Last updated 18th February 2022.


  • Which covid-restrictions will be in place in Belgium when I come over in September?

The Belgian government has just set up a covid-barometer on the basis of which certain restrictions are imposed. Recently, the whole country has moved down to ‘code orange‘ from code red. We’re quietly optimistic (hopeful?) that this will reduce to yellow by late September, but can of course not predict how the pandemic and government measures will evolve. In code orange, our venue, Thagaste Monastery, requires participants to wear a face mask and show their covid safe pass/covid certificate/international equivalent with QR code. In code yellow, a covid certificate may no longer be required.

  • Do I need to show my covid certificate with QR code if I want to take part in the conference physically?

In code orange (currently the code in Belgium), yes. If it moves to code yellow, not according to current regulations.

  • Will I need to quarantine when I come over to Belgium in September?

Travel restrictions and quarantine regulations have been eased significantly, but please check the regulations on the government website. We can take no responsibility for quarantining or testing measures in place in September. Please check before you travel.

  • Are hotels, restaurants, and cafés open?

They are, for the moment, though closing times may differ. In code orange, over-16s need to show their covid certificate in order to eat or drink in a restaurant or café.

  • Can you recommend nice restaurants or cafés?

Ghent is a hot spot for brilliant places to eat and drink. Try one of these cafés in the centre and you can’t go wrong. These places serve some pretty decent cake. For a proper hot chocolate, take a walk to our Campus Boekentoren with the famous modernist Book Tower and visit Mayana.

  • Any other questions?

Do email us at icanvi@ugent.be.