Belgium will ease its Covid-19 testing rules for arrivals who are fully vaccinated arrivals, with the new regulations coming into force on Friday (November 26).
Currently, visitors from the UK must take a PCR or rapid antigen test (RAT) on the first or second day of their trip, and quarantine until they receive a negative result.
They must also take another PCR or RAT test on day seven of their stay.
From Friday (November 26), visitors from the UK will just need a single negative test.
The Foreign Office advice says: “From 26 November travellers who can present a negative PCR test results that is less than 72 hours old or a negative RAT test taken on the day before arrival or on day of arrival will no longer be required to be tested on day 1 or day 2. A day 7 test will also no longer be required.”
Vaccinated visitors must also complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), unless they fall under a very limited list of exemptions listed on the Belgian government website.
The FCO added: “If you choose to take an RAT test you should get your results in approximately 20 minutes. These can be taken at various local pharmacies.”
Travellers who are staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours must complete the Belgian PLF, but are not required to quarantine or take a test.
Belgium operates a travel colour code traffic light system and the UK is currently classified as red zone (high risk).
Picture of Bruges, Belgium, by SenSeHi/Shutterstock.