Coronavirus: state of play in Brussels

Last update: 20 October, 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…

    Latest news

    • 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.
    • Face masks must still be worn when safety distances cannot be guaranteed. They must also be worn in busy shopping streets and busy public spaces, on public transport and at public transport stops and stations, in shops, at cinemas, in closed public spaces. It is, therefore, obligatory to carry a mask that covers both your nose and mouth at all times.
    • 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, provided that social distancing (1m) is respected. Wearing a mask is compulsory.
    • Guided tours are permitted, but only with a group of maximum 20 people, in accordance with the appropriate social distancing measures.
    • All shops are open once again.
    • Markets and small fairs resume as normal, but no food or drink can be sold. Jumble sales, flea markets and Christmas markets are forbidden.
    • It is now possible to enjoy a short break sitting in a park
    • Establishments that serve only drinks (bars, tearooms) are closed for one month from Thursday 8 October, throughout the Brussels-Capital Region.
    • Cafes and restaurants are closed. This measure is valid for a period of four weeks from 19 October and will be evaluated after two weeks. Takeaway meals can be collected on site until 22:00. Receptions and banquets organised by a professional catering or catering service are not permitted, except in hotels for guests staying in the hotel and funeral receptions (maximum 40 people).
    • The consumption of alcohol in public spaces is prohibited throughout the Brussels-Capital Region. The consumption of drinks or food of all kinds at markets or any place containing several outdoor shops is prohibited.
    • Night shops must close at 22:00, to avoid people gathering in public spaces. Alcohol can not be sold after 22:00.
    • Hotels are welcoming guests, you can browse a list of them here.
    • Gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of 4 people. 
      There is a curfew in place between 24:00 and 5:00, except for essential and non-deferrable journeys, such as journeys for urgent medical reasons, business trips and journeys between home and the workplace.
    • Event venues for hosting private events (weddings, baptisms, communions, funeral meals, company meals) will be closed as of 8 October.
    • Sports competitions: reduction by half of the compartments reserved for spectators, from 400 to 200 (professional competitions) or composed solely of members of the same household (amateur competitions). Clubhouses are closed and serving drinks is prohibited.
    • 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, you can 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, events are back 

    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 from Monday to Friday or by telephone from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 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.