Belgium is the most recent European country to relax its travel restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 virus. Not only has the prohibition on non-essential passengers from outside the EU been removed, but visitors to the administrative hub of the EU will no longer be required to fill out passenger location forms, provide evidence of immunization, or undergo negative tests in order to gain entry.
People from any nation who have a “variant of concern,” however, are a key exception to this criterion, according to the Prime Minister of Belgium, Alexander De Croo of Belgium.
According to a news statement that he issued, “This does not apply to travelers traveling from a nation with a new variety of concern.” “The restrictions that are in place at this time will still apply to them.”
Within the United Kingdom at this time, there are no “variants of concern” that are known to exist.
In addition to the relaxation of regulations for travel, face masks are no longer required everywhere inside Belgium, with the exception of hospitals, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies.
Today, on its website, the British Foreign Office provided confirmation of the story.
It stated that “there is no longer any COVID-19 related restrictions on travel from the UK,” including the requirement to present evidence of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test, or to fill out a Passenger Locator Form. Additionally, it stated that “there is no longer any COVID-19 related quarantine in the UK.” “A prohibition on non-essential travel remains in effect for travelers coming from extremely high-risk countries,” and “arriving passengers are required to submit a Passenger Locator Form, be quarantined for 10 days, and perform a PCR test on days 1 and 7,” the Department of Homeland Security said.
On March 18th, regardless of whether or not they had received vaccinations, the United Kingdom opened its borders to all travelers.
Since then, a number of other nations in Europe, such as Austria, Greece, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania, Sweden, Serbia, Slovenia, and Slovakia, have followed suit.
And this news comes just one day after Spain made it easier for British visitors to go there by allowing unvaccinated persons into the country as long as they could provide a negative PCR or antigen test when they arrived. In other words, Spain made it simpler for British tourists to travel there.