Home to the EU, this worldly country is not to be missed. The beautiful architecture is recognizable around the globe as well as the staples of waffles and frites. Both the French and Dutch speaking parts have their own offerings and vibes as you explore both hip and whimsical cities throughout the country.
Drinking water: Safe to drink from the tap
Plugs: Type C and F (See photo below)
If you are traveling from a green or orange zone you do not need to get tested or quarantine.
If you are traveling from a red zone within the EU or Schengen zone and are fully vaccinated, no testing or quarantine. Those not vaccinated must have a negative test (PCR within 72 hours, Rapid Antigen within 24 hours) and must test again on day 7.
See below link for red zones outside the EU and for more info on color zones.
Official currency: € Euro
Budget: Typical Western Europe prices. Expect to pay between €20 – €30 on hostels and hotels starting at €50. Cheap meals starting at €10 and beers around €4. Add on transportation and activities and you can expect to average anywhere from €40 – €100+ per day depending on accommodation and food choices.
Credit cards: Widely used
Tipping: Not customary
Schengen state. 62 countries can enter for 90 days within 180 visa free.
**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**
**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**
Exercise Normal Precautions
**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**
Official Languages: Flemish Dutch, French, German
Hello: Hallo / Bonjour Goodbye: Tot ziens (toat seens) / au revoir
Thank-you: Dank je (dahnk ye) /merci
Yes: Ja (ya) / oui (wee) No: Neen (ne-en) / No
When to go
As with many European countries, your best time will be the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. Between April and June and September and October the weather is still nice and crowds a bit more sparse. July and August are the busiest and most expensive and November – February marks low season, however there are some really nice Christmas markets.
Be environmentally conscious
Hire local guides