Belgium is federal monarchy country located in the Western part of Europe. It is one of the founding members of the European Union (EU) and is where the union’s headquarters is stationed. The overall land area of Belgium measures at 30,528 square kilometers and has a population of over 11 million people. Travel to Belgium to explore and experience for yourself the beautiful attractions this country has to offer.
Belgium shares borders with four other European countries namely France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Meanwhile, the country features a maritime temperate climate with occasional precipitation. The lowest temperature is usually recorded around the month of January while the highest temperature is around July.
The strong global economy in Belgium is supported by its transport infrastructure and high trading activity due to a highly industrialized region. The economy is reliant on service oriented industries.
Currency: Euro is the official currency in Belgium.
Official Language: Belgium has three recognized official languages, which are French, Dutch and German.
WiFi Availability: You can find a lot of free WiFi hotspots in Belgium, especially in the capital city of Brussels. Some of these WiFi zones offer instant access while others are available only for customers or clients of certain establishments.
Airport/s: Brussels International Airport is the major international airport for travel to Belgium.
Other major airports in Belgium catering to international flights are Antwerp International Airport and Brussels South Charleroi Airport.
Visa Required: There are no VISAs required for tourists that travel to Belgium from any of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada and other EU countries. A return ticket might be needed for those non-EU countries. If you are not from any of the above mentioned countries, you need to keep in touch with your local Belgian embassy within your specific country to find out about Visa requirements before travel to Belgium.
Driving: In Belgium, you will be driving on the right side of the road.
International Driver’s License Accepted? If you are from non-EU countries, you can use your international driving license in Belgium for up to one year. However, you still need to bring your national driver’s license with you. You cannot obtain a Belgian driver’s license until you are officially a resident of Belgium.
Crime: Tourists traveling to Belgium should not be worried about crime as the country is relatively crime free. Some low level street crime such as pocket picking or purse snatching can happen, though. Hence, all tourists are advised to be mindful of their belongings.
Electrical Adapters: In Belgium, they use the Type E French Style sockets. Make sure you check if you have the same electric socket from your country or bring an adapter when you travel to Belgium so you can plug in your devices.
Trivia: DID YOU KNOW that there are over 800 types of beers produced in Belgium? An average person in Belgium consumes 150 liters of beer annually. Aside from beer, the highest amount of chocolate sold is in Brussels National Airport.
Travel to Belgium: My Stories
Where I’ve Been to in Belgium
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Belgium
- Historic Centre of Brugge
- La Grand Palace, Brussels
- Major Town Houses of Architect Victor Horta in Brussels
- Market Square in Brugge