Coronavirus: what measures are in place in Brussels?

Date last updated: January 26, 2021

Dear future visitors, dear Brussels inhabitants,

Belgium is at alarm level 4 for COVID. That is why a number of measures are in force. Follow them closely.

Do you live in Brussels or Belgium? When you move around Brussels, take a look at the webcam to visit the city center in complete safety: Grand Place, Place De Brouckère;

You don’t live in Belgium but want to discover Brussels? We would like to inform you as well as possible for a later visit on your part: we will be delighted to welcome you as soon as the health situation allows it.

Indeed, from this Wednesday, January 27th, until March 1st, 2021, travel for recreational/touristic purposes from and to Belgium will be prohibited. It will only be allowed to travel to and from Belgium for essential journeys. Travel for professional and humanitarian purposes or for family reasons will be an exception. It will be necessary to fill out a declaration on honour that the trip is essential.

General rules

  • The following measures apply in Belgium:
  • Wearing a mask (covering the nose and mouth) is mandatory throughout the Brussels region, outside and inside all public spaces and places.
  • Gatherings are limited to 4 people. In the home, each member of the household is entitled to contact without distancing himself/herself (only one close visit is therefore allowed, and one more person is allowed for isolated persons, but not at the same time).
  • There is a curfew from 10 pm to 6 am. It is forbidden to enter public areas during this period, except for essential and non-extended travel, such as urgent medical reasons, business trips, and commuting to and from work.
  • We remind you of the golden rules:
  • respect the rules of hygiene ;
  • practice your activities preferably outside;
  • think about vulnerable people;
  • keep your distance (1m50);
  • limit close contact;
  • follow the rules on gatherings.
  • For more information, please consult the covid-19 site of the Federal Public Service (FPS) Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment.

Travel

From this Wednesday, January 27, until March 1, 2021, travel for recreational/tourist purposes to and from Belgium will be prohibited. Only essential travel to and from Belgium will be allowed. Travel for professional and humanitarian purposes or for family reasons will be an exception. It will be necessary to fill out a declaration on honour that the trip is essential.
If you plan to travel to or return to Belgium after an essential stay abroad, you must read the latest travel advice and fill out a Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium. Upon your return, you are required to stay in Belgium for approximately 10 days. 1/ Travellers who are not resident in Belgium must present a negative Covid test certificate to enter the country (test carried out in the two days prior to travel). 2/ Residents who spend more than 48 hours abroad (red zone), must comply with a mandatory quarantine of 10 days, as well as be tested on the first day and the seventh day of the quarantine. Upon their return, they will receive an sms that will allow them to go to a testing center.
It is possible to move freely within Belgium; please note that the curfew is not the same throughout Belgium.
If you have to leave Belgium, in order to know the situation in your destination country, please consult the Foreign Affairs website.

Transportation in Brussels and Belgium

Whatever your mode of transport, it is strongly advised to check the latest information :
situation at Brussels Airport and Brussels South Charleroi Airport ;
situation for international bus travel: Flixbus, Eurolines ;
Brussels public transport: STIB, De Lijn and SNCB. In Brussels, public transportation is available. Wearing a mask is mandatory. Each STIB bus, streetcar or metro station is equipped with a specific validator for contactless payment. This validator supports any credit card with the contactless logo.

Shops, HORECA and meetings

Stores are allowed to open the doors. But there are strict hygiene conditions, for example, basic rules (washing hands, keeping your distance and wearing a mask) must be respected and shopping is only allowed individually, with one adult per shopping session. The company of children up to the age of 18 is limited as much as possible. A shopping visit is kept to a minimum and lasts a maximum of 30 minutes. For shopping, the standard of one customer per 10 m² applies.
Cafés and restaurants are closed. In some restaurants, take-away meals can be collected until 10:00 pm. Hotel restaurants can provide room service for hotel guests.
Hotels may open their doors. However, we recommend that you contact the hotel of your choice to ensure that it is open.
Guided tours are allowed outside for three adult visitors per guide. Children under 12 years of age are not included in this measure. The distance of 1.50m and the wearing of a mask are mandatory.
Gatherings of more than 4 people are not allowed anymore:
meetings, seminars and exhibitions or any other event gathering are forbidden;
weddings take place only in the presence of the spouses, witnesses and civil registrars;
Religious services and non-denominational funeral and cremation services are limited to 15 people;
receptions and banquets organized by a professional catering or catering service, as well as meetings, are also prohibited.
The consumption of alcohol in the public space is prohibited, as well as the consumption of drinks or food or any form of catering in markets or any place grouping together several external businesses.

Leisure, cultural and recreational activities

All cultural spaces are closed. Only museums, bookshops, libraries are allowed to open their doors.
Outdoors, it is possible to enjoy a sitting break in a park, an outdoor playground or natural parks as well as the outdoor areas of the sports facilities for individual sports practice.
All sports halls (except swimming pools) remain closed, except for activities for children under 12 years of age. All amateur sports competitions are prohibited.
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 places.
Downtown – Take a look at the webcam and visit the city center safely: Grand Place, Place De Brouckère.

Work and schools

Teleworking remains mandatory where possible.
Schools are open with specific rules for the education sector.
As for us, at visit.brussels
We are always at your service and will answer all your questions. Do you have a question?

Our reception desk and the exhibition experience.brussels are open. We will be happy to help you. Contact us by chat or by phone from 10 am to 5 pm: 00 32 2 513 89 40.

Brussels partners

Please visit our page dedicated to the partners and actors of the Brussels tourism industry.

We remind you that these measures are applicable throughout the territory of Brussels. For more information, please consult the covid-19 website of the Federal Public Service (FPS) Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment.

Take care of yourself and others!

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