Corona-Virus – information for touristic guests in East Belgium

Published on 30.03.2020

East Belgium Tourist Agency informs on important decisions and current measures

Due to the current spread of the coronavirus in Belgium and Europe, protective measures for the population have been adopted at national level. These should lead to a significant containment of the virus. The tourism sector is also affected by the measures.


+++UPDATE 27/03/2020+++

The measures for the spread of coronavirus have been extended by the National Security Council. The measures already adopted now apply until 19 April.

+++UPDATE 20/03/2020+++

Hotels are not allowed to accept new guests - all other accommodation establishments must close

Tourist accommodations in the Province of Liège are no longer allowed to receive guests. All guests must have left their accommodation by 6 p.m. on Friday evening 20 March at the latest. Hotel establishments may remain open under certain conditions. However, hotels are not allowed to receive new holiday guests.

The following accommodation establishments must close immediately in accordance with the Liège Province decree:

  • Holiday apartments
  • Bed & breakfast
  • Camping sites
  • Group accommodation such as youth hostels. 
  • The ban also applies when rooms or apartments are offered on sharing portals such as AirBnB or Wimdu.

Only people who are registered at the address of the tourist accommodation may stay. The local authorities and the police services will monitor compliance with the ban.


+++Update 13/03/2020+++

The following regulations will come into force for all tourist businesses in East Belgium from Friday, March 13th (from 12 p.m.) up to and including April 5th, 2020:

  • Restaurants, cinemas, excursion destinations, museums will remain closed;
  • All events have been cancelled untill april 19th or postponed to another date;
  • All Tourist Information Centres are closed. However, they can be reached by phone, e-mail and social media. The House for Tourism High Fens - East Belgium in Malmedy will be closed up to and including April 19th, 2020;
    > Here you can find the contact addresses
  • Snacks, Drive-ins and grocery stores will remain open, shops selling non-essential goods have to close;
  • All individual outdoor activities (hiking, cycling...) are still allowed only with the people who live under the same roof or with a friend. This is only allowed when the social distance of 1.5m is respected.

Further information on this topic:

> In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Belgian government decided to take some drastic measures.

Telephone number for health issues: 0800/14.689

The official website for the coronavirus is www.info-coronavirus.be/de/

The following link takes you to the 1890.be website where you will find FAQs on the coronavirus. These questions and answers have been collected from different sources and communications: Agoria, UWE, SDWorx, Ostbelgienlive: https://www.1890.be/article/faq-coronavirus-de