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Belgium keeps its external border closed for the fifteen countries for which the EU has recommended opening now

July 6, 2020

The European Union agreed last week to open its external border to a reduced list of fifteen countries in early July to start reactivating international transit. However, Belgium has decided to keep the border closed even for these first approved countries by this year. Doubts about their epidemiological situation or dealing with countries that do not respond to the European opening with the principle of reciprocity.

The list of countries eligible to resume travel to or departing from the European Union are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Georgia and China. ;; In the case of China, however, openness was mutual.

However, Belgium has already announced after this agreement that the restrictions for all countries in the list will not be lifted because its authorities “still have doubts” about the “clarity and reliability” of the data they offer.

Belgium keeps its external border closed for the fifteen countries for which the EU has recommended opening now
Belgium keeps its external border closed for the fifteen countries for which the EU has recommended opening now

The Belgian government has not provided details of the countries on the approved list whose dates it is not certain to have seen, but this Monday, Sophie Wilmès’s executive body, after a restricted committee of ministers, has concluded that it is currently approving the EU recommendation will not accept, although it will not close the door to reopen the border in the coming weeks if the epidemiological situation develops, the sources cited by the Belgian media.