INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Other Practicalities



Money exchange

Operating currency in Belgium is the Euro (€, EUR).


In Belgium, service and VAT are included in the menu price in restaurants, bars, etc. Tipping is not necessary, but is appreciated for good service. 5 to 10% is considered a good tip.


EU nationals

EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Belgium.

Non-EU nationals

Generally speaking, all other foreigners require a visa for stays in Belgium. A visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days in an 180‑day period for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement.

You will find an overview on visa requirements here:

Be sure to visit

Some practical information and brochures about Antwerp, what to see, what to do  and how to plan your visit can be found here  

Medical care

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

If you have an EHIC card issued by an EU-member state, you can use your EHIC to access state healthcare Belgium.

In case of an emergency

In a serious, life-threatening emergency, call the pan-European number 112 free of charge from any mobile/cell phone or landline.