Highest priority

The control authorities are asked to give the highest priority to controlling persons coming from the countries concerned, both with regard to the PLF obligation (such as controls at airports and major railway stations) and compliance with the mandatory testing and quarantine rules.

The Federal Government is closely monitoring the evolution of the epidemiological situation. Further consultation is planned at the EU level and in particular with neighbouring countries to ensure a coordinated approach.