Belgium Practical information
An identity card or valid passport is sufficient for any citizen of the European Union but your stay should not exceed three months.
If you are a resident of a country outside the EU but which applies the Schengen Agreement, you are exempt from requiring a visa.
In all other cases, contact the Belgian consulate or embassy in your country to find out whether a visa is required.
No vaccinations are required for entry into Belgium.
However, check that your hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccinations are up to date.
Ensure you have a European Health Insurance Card.
Be vigilant of your belongings (pickpockets in stations).
Bring an adapter
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The currency used in Belgium is the euro.
1 USD = 0.92 EUR*
* Exchange rate provided as a guideline only
Where can you change your money?
You can change your money in international banks and airports.
There are plenty of bureaux de change in Belgium if you are resident outside the European Union.
Tipping is optional in Belgium since service is included in the price.
Taxis are generally subject to legally-imposed tariffs. This means you can have a quote for your journey before you set off.
The country has three bus networks. Whether you're in Wallonia, Brussels or Flanders, the network will be different but covers the whole country.
Trams are just in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Charleroi.
The Brussels underground is the only one in Belgium.
The SNCB provides a very comprehensive rail service and serves the major cities (InterCity) as well as the smaller ones (Interregion).
The Mobib card (€5 for the basic card) is available in several forms. You can top it up for a single journey (€2.10) or for up to 10 trips (€14).
In Europe, 112 is the number to call for emergencies of any type.
Ambulances and fire service: 100
There are three official languages: Dutch, French and German
A few phrases to remember :
Good evening: Goedenavond
Goodbye: Tot ziens
Thank you: Bedankt
What time is it?: Hoe laat is het?
I don't understand: Ik begrijp het niet
How much is … ?: Hoeveel kost… ?
Where is… ?: Waar is… ?
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