Corona: Information and measures

Visit Antwerp is implementing the measures that have been imposed by the Belgian National Security Council to contain the further spread of coronavirus and protect at risk groups. Due to a rapid increase in the number of infections in Antwerp, it is currently not recommended to visit the city for the sake of your safety and that of others. Here is an update about the situation. 

What is coronavirus?
At the end of 2019, a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 ) was detected in China. The Belgian health authorities are doing everything possible to protect everyone’s health. You can find all the information about this virus online at www.info-coronavirus.be.

Updates services of the City of Antwerp and FAQ
In this article you can always find the most recent updates about city services as well answers to frequently asked questions. 

What should I do?
Continue to comply with hygiene measures: wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cough and sneeze in the crook of your arm, don't kiss, maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from one another and stay home if you feel sick.

Wearing a face mask is mandatory for everyone older than 12 on the public domain and in any place that is private but publicly accessible. This obligation does not apply during the consumption of food and drink and during intensive sport activities, but one must always carry a face mask with them. The obligation also does not apply in the private sphere (at home).

Between 23h30 and 6h there is a curfew: everyone has to be at home. Exceptions are essential trips that cannot be postponed, e.g. going to work or the hospital.

Can I still travel to Antwerp from abroad?
Due to a rapid increase in the number of infections in Antwerp, it is currently not recommended to visit the city for the sake of your safety and that of others. Belgium has opened its borders to travellers to and from the European Union, including the United Kingdom and four other Schengen countries. However, each country has the right to decide whether it will open its borders, so do enquire before booking or making plans. For the most recent travel advice go to www.diplomatie.belgium.be

Can I visit Antwerp when I am in Belgium?
Due to a rapid increase in the number of infections in Antwerp, it is currently not recommended to visit the city for the sake of your safety and that of others. At the same time, we will continue to adhere to the safety measures and rules about social distancing to avoid virus resurgence.

Visitor centres of Visit Antwerp
The visitor centre and the brand store/city shop in Grote Markt and the visitor centre in Central Station have reopened for visitors.  You can also contact us by phone (Monday-Friday, 9 am-5pm) at +32 (0)3 232 01 03 or at info@visitantwerpen.be.

Cafés & restaurants
The restaurants and cafes are open but have to close their doors at 11 pm. A curfew applies from 11:30 PM to 6:00 AM.
Your health and safety are paramount, which is why these businesses must comply with a host of measures. You can find more information about these measures on the Horeca Vlaanderen website. Restaurants may continue to deliver meals or offer a take-out service. Only customers are allowed to use their toilets. 

Some accommodation types (hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, camping sites, holiday homes, ...) are temporarily closed. Owners and operators must take several measures to guarantee your safety.
Night clubs remain closed for the time being.

Sights & attractions

Tourist attractions, museums and churches have reopened.  Strict measures apply to contain the spread of coronavirus.  Planning a visit? Always check the museum’s website beforehand and book your ticket online.

Cultural activities

Antwerp City Card
You can buy an Antwerp City Card again. Museums and attractions limit visitor flows as part of their social distancing measures.  Please always book your ticket online and check which coronavirus measures apply to your visit.

Public transport
Public transport has resumed fully. Passengers must wear a face mask on public transport and in the station/on platforms. Public transport companies advise passengers to spread their travel as much as possible and try to travel during off-peak times (after 9 am or before 4 pm or after 6 pm). The public transport companies also ask passengers to respect the safety measures and rules about social distancing. 

Travel

You are free to use any means of transport for your travel, including public transport, rental cars, shared cars, motorbike, shared scooters, and shared bikes.​

Questions?
Do you have questions? Contact one of our employees by telephone on +32 (0)3 232 01 03 or via mail to info@visitantwerpen.be

 

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