Coronavirus: state of play in Brussels

Last update: 12 February 2021

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    Dear future visitors, dear Brussels residents, 

    Belgium is currently at COVID alarm level four. As a result, a number of measures are in force. Follow them closely. 

    You live in Brussels or in Belgium? 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.

    You do not live in Brussels and you would like to discover the city? We would like to inform you here as well as possible for your later visit : we will be delighted to welcome you as soon as the health situation allows.

    Travel for recreational/tourist purposes from and to Belgium is prohibited until April 1st, 2021. It is only allowed to travel to and from Belgium for essential travel. Travel for professional and humanitarian purposes or for family reasons benefits from an exception. It is necessary to complete a declaration on the honor that the trip is essential.

    
    
     

    General rules 

     

    The following measures apply:

    • Wearing a mask (that covers both your nose and mouth) is obligatory throughout the Brussels-Capital Region, in both indoor and outdoor public spaces. 
    • Gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of 4 people. At home, each member of the household has the right to contact without social distancing (one close visit is therefore allowed, and a second person is allowed for persons living alone, but not at the same time as the first person)
    • A curfew is in place between 22:00 and 6:00. It is forbidden to be out between these hours (except for essential and non-deferrable journeys).
    • 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

     

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    • Travel for recreational/tourist purposes from and to Belgium is prohibited until April 1st, 2021. It is only allowed to travel to and from Belgium for essential travel. Travel for professional and humanitarian purposes or for family reasons benefits from an exception. It is necessary to complete a declaration on the honor that the trip is essential.
    • If you are thinking of travelling in Belgium or coming back to Belgium after an essential 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. This form must be filled in by anybody travelling to Belgium by plane or by boat, except those staying less than 48 hours in Belgium, and those returning to Belgium after a stay of less than 48 hours abroad. 1/ Foreign travellers to Belgium must present a negative Covid test proof to enter the country (test carried out within two days prior to the trip). 2/ Belgium residents who spend more than 48 hours abroad (within a red zone), must quarantine for ten days and must undergo a mandatory test on day 1 and day 7 of quarantine. Passengers will receive a text message upon their return with which they can register at a test centre.  
    • It is possible to move freely within Beligum ; please note that the curfew is not the same throughout 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.  

     

    Transport in Brussels and Belgium

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    • Whatever mode of transport you use, it is strongly advised to check the latest information:

     

    Shops, hospitality and meetings

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    • Shops can reopen, but only under strict hygiene conditions. The basic rules (washing hands, keeping your distance and wearing a mouth mask) must be followed and people can only go shopping alone, not accompanied. The company of children up to the age of 18 is limited as much as possible. Shopping visits are kept as short as possible and last no longer than 30 minutes. For shops, the standard of one customer per 10 m² applies.
    • Hairdressers may reopen as of 13th February.
    • Cafes and restaurants are closed. For certain restaurants, meals came be ordered to take away until 22:00. Hotel restaurants can provide room service meals for hotel guests.
    • Hotels can welcome guests. However we invite you to check the opening of the hotel of your choice before your arrival.
    • Campings may reopen as of 8th February.
    • Regarding guided tours, these are authorized outside for three adult visitors per guide. Children under 12 are not taken into account in this measure. The distance of 1,50m and wearing a mask are mandatory.
    • Gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of 4 people. A curfew is in place between 22:00 and 6:00. It is forbidden to be out between these hours (except for essential and non-deferrable journeys).
      • meetings, seminares and trade fairs or any other event-based gatherings are prohibited;
      • weddings take place, but only with the witnesses and registrars present;
      • religious services and non-denominational funerals and cremations are limited to 15 people;
      • receptions and banquets organised by caterers, along with meetings, are also prohibited.
    • Drinking alcohol in public spaces is prohibited, as is consumption of any food or drink at markets or in places containing several outdoor shops.

     

    Leisure, cultural and recreational activities

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    • All cultural, festive, sporting, recreational and event venues are closed. Only museums, libraries and bookshops are allowed to reopen.
    • 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 may reopen as of 13th February.
    • Sports centres are closed (including swimming pools, ice-skating rinks, gyms etc), except for activities for children aged 12 or under, or for professional sports training and competitions. All amateur sports competitions are cancelled. 
    • Places of worship and buildings intended for the public exercise of non-denominational moral services are open. No religious services are permitted, groups of maximum 4 people wearing masks are allowed in these venues.
    • Brussels City CentreLook through the webcam and visit the city centre safely: Grand PlaceDe Brouckère Square

    Work and schools

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    • Working from home is obligatory wherever possible. 
    • Schools are open and operate according to the education sector specific rules. 
     

    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 our experience.brussels exhibition 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

     

    Our Brussels partners

    Please consult our page dedicated page for Brussels tourism sector partners and stakeholders.

    We remind you that these measures are applicable from 2 November and are being regularly updated. For more information, please consult the SPF (Federal Public Services) COVID-19 website.

     

    Look after yourselves and others!