Update 01/07/2021 - 09h00

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?

Are you coming from a European green or orange zone?

  • no test or quarantine required

Are you coming from a European red zone?

  • fill in the Passenger Location Form at least 48 hours before arrival.
  • certificate of complete vaccination (+ 2 weeks) OR certificate of recovery OR negative PCR test (max. 72h before arrival in Belgium)

Are you coming from outside the EU?

  • certificate of complete vaccination (+ 2 weeks) AND negative PCR test (max. 72h before arrival in Belgium)

Are you coming from a very high risk area

  • entry ban for non-essential travel
  • if admitted: mandatory quarantine of 10 days + PCR test on day 1 and day 7 during quarantine (from 6 years of age)

Always check the travel advice on the website of the Belgian government in advance.
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?

  1. Hygiene measures are essential (washing hands; sneezing or coughing in the elbow).
  2. Keep sufficient distance from each other (minimum 1.5 m).
  3. Events, festivals, meetings are allowed, always check the website of the organisation.
  4. Non-organised outdoor gatherings (e.g. in own backyard): up to 50 persons
  5. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in certain situations (see below).

When do I have to wear a face mask?

Wearing a face mask is mandatory in busy places and in public buildings. It concerns concretely the following locations, some of which are specific to Ghent: : 

  • in the shopping pedestrian area in the centre (from Veldstraat to Langemunt, incl. Korenmarkt, Groentenmarkt, Graslei and Korenlei)
  • shops and shopping malls
  • local markets and fun fairs
  • movie theaters
  • theaters, concert halls and conference halls
  • auditoria
  • places of worship
  • museums (and monuments)
  • library
  • public transportation (including platforms and stations)

If you do not wear a face mask in these locations and public spaces, you will be denied access and risk a sanction. There will be extra supervision on the wearing of face masks to ensure that our city remains safe for our citizens and visitors.

Children under the age of 12 are not obliged to wear a face mask.

Attention: You are not allowed to take off your mouth mask to smoke.

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 between 5am and 1am
  • Nightclubs and discotheques remain closed
  • All shops are open. 
  • Night shops are open till 1am 
  • All shops may deliver or install collection points as long as the measures in force are respected. Consult the information of the shop in question.
  • Local markets, flea markets and (fun) fairs can take place


What are the possibilities for transport (bus, tram, bicycle)?

  • Public transport: only use it for necessary journeys. 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?

  • cinemas, theatres and concert halls
  • Museums
  • Monuments
  • St. Bavo's Cathedral and the Mystic Lamb
  • Lights on Van Eyck (friday, saturday, sunday)
  • Libraries
  • Parks are accessible for outdoor activities (hiking, cycling, etc.).
  • Provincial domains (including outdoor playgrounds) are open. 
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars are open between 5am and 1am
  • All shops are open. some organise pick-up points.
  • Public swimming pools
  • Guided tours in open air and indoors (max. 1 guide + 24 persons older than 12 years)
  • fitness centres, wellness centres and private saunas
  • boat hire
  • boat trips
  • bowling alleys and indoor playgrounds

Which activities are closed at the moment?

  • nightclubs and discos

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