Welcome to the VISITFLANDERS Trade Covid-19 Website
Latest information on Covid-19 and travel here.
More useful updated information about the situation in Belgium can be found on European website
„Re-open EU“ here.
The COVID Event Risk Model helps you organise a COVID-safe event. Click here for more information.
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Here is a summary highlighting key information (last update 18th May 2021, 8:00 am):
- The golden rules remain in force, namely:
- respect the hygiene regulations (wearing of face masks & washing/disinfecting hands: in public places where social distancing cannot be guaranteed and mandatory on public transport for all travellers from the age of 12)
- take extra precautions for people belonging to risk groups
- you can gather outside with a maximum of 4 people in total between 10 pm until 6 am in Brussels, and 12 pm until 5 am in Flanders
- respect the physical distancing of 1.5 meters
- face masks are mandatory: at markets, flea markets and fairgrounds, in shopping streets and in all busy places (private or public) as determined by the local authorities, in all public buildings for the parts accessible to the public.Wearing a face mask remains highly recommended in all other cases, especially in situations where the safety distance cannot be guaranteed. Everybody needs to be in possession of a face mask at all times.
- Borders & Travelling:
- the travel ban for non-essential travel within the European Union is no longer in force as of 19th April. However, a negative travel advice continues to apply to all non-essential journeys. For travel outside the European Union, the European rules continue to apply.
- travelers from the UK, South Africa and South America: all travelers coming to Belgium from the United Kingdom, South Africa and South America must go in quarantine for 10 days with a PCR test on day 1 and day 7
- restriction of non-essential travel: travel for recreational tourist purposes to and from Belgium is prohibited. There will be controls on roads and on air, sea and train travel. You can find an overview travel that is allowed here
- anyone who moves from and to Belgium must be in possession of a declaration of honor. The declaration of honor must be linked to the Passenger Location Form and be supported by the necessary documents. A model form of the declaration of honor is available here
- if you are travelling to Belgium for a duration of 48 hours or more, you are required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium. Click here for the Passenger Locator online form
- upon arrival in Belgium from a red zone, the following measures must be adhered to: go into quarantine, undergo testing if you have symptoms.
- double test upon entry:in addition to the mandatory negative test result prior to departure, the Consultative Committee would like every non-resident travelling to Belgium to be tested again upon arrival. This can be done with a PCR test or a rapid antigen test. The Consultative Committee has requested that the Interministerial Conference on Public Health, the Testing Task Force and the COVID-19 Commissariat make this mandatory. Extended isolation: people who test positive for COVID-19 will now have to isolate themselves for 10 days. After a high-risk contact or upon arrival in Belgium, the duration of quarantine remains 10 days. This duration may be shortened to a minimum of 7 days on condition of a negative test, taken at the earliest 7 days after exposure.
- - before you leave and during your stay in Flanders, regularly consult the websites of cities and/or provinces in order to be well informed about the measures applicable there.
- see the information on the relevant foreign ministry website
- all types of accomodations are open (incl. hotels, apart hotels, B&B`s, holiday homes) with the exception of their restaurant, drinking establishments and other communal facilities (e.g. shared bathroom, pool and fitness room)
- holiday homes in holiday parks, bungalow parks and camping sites can restart their activities from 8th Februray under the same restrictive condtions as other types of accomodation.
- Culture & Recreation:
- museums are open
- zoos are open and this according to the same rules as the nature parks
- other facilities (or parts of them) belonging to the cultural, festive and leisure sector are closed to the public
- casinos, amusement arcades, amusement parks, wellness centres, party and reception venues, indoor playgrounds, night clubs and dance halls, bowling alleys, fun fairs, cinemas, theatres, concert halls are therefore closed (exception: outdoor playgrounds, outdoor areas of animal parks and open-air museums, libararies, game and multimedia libraries)
- Gastronomy / Restaurants / Bars:
- terraces of cafés, bars and restaurants may open again.
- Guiding and Tour Escorts
- organized guided tours in the open air with a maximum of 25 people over 12 years old are allowed again (1 guide + 24 guests, children up to and including 12 years are not counted)
- Guide activities in an indoor area are not allowed yet
- detailed information can be found on the websites of the respective cities under Cities & Regions
- Cultural and sportive events:
- outdoor events, cultural activities and worship services with a maximum of 50 people are allowed again.
- amusement parks are open
- arcades, casinos and cinemas are closed until further notice
- outdoor sports without an audience (!) are allowed again
- organized outdoor youth activities can be planned for a maximum of 25 participants (a maximum of 10 children up to and including 12 years old may be present for organized indoor acitivities)
- further restrictions include: wearing of face masks, audiences to be seated, social distance keeping of 1.5 meters and purchasing tickets online in advance.
- Conference, meetings & events:
- conferences, meetings and events are not allowed until further notice
- you can find all useful information and links to assist you in planning your future conference in Flanders, once it is allowed again, on the website "Meet in Flanders"
- Receptions & banquets:
- all receptions and banquets are not allowed until further notice
- Festivals and other big events attracting masses of people:
- cancelled until further notice
- professional flea markets are allowed again
- no more obligation to fix an appointment in shops. The maximum number of customers allowed inside simultaneously depends on the size of the shop and is capped at a maximum of 50 people irrespective of size. Two people from the same family may enter the shop together. Essential shops (e.g. food shops and pharmacies as well as shops for hygiene products, clothing fabrics, flowers and plants, telecom stores, newsagents and bookshops) may continue to receive customers without an appointment.
- - restrictions: face masks are obligatory, social distance 1.5 meters, hand hygiene, electronic payment. Shopping is allowed for max. 2 people together (exception: in Brussels only 1 person at time)
- Health & Safety: The Belgian State health care system provides free emergency care for visiting EU citizens, under the same terms as locals, using the European Health Insurance Card, EHIC (formerly E111). Anyone else requires private health insurance – e.g. tourists, as part of their travel insurance – in order to be able to recoup any potential costs, and recieve any non-emergency care (including repatriation) etc.
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(the information contained in this website is subject to change without notice)
We hope to welcome you and your guests soon, with twice the heart, love and hospitality.
Warm regards and take good care of yourself,
Your VISITFLANDERS TRADE TEAM