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Tonster

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Going Sunday till Wednesday and it is still only gov U.K. site that says pcr 72 hours before as a said Belgium still says test on arrival and that’s where we are going so think it will be up to the Belgium gov not U.K. gov
Also says here though if you’re vaccinated and have negative PCR you don’t need any test on day 1 and no isolation.



From a third country classified as a red zone

People who are nationals of or have their main residence in an EU country or the Schengen Area and who are returning from a third country classified as a red zone and who have stayed there for more than 48 hours must get tested on day 1 (residents in Belgium), or have a test certificate (non-residents in Belgium), and on day 7 of quarantine (residents and non-residents in Belgium).

People who are not nationals of or do not have their main residence in an EU country or the Schengen Area and who are arriving from a third country classified as a red zone and who have stayed there for more than 48 hours must have a test certificate as mentioned above and get tested on day 7 of quarantine.

Exceptions

  • Travellers who are fully vaccinated and can prove this with a recognised vaccination certificate must get tested on day 1 and remain in quarantine until the test result is known. If you return from a red zone, you must also be tested on day 7, without having to quarantine after a negative test result on day 1 , except when travellers have been on the territory of a third country classified as a very high-risk zone during the 14 days prior to their arrival in Belgium. There are currently no countries classified as very high-risk zones.
  • Travellers who are fully vaccinated and can prove this with a recognised vaccination certificate and who have a negative test certificate upon arrival, as mentioned above, do not have to get tested on day 1 or quarantine. If you return from a red zone, you must get tested on day 7 without having to quarantine, except when travellers have been on the territory of a third country classified as a very high-risk zone during the 14 days prior to their arrival in Belgium. There are currently no countries classified as very high-risk zones.
 

cptaidan88

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I emailed the Belgian embassy for some clarity on the current rules.

I asked whether we can take the PCR within 72 hours of arrival to avoid the quarantine (as I am staying longer than 48 hours), and if not, what type of test we have to take on arrival - PCR or antigen.

Their reply;
"the basic rule is that before undertaking the trip, the traveler must verify himself under which rules he falls"

F***ing useless
 

frothy

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Pretty sure the PCR test 7 hours before arrival is only for unvaccinated travellers (and from non EU red countries i.e.us that means you can't travel anyway.

From reading this it means no test if in Belgium less than 48 hours, and if you are you have to take the day 1 test and isolate until the result is negative

I do not live in Belgium​

You are not a Belgian resident and you are planning to stay for more than 48 hours in Belgium? The following rules apply when you are in Belgium.

What should I do?​

  1. You must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) within 48 hours before arriving in Belgium, even if you’re vaccinated. The PLF must be completed:
  • by all people travelling to Belgium, except:
    • if they are staying for less than 48 hours in Belgium,
    • if they are returning to Belgium after a stay abroad of less than 48 hours;
  • Are you traveling to Belgium by plane or boat? Then you must always fill in the PLF, even if you are staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours or were abroad for less than 48 hours.
  • Are you travelling by train or bus from a country outside the EU or Schengen area? Then you must always fill in the PLF, even if you are staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours or were abroad for less than 48 hours.
  • If you have stayed in a very high-risk country for the past 14 days, you need to fill in the PLF at all times, regardless of the length of your stay.
  1. Check the colour code of your country and/or whether it is listed as a very high-risk country. Please note: Have you been in a very high-risk country in the past 14 days? You are not allowed to travel to Belgium. You may only travel to Belgium if you have an essential reason in a very limited number of cases. Read more here.
  2. Check which COVID certificate you have. There are three types of certificates:
  • A vaccination certificate proves that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You are fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your last vaccination dose and if the vaccine is EMA-certified or Covishield. From 1 September, vaccination certificates from non-EU countries will also be accepted in Belgium under certain conditions, pending their equivalence agreement with the EU.
  • A recovery certificate shows that you have recovered from COVID-19. You have a positive PCR test result no older than 180 days and you no longer need to isolate.
  • A test certificate is proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. This test should be less than 72 hours old.

Testing or quarantine​

The PLF will take the last 14 days into account when determining quarantine, also when the zone changes colour.

  1. Are you travelling from a green or orange zone? You do not need to get tested or quarantine.
  2. Are you travelling from a red zone in the European Union or Schengen area or from red code white list third country?
  • Do you have a vaccination or recovery certificate? You do not need to quarantine or get tested.
  • You don’t have a vaccination or recovery certificate?
    • You must do a PCR test maximum 72 hours before you are in Belgium. This test must be negative.
    • On arrival in Belgium you do not have to go into quarantine.
    • Get tested again on day 7.
    • Children under the age of 12 do not have to get tested.
  1. Are you travelling from a red zone outside the European Union or Schengen area?
  • If you do not have an EU nationality or main residence you may only travel to Belgium for essential reasons or if you have an approved vaccination certificate with full vaccination. Read more here.
  • Do you have a vaccination certificate?
    • Get tested on day 1 or 2 after you arrive in Belgium.
    • You have to stay in quarantine until the negative result of your test on day 1 or 2.
    • Get tested again on day 7.
  • You do not have a vaccination certificate?
    • If you don’t have a recovery certificate neither, get tested within 72 hours before your arrival in Belgium.
    • You must quarantine for 10 days. Get tested on day 1 and 7 after your arrival in Belgium. The quarantine may be shortened if the second test on day 7 is negative.
Fucking hell, my head hurts after reading that, still none the wiser
 

cptaidan88

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Less than 3 weeks to go - tickets should be on sale right? They've known about it for a month.
 

Scaring Europe to Death

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15 pages and I'm still none the wiser.

No doubt Sportsworld will suddenly announce a day package for about £300, roughly 10 days before the trip, and hopefully they'll also remove the ambiguity over COVID rules and regulations when entering Belgium.

Not much to ask for, but I won't hold my breath.
 

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