Travel Advice for The Belgium
Belgium
Capital: Brussels

Time Zone GMT + 1
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 32
IDD: International direct dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.
Additional local numbers:- Police - 101, Fire, Ambulance - 100.
From a mobile phone - 112.
Tourist
Information
Office de promotion du Tourisme Wallonie-Bruxelles, 61 rue Marché-aux-Herbes, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium. Tel: (2) 504 0390 Fax: (2) 504 0270.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all: except nationals of EU countries and nationals of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland providing they carry a national ID card. Return Ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short term change. Contact embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Required by all except: Nationals of Great Britain, Australia, Canada, USA, EU, Japan, Andorra, Argentina, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey (if resident in an EU country and have a residence permit valid for a further 4 months), Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela.
Health
Information
Other Health Risks: None at present.
Food
& Drink
Water is considered drinkable, normal precautions should be observed with food. In January 1999 Dioxins entered the food chain in Belgium - visitors are advised to take advice on eating pork, chicken or dairy products.
Currency Belgian Franc (Bfr) = 100 centimes.
Credit cards and Travellers cheques are widely accepted. US dollars are the preferred currency.
ATM availability: Over 2000 locations.
Cost of
Living
Relatively expensive, similarly to other Western European countries.
Languages Dutch and French.
Weather Warm May - Sept, and snow likely during the winter months.
Electricity 220 Volts AC 50 Hz. Plugs are 2 pin.
Post 2- 3 days to other European destinations. Poste Restante is available in the main cities.
Transport RAIL: A dense, regular service operates. A reduced rate card can be purchased for unlimited discounts for 1 month period.
Special
Information
"Flemings" often prefer to speak English, rather than French, to Foreign viitors.