Gradual reopening of the Visitors' Centre

The European Commission Visitors’ Centre in Brussels is gradually reopening to groups for ‘physical’ visits.

To ensure maximum safety, and on top of any additional national obligations, visitors to Commission buildings are being asked to present a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate or other valid COVID certificate proving that they have been fully vaccinated, or tested negative, or recovered from COVID-19. See the Commission's Decision for full details.

The test should be NAAT (PCR) or RAT type and carried out by a health professional or skilled testing personnel. The negative result of a NAAT (PCR) test should have been obtained not more than 72 hours before, and in case of an RAT (rapid antigen) test, not more than 48 hours before. At least 14 days should have passed since full vaccination.  Full vaccination is understood as having received the second dose in a 2-dose series, a single-dose vaccine or having received a single dose of a 2-dose vaccine after having previously been infected.

A temperature check shall be performed upon entry to Commission buildings in Brussels. Access shall be denied to any person with a temperature of 37.7°C or above or who refuses to have their temperature checked.

Maximum half the normal capacity of the rooms, mask-wearing and social distancing rules apply inside the building.

Visitors wishing to connect online for a virtual visit to the European Commission can continue doing so, with great flexibility.

Apply for your preferred visit-type below and discover more about the European Commission.

About the Visitors' Centre

Based in Brussels, the centre provides the public with an understanding of how the European Commission works and, its policies and priorities.  

Group visits

  • Types of visit: General, specific information and tailored visits are available. See below for details and how to apply
  • Group size: 15 - 100 people
  • Advance booking requirement: minimum 10 weeks
  • Availability: Group visits are available Monday through Friday. The Visitors' Centre is closed on weekends and Belgian public holidays, plus certain holidays for the EU institutions.
  • Confirmation: You should receive confirmation within 2 weeks of submitting your request, including the contact details of the person handling your visit. If not, please email
  • Cost: Free of charge
  • Minimum visitor age: 15
  • Language: All EU languages – tell us your preference when you apply.
  • Identification: You must show a passport or national ID card to get into the building (driving licence not accepted).
  • Cancellation: Please warn us at least 2 weeks in advance at, including your visit number.
  • A late arrival may result in cancellation of your visit. 

Individual visits: unfortunately we cannot organise visits for individuals or groups of fewer than 15 people. You may wish to visit the European Parliament instead.

Request a visit

When you apply for one of the 3 types of group visit, you will be asked to either create an 'EU Login' account or log in to your existing account.
A privacy statement explaining how your personal data will be processed will be shown at the end of the validation process.

General information visit –

About the Commission’s role as the EU’s political executive.

For persons, such as secondary students, with little or no previous knowledge about the EU.

  • Specific information visit – 2.5 

    About the Commission’s role as the EU’s political executive, plus 1 EU priority or policy area of your choice.

    For undergraduate students and specific interest groups.

  • Tailored visit – 0.5 to

    About specific EU priorities or policy areas. Presentations by and discussions with the responsible Commission officials. Tailored information visits can begin with an introduction to the Commission’s role as the EU’s political executive.

    For national, regional and local parliaments and governments, journalists, business associations, public and private-sector professionals, trade unions, academia and postgraduate students.

Visitors Centre Entrance© European Commission, Georges Boulougouris
Visitors Centre Timeline
Visitors Centre Room

Location and access

European Commission Visitors' Centre

Visits sometimes take place at other locations. Check your confirmation.


On the corner of Rue de la Loi and Rue du Taciturne.

Public transport

We strongly recommend using public transport to come to the Visitors’ Centre. The closest stop is 'Schuman' and can be reached by metro and bus. When leaving the metro station, follow the signs for the 'Berlaymont' exit.

Dedicated parking for buses is available in Rue du Taciturne (on your right when turning off rue de la Loi).

Security screening

To enter the Visitors’ Centre, you must show a national ID card or passport (driving licence not accepted). You must also pass through a metal detector, similar to those at airports, and your belongings will be X‑rayed.


The Visitors' Centre is wheelchair-accessible. Please indicate your needs on the application form.


Wi-Fi is available inside the Visitors' Centre.


Visiting other institutions

Other EU institutions, bodies and agencies

How to visit other EU institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Frankfurt.


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