Foreign office warns against traveling to antwerp province

Foreign Office warns against traveling to Antwerp province

Due to a significant increase in corona cases, the German Foreign Office warns against tourist travel to the Belgian region of Antwerp.

"Warnings are currently being issued against non-essential, tourist travel to the province of Antwerp due to renewed high levels of infection," the Foreign Office announced on its website.

Previously, the provincial government of Antwerp itself had already advised against travel to the region. There, the number of new Corona infections currently exceeds the mark of 50 cases per 100.000 inhabitants within seven days. Such regions have been declared risk areas by the Robert Koch Institute.

In the province, which does not border directly on Germany, there are the most confirmed Corona cases in Belgium. A particularly strict mask requirement, a nighttime curfew and a ban on the sale of alcohol at night are in force there. On the North Sea coast, vacationers and locals have to register in advance for beach visits in some cases.

Tourists from Germany can currently enter other regions of Belgium without any problems in principle. At Brussels airport, however, thermal cameras measure the temperature of all passengers. With more than 38 degrees the entry could be refused. Due to increasing numbers of Corona cases – recently there were on average more than 300 per day – the restrictions have been tightened again. For example, masks are compulsory in public places with large crowds, as well as on buses and trains, in museums and in stores. Guests in pubs and restaurants must leave contact details. Shopping is now only allowed alone and for a maximum of 30 minutes.

It is now becoming increasingly difficult for travelers to keep track of which regions in Europe are subject to travel warnings. After weeks of hesitation, it was only on Tuesday that the German government lifted the travel warning for the main Turkish vacation areas. At the end of July, a travel warning was issued for certain regions of Spain.

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