Before travelling to Belgium, we recommend that you consult the latest measures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic on the Belgian government’s official website here.
How to get to Brussels for the EDPS Conference?
- Located at the centre of Europe, Brussels is accessible by air, train, bus, car and ferry.
- Brussels has two airports.
- Brussels-National Airport or Zaventem is about 20 km from the city centre of Brussels. From the airport, you can reach the city centre by a direct train, which takes about 20 minutes and costs 9,20 euros (standard fare) for a single ticket. Taxis are also available upon exiting the airport. https://www.brusselsairport.be
- Brussels South Charleroi Airport is located about 50 km from the city centre of Brussels. From the airport, you can reach the city centre by the Brussels City Shuttle, which takes 45 minutes. Information on the airport and how to get there can be found here.
How to travel around Brussels?
- You can get around the city of Brussels by using the metro, buses and trams provided by the STIB-MIVB. To plan your journey, click here.
- To travel outside of Brussels, you can travel by train provided by the SNCB. To plan your journey, click here.
Administrative steps to take into account
- If you hold citizenship from an EU country, you do not need a visa to enter Belgium. However, we recommend that you carry your passport or ID card with you when travelling.
- If you do not hold citizenship from an EU country, you may need a valid passport and visa to enter Belgium. To check whether you need a valid passport or visa to enter Belgium, please consult the Belgian embassy in your home country. More information can be found here.
Health and Emergencies
- If you hold citizenship from an EU country, you can access Belgium’s healthcare services by using a European Health Insurance Card, issued in your home country. More information can be found here.
- If you do not hold citizenship from an EU country, you may need to take out appropriate travel insurance to cover any medical bills or appointments if necessary during your stay in Belgium.
- Before travelling to Belgium, we recommend that you visit your health professional to check whether you need any vaccines or take any other precautions related to your health.
- For emergencies, you can contact the 112; it is a number available everywhere in the EU, free of charge, and can be called via a landline or a mobile. Contact details for more specific problems you may encounter during your stay in Brussels can be found here.
Languages spoken in Belgium
- Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French and German.
- Given that Brussels is an international city, most people also speak English.
- Belgium time is one (1) hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1).
- The currency used in Belgium is the Euro (€).
- Credit cards and debit cards from major banks are accepted for payments. These cards can also be used for cash withdrawals in ATMs.
- It is also possible to exchange foreign currencies and travel checks into Euros.
- Information on value-added tax can be found here.
Phone calls and internet
- International dialling, Wi-Fi and internet are widely available in Belgium.
- Local SIM cards can be purchased at convenience stores.
- The international dialling code for Belgium is +(32) or 00 32.
- The standard voltage in Belgium is 220V. The plug/socket system is a two pin round pronged plug used across much of Europe.