General Information


If you are planning a trip to Brussels, you will surely have some doubts that you would like to resolve before the trip. In this section, you will find useful information to find the answers to your questions and to better plan your stay in Brussels.

Necessary documentation

The documentation for traveling to Brussels depends on your nationality. Discover the documents to enter Belgium from Italy and the rest of the world.
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Health policy
Taking out a travel insurance policy is the best way to get covered abroad. Find out about Belgian healthcare and compare prices for Brussels.
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The prices in Brussels are similar to the Italian ones. If you organize well you won’t spend much. Check out our pricing examples to get a quote.
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The two official languages ​​of Belgium are French and Dutch, but almost everyone in Brussels uses French. Discover the most useful phrases.
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Brussels has a temperate maritime climate typical of northern Europe, with cold winters and mild summers. Find out the best dates to travel to Brussels.
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Business hours
Business hours in Brussels are limited and museum hours are incompatible with those of shops.
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Discover Brussels public holidays and avoid unpleasant surprises, such as closed museums and monuments. See non-working days in Brussels.
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Learn about the history of Brussels from its founding in the 10th century, to medieval organizations, to its proclamation as the capital of the European Union.
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Brussels Card
The Brussels Card is a tourist card that offers free access to more than 30 museums and monuments. Discover its benefits and the attractions included.
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Brussels in figures
Brussels has a population of one million and its metropolitan area exceeds two million people.

Necessary documentation
EU citizens can travel to Brussels with their identity card or passport in force. For more information on the necessary documents, click here.

As in most European countries, the official currency in Brussels is the Euro.

Time zone
Summer time in Brussels is the same as in Italy, ie GMT + 1 in winter and GMT + 2 in summer.

Health care
As in the rest of Europe, to receive free health care in Brussels it is necessary to have the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card, which also came into force in Italy from 1 November 2004, corresponds to the back of the National Health Card (TS) or the Regional Service Card and allows you to take advantage of medically necessary (and therefore not only urgent) treatment previously covered by models E 110, E 111, E 119 and E 128 ..

You can also take out travel insurance to get medical coverage in Brussels.

Electricity and sockets
The power sockets in Belgium are of the European type, with two outlets, and support 220V.

Official Tourist Office of Belgium
If you want more information about Belgium, and in particular about Brussels and the Flanders region, take a look at the official Visit Flanders website.

Useful telephone numbers
Emergency: 100.
Police: 101.
Belgium prefix: 32.
Brussels prefix: 2.