Belgium asks neighbours for travel restrictions revision

The Belgian Foreign Ministry has asked the Netherlands and Germany to revise their mandatory quarantine measures for the province of Antwerp.

“Based on a request from the governor of the province of Antwerp, Foreign Affairs asked Berlin and The Hague to contact the local authorities,” Marie Cherchari deputy spokesperson for the Federal Public Service (SPF) Foreign Affairs was quoted as saying by Belga news agency.

Since 29 July, travellers to the Netherlands from the province of Antwerp had to respect a ten-day quarantine, while in Germany it has been classified as a risk region since 5 August and travellers had to observe two weeks quarantine, unless a negative test for the coronavirus is presented.

At the same time, Belgium has been moved from dark orange to light orange zone by ECDC, meaning that between 20 and 60 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the last two weeks were detected. Only Brussels remains red, recording more than 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past two weeks.

(Alexandra Brzozowski, EURACTIV.com)

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