The consultation committee decided last July to assign a color code to the various foreign countries. The list is adjusted according to the epidemiological situation of each country.
For Belgians returning to Belgium after a stay abroad, these different colors are an indication of the rules that apply. Before setting off, it is important to identify the color that designates the destination.
Green zone: no restrictions
Red zone: Travel to these areas is strictly prohibited by the authorities. If you were already there when the area turned red, quarantine is mandatory on return to Belgium, regardless of the length of your stay.
Zone orange: Travel is permitted. But if you stay there more than 48 hours, the test and quarantine are recommended upon return to Belgium.
Every day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assesses the epidemiological situation in each country. In France, since this Saturday, the department of Mayenne is on the red list. The departments of Nord and Pas-de-Calais are turning orange, just like Haute-Savoie or Ile-de-France. Switzerland is now in the crosshairs of the authorities. Travel in certain cities such as Geneva and around Lake Geneva is prohibited.
Italy, a black spot in Europe at the start of the epidemic, has however turned green. Several Spanish regions are still in the red in the north of the country as in Barcelona. Finally, certain areas in the Netherlands, such as the maritime province of Zeeland, have also gone orange.
As a reminder, here is what the authorities mean by quarantine:
“Stay indoors (including the garden or terrace) in one place, which must be specified in advance via the“ Public Health Passenger Locator Form ”. This can be a private address (at family or friends) or another place to stay, such as a hotel. If the person becomes ill, all roommates are considered close contacts. ”
During this isolation, which lasts 14 days, contact with other people, including those in the same house, should be completely avoided. It is requested to keep the social distance of 1.50m between household members.