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Belgium

ELECTRICITY: 220 V / 50 Hz


CURRENCY: EURO (Euro) €


PASSPORT / VISA:
US and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. A visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days. Other nationalities should check with the Belgian Embassy or nearest Consulate Office for visa requirements. Schengen visa requirements and application forms are available on http://www.diplobel.us/.


WATER:
Tap water is drinkable everywhere in Belgium, but most restaurants do not serve it. Hot spring or some other mineral water is typically served and costs about 2 euro per bottle.


SHOP OPENING HOURS:
Store hours: Monday - Saturday, 10:00am - 6:00pm. Stores are closed on Sundays except in Brussels at the Gallerie St Hubert and gift shops near the Grand Place. Antique and flea markets are generally open on Saturdays and Sundays.


SHOPPING:
Whether you do your antique shopping in the stylish Brussels Sablon area, browsing through exquisite items or by flashlight early on Sunday morning at the flea market, the hunt in Belgium can be as entertaining as the purchase. You can also buy Belgian Tapestries that have been a highly prized luxury craft for over six centuries and the famous Belgian Lace.


BANKS / CREDIT CARDS / ATMs:
Banks are usually open Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm and are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Some banks close for an hour during lunch.
All major cards are usually accepted (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Eurocard) as well as Traveler's Checks. ATM machines are available in all major cities.


TIPS:
If exceptional service is given tip at your discretion. Suggested tip for portage is 1 Euro per piece; for coatroom attendants 1.25 to 2.50 Euro per coat; for bathroom attendants 0.25 to 0.50 Euro.


PETS:
A veterinarian certificate is required indicating rabies vaccination and health status. Certificates must be issued no less than 30 days or more than one year prior to entry. We also highly recommend that you check with your airline carrier for additional requirements.


EMERGENCY PHONES:
Police – 101; Ambulance / Firebrigade – 100; Missing children – 110


SOURCES:
http://www.visitbelgium.com/
http://wikitravel.org/en/Belgium


 


 

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