EU Continues to Pressure Belgium to Put an End to Travel Ban

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On January 22 The Consultative Committee in Belgium first decided to ban non-essential travel to and from Belgium. The ban was set to expire on March 1, 2021, but it was extended due to concerns that arose amid the spread of the new COVID-19 mutations throughout Europe and further in the world.

The restrictions were then announced to be effective until April 1, but in a Consultative Committee meeting held on March 19, the authorities approved the prolongation of the ban until April 18 if the agreement for mandatory testing and self-isolation of travelers is approved.

The European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, in a conversation with the Belgian Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden, emphasized that the Belgian authorities should respect the policies of people’s free movement in the EU.

“The Commission expects an end date for the ban on non-essential travel and other less restrictive measures, such as testing and quarantines,” European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders added.

The European Commission continues to pressure Belgian authorities to end the non-essential travel ban currently effective in Belgium, which is set to expire only on April 18, 2021.

Earlier in March, Belgium received a letter from the European Commission stating that the country can protect the health of the public even if they ease the restrictions rather than imposing a total ban.

According to Belgium’s current measures, all persons entering Belgium from a red list country must stay self-isolated, and they can only be dismissed after submitting a negative PCR test done on the seventh day of self-isolation.

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