Coronavirus: state of play in Brussels

Last update: 24 January 2021

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    Dear future visitors, dear Brussels residents, 

    We wish you a pleasant visit to Brussels. Please follow the information available on this page to ensure a safe journey, taking into account the measures that are in force.

     

    General rules 

    The following measures apply:

    • Wearing a mask (that covers both your nose and mouth) is mandatory in public transport, health care facilities, indoor areas (shops and shopping centres; health care facilities; publicly accessible areas in companies, public buildings, court buildings; establishments for cultural, festive, sports and recreational activities, including theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums, indoor theme and amusement parks, indoor fitness centres and sports centres; libraries, toy and media libraries; religious centres) and at events, both indoors and outdoors, regardless of the size of the event. 
    • Masks must be worn from the age of 6. The mask may only be removed occasionally for eating and drinking while seated, and when the nature of the activity makes it impossible to wear a mask, such as during sports activities. 
    • 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.

     

    COVID Safe Ticket and COVID certificate  

    The Covid Safe Ticket (CST) is the variation of the European Covid certificate, intended for travel abroad. This same certificate is now applicable for access to certain events or places in the Brussels-Capital Region.

    More detailed information on the use of the Covid Safe Ticket in Brussels and on the certificates for travellers is available here

    Test centres are available upon arrival at Gare du Midi / Zuidstation and at Brussels Airport, as well as at pharmacies. 

    Pharmacies : The pharmacies doing quick tests may be found on this map.

     

    The Covid Safe Ticket and mask must be worn: 

    > for public events and private meetings of more than 50 people indoors or more than 100 people outdoors; 

    > in catering establishments (including private events held there); 

    > in theatres, concert halls, music halls, cabarets and other performance halls, multi-purpose halls for cultural activities, indoor circuses, cinemas, museums and amusement parks and other (indoor) theme parks - if they are open. 

     

    Travel and moving

    • 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. 
    • If you are leaving Belgium, in order for you to find out about the situation in your destination country, consult the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website.  
    • It is possible to move freely within Belgium.
    • The curfew does not apply anymore in Belgium. Between midnight and 5:00 a maximum of four people may gather in the public space.

     

    Transport : arrival to Brussels

    When coming to Brussels by train, bus, plane or car it is strongly advised to check the latest information about your means of transport and the main places of arrival.

    Masks must be worn in train and bus stations and at the airport. 

     

    Transport : moving around Brussels

    In Brussels, public transport flows swiftly. 

    More information – Brussels public transport agency : STIB (bus, tramway, metro) ; and also SNCB (train), De Lijn (bus), TEC (bus).

    You can also use taxi services and shared bikes or scooters.

    Masks must be worn in indoor spaces of public transport. 

     

    Accomodation

    • Hotels can welcome guests. However we invite you to check the opening of the hotel of your choice before your arrival.
    • Other accomodations such as bed&breakfast or youth hostels may welcome guests. However we invite you to check with the establishment of your choice before your arrival.
    • The camping sites are open.

     

    Leisure : walks, visits, cultural, sporting and recreational activities

    • City centre - When you move throughout Brussels, look through the webcam in order for you to visit the city centre safely: Grand PlaceDe Brouckère Square. Check the people counting on Rue Neuve here
    • Museums are open to the public via their reservation system. A Covid Safe ticket or certificate will be required for access as well as a mask. 
    • Bookshops, libraries, media and games libraries are open to the public.
    • Discotheques and nightclubs are closed. 
    • Party halls are temporarily closed. (will be open as from 28/01/2022)
    • Casinos, bowlings and escape rooms are temporarily closed. (will be open as from 28/01/2022)
    • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls are open. 
    • Professional sports competitions may only take place without audience. (with public as from 28/01/2022)
    • All sports halls and fitness centers are open. A Covid Safe ticket or certificate will be required for access for all indoor sports and outdoor above 200 persons. 
    • Swimming pools are open and community protocols regulate access and organisation.
    • Spa and wellness centres are open.
    • Funfairs are allowed. Applicable rules must be signposted at the entrance, at the stand or the attraction.
    • 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.
    • Animal parks are open. 
    • Amusement parks are open.
    • Guided tours are organised with a maximum of 200 people (divided into groups of maximum 8 people).

     

    Shopping and services : Shops, markets, flea markets

    • The various shops and night shops are open. 
    • Hairdressers are open.
    • Local markets are allowed following the conditions set by the municipalities.
    • Flea markets and seasonal markets are allowed. For more than 5,000 visitors, a one-way traffic system must be put in place with separate entrances and exits. Face masks are mandatory.

     

    HORECA : Cafés, bars, restaurants

    • Bars and restaurants are open between 5 am and 11 pm. (midnight as from 28/01/2022)
    • A maximum of 6 people per table is allowed. 
    • In restaurants, meals can be ordered to take away upon the restaurant service hours. Hotel restaurants can provide room service meals for hotel guests.
    • A Covid Safe Ticket or certificate is required for customers in restaurants and cafés indoors, but not for customers sitting on the terrace or for take-away food. The mask is mandatory for common areas.  

     

    Meetings: gatherings, events, fairs, trade shows, conferences, worship services and ceremonies

    • Open air manifestations are allowed with with no limit on the maximum number of people.
    • Public events are allowed indoors and outdoors, with specific protocols.
    • Trade fairs, exhibitions, conferences and professional meetings indoors are allowed. 
    • Team building activities are not permitted. 
    • Receptions, parties and banquets are not permitted.
    • Places of worship and public buildings are open.
    • The maximum amount of guests for civil weddings, religious ceremonies, funerals and cremations is 50 people for indoor events and for outdoor events 100 people.

    A Covid Safe ticket or certificate is required for indoor events above 50 people and for outdoor events above 100 people, as well as a mask.  

    For events of less than 50 people indoors and 200 outdoors, the event organiser has the option of introducing the CST, but must inform the invited persons in advance.

    Specific information related to tourism sector and events is available here.

     

    Work and schools

    • Working from home is compulsory in the private sector and in all public administrations, unless the nature of the function or the continuity of the activities do not allow it. One day's attendance at work per staff member is allowed.
    • Schools are open and operate according to the rules for respective education levels.  

     

    Local Brussels stakeholders

    Meetings with the tourism sector are held regularly to discuss the measures in place and tourism activities in Brussels. The calendar of meetings can be found on the page dedicated to the Brussels tourism partners and stakeholders.

     

    Hygiene measures

    Please note that basic hygiene measures remain valid, such as washing hands with soap, coughing and sneezing into the crook of the elbow and avoiding close contact. If you need medical advice, we recommend that you contact your doctor by phone or visit http://doctorbrussels.be/ .

     

    Travellers: Instructions in case of suspected Covid-19.

    If you have fever and/or difficulty breathing or other symptoms that suggest you have Covid-19, you are instructed to quarantine yourself in your accommodation. Your accommodation should provide a room with a means of isolation to avoid contact with other people. You can also contact your consulate or embassy. If you have any further questions, please also check www.info-coronavirus.be  for the latest updates and news.

     

    Additional information sources

    We remind you that these measures applied in Brussels are being regularly updated. For more information on the situation in Belgium, please consult the SPF (Federal Public Services) COVID-19 website.

     

    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 the exhibition experience.brussels 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

     

    Look after yourselves and others!