Wallonia Measures on Covid-19

Wallonia Measures on Covid-19 (update 16/11/2020)

    Thomas Guillot
  • 16/11/2020

Together with the economic measures taken by the Minister of Economy (see below),  20 million € have been spent on Walloon tourism support since the beginning of the health crisis.


November 2020 - Second programme of Measures

After the Minister of Tourism for Wallonia took in June different post containment measures (see below), a second programme of measures (2,4 million €) has been decided in November to support the sector. This implies:

1. Financial aid in tourist attractions and social tourism establishments maintenance costs incurred during closure (from 1. 11 to 13.12) due to the Covid19. Total amount : 1,2 million €

2. Financial aid to the authorized local tourism accommodation with a capacity of more than 10 people (a lump sum of 2500 € per establishment). Total amount : 1,2 million €.


June 2020 - Walloon Recovery Plan dedicated to Tourism

The Minister of Tourism for Wallonia has in June taken different post containment measures to support the tourism sector (6,5 million €). Check the Walloon Recovery Plan


June 2020 - Economic measures taken by the Minister of Economy

The Walloon Minister of Economy took a series of measures which were also intended to the tourist sector:

- 233 million euros for SME’s which have to suffer from the crisis : 5 000 € payment for those which have to close their doors (hotels, catering, travel agencies, tourist attractions)
- possible waiver of utility payments
- deferral of tax payments and water (Walloon water distribution network) invoices;
- freezing of loans to public institutions;
- guarantees on bank loans to companies (SMEs and larger ones)
Quick loans (equal to the bank loans) from the Walloon government funding body (SOGEPA) for  turnaround SME’s
flexibility for SME’s grant applications.


June 2020 - Federal Measures

The Belgian Federal Government adopted a series of measures supporting the tourism sector:

- a fixed amount per month for firms which have recourse to partial unemployment for force majeure ;
- deferral of VAT payment, social contributions and corporate tax ;
- reduced social contributions for self-employed conditional on proving a decrease in revenue due to the outbreak ;
- cancellation or deferral of social contributions for the self-employed
- income replacement for the self-employed ;
- suspension of penalties for suppliers failing to fulfill government contracts.


Regional Information
Regional Department Involved
Wallonie Tourisme
Leading Region
Other Stakeholders Involved
Walloon Tourism Observatory