Coronavirus: state of play in Brussels

Last update: 2nd May 2022

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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 only mandatory in public transport and in health care facilities. Masks must be worn from the age of 12. 
    • 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. 

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

    The use of the CST is currently suspended. 

     

    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.
    • The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) will now only be mandatory for those travelling with a carrier to Belgium from a third country that is not on the European Union’s white list.
    • There will be no testing or quarantine requirement for people travelling to Belgium who have one of the three COVID-19 certificates (vaccination, test or recovery).
    • 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.  

     

    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.

     

    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 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. 
    • Bookshops, libraries, media and games libraries are open to the public.
    • Discotheques and nightclubs are open.
    • Party halls are open. 
    • Casinos, bowlings and escape rooms are open.
    • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls are open. A Covid Safe ticket or certificate is required. 
    • Professional sports competitions may only take place with public. 
    • 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.

     

    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. 

     

    HORECA : Cafés, bars, restaurants

    • Bars and restaurants are open. (without time restrictions)
    • In restaurants, meals can be ordered to take away upon the restaurant service hours. Hotel restaurants can provide room service meals for hotel guests.

     

    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. 
    • Trade fairs, exhibitions, conferences and professional meetings indoors are allowed. 
    • Team building activities are permitted. 
    • Receptions, parties and banquets are permitted.
    • Places of worship and public buildings are open.
    • The maximum amount of guests for civil weddings, religious ceremonies, funerals and cremations for indoor events for outdoor events is abolished.

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

     

    Work and schools

    • Working from home is recommended 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. 
    • 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 via our homepage or by phone on +32 2 513 89 40 from 09:30 to 17:30 during the week and from 10:00 to 18:00 during the weekends and on bank holidays.

     

    Look after yourselves and others!