It is still complicated to travel to Belgium due to neighbors restrictions, but cross-border family visits amounts to a slight easing of the rules.
Belgium will allow cross-border travel to visit family members in neighbouring countries from Saturday, in a slight easing of travel restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus, the interior minister said on Friday.
Belgian Interior Minister Pieter De Crem said on Facebook that a ministerial decree will be published on Saturday.
“From tomorrow it will again be possible to visit family members in our neighbouring countries,” he said.
De Crem said travellers must comply with coronavirus precautions in bordering countries – France, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands.
Non-essential travel to and from Belgium has been restricted since mid-March.
The European Union’s (EU) executive Commission pushed this month to reopen the bloc’s internal borders, but recommended that external borders remain closed for most travel until 15 June.
The Belgian government has also drawn up rules that cafes and restaurants must follow when they reopen, although a date for this has not been fixed, economy and consumer affairs minister Nathalie Muylle told the VRT public broadcaster.
Restaurants and cafes must keep tables 1.5 metres apart, close at midnight, and take orders at a customer’s table, not at the counter. Reservations will be required at restaurants, while in cafes one customer per table must leave their contact details to enable contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
Belgium has been among the worst-affected countries in Europe with 58,061 COVID-19 cases and 9,430 deaths, although the number of cases, hospital admissions and fatalities has declined since peaking in early April.
(Reporting by Kate Abnett; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)
Subscribe to Skift Pro
Subscribe to Skift Pro to get unlimited access to stories like these ($30/month)Subscribe Now
Photo Credit: Three Brussels Airlines planes stand at departure gates at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, Belgium, April 3, 2016. Brussels approved family travel from outside the country. Geert Vanden Wijngaert / Associated Press
UK Travel Restrictions May Ease for Vaccinated Arrivals
The removal of the much-hated and frequently sleazy testing regimen for vaccinated travelers will give a boost for airlines, holiday and tourism companies not just in the UK, but across Europe. It's time to catch up.
Costas Pitas, Guy Faulconbridge and Sarah Young, Reuters | 9 hours ago
United Airlines’ Tough Stance Paying Off With 90 Percent of Workers Vaccinated
As companies debate whether carrots or sticks are the best way to get staff vaccinated against Covid-19, United Airlines is proving that sticks can work. After a threat of unpaid leave, nearly all of the carrier's staff have gotten their jabs.
Edward Russell | 1 day ago
Chinese Travelers Still See U.S. as Most Unsafe for Travel
Got the pandemic under control? That remains a key factor for Chinese tourists to go abroad, a new sentiment survey from Dragon Trail shows. None of that "living-with-the-virus" approach that some Asian destinations are starting to embrace.
Lebawit Lily Girma | 1 day ago