Coronavirus: state of play in Brussels

Last update: 1st September 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 not compulsory outdoors throughout the Brussels-Capital Region, unless specified otherwise for outdoor public spaces, and in indoor areas. 
    • Gatherings in public have no longer restrictions, but are subject to compliance with the requirement to wear a face mask and maintain a safe distance
    • At home, each member of the household can receive up to 8 persons, not counting children up to 12 years old, belonging to the same household.
    • 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

    • 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.

    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.

    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 remain closed.
    • Casinos and party halls are open with a specific protocol. 
    • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls are open with a specific protocol. 
    • Professional sports competitions may only take place with a limited audience.
    • All sports halls are open. 
    • Swimming pools are open and community protocols regulate access and organisation.
    • Spa and wellness centres are open.
    • Funfairs 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. Hands must be sanitised before the attraction and social distancing should be practiced between visitors or authorised groups. Applicable rules must be signposted 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 until 1 AM
    • 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 from 5 AM to 1 AM.
    •  A maximum of 8 people per table is allowed. 
    • In restaurants, meals can be ordered to take away until 1 AM. 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. However, the rules of social distancing and the wearing of masks are still compulsory.
    • Public events are allowed for up to 200 indoors and up to 400 outdoors. Masks and social distancing remain compulsory. The COVID Safe Ticket cannot be used for smaller events. However, it can be used for indoor events of between 200 and 3,000 participants and outdoor events of between 400 and 5,000 participants. The Covid Safe Ticket: visitors who follow the COVID Safe rules, are not obliged to wear a mask or keep social distancing once at the event.
    • Conference venues are open. Professional meetings are allowed.
    • Trade fairs and exhibitions are allowed. 
    • Team building activities are allowed. 
    • Receptions, parties and banquets are allowed up to 250 persons (and applying the same sanitary rules as the horeca sector) 
    • Places of worship and public buildings are open.
      • A maximum of 200 people inside and 400 outdoors may attend civil weddings and religious ceremonies.
      • A maximum of 200 people inside and 400 outdoors can attend funerals and cremations. 

    Work and schools

    • Working from home is is no longer compulsory but is still recommended. 
    • 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

    Frequently asked questions (FAQ) to the Federal Public Service (FPS) Public Health, Safety of the Food Chain and Environment

    Situation in Belgium and recommendations of the Belgian government: Federal Public Service (FPS) Public Health, Safety of the Food Chain and Environment

    Recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO)

    Recommendations of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC, European Agency)

    European Commission / Public Health website

    Re-open EU platform - with information on borders, available (public) transport, travel restrictions, public health and safety measures such as distance rules or protective masks. It also provides practical information for travellers, such as beaches, cafés or restaurants open in summer.

    We remind you that these measures  are being regularly updated. For more information, 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!