- 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
- Prices, taxing and tipping
- Public holidays
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.
Belgium is divided into 3 regions: The dutch speaking Flanders in the north, 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.
Passport & Visa Requirements
Belgium is part of the Schengen Area. If you have a valid European or US passport, you don’t need a visa for visiting Belgium if you plan to stay under 90 days.
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. Don’t worry if you don’t have any euro’s on you, ATM’s or Cash Machines are widely available. For cash withdrawals it’s recommended to use a Debit Card since Credit Cards might charge extra fees for withdrawing money. Cash exchange services will probably cost you extra fees compared over cash withdrawals.
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.
In Belgium the standard voltage is 230V with a frequency of 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.
- 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