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 (6 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 6 years of age):
- all public indoor areas (e.g. restaurants, bars, shops, museums, etc.)
- public transportation (including platforms and stations)
- medical facilities (hospitals, elderly homes, vaccination centres, test and triage centres)
- public 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 until 11PM (with Covid Safe Ticket verification and face mask). Max. 6 persons seated at one table.
- Nightclubs and discotheques are closed
- All shops are open. (max. group of 2 pers.)
- Night shops are open until 11PM
- Local markets, flea markets and (fun) fairs can take place
At all these locations, face masks are mandatory from the age of 6.
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:
- indoor: max. 200 persons, seated audience, with face mask and Covid Safe Ticket
- outdoor: only accessible following the principles of crowd control
- cinemas, theatres and concert halls
- St. Bavo's Cathedral and the Mystic Lamb
- Parks are accessible for outdoor activities (hiking, cycling, etc.).
- Provincial domains (including outdoor playgrounds) are open.
- Restaurants, cafes and bars until 11PM
- Shops( max. group of 2 pers.)
- Public swimming pools (except suptropical pools)
- Guided tours in open air and indoors
- fitness centres, wellness centres and private saunas
- boat hire
- boat trips
Which recreational and tourist activities (sport, culture, folklore, etc.) are not possible?
- night clubs and discotheques
- indoor playgrounds
- bowling alleys, escaperooms, indoor lasergames, paintball-, snooker-, darts- or billiards room
- private events outside the dwelling (with the exeption of wedding or funeral)