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Belgium travel insurance: discover a country of many riches
Are you planning on spending some time in Belgium during your stay in Europe? Beyond the beautiful city of Brussels, you will without a doubt love the chance to go in search of the rich culture and excellent cuisine of Belgium. Ghent, Charleroi, Liège… your trip will definitely leave you returning full of memories. We will provide you with all of the information you might need: the necessary procedures prior to setting off, the weather, the places you absolutely must visit in Belgium.
A Schengen visa allows you to move freely around much of Europe, including Belgium
Citizens of countries signatory to 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 5 years past its expiry date.
To find out which documents are required to enter Belgium, you can find information here: http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/ (in English), http://diplomatie.belgium.be/fr/ (in French) and http://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 – during a holiday, for example – certain countries require a Schengen visa, which exempts them 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 travelling with you, care for children, etc. It’s an excellent way of travelling 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…). Brussels, for example, 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 leaving from and arriving at 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.
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 therefore 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 coloured 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 attack is seriously acknowledged by the Belgian authorities. A general attitude of prudence is recommended in public places, especially during peak hours.
The Belgian currency is the Euro.
Cars drive on the right.
Shops are generally open from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 6pm. 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.