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Add to Calendar 02/24/2022 13:00 02/25/2022 17:30 MM/DD/YYYY Europe/Zurich Viral Hepatitis Elimination 2022 Brussels, Belgium
Download the health & safety measures implemented by the venue

EASL is currently committed to hosting the Viral Hepatitis Elimination 2022 as an in person event.  For those unable to be in Belgium, a digital extension is in place to allow both online attendance and remote presentation.

We continue to monitor the public health and travel situation and will take timely measures to ensure that this event is delivered in an effective and responsible way. We therefore encourage all delegates, presenters, faculty and partners to follow news and announcements on the EASL website.

COVID-19 measures implemented in Belgium

All face-to-face EASL events follow the latest in health and safety measures. Your safety is our priority. We are merging the very best of face-to-face events with cutting-edge developments in meeting technology. With more time for reflection, more space for comfort.  

All session rooms, catering points, exhibition areas, and corridors will be arranged to keep delegates at a safe, yet friendly distance. You can once again enjoy mingling with your peers, connecting nationally and internationally, across the full liver community.

To enter a venue, and indeed most shared indoor facilities in Belgium, all people will be obliged to wear a mask and have a valid COVID pass, called a “COVID certificate”.
This applies to all delegates, staff, visitors, and suppliers. 

We look forward to meeting again with you in a stimulating and secure setting.  

Updated: 27 September 2021

Measures in force may be reviewed in accordance to the evolution of the pandemic.

What are the rules to enter this country from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?

All persons coming or returning to Belgium, or travelling through Belgium, must fill out a Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours before arriving in Belgium.

There is an exception for people staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours, or returning to Belgium after a stay abroad inferior to 48 hours. Persons who travel to Belgium by boat or plane are always obliged to fill in the Passenger Locator Form.

The obligations of testing and quarantine depend on the colour of the area of origin (green / orange / red). However, from 19 July 2021 stricter rules can apply to travellers coming from EU and Schengen associated countries characterised by high rates of variants of concern (“very high-risk” zones), regardless of their colour classification. Currently, there are no countries considered as “very high risk zones”.

More information and the form can be found at https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels/

Entering this country with the EU Digital COVID certificate

Belgium accepts the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC).

Travellers arriving from "green" or "orange" zones, with or without a EUDCC, are not subject to testing or quarantine requirements.

Travellers arriving from a "red" zone, and holding a EUDCC, are exempted from further testing and quarantine requirements only if their EUDCC contains either:

  • a certificate of full vaccination
    The vaccination is considered to be completed (full) 14 days after taking the second dose (or 14 days after the single dose for vaccines requiring 1 dose only). For people who had been previously infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the vaccination is considered to be completed also after a single dose of a vaccine requiring 2 doses
  • a certificate of recovery from Covid-19, valid between 11 and 180 days from the date of a positive PCR test
  • a pre-departure PCR test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival. Residents in Belgium and persons of Belgian nationality can replace the pre-departure PCR test by a PCR test taken within 48 hours from arrival, by remaining in self-isolation while waiting for the test result.

All travellers from an EU "red zone”, who do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate, must present a pre-departure negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Belgian residents can get tested on day 1 or 2 after the arrival in Belgium and must undergo a quarantine while waiting for the result. If the test is negative, they can end the quarantine. A second test must be taken on day 7. If any of these tests is positive, an  isolation of 10 days must be observed.

As of 17 September, Brussels Region will apply stricter rules: all travellers coming from a red area and not holding a EUDCC must, in addition to the tests obligations, respect a mandatory quarantine of 10 days. The quarantine can be shorted if the result of the test taken on day 7 after arrival is negative.

When arriving from a very high-risk country inside the European Union or Schengen Area, people who do not have a certificate of full vaccination must present a test certificate and take a PCR test on day 7 after their arrival in Belgium.
Residents in Belgium must perform a PCR test on day 1 or 2 of their arrival in Belgium, and get tested again on day 7. Quarantine is mandatory, until the test result is known.

Entering this country without the EU Digital COVID certificate or with a certificate not compliant with national requirements

The Belgian Government has introduced a traffic light system of "green", "orange", "red" and "very high-risk" zones. Belgium's classification is updated every Sunday and is valid from the Monday immediately following. It is based on the data and criteria communicated by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) every Thursday. Each country is given a colour code (red, orange, green). The measures applicable to travel to Belgium depend on the colour code assigned to each country. In addition to the colour code, countries of origin may also be classified as “very high-risk" zones, to which additional stricter measures apply. From 19 July 2021 stricter rules can apply to travellers coming from EU and Schengen associated countries characterised by high rates of variants of concern, regardless of the colour classification.

Find out the current colour code assigned by Belgium to each country.

The country or region has to be classified "orange" or "green" for at least 14 days, without being classified as “very high-risk” zone, before being exempted from the requirements applied to "red" zones and “very high-risk” zones.

Are a coronavirus test or quarantine required?

All travellers from an EU "red zone”, who do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate, must present a test certificate prior to arrival. Belgian residents can get tested on day 1 or 2 after the arrival in Belgium and must undergo a quarantine while waiting for the result. If the test is negative, they can end the quarantine. A second test must be taken on day 7. If any of these tests is positive, a quarantine of 10 days must be observed.

When arriving from an EU or Schengen associated country with high rates of variants of concern, regardless of their colour classification, people who have not been fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks must present a test certificate before arrival, or on day 1 after the arrival for Belgian residents (in this case, a quarantine must be observed while waiting for the results). If the test is negative, they can end the quarantine. A second test must be taken on day 7. If any of these tests is positive, a quarantine of 10 days must be observed.  More information on inbound travel exemptions because of the “essential reasons” is available at: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/countries-with-high-risk/

In addition to information within your country, we advise you to consult these websites. They provide information on the various restrictions in place in every country, including on quarantine and testing requirements for travellers:

Re-open EU (europa.eu)
IATA interactive map
COVID-19 Government Public Health Mitigation Measures

Please refer to the official website for more information
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