Dear Friend of Flanders,

In view of the COVID-19-situation, specific safety measures and additional restrictions are currently in place across Belgium. You will find more detailed information on following website. For the latest travel advice to our country, please consult your local authorities.

If you are travelling to Flanders, Brussels or elsewhere in Belgium for a duration of 48 hours or more, you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form, within the 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium. 

Take good care of yourself and each other and keep it safe and healthy.  

We hope to welcome you again soon, with twice the heart, love and hospitality. 

Warm regards,


Poperinge was one of the few places in Belgium not to be occupied by the German army during the Great War. It was in the middle of the British sector and it was an important rail centre behind the front line, used for the distribution of supplies, billeting troops, clearing casualties, … At the same time, it was the place where soldiers could forget about the strains of war while on leave.

Tommies general supply
Usually the troops would only spend around five days at a time in the trenches fighting; they would also help move wounded soldiers and provide other auxiliary services. When they had some time off, they would pour into the town of Poperinge, which they called ‘Pop’, to sample the nightlife and have fun. The British also called the town ‘Little Paris’, because of its numerous cafes, bars, brothels, cinemas, concert halls, and clubs.
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