“The decision lies with the National Security Council (NSC), but it’s true that we are in a phase of preparation, of talks to make sure that when the ‘go’ is given —and I hope we will be able to give it— we work in a coordinated matter with our European neighbours.”
Pressed for a timeline, Goffin said that Belgian residents were advised to hold off on definitive bookings for at least two weeks, but said that the perspective for travelling outside of Belgium appeared to be “positive.”
The minister nevertheless said that the evolution of the pandemic remained a key element guiding officials’ decisions to reopen to tourism.
“To ensure that we do not lose the fruit of all the efforts that we have done these past months,” the decision to give the green-light to tourism will depend on how the pandemic evolves in Belgium and in other European countries.
On Thursday, Serbia became the latest country to reopen its borders, after Iceland, Austria and Germany had all previously announced they would be easing border restrictions.
The Brussels Times