From Friday, December 18, 2020, on the eve of the Christmas school holidays, the rules concerning returns from a red zone will be stricter again, according to statements by Karine Moykens, president of the Interfederal Testing and Tracing Committee, in the Sudpresse group newspapers. It will no longer be possible at all to escape a quarantine of at least 10 days, as well as a mandatory test on the seventh day.
As a reminder, since mid-October, people returning from a stay of more than 48 hours in a red zone are no longer automatically required to self-quarantine and be tested. A decision is made on a case-by-case basis for each traveler on the basis of the data provided in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) – the form that anyone staying abroad is required to complete at least 48 hours before their return – and a “self-assessment questionnaire”.
“We are looking at how to make it so that by December 18 it is no longer so easy to cross the border.”
Based on the answers provided, the form calculates whether you are at high risk of having been infected with the virus. If you then receive an SMS, then you will have to observe a quarantine. If you don’t receive anything, you can opt out of it.
Karine Moykens also stressed that there would henceforth be a stricter control of compliance with quarantine and screening measures, as well as filling of the PLF. “We are looking at how to make it so that by December 18 it is no longer so easy to cross the border.”