Coronavirus / COVID-19 update
Travel to Belgium:
- For the time being, non-essential travel from outside the EU and the Schengen Area to Belgium is not allowed. Non-essential travel from the EU to Belgium is not prohibited but it is strongly discouraged.
- If you are travelling to Belgium from within the EU, you must complete the Passenger Locator form (PLF) before arrival in the following cases:
- Travel by plane or boat, regardless of the length of stay
- Travel by train, bus, car, motorbike, bicycle or on foot, unless you are staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours.
- The PLF is used to create a risk profile and determine whether travellers must be tested or whether they must quarantine. After completing the PLF, you will receive further information via text message. For more information please click on this link.
On site in Bruges:
- Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all public buildings and in the busiest area and shopping streets of the city (24h/24) (station surroundings: from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.). There is a curfew between midnight and 5AM.
All tourist accommodations (hotels, guest rooms, holiday rentals, campsites, campervan sites) may remain open. Common sanitary facilities (e.g. common bathroom in a guest room or sanitary blocks on a campsite) may be used. Other common facilities (restaurants, drinking establishments, fitness centres and sports halls) are closed. Breakfast and other meals can only be offered as room service. The maximum number of people per hotel or guest room, holiday home or other individual rental unit is limited to the family members and one close contact of the family.
All shops are open. No appointment is necessary. You may shop with one other member of your family.
Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all shops and in the busiest area and shopping streets of the city (see plan for more details). At the beginning of the most important shopping streets you will have the possibility to disinfect your hands and buy a face mask.
- Restaurants and cafés: outdoor service only. The opening hours are limited from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and a maximum of four people can sit at any one table, unless your household consists of more than four people, in which case you can sit with more at the table. Customers may occasionally and briefly enter the indoor area for the toilets, to access the terrace or to pay. Some restaurants offer meal delivery and take-away (until 10 p.m.). Here's an overview.
- The following museums and tourist attractions are open: Adornes, Arentshuis, Basilica of the Holy Blood, Belfry Tower, Boudewijn Seapark, Concertgebouw Circuit, City Hall, Cozmix, Frietmuseum, Gezellehuis, Groeningemuseum, Gruuthusemuseum, Historium Bruges, Liberty of Bruges, Museum-Gallery Xpo Salvador Dalí, O.L.V.-kerk Museum (Church of Our Lady), Our Lady of the Pottery, Saint John’s Hospital, Seafront, St-Janshuismolen, Torture museum (foltermuseum) and Volkskundemuseum. 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 again. On weekdays, as well as Sundays, only by appointment.
- Horse-drawn carriages are running again. 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 (with open roofs) will be running when the weather is dry.
- Segways: booking via the website.
- The tour boats are sailing with a reduced capacity and frequency. 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 and the group size is limited to a maximum of 25 people, including the guide (children up to 12 years old are not included). Find out more in advance from the tour organiser.
For the month of May, you can:
- join our exclusive tour Hartelijk Brugge (‘Friendly Bruges’, Dutch/French) every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm;
- join our guided tour Triennial 2021 every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. (Dutch/French) On Sunday, there is also an additional Children's Walk 2021 at 2pm.
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).
- Theatres and cinemas in Bruges are closed.
- 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 Tourist office ’t Zand (Concert Hall), Tourist office Stationsplein (Station) and Tourist office 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 email@example.com.
- Events: No more events may take place since 29 October 2020.
The city communicates updates on a regular basis at https://www.visitbruges.be/en.