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COVID-19 Doing business in Belgium

The outbreak of COVID-19 has consequences for entrepreneurs doing business in or with Belgium. Belgian companies can continue their business, as long as they follow the rules of social distancing and teleworking. Companies that cannot follow these rules must close down.

Crucial sectors can stay in business, as long as they follow the rules of social distancing and teleworking. For example, agriculture, banking, food industry, inland navigation, public transport and towing services.

On 24 April, the Belgian government presented its coronavirus exit strategy. Coronavirus measures will be gradually phased out.

Precautions for staff working in Belgium

  • Teleworking is mandatory for all positions.
  • If teleworking is not an option, social distancing is mandatory. This means that staff have to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
  • If teleworking and social distancing are not an option, the company has to close down.
  • The public authorities will impose a fine on companies that ignore the rules of social distancing.
  • These regulations do not apply to crucial sectors and essential services. But they must follow the regulations as much as they can.

Update 24 April

  • On 24 April, the Belgian government presented its coronavirus exit strategy. Coronavirus measures will be gradually phased out.
  • As of 4 May, the industry and B2B services can reopen.
  • If keeping 1.5 metres distance is not possible, health recommendations must be followed, including wearing a mask.
  • The rules remain the same for other sectors.

Supplies from Belgium

  • Freight traffic and service trades are allowed between the Netherlands and Belgium.
  • For consequences of the delay of shipments from Belgium, check the clauses in your contract with the supplier. The government does not offer compensation for losses suffered.

Travelling to Belgium for meetings and trade missions

  • The Belgian government has forbidden non-essential travel to Belgium and will check your reason for wanting to enter Belgium at the borders.
  • Gatherings of people are forbidden.
  • The Belgian government has cancelled all trade missions until further notice.

Veterinary and phytosanitary measures

At this moment there are no restrictions for animals, animal products, plants and vegetal products.

Contact the agricultural attaché and the agricultural team in Brussels for questions via email.

Working in Belgium

  • The Belgian government has forbidden non-essential travel to Belgium.
  • Freight traffic and service trades are allowed between the Netherlands and Belgium.
  • Cross-border commuting is allowed for vital sectors and crucial professions. For speedy access at the border, please use the vignette.
  • Cross-border commuters that are not working in a vital sector or a crucial profession also need a declaration from their employer.
  • On 24 April, the Belgian government presented its coronavirus exit strategy. Coronavirus measures will be gradually phased out. As of 4 May, industries and B2B services can reopen.

Information from the Belgian government

For information on the Belgian COVID-19 measures: