Belgium intends to lift numerous anti-COVID restrictions from 1 September
The Belgian health authorities have decided to lift several restrictions from 1 September, as the country is close to meeting the target of vaccinating 70% of the population in all municipalities.
Following the information provided in a press release, tourists traveling to Belgium will be able to participate in many events and activities, such as private gatherings, parties and activities organized without capacity restriction.
In addition, travelers visiting bars and restaurants will no longer be limited to strict opening and closing hours and no distance between meals should be applied. However, service personnel are required to continue wearing a mask. Instead, nightclubs will be open from October 1.
Moreover, tourists visiting Belgium will be able to participate in indoor events with less than 200 participants or in outdoor events with less than 400 participants.
The EU COVID-19 digital certificate will allow vaccinated travelers to enter the country without the need for quarantine or on-arrival testing. Moreover, Belgium has successfully connected to the previous EUDCC, starting to issue the EU's COVID-19 digital vaccination passport to its citizens and offering safe travel in the midst of the pandemic.
All people who have been fully vaccinated, who have recovered from the virus or have a negative anti-COVID test are eligible to obtain the document. However, travelers must be vaccinated with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency, as indicated in the following list:
- Comirnaty (BioNTech, Pfizer)
- Vaxzevria (formerly COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine, Oxford)
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
According to the World Health Organization, the Belgian authorities have not reported any positive results or deaths related to Coronavirus. However, since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has witnessed 25.342 deaths and 1.170.213 positive cases.