Coronavirus: state of play in Brussels

Last update: 19 April 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 obligatory throughout the Brussels-Capital Region, in both indoor and outdoor public spaces. 
    • Gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of 4 people. / 10 > 26.04/. 
    • 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) / 2  > 8.05/. 
    • 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 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.  
    • 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.  
    • Non-essential travel to Belgium is prohibited for persons who do not have the nationality of a country of the European Union or the Schengen area and who reside in a third country.  All the details are available on the on the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website.  
    • 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.
    • Travelling abroad for recreational and tourist purposes is strongly discouraged.
    • If you have to leave Belgium, find out the situation in your destination country on the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website.  
    • It is possible to move freely within Belgium; the curfew no longer applies on Belgian territory.

    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. Wearing a mask is compulsory.

    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 the opening of 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, nightclubs, casinos and party halls remain closed.
    • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls remain closed.
    • Professional sports competitions may only take place without an audience.
    • All sports halls (except swimming pools) remain closed, except for activities for children under 12. All amateur sports competitions are prohibited.
    • Swimming pools (except for recreational areas and subtropical pools) are open and community protocols regulate access and organisation.
    • Spa and wellness centres are closed.
    • 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.
    • Guided tours are permitted.

    Shopping and services : Shops, markets, flea markets

    • The various shops are open.
      • Until 26 April the access to some categories of commercial establishments may require the use of an order and collection system, delivery, or be done via an appointment system.
    • Local markets are allowed following the conditions set by the municipalities.
    • Funfairs, flea markets, brocantes, seasonal markets remain prohibited.
    • The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited between 8pm and 5am.

    HORECA : Cafés, bars, restaurants

    • 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.

    Meetings: gatherings, events, fairs, trade shows, conferences, worship services and ceremonies

    • Open air manifestations are allowed with a maximum of 50 participants
    • All public events are suspended.
    • Conference venues remain open with the restriction of not being used with the public. Professional meetings are allowed when they cannot be held at a distance.
    • Receptions and banquets are not permitted.
    • Places of worship and public buildings are open.
      • A maximum of 15 people may attend civil weddings and religious ceremonies.
      • A maximum of 50 people can attend funerals and cremations.
    • The consumption of alcohol in the public space is not allowed.

    Work and schools

    • Working from home is obligatory wherever possible. 
    • 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!