Transport strikes in France, Portugal and Italy. Belgium Now Accepts Rapid Antigen Tests for Travel


Public transport staff in Montpellier, France, to strike Nov. 12.
Increased traffic congestion is possible as commuters who normally ride public transport resort to the use of private vehicles. Confirm the status of public transport services prior to travel in Montpellier Nov. 12. Allow extra time for travel and confirm rental car and taxi reservations
Public sector workers to stage nationwide strike in Portugal Nov. 12
The strike will likely primarily affect government administration, justice, education, and public health care services. Demonstrations are possible in cities nationwide on Nov. 12. Confirm business meetings and appointments at government agencies and public medical facilities. Allow extra time to travel around protest areas.
Unionized aviation staff at Rome Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino airports have registered a four-hour work stoppage from 10:00-14:00 Nov. 12.The action could result in disruption to airport services and flight schedules at both airports. Contact airlines to confirm flight status if booked to fly via Fiumicino and Ciampino Nov. 12. Arrive at the airport early to allow additional time for processing.

Belgium Now Accepts Rapid Antigen Tests for Travel
Travelers who hold a recent rapid antigen test can now travel to Belgium without being subject to additional rules such as self-isolation requirements since the latter’s authorities now accept this type of test as valid proof for entry.

  • Travellers reaching Belgium from an EU/Schengen Area country that is currently placed on its green or orange list are not subject to any additional restrictions as long as they hold a negative test result.On the other hand, travellers from a red-listed country who hold a rapid antigen test need to get tested again on day seven after entering Belgium.
  • Except for those who hold a recent rapid antigen test result, Belgium already permits entry to all those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as well as those who have recovered from the virus.
  • In line with the new regulation, all vaccinated and recovered persons must prove that they hold the correct certificates in PLF when returning to Belgium.