On Friday 31 July, the ECDC coloured the whole of Belgium in code orange. We can expect that other European countries will probably change their travel advice for travellers from Belgium to their country. What does this mean for your employees?
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) keeps records of coronavirus infections. They process these figures in a map on their website.
All countries base their travel advice (partly) on the data provided by the ECDC.
On Friday 31 July, the ECDC coloured the whole of Belgium in code orange. The province of Zeeland (the Netherlands) is now also coloured orange.
Code orange means that the number of coronavirus infections is between 20 and 59.9 per 100,000 inhabitants.
We can expect that other European countries will probably change their travel advice for travellers from Belgium to their country.
What does this mean for your employees?
- Check the website of each country of the travel route to the travel destination. Travelling to Slovenia by car? Then you will have to cross a number of countries. Each country on your itinerary may impose (different) measures because you come from an orange zone.
- You can find the websites of other countries by clicking on the travel advice on the Foreign Affairs website https://diplomatie.belgium.be/nl.
- Make sure you provide your employees who have to work in another country with an employer's certificate: this proves that they are travelling abroad for professional reasons. The "Certificate for crossing borders to another country (from BE)" is posted on: https://werk.belgie.be/sites/default/files/content/news/Certificateneedtocrosstheborder.pdf.
- Attention: the definition of 'essential movement' varies from country to country. Belgium considers that every movement for work is essential. There are countries that (will) define an "essential movement" differently. It is best to check in advance with your client/guest company in the other country whether your employees are allowed to work there.
- Everyone has to complete a Passenger Locator Form for the return trip to Belgium after a stay abroad. This can be done online. https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/nl/public-health-passenger-locator-form
The situation can change rapidly in other countries as well. It is therefore necessary to check regularly whether the conditions for travel to another country have changed.