Coronavirus / COVID-19 update
Welcome to all those who may and want to visit our city.
What you need to know before you leave:
- For the time being, travel from outside the EU and the Schengen zone to Belgium is not allowed.
- Anyone travelling to Belgium from the EU and the Schengen zone should consult the travel advice of the country of origin before departure.
- If you are staying in Belgium for at least 48 hours, you must complete an identification form (Passenger Locator form) within 48 hours before arrival. You can fill in this form here.
- All persons travelling to Belgium from specific regions abroad are subject to mandatory or recommended quarantine or testing. You can consult it via this link.
- Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all public buildings and in the busiest area and shopping streets of the city.
- Tip: Go carefree through the city with the YouFlanders app. The app shows which places are crowded and where which Covid measures apply. Available in Google Play & Apple Store.
We welcome you safely and with open arms!
Below you will find an update of the current offer in the city and the specific measures:
- Tourist accommodation welcomes guests and takes health and hygiene guidelines into account.
- The following museums and places of interest are open: Adornesdomein (Adornes domain), Arentshuis, Basiliek van het Heilig Bloed (Basilica of the Holy Blood), Brouwerij Bourgogne des Flandres (Brewery Bourgogne des Flandres), Brugse Vrije (Liberty of Bruges),Choco-Story (Chocolate Museum), Concert Hall, Cozmix - Volkssterrenwacht (Cozmix Public observatory Beisbroek), Dali museum, Diamantmuseum (Diamond Museum), Frietmuseum (Fries Museum), Gezellehuis, Groeningemuseum (Groeninge Museum), Gruuthusemuseum (Gruuthuse Museum), Historium, Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan (Brewery De Halve Maan), Foltermuseum (Torture museum), Kantcentrum (Lace Centre), O.L.V.-kerk Museum (Church of Our Lady), O.L.V. ter Potterie (Our Lady of the Pottery), Seafront, Sint-Janshospitaal (St. John's Hospital), Stadhuis (Town Hall), Volkskundemuseum (Folklore Museum). In the restart phase the opening periods and times may deviate from what is customary. To ensure a safe visit, It’s mandatory to wear a face mask. specific regulations apply and the number of visitors is limited. Booking in advance guarantees your visit.
- The shops are open. It is allowed for two people to shop together and with no time limit. It’s mandatory to wear a face mask in all shops and in certain shopping streets (check map for more details). At the beginning of the main shopping streets you can disinfect your hands and buy a face mask.
- Restaurants and cafés are open. The use of a face mask is mandatory (except when sitting at the table). In order to guarantee physical distance, outdoor terraces will be extended wherever possible and the number of people in the indoor areas will be limited. Prior reservation (restaurants) and registration (cafés and restaurants) is required and your party is limited to 10 people. Cafés and restaurants close at 1h. Some restaurants offer meal delivery (delivery) and meals to take away (take-away).
- The tourist boats sail out again. A face mask must be worn when walking on the jetty and throughout the cruise. There is no need to book in advance.
- Tours with horse-drawn carriages, bicycle carriages and sightseeing minibuses are being organised again. There are specific hygiene measures that are displayed at the starting point (Markt). Prior reservation is not required.
- Guided tours of the city are possible. In order to make the tour safe, specific regulations apply and the group size is limited to max. 15 persons, excluding the guide and children under 12 years of age. Please ask the tour organiser in advance. You can join one of our exclusive guided tours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Bruges by heart or Meet and Greet Van Eyck. Start: at the information office of VisitBruges in the Historium (Markt). Booking in advance at the information office or online is mandatory.
- The taxis run without a limit on the number of passengers. Wearing a mouth mask is mandatory for both customer and driver.
- Public transport runs at normal frequency and with normal capacity. On trains, busses, trams and in the stations it is compulsory to wear a face mask.
- Public toilets are open at the Bargeparking, Burg (Brugse Vrije) (Liberty of Bruges), Minnewater, Stadshallen (Belfry halls) and 't Zand. In Zeebrugge the toilets in the Badengebouw are open: 7/7 from 10h onwards. Toilets in restaurants and cafés are not open to the public for non-clients.
- The tourist information offices in the Concertgebouw (Concert Hall) ('t Zand), the station (Stationsplein) and in Historium (Markt) are open. Visit Bruges can also be reached by telephone (7/7 from 10h-17h) +32(0)50/44.46.46 and by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Future events are uncertain. Consult the list of cancelled events here. Within the possibilities of what is allowed, a number of events and interesting exhibitions will take place. You can consult them here.
- A day at the beach of Zeebrugge? Good idea! But keep it safe and respect the city's measures in the fight against the coronavirus.
The city communicates updates on a regular basis at https://www.visitbruges.be/en.