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Belgium

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.  

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Basic Info

Drinking water: Safe to drink from the tap

Plugs: Type C and F (See photo below)

Covid Updates

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. 

Money

Official currency: € Euro  

Credit cards:  Widely used

Tipping: Not customary

Visas

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.**

Vaccinations

None

**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**

Safety

Exercise Normal Precautions

**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**

Language

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.

Responsible Travel

Shop local

Be environmentally conscious 

Hire local guides 

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