Belgium is considered the political capital of Europe Union. Belgium is also one of the founding members of both the European Union and the Schengen Area. Its memberships dated back to 1958 and 1995 respectively.
Belgian territory severely suffered for terrorist attacks during the past few years, for this reason, the federal government is keen working on a solution for better managing inbound and outbound immigration together with other countries of the Schengen Area.
Entry-Exit system and ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) are the two legislative tools that will change the way to travel in Europe in the next years. Although their aim is similar, ETIAS will be focused mostly on short-term journeys.
Starting from 2021 all travelers above 18 years old will be able to apply online for the permission to travel to Belgium. The online application cost is €7 and once the authorisation is approved it will last for five years. The authorisation will also allow travelers from visa-exempted countries to travel in other Countries part of the Schengen Area without requiring any other travel documents. Although the online authorisation is valid for five years, the maximum duration of stay in the EU is 90 days in a consecutive period of 180 days. If the traveler plans to have a longer stay in the Schengen area, a visa is required.
Dress to the weather: It is recommended to always bring with you a rainwear during summer and medium and heavyweights waterproof during winter. A sweater is useful anytime of the year.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
- Dutch 60%;
- French 40%;
- German less than 1%;
- Legally bilingual (Dutch and French)
Calling Code: +32
- E French 2-pin