The travel restrictions announced by the Belgian Prime Minister come into force on Wednesday 27 January.
From Wednesday 27 January until Monday 1 March, non-essential travel to and from Belgium is prohibited.
Crossing the border will only be allowed for certain specific reasons deemed "essential". Commuters will have to fill in a travel certificate. It is available directly on the authorities' website. According to the government, "the travel ban will be checked for road, air, sea, and rail traffic".
Among the reasons for cross-border travel are, of course, work. Cross-border commuters will therefore be able to travel normally, provided they have the necessary proof. They will also be able to use the same certificate for the purpose of business travel, with an insert for "regular travel".
Residents of border areas will also be able to go shopping in a neighbouring country, as stated in the certificate. Students are allowed to cross the border as part of their educational obligations.
For couples separated by the border, they will be able to meet "insofar as credible proof of a stable and lasting relationship can be provided". In addition, the exceptions also allow for travel due to "imperative family reasons".
Except for regular travel, it is stated that "this document must be completed for each border crossing during the period from 27 January 2021 to 1 March 2021".