Travel to Belgium

Travel to Belgium

This page contains all information you need in order to travel to Belgium. In case you think some information is incorrect or missing, please let me know in the comment section below.


Index:

  • Geography
  • How to travel to Belgium
    • Travel to Belgium from the UK
    • Travel to Belgium from the US
    • Flights to Belgium
    • Trains to Belgium
  • Passport and Visa requirements
  • Travel insurance and healthcare
  • Money and banks
  • Electricity
  • Prices, taxing and tipping
  • Public holidays

Geography:

Where is Belgium located in Europe?

As you can see on the map below, the Kingdom of Belgium is situated in northern west Europe. The country is bordered by the Netherlands on the nord, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the south-east and France the the south and the nord-sea coastline to the nord-west.

The country is divided into 3 regions: The dutch speaking Flanders in the nord, the French speaking Wallonia in the South and the metropool Brussels in the centre. Both Flanders and Wallonia are subdivided into 5 provinces each.


How to travel to Belgium:

Thanks to the geographical location at the centre of Europe, Belgium has countless excellent international connections, making it fairly easy to travel to Belgium from almost anywhere in the world.


Travel Insurance & Healthcare

Citizens of the European Union have access to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) that provides access to the Belgian healthcare at reduced cost or even for free.

Citizens from other countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and Belgium. If not, a good travel insurance is recommended, but not obligated.


Money & Banks

Belgium uses the Euro as currency.
ATM’s or Cash Machines are widely available. For cash withdrawals it’s recommended to use a Debit Card since Credit Cards may charge extra fees for withdrawing money.

Belgians prefer the use of debit cards over credit cards. Debit cards will be accepted at most places, whilst credit cards may be refused at smaller shops or retailers. Often an extra fee of 5% is charged for paying with your credit card. Make sure you have a card with the Visa, Mastercard , Maestro or Cirrus logo.


Electricity

In Belgium the standard voltage is 230V  and frequency is 50 Hz.
The power sockets are of type E.

You can use a European Travel Plug Adapter for most of your electronics, but always check the maximum input voltage of your device first. If your device doesn’t support  volt rates up to 230V it will most likely get damaged and might even cause a fire hazard. Most high-end electronics have a build in voltage convertor allowing voltages between 100-240V.


Prices and Taxes

The advertised prices in Belgian stores and restaurants, are always inclusive taxes.

The 6% rate applies on food & drinks and on public transport
The 12% rate applies on foods & drinks you consume in restaurants
The 21% rate applies on luxury goods and services.


Public Holidays

  • New Years: 1 January
  • Easter: Date varies
  • Easter Monday: first Monday after Easter
  • Workers’ day: 1 May
  • Ascension: sixth Thursday after Easter
  • Whitsun: seventh Sunday after Easter
  • National Belgian holiday: 21 July
  • Assumption: 15 August
  • All Saint’s Day: 1 November
  • Armistice Day: 11 November (End of World War I)
  • Christmas Day: 25 December

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel to Belgium?

Yes! Belgium is a safe country with low crime rate. However, always be aware for pickpockets at crowded places.

Do I need a visa for Belgium?

Belgium is part of the Schengen Area. If you have a valid US or European passport, you don’t need a visa for visiting Belgium if you plan to stay under 90 days.

Is travel in Belgium expensive?

Belgium is a rich country, so prices can sometimes be a bit high, depending on the places you visit. But even on a tight budget you can enjoy Belgium.