Coronavirus: state of play in Brussels

Last update: 31 December, 2020

  • Dear visitors, dear Brussels residents, 

    Belgium is currently at COVID alarm level four. As a result, a number of measures are in force. Follow them closely. That way, you can experience Brussels in complete safety.

    Look through the webcam and visit the city centre safely: Grand PlaceDe Brouckère Square

    Check the people counting on Rue Neuve here.

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    General rules

    Belgium is in lockdown from 2 November 2020 with regularly updated rules.  

    The following measures apply:

    • Wearing a mask (that covers both your nose and mouth) is obligatory throughout the Brussels-Capital Region, in both indoor and outdoor public spaces. 
    • Gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of 4 people. At home, each member of the household has the right to contact without social distancing (one close visit is therefore allowed, and a second person is allowed for persons living alone, but not at the same time as the first person)
    • A curfew is in place between 22:00 and 6:00. It is forbidden to be out between these hours (except for essential and non-deferrable journeys).
    • We would like to remind you that these measures are in addition to the 6 golden rules:
      - Respect the health and safety measures;
      - Outdoor activities are preferred to indoor ones;
      - Pay special attention to vulnerable people;
      - Respect 1m50 social distancing;
      - Limit close contact with others;
      - Follow the rules on gatherings.

    To find out more, please consult the SPF (Federal Public Services) COVID-19 website.

    Travel and moving around Belgium

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    • It is possible to go on a day trip or enjoy a break for a couple of days within Belgium
    • Belgium's borders remain open, but travel abroad is strongly discouraged.
    • If you are thinking of travelling in Belgium or coming back to Belgium after a trip abroad, you must read the latest travel advice and fill in a Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before you arrive in Belgium. This form must be filled in by anybody travelling to Belgium by plane or by boat, except those staying less than 48 hours in Belgium, and those returning to Belgium after a stay of less than 48 hours abroad.
    • Foreign travellers to Belgium must present a negative Covid test proof to enter the country (test carried out within two days prior to the trip). Belgium residents who spend more than 48 hours abroad (within a red zone), must quarantine for seven days and must undergo a mandatory test on day 1 and day 7 of quarantine. As from Saturday 2 January 2021, passengers will receive a text message upon their return with which they can register at a test centre.  
    • If you are leaving Belgium, each country can decide whether or not to open its borders. To find out about the situation in your destination country, consult the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website.  

    Transport in Brussels and Belgium

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    • Whatever mode of transport you use, it is strongly advised to check the latest information:

    Shops, hospitality and meetings

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    • Shops can reopen, but only under strict hygiene conditions. The basic rules (washing hands, keeping your distance and wearing a mouth mask) must be followed and people can only go shopping alone, not accompanied. The company of children up to the age of 18 is limited as much as possible. Shopping visits are kept as short as possible and last no longer than 30 minutes. For shops, the standard of one customer per 10 m² applies.
    • Cafes and restaurants are closed. For certain restaurants, meals came be ordered to take away until 22:00. Hotel restaurants can provide room service meals for hotel guests.
    • Hotels can welcome guests. However we invite you to check the opening of the hotel of your choice before your arrival.
    • Lessons in public spaces are limited to a maximum of 4 people.
    • Gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of 4 people. A curfew is in place between 22:00 and 6:00. It is forbidden to be out between these hours (except for essential and non-deferrable journeys).
      • meetings, seminares and trade fairs or any other event-based gatherings are prohibited;
      • weddings take place, but only with the witnesses and registrars present;
      • religious services and non-denominational funerals and cremations are limited to 15 people;
      • receptions and banquets organised by caterers, along with meetings, are also prohibited.
    • Drinking alcohol in public spaces is prohibited, as is consumption of any food or drink at markets or in places containing several outdoor shops.

    Leisure, cultural and recreational activities

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    • All cultural, festive, sporting, recreational and event venues are closed. Only museums are allowed to reopen.
    • Guided tours are prohibited, as are recreational activities, both indoor and outdoor.
    • Libraries and bookshops remain open.
    • Outdoors, you can enjoy a break sitting in a park, an outdoor playground or natural parks, as well as the outdoor spaces of sports centres to do sports alone.
    • Sports centres are closed (including swimming pools, ice-skating rinks, gyms etc), except for activities for children aged 12 or under, or for professional sports training and competitions. All amateur sports competitions are cancelled. 
    • Places of worship and buildings intended for the public exercise of non-denominational moral services are open. No religious services are permitted, groups of maximum 4 people wearing masks are allowed in these venues.
    • Brussels City CentreLook through the webcam and visit the city centre safely: Grand PlaceDe Brouckère Square

    Work and schools

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    • Working from home is obligatory wherever possible. 
    • Schools are open and operate according to the education sector specific rules. 
     

    As for us, at visit.brussels

    We will continue to support you and will handle all your requests. Do you have a specific question?

    Our welcome offices and our experience.brussels exhibition are open. We will be happy to help you. Contact us by chat or by phone from 10:00 to 17:00 on +32 2 513 89 40

     

    Our Brussels partners

    Please consult our page dedicated page for Brussels tourism sector partners and stakeholders.

    We remind you that these measures are applicable from 2 November and are being regularly updated. For more information, please consult the SPF (Federal Public Services) COVID-19 website.

     

    Look after yourselves and others!