BRUSSELS – Quarantine travel rules reshuffle

Travellers returning to Belgium from a so-called “orange zone” will be asked to quarantine and get tested for COVID-19, after Belgium’s foreign affairs ministry changed the rules for a third time this week.

On Monday, the ministry advice said that quarantine was no longer recommended for travellers returning from an “orange zone” but that these people were however asked to closely monitor their state of health.

The advice changed on Tuesday, where travellers returning from an “orange zone” were now recommended to undergo a screening test and quarantine.

“If you are returning from an orange zone, quarantine and testing are called for,” an announcement on the ministry’s website then read on Tuesday afternoon, but unlike for travellers returning from red zones, it is not stated as a requirement and falls in the responsibility of the communities and regions.

Domus Medica, the association of Flemish general practitioners, denounced the lack of clarity of the instructions addressed to travellers returning from orange zones.

“Either we force all travellers returning from a certain region to test and quarantine for 14 days, or we force no one,” the association said in a statement.

“General practitioners cannot continue to work like this. Will someone finally take the helm and try to guide us through the second wave? ”

(Alexandra Brzozowski, EURACTIV.com)

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