Belgian health authorities have decided to lift several restrictions from 1 September, as the country moves closer to achieving the goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the population in all municipalities.
After the news was published in a press release, tourists traveling to Belgium will be able to attend various events and activities, such as private gatherings, parties and organized activities without curfews or capacity restrictions.
Furthermore, travelers visiting bars and restaurants will not be restricted to strict opening and closing hours and no space between tables will be applied. However, service personnel are required to continue to wear a face mask, TheSchengen.com reports.
But travelers won’t be able to attend nightclubs and ballrooms until after October 1.
Moreover, tourists visiting Belgium will be able to attend indoor events with less than 200 participants or outdoor events with less than 400 participants, which are set to be increased from October 1 to 500 people. However, travelers will not be able to visit the Brussels-Capital Region, as the region will not ease restrictions at this point.
>> Rules for traveling to Belgium during the summer of 2021
Tourists will not wear mask requirements from September 1, unless they are visiting an indoor event with more than 200 spectators or an outdoor event with 400 attendees.
Previously, the Belgian government facilitated more travel to the country, after recognizing the COVID-19 vaccination passport in England and Wales.
“Today, no Schengen country is on this list, but this situation could develop very well. In this case, we must be able to move quickly,” said Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo.
This document will allow vaccinated travelers to enter the country without having to undergo quarantine or testing requirements on arrival.
Moreover, Belgium has successfully contacted the EUDCC previously, starting to issue the European digital COVID-19 vaccination passport to its citizens and providing safe travel amid the pandemic.
All people who have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from the virus or tested negative are eligible for the document. However, travelers must be vaccinated with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency as indicated by the following list:
Comirnaty (BioNTech, Pfizer) Moderna Vaxzevria (formerly COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, Oxford) Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
According to the data of the World Health Organization, the Belgian authorities have not reported any positive cases or deaths related to the Corona virus. However, the country has seen 25,342 deaths and 1,170,213 positive cases since the pandemic began.