October 20, 2021

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Travel Map Update: Portugal and almost all Spain will be red, while Wallonia and Flanders will be green.

The good news is that Italy, France, Germany and other countries in Central Europe are green. Unfortunately, the situation in Spain and Portugal is getting worse. As for Spain, 3/4 of the country is now in red. Portugal, which was completely orange, has now been completely reddened in the latest ECTC update.

For Belgian travelers, turning most of Portugal and Spain (including most tourist areas) to red is a game changer. To access these two countries, nothing changes, especially Belgium Green (Wallonia and Flanders) and Orange (Brussels). However, on the way back, we have to adapt. On the Info-coronavirus.be website, we find the following instructions: “Do you have a vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate? You do not need to be isolated or tested. Do you not have a vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate? Do you have a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old? Check in on the first or second day of returning from your trip. Is your test negative? You can skip the isolation once you get your results. Children under 12 should not be tested. ”

For those who have not been fully vaccinated or are immunocompromised for less than 6 months after infection, the PCR test performed in Spain or Portugal can be integrated into the digital pass with little accuracy. If it is negative, it avoids minor isolation in Belgium, so there is no need to do a test in Belgian territory.

As a reminder, color codes have a different meaning, whether you are going on vacation or coming back. For example, the color of Wallonia and Brussels in relation to Flanders has no bearing on coming to France. The same is true for entering Italy. Both of these countries, like Portugal, impose European digital certification wherever you are, regardless of the color of the region.

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On the other hand, travelers to Spain can avoid using the Health Pass if they come from Flanders such as Wallonia or Croatia or Norway.

Another reminder is that there is no 48-hour rule to avoid isolation. When you return to Belgium you should check the color of the place where you are staying and follow the rules that apply with us. The 48-hour rule does not apply to short-term stays in France. To cross the border legally, you need a digital pass, except for specially exempt cross-border workers.

In short, the color of the Belgian regions is calculated only for outbound travel, only for return to the destination country, and according to the color at the time of return.