Passport & Visa
UK nationals holding a full valid EU passport do not require a visa to enter Belgium provided that they have at least three months validity on their passport beyond the last day of their visit and on condition that their stay does not exceed three months, within any period of six months. Entry to Belgium will not be permitted without a valid passport.
Further information can be obtained from: Visa Application Centre at the Belgian Embassy, 1-8 Bateman Building, South Soho Square, London W1D 3AN (0871 376 0023). Other nationals please check before travelling as to which documents are required.
For more travel advice visit www.fco.gov.uk and got to ‘Travel Advice by Country’.
There are currently no requirements for British citizens. Please check with your GP or visit www.dh.gov.uk
The currency is the euro (€) – there are seven banknotes: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500, and eight coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent and €1 and €2.
Travellers’ cheques are still the safest way to carry money and can be obtained in sterling or euro denominations .
Credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops in the tourist areas.
Remember to make a record of your credit card or travellers cheques numbers and the emergency phone number for cancelling your card or cheques, should you need to.
Belgium is one hour ahead of the UK.
Bruges Tourist Information Centre:
PO BOX 744 8000 Brugge
Open Monday to Sunday 10am – 6pm, and Thursdays 10am – 8pm
0032 50 44 46 46
There is also a Tourism Bruges information point office inside the train station which has a limited amount of information. It's open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm.
Flanders House, 1a Cavendish Square, London W1G 0LD (0207 307 7738)
Avenue d'Auderghem 10, Oudergemlaan, 1040 Brussels (00 32) 2287 6211
British Honorary Consul, Ghent
c/o Meyvaert Glass Engineering NV
Dok Noord 3
(00 32)(9) 235 7221 or (00 32) (9) 225 5427
If you want to use your phone in Belgium, ensure that the roaming facility is activated before you go.
The minimum age for driving is 18 for cars and motorcycles, and 16 for mopeds. A UK valid full driving licence is acceptable and a Green Card is compulsory (ask your insurance company).
Headlight beams have to be altered for driving on the right hand side of the road and it is compulsory to carry a fire extinguisher and first aid kit in your vehicle. In the event of a breakdown, a red warning triangle must be shown and emergency telephones are located at regular intervals along motorways. Children under 12 are not allowed to sit in the front seats of vehicles. Seat belts must be worn in the front and rear seats of the vehicle.
Self-drive cars may be hired in major towns and resorts. The minimum age is 23 years and the person hiring the car must have held a valid full licence for at least one year (which will be required upon collection of the hire car).
Speed limits for cars : In town: 50 kph (31 mph). Outside built-up areas: 90 kph (55 mph). On motorways: 120 kph (75 mph). Minimum speed on motorways: 70 kph (45 mph).
Personal Safety - please note the following:
- Leave all valuables, passports, tickets, credit cards and money etc in the hotel safe; only carry with you what you need for that day.
- Be aware of pickpockets, especially in tourist areas, on public transport, markets etc.
- When leaving a car, do not leave anything visible.
- If anything is stolen, please ensure you receive a police report.
For further detailed information on specific destinations, please visit the Foreign Office website.