Update 01/12/2020 - 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!

Our accommodations remains open and we do everything we can to make sure that you have a good time in our city in the safest possible conditions. Restaurants and cafés are unfortunately closed at the moment. So always check in advance the website of the business you wish to visit and continue to support our local businesses where possible, during these difficult days.

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?

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.

Do you have to complete any documents when you travel to Belgium?

From 1 August, persons travelling to Belgium and staying there for more than 48 hours are required to fill in a form (passenger locator form).

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. There is a curfew throughout the country from midnight to 5AM. Exceptionally, you may still go outside for urgent medical reasons or for work.
  4. Large events, festivals, meetings both private and public are currently not allowed, always check the website of the organisation.
  5. Non-organised outdoor gatherings: up to 4 persons, except for family members living in the same dwelling
  6. 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 Zuid to Gravensteen, from Kouter to Vrijdagsmarkt)
  • student district (area between Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat and Overpoort)
  • in certain 'switch streets': Wondelgemstraat, Bevrijdingslaan, Dampoortstraat, Dendermondsesteenweg, ...  (check the street map - page only available in Dutch)
  • 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)
  • Blaarmeersen (spectators in the skate park)

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.

What else do these measures imply for you as a visitor?


Can I spend the night in Ghent?

All lodgings (except campsites, bungalow and holiday parks) are currently allowed to remain open, but their restaurants are closed.Of course, our accommodation is happy to help you find tasty alternatives via delivery or take away, in cooperation with our Ghent restaurants, so that you can be sure that you can still enjoy a delicious meal in Ghent. (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 currently subject to compulsory closure. 
  • Nightclubs and discotheques remain closed
  • All shops are open. Night shops must close at 10pm. Shopping is allowed, with a maximum of 1 person (children younger than 18 years not included) and for 30 minutes only.
  • All shops (essential and non-essential) may deliver or install collection points as long as the measures in force are respected. Consult the information of the shop in question.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages is not allowed between 20h and 5h
  • Local markets with essential products are open, provided that clear measures are respected.
  • Unfortunately, flea markets and Christmas markets can no longer take place

Most of these measures were put in place at the end of October and are valid from 2 November till 15 January 2021.

 

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?

  • Museums
    • MSK, Dr Guislain and Design Museum are open
    • SMAK as of 5 December
    • STAM, House of Alijn, Industry Museum and GUM as of 7 December
  • monuments
    • St.Peter's Abbey and the Castle of the Counts are open
    • Belfry as of 4 December
    • City Palaces (weekend)
  • St. Bavo's Cathedral and the Mystic Lamb
  • Lights on Van Eyck (friday, saturday, sunday)
  • Libraries
  • Parks are accessible for outdoor activities with maximum 4 people (hiking, cycling, etc.).
  • Provincial domains (including outdoor playgrounds) are open. 
  • Many restaurants and coffee houses offer take away
  • All shops are open. some organise pick-up points
  • public swimming pools
     

Which activities are closed at the moment?

  • Guided tours in open air
  • boat trips and boat hire
  • fitness centres
  • saunas, wellness centres
  • cinemas, theatres and concert halls