Be careful before you go on vacation: some areas turn red and others orange

Several European regions are changing color based on data and criteria from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on which our country is based.

Almost all the countries of the European Union and the Schengen area have either a red or an orange code.

Among the important changes that concern many Belgians: Catalonia (Spain) which changes from orange to red. Be careful, other Spanish regions remain red.

> Consult the ECDC map, Click here

On France, Brittany, the Grand-Est and Occitanie leave red and go orange. Several regions of Greece change from red to orange. Finally, la Romanie goes entirely green. These colors come into action next Monday. Travel to the red zones is not prohibited but strongly discouraged.

Concretely, what do these color changes imply?

Reminder of the rules:

Return of Belgian nationals from a stay abroad

Return from a green or orange zone:

• No obligation to quarantine or test. Please note: the status of an area may change during your stay.

Red zone return:

• People with a European digital covid certificate (available from June 16 for Belgians) attesting to a complete vaccination (completed more than 2 weeks ago), a recent negative PCR test (less than 72 hours) or a certificate of recovery should not be quarantined.

• People who get tested on arrival (day 1 or day 2) should not self-quarantine if they test negative. For young people from 12 years old, a negative PCR test is required. Children under 12 are exempt from testing.

Return to a very high-risk area with the presence of variants considered to be of concern:

• Mandatory 10-day quarantine with PCR test performed on day 1 and day 7.

• This obligation also applies to people who have had a complete vaccination or who have already taken a negative test in the country in question. These are indeed dangerous variants of the virus that we want to keep away from Europe.

All the practical information for traveling abroad is available on the website, and the list of color codes for each country is accessible via

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