Visiting Ghent? Of course we will make it as safe as possible for you! In the interest of public health, certain measures apply in Belgium (and sometimes specifically in Ghent). Please read this page before you start your trip, but most of all, be very welcome in our city!
What do you need to know before you come to Ghent?
Are you allowed to travel to Belgium? Is it safe at your destination in Belgium?
The entry conditions depend on the country of departure (green, orange, red EU zone or non-EU zone).
For the most up-to-date information, please visit the government's page.
Would you like more information about your specific destination in Belgium? Then you can check it here at any location.
Where can you get tested as a visitor?
Tests are available at several locations in Belgium: Brussels International Airport (Zaventem) and Brussels South Airport (Charleroi), Brussels South/Midi railway station, Park Spoor Oost (Antwerp).
In Ghent you can go to the UZ Gent after making an appointment by calling +329 332 12 30.
Which hygiene measures are currently at hand?
- Hygiene measures are essential (washing hands; sneezing or coughing in the elbow).
- Keep sufficient distance from each other (minimum 1.5 m).
- Events, festivals, meetings are allowed (subject to conditions)
- Wearing a face mask is mandatory (12 years and older) in certain situations (see below).
When do I have to wear a face mask?
Wearing a face mask is mandatory in public buildings. It concerns the following locations (and for everyone from 12 years of age):
- all public indoor areas except for catering facilities (e.g. shops, museums, cinemas, theatres etc.)
- public transportation (including platforms and stations)
- medical facilities (hospitals, elderly homes, vaccination centres, test and triage centres)
- public non dynamic events (even those which use a Covid Safe Ticket )
If you do not wear a face mask in these locations and public spaces, you will be denied access.
What else do these measures imply for you as a visitor?
Can I spend the night in Ghent?
All lodgings (including campsites, bungalow and holiday parks) are open, incl. the restaurant and/ or bar and indoor facilities. For more information about all these possibilities, any changes to the opening, but also about safety regulations, please contact your accommodation.
What do I need to know about my visit to shops and catering establishments (food and non-food)?
- Restaurants, cafes and bars are open (with Covid Safe Ticket verification)
- Nightclubs and discotheques are open (with Covid Safe Ticket verification)
- All shops are open
- Night shops are open
- Local markets, flea markets and (fun) fairs can take place
What are the possibilities for transport (bus, tram, bicycle)?
- Public transport: you need to wear a face mask when using public transportation. Tickets are only for sale at the ticket machines or in the Lijnwinkel
- The shuttle service between the P&R Watersportbaan & Weba / Decathlon to the city centre offers normal service
- the Fietsambassade and Bicycle Hire Points are open
Which recreational and tourist activities (sport, culture, folklore, etc.) are possible? Which locations are open?
- public events
- cinemas, theatres and concert halls
- night clubs and discotheques
- St. Bavo's Cathedral and the Mystic Lamb
- Parks are accessible for outdoor activities (hiking, cycling, etc.).
- Provincial domains (including outdoor playgrounds)
- Restaurants, cafes and bars until midnight
- Public swimming pools
- Guided tours in open air and indoors
- indoor playgrounds
- bowling alleys, escaperooms, indoor lasergames, paintball-, snooker-, darts- or billiards room
- fitness centres, wellness centres and private saunas
- boat hire
- boat trips
Which recreational and tourist activities (sport, culture, folklore, etc.) are not possible?