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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 06/12/2021

Until 28 January 2022, the following measures apply in Belgium, including Bruges:

  • In shops and shopping centres you wear a mouth mask.
  • The opening hours of food and beverage outlets are limited from 5 am to 11 pm. A Covid Safe Ticket (CST) is required. Mouth masks are required when moving around in these venues. Only seats at a table or at the bar can be used. The number of people per table is limited to 6, not counting children up to 12 years old. Persons living under the same roof may share a table regardless of their number.
  • In publicly accessible areas of tourist accommodation, in government buildings and buildings where worship services take place, mouth masks are required.
  • Presenting a CST and using a mouth mask are compulsory when attending performances in cultural centres (theatres, concert halls) or visiting museums, attractions and cinemas.
  • Wearing a mouth mask is compulsory at train stations, when using public transport (De Lijn buses) and organised collective transport (sightseeing buses, tour boats) and in taxis.
  • At public events, a CST is usually requested and the wearing of a mouth mask is mandatory. Indoor public events can only be held in a seated position.

The following measures apply to the specific end-of-year activities within the framework of Winter Glow (26/11-9/1):

  • Christmas markets (sites Simon Stevinplein and Markt): CST control + mask obligation for movements on the sites.
  • Light experience walk: masks must be worn between 17:00 and 24:00; one-way traffic in clockwise direction; CST control at specific locations (Vismarkt, Arentshof, Boninvest-Conzettbrug, Poertoren- Begijnvest). Eating and drinking while walking is not allowed.
  • Winter bar and ice rink (Minnewater): CST control + mouth mask obligation for movements on the site.
  • During the end of the year shopping, masks are compulsory in the shopping streets between 't Zand and Markt at 10 am and 7 pm.

Children under 6 years of age are not required to wear a mask.

The Covid Safe Ticket (CST) is a proof of full vaccination (at least 14 days old), of a recent negative PCR test (valid: day of test + 2 days) or Antigen test (valid: day of test + 1 day) or of a recovery certificate (of less than 6 months). Persons under the age of 12 years and 2 months are not required to present CST.