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The good health and safety of our guests is the upmost importance to EASPD. Our events will be held in accordance with current Belgian measures on COVID-19. We also ask our guest to follow the below guidelines and remain considerate of those who may be deemed more vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. You may also find below further information on the COVID-19 travel requirements to enter Belgium.

Guidance when attending any EASPD Event

  • To enter any EASPD event during our 25th Anniversary programme you will need to provide one of the following three COVID certificates:
    • A vaccination certificate which proves that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You are fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your last vaccination dose. EASPD will accept any national vaccination certificate.
    • A recovery certificate which shows that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days and that you no longer need to isolate;
    • A test certificate which proves a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. This test should be taken no earlier than 10th October.
    • Please be ready to prove that you have one of the above certificates as you enter our events venues. Please note that you will be asked to provide this proof at the start of each event of our 25th Anniversary programme.
  • When inside the conference venue please use a mask when moving around the venue, when you are seated you may remove your mask.
  • Wash your hands regularly or use an antibacterial hand-gel.
  • Avoid touching common surfaces.
  • Please avoid close physical contact with other conference participants.
  • If you feel sick or have symptoms of COVID-19 you should not attend any EASPD event. Please seek medical advice and get tested.
  • If you fall ill with COVID-19 symptoms during the event, please isolate in your accommodation immediately and contact the organisers via email to inform them. Emails should be directed to Rachel.vaughan(a)easpd.eu
  • When not in the conference venue we strongly recommend that you avoid crowded places or areas where you are unable to keep a 1.5m distance.

Travel Guidance:

Please note that this information is valid and correct as of 14/09/2021. This page will be updated again on 30/09/2021.

 
Passenger Locator Form:

All participants travelling to Belgium must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) within 48 hours before arriving in Belgium, even if you are 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.

You may complete the form either electronically or on paper. If you decide to use the paper version, make sure to fill in two copies, as the airline or train service will keep one for themselves. For the electronic version, you will receive a QR code to your email which you should show when you board and disembark.

For more information on the form and where to find it, use the following link: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/plf/

 

Rules for entering Belgium:

If you are travelling from the European Union or Schengen area or from red code white list third country and possess a vaccination certificate, the PLF is the only step needed to complete.

However, we would strongly advise you to double-check with your airline/travel provider as they may ask for further information. Please also make sure to check the rules for returning to your own country as this will differ from country to country.

To check the rules specific to your country, you can use the following link to see what steps need to be taken when arriving in Belgium. This includes whether you need to complete some form of testing or quarantine to enter. https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels/

Belgium has implemented a colour code travel system with varying travel requirements for each colour code. The codes are as follows:

  • Green
  • Amber
  • Red
  • Red Code white list
  • Very High Risk
 
Guidelines by Country code

Green:

  • Complete a PFL. You will not need to get tested or quarantine.

Amber

  • Complete a PFL. You will not need to get tested or quarantine

Red

  • Complete a PFL.
  • 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.
  • If you are travelling from a red zone outside the European Union or Schengen area:
    • If you are vaccinated, get tested on day 1 or 2 after you return from your trip. Did you test negative? Then you can end quarantine as soon as you get your test result. Children under the age of 12 do not have to get tested, but will be quarantined when the parents are tested, pending the test results.
      • Currently COVID-19 PCR test results are delivered around 24 hours after the test sample has been taken.
    • If you are not vaccinated, or not vaccinated with a vaccine recognised from the EU. You must quarantine for 10 days. Get tested on day 1 or 7 after you return from your trip. The quarantine may be shortened if the second test on day 7 is negative.
  • To find the latest COVID-19 travel information for Belgium, click here: What to do when you arrive in Belgium? | Coronavirus COVID-19 (info-coronavirus.be)
 
Testing:

If you are told after completing your PLF that you will need a test, you can use the following links to find an appropriate testing location.

PCR Testing

  • If you have been asked to complete a PCR test (you will be informed via the contact details you provide in the form) you can get a test at any of these at any of these locations: https://brussels.testcovid.be/en/
    • If you have been asked to complete a PCR test as a result of your PLF you will receive a code for a free test via text.
    • If you require a text for travel you can purchase a test from any of these testing sites for €41. If you do not have a Belgian registration number, you cannot book online, but you may directly proceed to any test center without an appointment. Tests can only be paid for in card.
    • The test centre Merode is closest to the conference venue. For those arriving at Gare du Midi train station, a testing sit is also located at the train station.

You can also conduct a test at Brussels Airport: here is more information on this process. A standard PCR test for costs €55 from the airport. https://www.brusselsairport.be/en/passengers/the-impact-of-the-coronavirus/covid-19-test-centre-at-brussels-airport

If you need to book a private PCR test, for return or ongoing travel, you can also do so via SYNLab. Further information on their test centers can be found here: Appointment (synlab.be)

Antigen testing

If you need to complete a rapid antigen test, here are some pharmacies in Brussels, close to the conference venue, that you can contact:

Place de Luxembourg (near the EASPD offices) - https://www.easypharm.be/fr/pharmacies/bruxelles/pharmacie-du-luxembourg

Multipharmas in Brussels: Test & Go (multipharma.be)