Cari amici delle Fiandre,

il perdurare della situazione dovuta al COVID-19 impone che anche in Belgio siano in vigore delle misure di contenimento.
Potete trovare le relative informazioni dettagliate  sul sito del governo federale belga.   

Se state programmando un viaggio nelle Fiandre, a Bruxelles o altrove in Belgio per una durata di 48 ore o più, siete tenuti a compilare un “Passenger Locator Form” nelle 48 ore precedenti al vostro arrivo in Belgio.

Siete altresì pregati di far riferimento ai vostri rispettivi tour operator e alle direttive italiane. Consigliamo di consultare anche la sezione relativa al Belgio del sito Viaggiare Sicuri (servizio dell’Unità di Crisi della Farnesina).

Un caro saluto da tutti noi di VISITFLANDERS

If you are a travel agent or a tour organizer, on this platform you will find some useful information and up to date links on Covid-19 facts from Flanders, to assist you in planning your future tours to our destination. If you’re looking for promotional material or other useful information (not related to Covid-19), please contact your local team.


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.

Travel with our YouFlanders app - the app helps you to make the right choice when travelling through Flanders. It lets you see which places are quiet or busy. Moreover, it gives you practical information about health and safety measures. Click here for more information and/or download.

Here is a summary highlighting key information (last update 11th June 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:
    - what are the current travel restrictions from and to Belgium? Click here for more information
    - Belgium implements the EU green certificate starting July 1st. The green certificate is an app which proves someone has been vaccinated against corona, has tested negative for corona or has recovered from corona. It will allow to travel freely and safely through the green and orange zones in Europe. The government strongly advises against travel to/from countries outside the European Union. Click here for more information. 
    - a negative travel advice continues to apply to all non-essential journeys. For travel outside the European Union, the European rules continue to apply. 
    - 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. As of July 1st, this form will be used both for leisure and business trips. Click here for the Passenger Locator online form
  • - 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
  • Accommodation:
    - all types of accomodations are open (incl. hotels, apart hotels, B&B`s, holiday homes) with the exception of their restaurants, and other communal facilities (e.g. shared bathroom, pool and fitness room). Meals can be taken in the room. It is urgently recommended to make reservations beforehand. Outdoor Areas and terraces are open until 11.30pm.
  • Culture & Recreation: 
    -  museums are open
    -  zoos are open and this according to the same rules as the nature parks
    -  as of June 9th 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 can open again with a limited number of visitors
  • Gastronomy / Restaurants / Bars:
    -  as of June 9th cafés, bars and restaurants are open indoors between 8am and 10pm. The maximum number of people per table is 4 or one household per table. A distance of least 1.5 meters must be maintained between tables. Terraces will be able to remain open until 11.30pm.
  • 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:
    - as of June 9th outdoor events, cultural activities and worship services with a maximum are allowed again.
    - you can find all useful information and links to assist you in planning your future events in Flanders on the website "Meet in Flanders" *
    - further restrictions include: wearing of face masks, audiences to be seated, social distance keeping of 1.5 meters and purchasing tickets online in advance.

    * planned measures will be implemented provided that the number of beds in intensive care occupied by COVID-19 patients continues to trend downwards and that the vaccination campaign continues as planned.
  • Conference, meetings & events:
    - as of of June 9th conferences, meetings and events can take place again. 
    - 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" *

    * planned measures will be implemented provided that the number of beds in intensive care occupied by COVID-19 patients continues to trend downwards and that the vaccination campaign continues as planned.
  • Receptions & banquets:
    - as of June 9th all receptions and banquets can take place again
    - you can find all useful information and links to assist you in planning your receptions & banquets in Flanders on the website "Meet in Flanders" *

    * planned measures will be implemented provided that the number of beds in intensive care occupied by COVID-19 patients continues to trend downwards and that the vaccination campaign continues as planned.
  • Festivals and other big events attracting masses of people:
    - as of 1st July bigger events can take place
    - you can find all useful information and links to assist you in planning your future events in Flanders on the website "Meet in Flanders" *

    * planned measures will be implemented provided that the number of beds in intensive care occupied by COVID-19 patients continues to trend downwards and that the vaccination campaign continues as planned.
  • Shopping
    - 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.
    Click here for more information.

     (the information contained in this website is subject to change without notice)
If currently in Flanders now, or planning a trip soon, those persons are asked to contact their respective government’s advice for the most up-to-date information, relevant to their stay.

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
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