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Coronavirus in East Belgium: The most important information

Safety during your holiday

Find here a summary of the current Covid-19 regulations for your stay:
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  • General measures & info
  • Accommodation
  • Gastronomy
  • Museums, Attractions & Leisure activities 
  • Events
  • General information on travel restrictions
  • FAQ 

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Holiday homes in holiday parks, bungalow parks and campsites reopen

Holiday homes in holiday parks, bungalow parks and campsites will be able to reopen their activities from 8 February under the same restrictive conditions as other forms of accommodation. This means, amongst others, that they must keep their restaurants, drinking establishments and other common facilities closed.

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High Fens remain accessible to visitors - parking strictly controlled

The High Fens should remain accessible even when there are many visitors. Due to the limited parking capacity of 2.400 vehicles, law enforcement officers will ensure an improved traffic management and pay close attention to the respect of parking regulations. All visitors are advised to consider other destinations in East Belgium.
More information: https://www.ostbelgien.eu/en/news/article/2021/02/visitor-management-high-fens

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Non-essential travel allowed from 19 April

According to the decision of the Belgian Consultative Committee of 14 April 2021, touristic journeys to Belgium and within the European Union will be allowed again from 19 April.

Prior to departure, travellers must always fill in the Passenger Locator Form. Caution! The official travel advice will remain in place advising against all non-essential travel. Upon return, travellers must follow a strict testing and quarantine regime.

As for travels outside the European Union, the European rules continue to apply.

 

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Official information on the latest developments & regulations:
https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/news/

The National Security Council decided to introduce a risk management strategy. It contains the obligation: 

  • to comply with the rules of hygiene,
  • to carry out its activities preferably outdoors,
  • to think about vulnerable people,
  • to respect the distance to be kept (1.5 m),
  • Meetings on public roads are limited to a maximum of 4 persons. From 26 April, end of the Easter break, the number of outdoor contacts will be extended to a maximum of 10 people.
  • It is forbidden to be on the public road between midnight and 5 a.m., except for essential, non-postponable exits / trips, such as trips for urgent medical reasons, business trips and trips to and from work.
  • Restaurants are closed.
  • Shops are allowed to reopen under strict security conditions.
  • The sale of drinks and food is prohibited after 22 p.m.
  • The sale of alcohol is prohibited after 20 p.m.

Wearing a protective mask remains compulsory if safety distances cannot be guaranteed. However, as it is unnecessary to wear them always and everywhere, masks will no longer be compulsory outdoors from 1 October, except in places (determined by local authorities) where large numbers of people gather and where the safety distances cannot be guaranteed. Masks will continue to be compulsory in well-defined covered places such as public transport, shops, regardless of the number of visitors (see list in the Ministerial Decree).


Hotels and Bed&Breakfasts, youth hostels and seminar centres are open. But: restaurants, bars and other common rooms must remain closed. Food and drinks (including breakfast) can only be served in the room. Rooms may only be occupied by members of the same household and no more than their one and only "cuddle contact".

Holiday homes are open. Maximum occupancy: exclusively one household + 1 ("cuddle contact"). In return, however, the wellness area is allowed to be in use, since it is or must be used for strictly private purposes.

Holiday homes in holiday parks, bungalow parks and campsites will be able to reopen their activities from 8 February 2021 under the same restrictive conditions as other forms of accommodation. This means, amongst others, that they must keep their restaurants, drinking establishments and other common facilities closed.



Cafés and restaurants are closed. Takeaway meals are available until 22:00. Receptions and banquets are prohibited. The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited after 20.00 hrs.
 


Museums and swimming pools may open in accordance with the protocol of their sector.

Are closed:

  • amusement parks and indoor playgrounds;
  • theatres and cinemas;
  • congress halls;
  • The ski slopes in Belgium remain closed until further notice.
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Indoor cultural events are not allowed.


Official information on the latest developments & regulations

The Belgian Consultative Committee has decided to launch a broad outdoor plan from 8 May. The following rules will come into effect under condition that the vaccination campaign advances well and the number of infections does not increase by then.

  • Opening of outside terraces of restaurants and pubs
  • Outdoor cultural performances for up to 50 people
  • Opening of the amusement parks
  • Professional flea markets and bric-a-brac markets allowed
  • End of the curfew, but ban on gatherings of more than 3 people between midnight and 5 a.m. in public areas
  • Close contacts of a household extended to 2 people (from the same household)

> Details of the decisions:
https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/news/occ-2201/

Latest information on travel advice are available here:  https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en

> All information about restrictions on entry and exit at https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/BEL

See the official information at: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/