Explore Belgium's Essential Travel Information
When to Go
Belgium has a temperate and rainy climate so the best time of year to visit is May to September when the average temperatures are between 13 - 21°C and rainfall is the lowest. The winter temperatures fall to between 0 - 5°C. It will be advisable to take an umbrella and a sweater with you, regardless of what time of year you plan on visiting.
Belgium has a temperate, maritime climate mainly influenced by air masses from the Atlantic. Swift and regular alternation of different air masses separated by fronts gives Belgium an extensive changeability in weather. Frontal conditions moving from the west produce rainy weather, with rainfall heavy and regular, averaging 750 to 1,000 millimeters per year.
Health and Safety
Generally Belgium is not a dangerous place and it doesn't have a very high crime factor, but as with all cities, it has a few rough neighborhoods that should be avoided late at night. Avoid walking alone in deserted alleyways and un-lit places and always be vigilant for pickpockets. You don't need any vaccinations to enter Belgium and your health should generally not be a problem factor in Belgium. However, as with all other countries, there have been a few reported cases of travelers diarrhea, caused by undercooked foods or overindulgence. It is advisable to carry bottled water with you and keep your body hydrated at all times while traveling to avoid heatstroke or dehydration - especially if you're planning to walk a lot.
Visas and Passports
European Citizens do not need a visa to enter Belgium and they can stay for as long as they want. Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the US needs a visa for stays of up to 90 days. All visitors will require a passport valid for at least six months, to enter Belgium and to re-enter their own countries.
Money and Currency
The official currency of Belgium is the euro. Belgium has an abundance of ATM machines, which accepts all major credit cards, such as, MasterCard, Diners Club and Visa. Most shops and restaurants accept credit cards, although some smaller establishments will insist on cash. Banks are generally open from Mondays - Fridays from 9 am - 4 pm. A 16% service fee is usually included in the menu prices and in drinks, but if it is not an equal amount will be gratefully received.