Fast Facts: Belgium

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.

Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel. Airlines and cruises may deny boarding and your tour may be disrupted if your visa is not in order.

For U.S. citizens booked on a tour or package with Scheduled Dates, we will send you complete visa instructions and application forms after you book.

If you hold a passport from another country, or are not booked on a tour with Scheduled Dates, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

What is the weather like?

The weather in Belgium is the nicest mid-May through late September. Temps run in the 70's-80's, and nights are in the 50's – 60's. Take a sweater and umbrella any time of the year. For avoiding the crowds, try May or September. For the current forecast in Belgium, click here.

What is needed for entry?

U.S. and Canadian citizens need only a valid passport to travel to Belgium.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

No vaccination requirements for any international traveler. No health precautions.

CDC Website link: http://www.cdc.gov/travel/westeurp.htm
WHO website link: http://www.who.int/countries/en/#19

What is the currency?

In Belgium, the currency is the euro. Please review the current exchange rate.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Service charges are included in most bills, so tipping is not necessary, however, round up the bill or leave an extra tip if you've received exceptional service. Tip washroom attendants 0.25-0.50 euros.

What are the best items to shop for?

Items unique to Belgium that you might want to shop for are diamonds, chocolates, ceramics, lace, crystal, linen, antique tapestries, wooden toys, copperware and pewter.

What are the voltage requirements?

230 volts. Plug E. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. Click here for more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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