Visiting the Hemicycle in Brussels during coronavirus 

Visiting the Hemicycle in Brussels during coronavirus


Hygiene and safety measures have been put in place to allow visits to the Hemicycle during the coronavirus pandemic. Please read the information carefully to prepare for your visit.


Visiting the Hemicycle in Brussels during coronavirus


We are happy to welcome you again to the Hemicycle of the European Parliament! You can visit the impressive plenary chamber that is used for the European Parliament’s largest and most important debates. Visits are with multimedia guides in 24 languages. Please note the following:

Opening hours

Monday – Thursday Friday
09:00 – 17:00 9:00 – 13:00
Monday – Thursday
09:00 – 17:00
9:00 – 13:00

Last entry is at 16.00 from Monday to Thursday and at 12.00 on Friday.

Mandatory registration

At the time of the booking, visitors will be asked to choose a timeslot and provide some personal information. Visitors need to print out their booking confirmation and bring it with them on the day of the visit, or show it on their mobile device.

Bookings should be made online.

In case visitors cannot book their slot in advance, they may contact the information desk at the visitors entrance and will be accepted based on availability.

Visitors are kindly asked to respect their slot as much as possible.

Hygiene measures during a visit

In order to ensure a safe and pleasant visit for everyone, visitors are kindly asked to observe the following measures:

  • Inside the visitor area, face masks are obligatory for visitors above 12 years of age. They are equally recommended for children.
  • The rules of social distancing have to be applied. Visitors are kindly asked to keep a distance of at least 1.5m.
  • Disinfection gel is available at the entrance and throughout the circuit. Visitors are encouraged to make use of it throughout their visit.
  • A security check is carried out upon entry, including a temperature check via a scanner.
  • There is an unsupervised self-service cloakroom at the disposal of visitors. Nevertheless, visitors are kindly asked to travel as lightly as possible.
  • Individual visitors will be offered portable multimedia guides throughout the entire visit. In order to reduce the risk of contamination as much as possible, disposable earpieces are available to each visitor. However, we strongly encourage visitors to bring their own personal earphones. Multimedia guides are disinfected at the hand out. If you prefer you can also download the content of the multimedia guide before the start of your visit on your personal device. The app 'EP Visit' is available on the Apple Store and Google Play.
  • A one-way circuit through the visitor area and Hemicycle visitor gallery is indicated by markings on the floor and panels. Visitors are requested to follow this circuit.
  • All equipment and material (like multimedia guides) as well as the public sanitary facilities and other sensitive areas (handles, doors) are cleaned on a regular basis.

What else can be done to protect yourself and other visitors?

  • If visitors feel ill or had a recent contact (within the last 14 days) with an ill person, the visit should be postponed.
  • Visitors should wash their hands often with soap and water.
  • Visitors should keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres when outside.
  • Visitors should limit the number of people that they meet up with.
  • Visitors should wear a facemask on public transport and in busy public spaces.
  • Visitors should cough or sneeze into a new paper handkerchief each time and throw it away in a closed garbage can. In the absence of a paper handkerchief visitors should cough or sneeze into the inside of their elbow.


For more information about the COVID-19 virus and prevention measures in Belgium, go to

The European Parliament is monitoring the situation in real time and will adapt its measures accordingly.

Last updated: 15/10/20