Coronavirus: state of play in Brussels

Last update: September 25, 2020

  • Dear visitors, dear Brussels residents, 

    Brussels and its inhabitants are ready to welcome you, at a distance but finally face to face. Welcome! There are, of course, a certain number of precautions to be respected but there are measures in place to guarantee you safe and enjoyable visits.

    Let's work together to improve your Brussels experience…

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    • If you plan to travel to Belgium or return to Belgium after a stay abroad, you are required to:read the latest travel advice. fill in a Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium. This form has to be completed by : all persons traveling to Belgium by airplane or boat, and all other persons traveling to Belgium, unless:
      • they stay for less than 48 hours in Belgium,
      • they return following a stay no longer than 48 hours abroad.
    • Regarding face masks, these must still be worn when safety distances cannot be guaranteed. However, as it does not make sense to require the use of a face mask in all circumstances, as of 1 October wearing face masks will no longer be mandatory outdoors, except in very busy areas where safety distance cannot be maintained (as determined by local authorities) and in specific indoor areas such as on public transport, in shops or in cinemas, regardless of how busy they are (see the list in the Ministerial Decree).
    • The majority of the Brussels museums have re-opened their doors, with stringent safety measures in place. The calender of reopenings is regularly updated.
    • Cultural activities are taking place in concert halls, theatres and cinemas, with a capacity limit of 200 people indoors and 400 people outdoors (from 1 September 2020), provided that social distancing (1m) is respected. Wearing a mask is compulsory.
    • Guided tours are permitted, but only with a group of maximum 50 people, in accordance with the appropriate social distancing measures.
    • All shops are open once again.
    • Markets and flea markets resume as normal, with no limit on the number of stalls.
    • It is now possible to enjoy a short break sitting in a park
    • Restaurants and bars are able to welcome you, with tables for a maximum of 10 people. Reservation is not obligatory, although it is recommended. All hospitality establishments are required to close their doors at 01:00 at the latest (guide for a safe restart of hospitality). Wearing a mask is compulsory, except when you are seated at your table.
    • Night shops must close at 22:00, to avoid people gathering in public spaces.
    • Hotels are welcoming guests, you can browse a list of them here
    • Gatherings or demonstrations in public spaces are authorised, with a limit of 200 people indoors and 400 people outdoors, always in compliance with social distancing measures.
    • Private receptions in event locations (weddings, baptisms, communions, funeral meals, company meals) can accommodate up to 10 people.
    • Casinos, games halls, amusement parks and indoor playgrounds, are reopened for business.
    • Nightclubs remain closed.
    • Swimming pools, saunas and wellness centres are reopened for business 
    • Contact sports can resume as normal.
    • Religious or philosophical practices may be resumed, subject to the following rules: social distancing with a maximum of 100 people.

     

    We would like to remind you that these measures are in addition to the 6 golden rules:

    1. Respect the health and safety measures
    2. Outdoor activities are preferred to indoor ones
    3. Pay special attention to vulnerable people
    4. Respect social distancing
    5. Limit your close contacts;
    6. Follow the rules on gatherings.

    Brussels can travel once again 

    It is now possible to go on a day trip or enjoy a break for a couple of days within Belgium. 

    Belgium reopened its borders to visitors from the European Union, including the United Kingdom, and the four other Schengen countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway). However, 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. 

    Public transport is running normally, but users are requested to limit themselves to essential travel. It is compulsory to wear a mask when in public transport or at public transport stations and stops.

    Info STIB: you can pay for your trip using your contactless bank card (debit or credit), smartphone or smartwatch. Every STIB bus, tram and metro station is equipped with a specific contactless payment device. This device supports any bank card with the contactless logo.

    In Brussels, we visit

    Museums, galleries, parks and gardens have reopened gradually: view the reopening calendar.

    It is possible to enjoy a short break sitting in a park, or have a picnic. 

    In Brussels, you can stay and recharge your batteries   

    Travel and sightseeing are resuming... Hotels, guest houses and B&Bs are getting ready to welcome you again. Some are already open. Contact the establishment of your choice or consult our calendar of reopenings

    In Brussels, you can eat and drink… 

    Great news, restaurants, bars and cafés are open (under certain strict conditions).

    Wearing a mask is obligatory for customers and staff, but customers may remove their masks when they are sitting at a table. Customers must give their phone number or e-mail. The client's contact details (one per table) must be registered on arrival and are kept for 14 days. 

    Reservation is not obligatory, although it is recommended. It is not possible to stand by the bar, only sitting down is permitted. All catering establishments, including night shops, are required to close their doors at 01:00 at the latest.  

    In Brussels, events are being discussed 

    Regular events resume in permanent structures such as theatres, cinemas, congress and event halls, as well as public spaces. These one-off events will be limited to 200 people indoors and 400 people outdoors (from 1 September 2020, unless an exception has been granted beforehand). Banquets and receptions will resume with a maximum of 10 people.

    All of these events resume in compliance with health and safety rules and will be organised according to certain conditions (social distancing: 1m50) which are set out in protocols. Wearing a mask is compulsory. 

    Nightclubs, however, will not be able to resume their activities, given the impossibility of ensuring social distancing.

    As for us, at visit.brussels 

    Our teams are alternating between working from home and the office. We continue to support you and handle all of your requests.  

    Do you have a specific question?  

    Contact us via the chat, by telephone 7 days a week from 10:00 to 18:00 on +3225138940 or come to one of our tourist information offices.  

    • Office at the BIP: 4 rue Royale, from Monday to Friday, from 9:30 to 17:30. Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00.
    • In the City of Brussels Town Hall on the Grand-Place, 7 days a week, from 9:00 to 18:00.

    Official information and useful links

    Due to the constantly changing situation, we recommend that you check the updates published on the official channels for the latest information. 

    Hygiene measures

    We would like to remind you that all basic hygiene measures shall be followed, namely washing your hands with soap, coughing and sneezing into your elbow and avoiding close contact. If you have any concern related to your health, we recommend that you stay at home and consult your doctor by phone. If you don't have a doctor, please consult http://doctorbrussels.be/

    Travellers: instructions on suspicion of COVID-19

    If you have a fever and/or respiratory problems, or any other symptoms that suggest you may have contracted COVID-19, please quarantine yourself at your residence/accommodation. Your residence/accommodation should provide an isolation room to prevent contact. You can also contact your embassy.
    If you have any other questions, please consult www.info-coronavirus.be, which keeps track of all the updates and latest communications with the public.