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 come on over and be especially welcome in our city! Our accommodation, restaurants and cafés do everything in their power to ensure that you have a wonderful time in our city in the safest possible conditions.
What do you need to know before your arrival?
Are you allowed to travel to Belgium?
Always check the travel advice on the website of the Belgian government in advance.
Do you have to fill in 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?
- Hygiene measures are essential (washing hands; sneezing or coughing in the elbow).
- Keep sufficient distance from each other (minimum 1.5 m).
- Wearing a face mask is mandatory in certain situations (see below).
- Large events, festivals and gatherings, both private and public, are forbidden until 31 August.
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)
- 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
- places of worship
- museums (and monuments)
- 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.
What do the measures imply for you as a visitor?
Can I spend the night in Ghent?
- All hotels in Ghent are open again since 10 June. For more information about the safety regulations, please contact your hotel.
- All other accommodations (self-catering accommodations, cottages, campsites, B&Bs, holiday resorts, AirBnBs, hostels, youth centres...) are open since 8 June. For more information about safety regulations and opening hours, 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 offering seating are open since 8 June. They must close at 1 o'clock at the latest. There are a number of safety regulations that must be respected when visiting a restaurant.
- In catering establishments, one person per table will have to leave contact details in order to allow contact tracing. These restaurants, hotels and bars must save this information for 2 weeks.
- Nightclubs and discotheques (and other catering establishments that do not offer seating) remain closed.
- All shops have been open since May 11th. Nightshops have to close at 10pm.
- All local markets have started again since 18 May.
What do I need to know about 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.
What recreational and tourist activities (sport, culture, folklore, etc.) are possible? Which locations are open?:
- Museums and monuments: you need to book your visit online or by phone in advance.
- Outdoor sports lessons (with coach and max. 10 pers.)
- Parks are accessible for outdoor activities (hiking, cycling, etc.).
- Provincial domains (including outdoor playgrounds) are open.
- Guided tours (max. 10 people) in open air
- boat trips and boat hire
- fitness centres
- public swimming pools, saunas, wellness centres
- cinemas, theatres and concert halls for up to 200 visitors (indoor) or 400 visitors (outdoor) per show
- amusement parks and other theme parks
- fun fairs