What travel insurance do I need when visiting Belgium?
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Belgium travel insurance: discover a country full of riches
Are you planning on spending some time in Belgium during your stay in Europe? Beyond the beautiful city of Brussels, there’s much more to the rich culture of Belgium, including the cities of Ghent, Charleroi, Liège, and, of course, the stunning picture-postcard scenery of Bruges. With all that and much more to see, you are certain to return from your trip full of amazing memories, and, no doubt, a desire to come back to make more. We will provide you with all of the information you might need: the necessary procedures before setting off, including getting travel insurance, the weather, and the places you absolutely must visit in Belgium.
Obtaining a Schengen Visa that allows you to move freely around much of Europe, including Belgium
Citizens of countries covered in the Schengen Agreement can move freely between Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, and many other countries. All that will be requested is a valid ID card or a passport no more than five years past its expiry date. Some countries also have visa-free travel arrangements with the Schengen Area, allowing those from those states, including the U.S. and Mexico, to travel for up to 90 days without needing a visa. If you require a visa to travel to Europe, a short-stay Schengen Visa will also allow you to travel to any country within the area for up to 90 days.
To find out which documents are required to enter Belgium, you can find information here: diplomatie.belgium.be/en/ (in English), diplomatie.belgium.be/fr/ (in French) and diplomatie.belgium.be/nl/ (in Dutch).
Your travel insurance for Belgium allows you to obtain your Schengen Visa, but also much more
In order to be able to move between the countries of the Schengen Area in complete freedom, certain countries require a Schengen Visa, which exempts travelers from the need for a separate short-term visa. In order to obtain this visa, you have to request it from the country through which you will be entering the Schengen Area. This request must be accompanied by evidence of Schengen Visa insurance.
In addition to being required to obtain your visa, this travel insurance for Belgium will allow you to travel carefree. Indeed, you will also be covered for costs of repatriation and emergency medical fees, among other expenses. You can also extend your coverage: repatriation of those traveling with you, care for children, etc. It’s an excellent way of traveling with complete peace of mind.
How to get to Belgium
By car: many trunk roads provide easy access to Belgium (E19, E25, E42 from London, for example). Brussels is located 310km from Paris, 586km from Hamburg and 434km from Strasbourg. It’s useful to know that the Belgian motorways are free to use and the speed limit is 120km/h.
By plane: you will find plenty of flights arriving and departing from Brussels (Zaventem) Airport, situated 12km north of the capital city. Belgium also has airports in Charleroi and Liège, both in the French-speaking region of Wallonia.
By train: the Thalys-operated high-speed network is an ideal method of transport from France, as well as other European cities. Brussels is only 1 hr 30 from Paris, 1 hr 50 from Cologne in Germany and Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
By bike: One of Belgium’s national sports is cycling. It’s a great way to see the country, even if you’re not quite as speedy as the country’s greatest-ever rider, Eddy Merckx.
Advice on health and vaccinations
There are no compulsory vaccinations for visiting Belgium. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B and, especially for children, measles and pertussis (whooping cough).
The Belgian climate is oceanic and temperate - it is advised that you pack waterproof boots and clothes suitable for rain. In spring, you will have more opportunity to enjoy the local nature, in particular, the blossoming trees.
Small in size but great in cultural wealth, Belgium will give you plenty of reasons to never want to leave:
-Brussels alone requires several days to explore, as the city has so many unmissable locations and activities. Begin with the Grand-Place, on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, before moving on to the European Quarter and taking a walk through the Parc du Cinquantenaire (Jubelpark). The Royal Palace and the area of Laeken are perfect for a day like no other.
-Bruges is an ideal romantic stopover for wandering around and admiring the country’s traditional architecture. A boat ride is an excellent way of discovering the city’s façades.
-You also mustn’t miss the picturesque cities of Ghent and Liège, which unite splendid architecture with a rich gastronomic heritage. Don’t forget to stop for a bite to eat in one of their cafes.
-If you are lucky enough to be in Belgium during carnival season, head to Binche to find the Gilles in their splendidly colored costumes.
-Head for the coast to enjoy the Belgian seaside. There you will discover numerous traditional villages, as well as little beaches perfect for walks with your family.
As in any city, it is recommended that you remain particularly vigilant with regards to pickpockets, especially in the railway stations of Brussels. It is also strongly recommended that you keep an eye on your belongings on the trains and station platforms of the metro.
The risk of terror attacks is acknowledged by the Belgian authorities. A general attitude of vigilance is recommended in public places, especially during peak hours.
The Belgian capital of Brussels is where most countries will have their embassy. Check to see where the embassy of your home nation is before leaving in case you need to visit in an emergency.
The Belgian currency is the Euro.
Cars drive on the right.
Shops are generally open from Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm. The patisseries and bakeries are open on Sunday mornings.
In addition to other bank holidays such as 1st January and 1st May, public services are also closed on 15th November, the day of the King’s Feast.
How can AXA help?
AXA can help by providing you with Low Cost Schengen Area travel insurance that meets your visa requirements when traveling to Belgium from as little as €0.99 per day - a fee that will cover you for medical expenses up to €30,000 in all Schengen countries, as well as for repatriation in case of injury or death. A printable certificate proving you are insured will be available immediately online, meaning you can get on with your visa application.
AXA is the number one brand for Schengen Visa insurance and offers assistance 24/7, as well as other options and tailor-made products. Other coverage available includes our Europe Travel insurance, costing €1.50 per day, or Schengen Multi Trip insurance, perfect for regular travelers, available for €298 for a year’s coverage.
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Frequently asked questions about travel insurance to Belgium
Will my travel insurance fees be refunded if my visa is refused?
If your visa is refused, AXA will refund your insurance fees in most cases. But you must provide documentation from officials showing the reason for your refusal.
Are my children covered on AXA’s Schengen travel insurance?
Yes, AXA’s insurance provides coverage for your family on your trip - providing you with peace of mind throughout your stay.
Will my travel insurance remain valid if I leave Belgium?
Yes, it is valid for all Schengen states, as well as the U.K. and Ireland, and some other European states.