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Openings in Belgium 22 Jun 2020 12:57 #116856

Travelled to Belgium as previously posted, no problem at all travelling out, French immigration at Dover just waved us through and the UK official didn't even open the window. Face-masks required on the boat but as soon as it set off most people removed them, DFDS provided a free meal and tea coffee or cold drinks for anyone who wanted one. No one doing any checking on the French side, no one at the French / Belgian border. We also popped into the Netherlands for a couple of hours to sort out our winter mooring again no one at the border and the harbour master showed no surprise or concern that we were English. The boat was moored in Ghent so we spent three days getting her ready for the season used restaurants without any problems just felt like living in a normal world again. Moved the boat to Deinze, took the train back to pick up the car, face-masks required on the train and ate out again.
We travelled with two other members of our syndicate who were going to use the boat first and we returned to the UK. No issues until we arrived in Dover, probably only about twenty cars on board but most stopped by customs felt very much like fifty years ago, questions about alcohol, cigarettes where we had been and why then a search of the car. You have to fill out an online form which must have been designed by a team of bureaucrats several pages with the same information required for different reasons and now of course we have to isolate for fourteen days. Hopefully by the time we travel again this nonsense will have ended.
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Openings in Belgium 15 Jun 2020 23:21 #116663

We travelled into Belguim via Tenuzen onto Gwent without any issue on Sunday. They identified us on AIS and checked via VHF at the lock probably checking our licence. Clearly Belguim is open for cruising. We met another English couple in Deinze in transit from Gent to Antwerp.

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Openings in Belgium 15 Jun 2020 15:17 #116653

We are off to Ghent in the morning via DFDS to Dunkirk from Dover, I'm not expecting any problems but will post if we encounter any.
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Openings in Belgium 15 Jun 2020 12:43 #116648

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Michael Fewster wrote: Hi Pete, Just checking - are you back in UK or back in Belgium?
We're just waiting to have the boat trucked there which my transporter says is no problem... do you know if it's fine for us to pass through Callais and on to Belgium?

It should be no problem as France has opened its borders today (15th), inculding the Channel. On Saturday coming back to Gent I was casually asked (at Dover) where I was going and waved through. I'm sure tha haulier is right.

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Openings in Belgium 15 Jun 2020 12:03 #116646

Hi Pete, Just checking - are you back in UK or back in Belgium?
We're just waiting to have the boat trucked there which my transporter says is no problem... do you know if it's fine for us to pass through Callais and on to Belgium?

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Openings in Belgium 12 Jun 2020 10:15 #116531

Hi All,
we had the same experience last week going in the UK direction, thought that It may have just been a fluke after all that we had heard about the border controls on the Belgium/France border but we just sailed through. Hopefully it will be the same when we can get back home.
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Openings in Belgium 10 Jun 2020 20:40 #116518

Hi, just wanted to let everybody know that we made the trip today from Folkestone and we are now very happy to be sitting in Iskras wheelhouse in Eijsden. We were totally unchallenged for the whole journey. The French border force at le Shuttle weren’t interested in us as soon as we told them we were Netherlands bound, didn’t want attestation or Covid health declaration. We are so glad we plucked up the courage to give it a try.
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Openings in Belgium 04 Jun 2020 19:36 #116453

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Jonathan Hill wrote: Pete
Thanks for quick comments. We have used the Visurus site and got as far as registration, a waterways permit number ,ID number but not how to pay our fee of 159.25 euros. What happens next?

The process is described in detailsa HERE , briefly...
1. open a personal account
2. register your boat(s), with identification and size details
3. choose a boat needing a permit and how long you need the vignette for
4. pay for it !

It sounds as though you've done 1 & 2, so need to select a boat and click 'Purchase of Waterways Permit, complete more detils of the boat and period of the permit, then click 'Order'

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Openings in Belgium 04 Jun 2020 14:27 #116436

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Thanks for quick comments. We have used the Visurus site and got as far as registration, a waterways permit number ,ID number but not how to pay our fee of 159.25 euros. What happens next?

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Openings in Belgium 04 Jun 2020 13:19 #116435

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If the water border opens at the same time as the land borders (not certain!) It is unlikely they'll bother about nationality. Lock keepers near a border will probably just be told 'Let pleasurecraft through'.

Jonathan Hill wrote: . Let you know how we get on crossing into Belguim and the water licence!!

I'd have a practice run through the Visuris site asap. You have to register your boat in the system, then request a permit after it's been accepted! (Well, that's how it worked a few weeks ago!)

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Openings in Belgium 04 Jun 2020 13:06 #116434

We are hoping to cross into Belguim after the 16th June and hopefully being UK nationals will not stop us as Belguim has not yet closed its borders to the UK unlike Netherlands. Our quarantine seems to be typically an own goal or they are protecting themselves against our still too high infection rate. Hopefully we will gain entry as we have been in the Netherlands since late April. We have had a most enjoyable trip around the Maakermeer, Isjel river with its strong current, the only disappointment was that they had shut the Zwolle harbour. The opening of the terraces has transformed the atmosphere here and made the marinas more lively. We are in Kerkdriel marinas where toilets and showers are open. Let you know how we get on crossing into Belguim and the water licence!!

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Openings in Belgium 03 Jun 2020 17:56 #116399

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From Vlaamse WaterWeg (VWW), by email...

De Vlaamse Waterweg nv has therefore decided to change the date from which a waterway permit is mandatory from the original date, 1 April, to the first day of the month following the end of federal COVID-19 measures.

The restrictive measures have now been lifted. The new start date for the mandatory waterway permit is now 01/06/2020.

The waterway permit that you purchased for vessel De Zwaan ) was automatically modified following the decision by the De Vlaamse Waterweg nv, and is now valid for the period 01/06/2020 - 31/05/2021.

So, if you're in Belgium and haven't already, order your permit now, AS HERE
Checks on permits are possible from July 1st. Your boat does not need a sticker. They'll use its registration number.

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Openings in Belgium 03 Jun 2020 17:23 #116396

Jill Kernick wrote: Hi Ken
We have wintered over in Brugges and have already been told by VPF that they will hold the winter rates for two weeks after the restrictions have been lifted. At the moment it is not possible to cross the border to Holland (we tried it by bicycle just two days ago and it was securely fenced off!
In Flandria, the other harbour here in Brugges, they have already increased the mooring rates.
Information regarding the licence has also been sent out and for anyone who has already purchased a licence it will be valid for the period purchased as from tomorrow.
Hope this helps.


Just a correction to make Flandria sound less heartless, they have maintained the 'covid' rate until the end of June, normal summer rates will apply from 1st July. This helps those of us waiting for the borders to open so we can return.

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Openings in Belgium 03 Jun 2020 16:59 #116395

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Latest from the Belgium National Security Council....

From 15 June, Belgium will reopen the borders to and from the countries belonging to the European Union - including the United Kingdom - and the other 4 "Schengen" countries. "Keep in mind, however, that each country decides to open its borders and under what conditions they do so."

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Openings in Belgium 31 May 2020 15:44 #116347

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For anyone thinking like Sue, the two Attestations* are in the https://barges.org/library-members/national-info/french-waterway-information with an English translation (click on Details).

* Attestation De Déplacement Dérogatoire - for travel within France
Attestation De Déplacement Dérogatoire International - for entry to France

Note the limited number of reasons for travel!

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Openings in Belgium 31 May 2020 14:51 #116346

Hi Pete, thanks for telling us that. I think we will try the ‘great escape’ next weekend, we’ve found an attestation on the French govt website that we hope will cover us if needed. Think Michael (Fewster) is right, cannot sit here watching the UK situation go from bad to worse, we shall be much safer ‘over there’.

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Openings in Belgium 31 May 2020 13:36 #116345

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Michael Fewster wrote: Hi Pete
Are you sure you don't want to reconsider your direction of travel?.

I have urgent business in UK and will be back in Gent pretty soon (using my dual-residence).

Seriously, yesterday (Sat 2pm) there was a French checkpoint on the E40 entry to France but nobody was being stopped (at the time!). There is no indication I can find of when either land (officially) or water borders (in practice) opening except for a few special cases. Jun 8 or 15 are rumoured.

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Openings in Belgium 31 May 2020 13:19 #116344

Hi Pete
Are you sure you don't want to reconsider your direction of travel? You're coming back to the worst handled virus country in the world by population. We just missed getting out before restrictions unfortunately and have been stuck in this ever expanding trainwreck and waiting for the first opportunity to get out.
I'm certainly watching for news on transiting through France to Belgium and boat transport allowed back into Belgium.
We wintered in Gent a few years ago, nice town.
Good luck with your trip.

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Openings in Belgium 29 May 2020 17:58 #116332

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But...... there are minor depth restrictions on the Ijzer and some related waterways, and other stage 1 drought related restrictions on most Flemish waterways, e.g. boat grouping, and restricted operation of tidal locks, so check on Visuris for movement by boat.

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Openings in Belgium 29 May 2020 13:38 #116320

Thanks Pete,
I just told Jill that you were travelling tomorrow and that we will be trying to learn from your experiences. Bon Voyage demain. Stay safe

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Openings in Belgium 29 May 2020 13:29 #116319

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Latest word in Gent is that the Belgian border is still closed unless you have a good reason to travel. Visiting a second home or boat in Belgium is not good reson , unless it is your registered home. 'Passing through, to Netherlands' may be OK but I can't confirm it. I've not found details of the Belgian border restrictions.
For France you currently need an Attestation, as HERE .
Travel to a home country is acceptable for leaving Belgium. The controls are really only on entry and on long journies inside Belgium. For the latter, a ferry ticket and UK passport should placate a police check. I will be travelling to UK from Gent tomorrow, via Dunkirk. and I'll report back.

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Openings in Belgium 29 May 2020 13:21 #116318

Hi Jill, will reply to you on PM as our chat doesn’t need to be on forum.

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Openings in Belgium 29 May 2020 13:01 #116317

Hi Sue. I look forward to hearing from anyone that drives through France and crosses the border to Belgium and Holland. We have been waiting for the borders to open so that we can drive back to UK via the Shuttle. On the Eurotunnel website there was a link to the form that has to be downloaded and filled in with purpose of travel etc. The police here have offered to facilitate our travel back to UK but out boat is our home and where we want to spend most of our time.

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Openings in Belgium 29 May 2020 12:34 #116315

Wow that sounds great news. We are hoping to travel to our barge which is in southern Holland as soon as possible, we are planning on going via Le Shuttle then up coast into and transit through Belgium to Eijsden in Holland. Has anyone any info on transiting through Belgium in a car?

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Openings in Belgium 29 May 2020 08:59 #116312

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Here is the English text:

"Pleasure boating and water sports

Following the National Security Council decision of 6 May 2020 and in the light of the ministerial decision of 8 May 2020 amending the ministerial decision of 30 April 2020 adopting emergency measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19, the following measures will apply from 29 May 2020 :

Are allowed on the Flemish navigable waterways:

Aquatics
sailing with pleasure boats, motor boats and watercraft
regular outdoor training and lessons (organized, max. 20 people, supervised by a sports coach or an adult supervisor)
maintenance work on vessels
launching of vessels
overnight on board

These activities are allowed under the following conditions :

individually or with persons living under the same roof, and / or in the company of a maximum of two, always the same, other persons.
regular outdoor training and lessons (also on board a pleasure boat) with more persons are possible in an organized context and under the supervision of a sports coach or adult supervisor; the number of persons is limited, taking into account the size of the vessel and the nature of the activities aimed at maintaining social distance (with an absolute maximum of 20 persons);
in view of the nature of the activities, the limited space on a recreational craft or water sports vessel and the conditions of water movement, wind and weather, special attention is drawn to provide the necessary measures to reduce social distance in practice and under all circumstances. to ensure; account should be taken of available guidelines drawn up by the umbrella organizations in this regard;
The necessary infrastructures for the exercise of the open air sports may be open, with the exception of changing rooms, showers and cafeterias.
The necessary measures must be taken to limit the spread of the virus by taking the necessary precautions regarding the disinfection of the material.
Sufficient distance should be kept with other water sports enthusiasts on the water.
Within the marinas and water sports clubs, companies and shops, measures must be taken to respect the rules of social distance (in terms of organization of work, reception of customers, limiting access).

The following activities are not allowed :

Boat trips with skipper
Events, group activities (except for the regular training and classes mentioned above), competitions and competitions are still prohibited
Traveling from or to abroad or through foreign waters (eg Westerschelde / Zeeschelde, parts of the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, parts of the Maas).

Waterways permit

The formal start date on which a waterways permit is compulsory, namely April 1, 2020, has been postponed due to the restrictive measures that apply to recreational boating. The new start date of the obligation of the waterways permit is 1 June 2020 .

The procedure for the waterway permits already purchased is as follows:

The start date of the waterway permits already purchased is automatically adjusted in this sense. The duration of these waterway permits remains the same.
For waterways permits of a limited duration, with an end date that falls before 1 June, a full refund is provided as no use could be made of the relevant services or provision.

Vlaamse Waterweg nv carries out these repayments and extensions as standard; you do not have to apply for this .

Vessels that do not yet have a waterway license must in principle also have a waterway license from 1 June . The following practical working method applies:

From 1 June, all sailing vessels must have a valid waterway permit, at least for the day (s) they are sailing. Vessels without valid waterway permits will not be articulated or pass a movable bridge.
Until 1 July 2020, all vessels moored in a mooring, whether licensed or conceded, on the navigable waterways of the Flemish Region will be given the opportunity to adjust, ie to purchase a waterway license with a start date of 1 June 2020.

The waterway permits can be purchased through:

Online : The digital waterways permit can be purchased and paid online: www.visuris.be/Waterwegenvergunning
Counter : The counters are currently closed due to corona measures.

On www.visuris.be/Waterwegenvergunning you will also find instructional videos to create an account and purchase a waterways permit. "
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Openings in Belgium 29 May 2020 08:34 #116311

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The VisuRIS website has now been updated with this info. Also licence requirement from 1st June
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Openings in Belgium 28 May 2020 17:31 #116304

A friend who is also on a mooring in Brugges has also received the e mail.
Another boater contacted the Belgian authorities to check the possibility of travel into Belgium and was told that it would be possible by the date he wished to travel 18/6/2020.
Starting to look hopeful.

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Openings in Belgium 28 May 2020 16:55 #116303

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Just a small caution - Vlaamse Waterweg have not yet announced it officially on Visuris.be

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Openings in Belgium 28 May 2020 15:17 #116300

Hi Jill,
Thanks for the information, we are moored in Ghent but at home in UK. We do have a contact who is on his boat moored next to us so we can get the current info from him re our mooring. All we need now are open borders.

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Openings in Belgium 28 May 2020 15:09 #116298

In Wallonia too, amusing that because of Cv19 they are not going to help any one moor, did they ever!


ubject: NTS - Toutes Voies SPW Mobilité et Infrastructures: Announcement
Date: 28 May 2020 09:27:12 +0200
From: NtS - SPW <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>


Health risk

L’accès aux ouvrages de franchissement est à nouveau autorisé pour les bateaux de plaisance à partir de ce vendredi 29/5, aux horaires habituels de manoeuvre. Les mesures COVID-19 définies par le Conseil national de Sécurité restent d’application. Les communications avec les écluses se font uniquement par VHF ou téléphone, les contacts physiques avec le personnel sont interdits. Aucune aide physique (amarrage, etc.) ne peut être proposée par les éclusiers. Plus de détails via le lien ci-dessous.

Information, Internet, infrastructures.wallonie.be/files/PDF/ACTUS/Communique_COVID_19_nautisme_plaisance.pdf

Location:
Belgium, Wallonie
Toutes Voies SPW Mobilité et Infrastructures,

Name of object(s):
Toutes Voies SPW Mobilité et Infrastructures

Period: From 29/05/2020 to ...

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Openings in Belgium 28 May 2020 15:08 #116297

Hi Ken
We have wintered over in Brugges and have already been told by VPF that they will hold the winter rates for two weeks after the restrictions have been lifted. At the moment it is not possible to cross the border to Holland (we tried it by bicycle just two days ago and it was securely fenced off!
In Flandria, the other harbour here in Brugges, they have already increased the mooring rates.
Information regarding the licence has also been sent out and for anyone who has already purchased a licence it will be valid for the period purchased as from tomorrow.
Hope this helps.

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Openings in Belgium 28 May 2020 15:02 #116296

Dear pleasure boaters,

Finally I can bring you the news that you have been hoping for a while and certainly very much looking forward to; from tomorrow 29 May 2020 we can sail again - with operation of the locks!

The happy news was delivered to us by an employee of De Vlaamse Waterweg. The terms and conditions attached to it will be announced later today.

A glimpse of hope that in these difficult corona times we can stay on board for a few days - or longer -, tours are possible and we can even make plans for a summer sailing holiday.

As soon as more information is known, you can expect another email.

Regards,

Eartha Dereuddre
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Mobile 0032 488 70 78 61
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Openings in Belgium 28 May 2020 14:34 #116295

Hi Jill,
Is that all the information or does it mention license and mooring costs?

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Openings in Belgium 28 May 2020 14:30 #116294

Jill, good news but do you have any more detail, copy the email even if in Dutch for us please? I'm just about to report in Blue Flag going to print this weekend so it would be good to have an update. Thanks.

Jill Kernick wrote: Out of the blue, just received the email now!

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Out of the blue, just received the email now!
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Openings in Belgium 26 May 2020 23:05 #116254

In Brugge, Belgium, the museums have just reopened and restaurants will follow soon with social distancing. Shops are all open and my feeling is that tourists will be very welcome. Belgian waterways are open to pleasure craft but we still await the locks to become operational for recreational craft so not much help really,

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Openings in Belgium 15 May 2020 14:46 #115955

Belgium hoping to reopen borders by the 15th June says minister of the interior. See: www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/111705/belgium-wants-to-open-its-borders-by-15-june/
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Openings in Belgium 14 May 2020 14:57 #115946

Don’t know if this helps but we received this today from the SPW (Service public Wallonie) after we enquired about Openings at Écluse Lanaye the lock on Dutch Belgium border on the Albert Canal also known as Maas at that point.
Hope this helps a little.

Bonjour Madame Sue Horsup,

Merci pour votre message et désolé pour les difficultés éprouvées pour trouver les informations en lien avec les mesures prises dans le cadre de la crise sanitaire que nous connaissons actuellement.

Ces informations sont disponibles sur le portail Infrastructures : infrastructures.wallonie.be/news/covid-19--certaines-activites-nautiques-peuvent-reprendre-en-wallonie

La navigation de plaisance est actuellement autorisée sur le bief d’amarrage. L’accès au bateau et aux infrastructures d’amarrage sont dès lors autorisés.

Lors de la phase 2 (18 mai - …), le franchissement des écluses devrait rester réservé à la navigation marchande. Nous étudions toutefois la possibilité d’autoriser le franchissement d’écluse pour certains trajets lié à la plaisance (retour d’hivernage, trajet vers un chantier naval, etc.) lors de cette phase.

Un avis à la batellerie sera envoyé pour confirmer cette possibilité et en préciser les modalités d’ici la fin de la semaine. Vous pouvez consulter nos avis à la batellerie via spw-nts.periskal.com/ (avec possibilité d’abonnement pour un cours d’eau en particulier).

Sauf erreur, le trajet que vous envisagez de faire de l' écluse Petit Lanaye afin de rentrer en Belgique avec votre bateau depuis Eijsden me semble plutôt s’inscrire dans le registre des excursions d’un jour qui ne seront malheureusement pas encore autorisées lors de la phase 2.

Cordialement,

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Openings in Belgium 12 May 2020 12:28 #115903

Scrap that. From what we found, Wallonia is even stricter than Flanders. Locks won't take pleasure crafts. Source: www.voies-hydrauliques.wallonie.bewww.voies-hydrauliques.wallonie.be

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Openings in Belgium 12 May 2020 11:55 #115902

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As Tom points out, my comments are specifif to Flanders. I'm not certain of rules in Wallonie at the moment. .
For Germany, see the topic 'Closures in Germany', which is being updated by members there with the knowledge..

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Openings in Belgium 12 May 2020 09:27 #115898

Jonathan Hill wrote: Many thanks to Pete for his reply. I noticed in their regulations that Belguim allows a right of passage for your boat if it’s home port is say in France. I suspect that you would need good paperwork but this information might help in the right circumstances. We are cruising in the Netherlands until the position becomes clearer. Do you know the current situation in Germany re recreational cruising?


If you're in The Netherlands and wanting to get to France, you could go via the Maas (Meuse), into the French speaking part of Belgium: Wallonie and avoid Flanders all together. The waterway management is split up in Belgium so rules differ between Flanders and Wallonia.

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Openings in Belgium 12 May 2020 04:30 #115897

Many thanks to Pete for his reply. I noticed in their regulations that Belguim allows a right of passage for your boat if it’s home port is say in France. I suspect that you would need good paperwork but this information might help in the right circumstances. We are cruising in the Netherlands until the position becomes clearer. Do you know the current situation in Germany re recreational cruising?

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Jonathan Hill wrote: We were hoping to cruise in May and June as we are self sufficient and took 4th May as the waterways were open. Is it likely the locks for recreational boats will open before early June?

Local understanding is generally No, as my post on May 8. The waterway opening on May 4 was NOT for overnight pleasure travel, similar to people not being allowed to use a holiday home. There is already a small exception for residential boats that have been trapped away from a permanent home mooring, which should be allowed through operating commercial locks. Non-commercial locks are not scheduled to be manned before June 8.

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We were hoping to cruise in May and June as we are self sufficient and took 4th May as the waterways were open. Is it likely the locks for recreational boats will open before early June?

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Local opinion on the confusing message is that the intention was to allow small boats back on the water (shore and inland), like kayaks and sailing boats that will return to base at the end of an outing; i.e., no travelling. The announcement wasn't specific about the types of boat, so would also apply to a barge - but only for a day outing.
Current related shoreside guidance is

A decision on allowing visits to second homes and daytrips elsewhere in Belgium has been delayed. It was initially part of the "phase 2" easing of coronavirus measures, provisionally set for 18 May. It has now been postponed until "phase 3", meaning it will not be allowed until 8 June at the earliest

Reading between the lines, this suggests waterway travel won't be happening before June 8.

Two Dutch boats left Gent for Holland as soon as the 'relaxation' was announced as there are no Belgian locks on the way! Most boats, by report, cannot cross the border but they were going home - and holiday in the Biesbosch!

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Openings in Belgium 07 May 2020 21:48 #115789

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Andrew Phillips wrote: When I contacted the bridge operators on the Monday they started that they had not received any instructions to open bridges for leisure craft.

That may depend on which 'bridge operators' you contacted. Everyone is a little confused!

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Openings in Belgium 07 May 2020 21:31 #115788

When I contacted the bridge operators on the Monday they started that they had not received any instructions to open bridges for leisure craft.

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Openings in Belgium 07 May 2020 20:44 #115787

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Belgium opened its waterways to pleasurecraft Last Monday (4th) - sort of! But Flemish Waterways (VWW) are not allowing pleasure craft through locks yet. Bridges, yes, but locks, no! The intentionwas just to let people put teir boats in the water at their home port and maybe have day trips from and to their home port.
There's no word as to when this will change.

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