Coronavirus / COVID-19 update

Welcome to everyone wishing and able to visit our city! In Bruges, we will welcome you safely and with open arms. Before you leave, please consult this overview where you will find the most important government guidelines relating to travel.

UPDATE 08/09/2021

On site in Bruges:

  • All tourist accommodations (hotels, guest rooms, holiday rentals, campsites, campervan sites) may remain open. There are no restrictions except wearing a mouth mask for movement in common public places.

  • All shops are open. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all shops. 

  • Restaurants and cafés are permitted to open. Wearing a mouth mask is mandatory when moving around the restaurant/cafe.

  • Museums and tourist attractions are open. Opening periods and times may deviate from what is customary. We therefore advise you to consult the website of the (tourist) service provider before your departure, and to contact them in case of doubt. To ensure a safe visit, specific regulations apply and the number of visitors is limited. Wearing a face mask is obligatory. Booking in advance guarantees your visit.

  • Bicycle carriages are running. On weekdays, as well as Sundays, only by appointment.

  • Horse-drawn carriages are running. Specific hygiene measures will apply and will be on posters at the starting point (Markt (Market Square)). Advance booking is not necessary.

  • The horsetrams don’t make tours.

  • The sightseeing mini-buses are running.

  • Segways: booking via the website.

  • The tour boats are sailing. It is mandatory to wear a face mask when entering the jetty and during the tour. Advance booking is not necessary.

  • Tours of the city are available for tourists. In order to ensure that the tour runs safely, specific regulations will apply. Find out more in advance from the tour organiser.

    In September, you can:

    • join our exclusive tour Hartelijk Brugge (‘Friendly Bruges’, Dutch/French/German) every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm. During the week of the World cycling championships (WK Wielrennen) (18 to 26 September), you can join our daily tour Hartelijk Brugge (FR/ ENG).
    • join our guided tour Triennial 2021 every day (Dutch) or every Saturday (French) at 2pm. On Sunday, there is also an additional Children's Walk 2021 at 2pm (Dutch).

    Start: at the VisitBruges information office in the Historium (Markt). Advance booking is required through VisitBruges or at the information office (as long as tickets are available).

  • The taxis run without a limit on the number of passengers. Wearing a face 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 Burg (Brugse Vrije) (9:30 – 17:30), Stadshallen (10:00 – 18:00), Simon Stevinsquare (Sat-Sun: 11:00 - 18:00), Gruuthusemuseum (9:30 – 18:30), 't Zand (9:30 – 18:00, as from 7 PM only accessible with your parking ticket), Biekorf (24/7), Minnewaterpark (14:30 – 18:30) and in Zeebrugge (10:00 - 19:00).

  • The tourist information offices ’t Zand (Concert Hall), Stationsplein (Station) and Markt (Historium) are open. Visit Bruges can be reached by telephone (7/7 from 10h-17h) +32(0)50/44.46.46 and by e-mail visitbruges@brugge.be.

  • Cultural temples and cinemas are open. Events are possible. The capacity remains limited and safety measures apply. Always check the website of organiser before your visit.

The city communicates updates on a regular basis at https://www.visitbruges.be/en.