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30 Jul 2021

Belgium Introduces ‘COVID Safe Ticket’ for Large Events!

by puaweiyi | News, Feature



After the EU's Covid Certificate, Belgium will be introducing their own covid certificate that’ll prove the ticket holder having antibodies against the coronavirus.

The Brussels Times reports that Belgium’s COVID Safe Ticket is for use to access indoor and outdoor events only. Beginning from 13 August 2021, the ticket is required if an outdoor event has 1,500 or more attendees, while the same applies for indoor events starting from 1 September 2021.

Belgium’s COVID Safe Ticket allows ticket holders to attend events without having to wear a face mask or follow social distancing guidelines. However, as event organisers are not obligated to use COVID Safe Ticket, face masks and social distancing guidelines would remain compulsory, as well as a crowd management plan and other sanitary measures such as ventilation.

Just like the EU Covid Certificate, the COVID Safe Ticket uses QR codes where attendees have to have it scanned at the event’s entrance. The ticket will be available via the CovidSafeBE app.

The COVID Safe Ticket requires the holder to be fully vaccinated, has tested negative for a PCR test, or has recovered from a recent infection. It is important to note that a negative test result must be valid for 48 hours before the event, and that only the PCR test is accepted as rapid tests are less sensitive.

According to a news report by The Brussels Times on 19 July 2021, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo stressed that the COVID Safe Ticket is only meant for professionally organised events (like festivals or sporting events), and not for private parties.

It cannot be used as an entry pass for shopping centres or residential care centres, bars, restaurants or other hospitality establishments.