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Return from red zone and mandatory quarantine: what to know

As of mid-October, people returning from a red zone are no longer automatically required to self-quarantine and be tested. It will change.

Tnobody returning from an area classified as “red” due to the pandemic linked to the coronavirus will soon have to go back to quarantine on their return, said Karine Moykens, president of the Inter-federal Testing and Tracing Committee, on the Radio 1 program on Monday. “De wereld vandaag”, following information published in the Sudpresse group newspapers.

As of mid-October, people returning from a red zone are no longer automatically required to self-quarantine and be tested. Since then, case-by-case decisions have been made on the basis of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) – the form that anyone staying abroad for more than 48 hours is required to complete upon return – and a new “self-assessment questionnaire”.

But now the rules are stricter again, confirmed Ms. Moykens. Anyone returning from a red zone from December 18 will have to spend 10 days in quarantine. After seven days, these people will also need to be tested.

Controls at borders, airports and ports

“We will see if these people actually make an appointment to be tested. Those who do not will get a call from us, ”said Moykens. The intention is also to strengthen the controls to verify that the PLF has been completed. “We are looking at how to make it so that by December 18 it is no longer so easy to cross the border. There are ongoing discussions relating to border controls, airports and ports. ”

Ireland and Iceland are exceptions

Almost all countries are currently listed in red on the FPS Foreign Affairs map. In Europe, only Ireland, Iceland, most of Norway, most of the Canary Islands and parts of the UK have orange zones. No area is green. All travel abroad is now discouraged.

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