Update 08/05/2021 - 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!

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. The outdoor terraces of restaurants and cafés are open. So 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?

Are you staying in Belgium less than 48h?

  • No Passenger Location Form needed
  • No quarantine required (except for visitors travelling from the UK, South Africa, South America and India. See Are you staying in Belgium longer than 48h?)

Are you staying in Belgium longer than 48h?:

  • Fill in the Passenger Location Form max. 48h prior to arrival
  • Negative test taken max. 72h prior to arrival
  • mandatory quarantine of 10 days + test on day 1 and day 7 for all travellers (older than 6 years) arriving from a red zone

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.

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 ban on gathering (max. 3 pers.)  throughout the country from midnight to 5AM.
  4. Large events, festivals, meetings (more than 50 pers.) are currently not allowed, always check the website of the organisation.
  5. Non-organised outdoor gatherings: up to 10 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.

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 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)?

  • The outdoor terraces of restaurants, cafes and bars are open from 8am till 10pm
  • Nightclubs and discotheques remain closed
  • All shops are open. Shopping is allowed, with maximum 2 persons (not counting children under 18) and for 30 minutes.
  • Night shops must close at 10pm. 
  • 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.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages is not allowed between 10pm and 5am
  • Local markets with essential products are open, provided that clear measures are respected.
  • Unfortunately, flea markets and Christmas markets can no longer 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?

  • Museums
  • Monuments
  • St. Bavo's Cathedral and the Mystic Lamb
  • Lights on Van Eyck (friday, saturday, sunday)
  • Libraries
  • Parks are accessible for outdoor activities with maximum 10 people (hiking, cycling, etc.).
  • Provincial domains (including outdoor playgrounds) are open. 
  • The outdoor terraces of restaurants, cafes and bars are open from 8am till 10pm
  • All shops are open. some organise pick-up points.
  • Public swimming pools
  • Guided tours in open air with reservation (max. 1 guide + 9 persons older than 12 years)
  • private saunas
  • boat hire
  • boat trips

Which activities are closed at the moment?

  • fitness centres
  • wellness centres
  • cinemas, theatres and concert halls

What can you currently do in Ghent?

 

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