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Belgium international travel guide

Belgium

Belgium is part of Europe with main city at Brussels. It's usually 🌀️ 8.62 °C in Belgium with a rainfall of 🌧 56.97 mm. Tipping is usually not expected in Belgium. Internet speed in Belgium is on average 14.2 Mbps. In Belgium you drive on the right side. Its Developed country with a population of 11M people. The main currency is Euro. The languages spoken are French, German and Dutch. Automatic teller machines are very common in Belgium. Current travel safety advice is Do not travel. Get other useful information like socket plugs, SIM cards and emergency numbers.
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Advice

πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety

Do not travel

All travel to the EU and Schengen Area is strictly restricted for non-EU nationals for 30 days from 17 March. All non-essential movement outdoors is prohibited until 19 April. Some exemptions exist, though you should minimise travel and practice social distancing measures. If you're in Belgium and wish to leave, be aware that departure options are becoming more limited. If you can't or don't want to leave, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe and well. If you need urgent consular assistance call +61 2 6261 3305. We now advise you to: Do not travel to Belgium.

issued date: April 2, 2020

General

πŸ”Œ Sockets

Belgium uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type E.

🌐 Languages

The languages that are typically spoken are French, German and Dutch

Money

πŸ’± Currencies Used

Belgium uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

πŸ’³ Cards

Widely accepted Credit cards are widely accepted within Belgium (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, UnionPay and RuPay are unknown.

🏧 ATMs

Automatic teller machines are very common in Belgium. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM β€” your standard magnetic card will work fine.

πŸ’β€β™‚οΈ Tipping

Not expected, but can leave extra tip Tipping is usually not expected in Belgium. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small β€˜extra’ tip. Receipts usually include a service charge. If there is a service charge there is no need to tip.

Calling

πŸ“‘ Internet

Internet speed in Belgium is on average 14.2 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Belgium is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.

πŸ“± Phones

You can buy a SIM card for about €22.56, which includes 2 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: BASE, Mobistar or Proximus. Belgium uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Belgium upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

πŸ“ž Calling

To call Belgium, dial +, then 32 (the country code for Belgium), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Belgium, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 12 .

Driving

πŸ›£οΈ Road rules

In Belgium you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways, 120 km/h (74 mph) on expressways, 30 km/h (18 mph) in residential areas, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 90 km/h (55 mph) on undivided highways. Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.

🚦 On the road

Road assistance is available at 070 344 777 (Touring), 078 222 222 (VAB) or 078 481 414 (Charlie24). For general news on Belgium's traffic use Verkeerscentrum, RTBF Traffic info or Belgium Automobile Club. Most popular petrol stations in Belgium are Total Belgium, Shell, Octa+, Lukoil, Q8, Total, Texaco, Esso and Power. Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called Euro 95, Super Euro (95), benzine, essence, Super 98, Super Plus (98) or Ongelood (95/98). Petrol costs about €1.27 per liter.Diesel option is called diesel.

πŸ†˜ Emergency

Police

999

Ambulance

997

Fire department

998

Last updated: April 1, 2020