Capital: Brussels

Language: Dutch, German, French

Area: 30528 km²

Population: 11250585

Timezone : UTC/GTM 1

Currency: euro (€)

Code: +32

Electric sockets: 230 V AC, 50Hz. Type plug E, plug C and plug F (Schuko)

Belgium is a member of the Schengen Agreement.

To travel to Belgium, U.S. citizens are required to:

  • Hold a valid machine-readable passport
  • Or an equivalent recognized travel document
  • Obtain a valid ETIAS visa-free authorization for Belgium

U.S. citizens staying in Belgium for more than 90-days:

  • ETIAS for Americans is only valid for short-term stays of up to 90 days. If you intend to remain in Belgium longer than 90 days, you must obtain the appropriate visa.

U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Belgium

Address: Regentlaan 27 Boulevard du Régent, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

Phone: (+32) 2 811 4000

Fax: (+32) 2 811 4500

Tourist Travel Information about Belgium

etias belgiumBelgium (Dutch: België, French: Belgique, German: Belgien) is a sovereign state in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, and the North Sea. Its official name is the “Kingdom of Belgium,” and King Philippe of Belgium is the current monarch. The name “Belgium” dates back to the Romans. They called their province in the north of Gaul Gallia Belgica after its previous inhabitants, the Celtic and German Belgae. Signal de Botrange (694 m) is the highest point in Belgium, and the North Sea is the lowest point.

Belgium is divided into three regions and three communities. Its two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders and the French-speaking southern region of Wallonia. However, Brussels and its surrounding area, are officially bilingual (French and Dutch.)

Belgium is one of the 6 founding countries of the European Union.  Belgium hosts the official seats of the European Commission, Council of the European Union, and European Council, as well as a seat of the European Parliament in the country’s capital, Brussels. Belgium is also a founding member of the Eurozone, NATO, OECD and WTO, and a part of the trilateral Benelux Union.

Belgium is also a part of the Schengen Area. Belgium is a developed country, with an advanced high-income economy and is categorized as “very high” in the Human Development Index, and has the lowest salary gap between men and women in the EU.

Interesting facts

  • Along with Washington D.C., Brussels has the highest number of diplomats and foreign press correspondents in the world
  • The first railroad on the European mainland opened in Belgium in 1835. It connected Brussels and Mechelen. Belgium has the densest rail network in the world with 4,078 kilometers of track
  • New York City was founded by the Belgian Pierre Minuit (1589-1638). He bought the island of Manhattan in 1626 from its original inhabitants
  • Belgium produces over 220,000 tonnes of chocolate each year
  • The name for the Euro currency was proposed by Belgium, as was the design for the € symbol

Medical Information for U.S. citizens

Recommended vaccines:

  • Routine Vaccines
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies


  • 112 is the pan-European emergency number and is always free to call
  • 100 - Medical emergency and fire brigade
  • 101 - Police
  • 02 648 40 14 - Community Help Service Helpline 24h crisis and information service in English
  • 108 - Crisis helpline
  • 105 - Red Cross
  • 1307 - Emergency doctor

Related Countries


ETIAS for Luxembourg. U.S. citizens who want to travel to Luxembourg have to apply with an Etias Visa Waiver. Entry requirements for American travelers.


When traveling to France, US citizens should apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Find out more about the traveling requisites for US travelers visiting France.

The Netherlands

ETIAS for the Netherlands. As a U.S. citizen, before traveling to Europe, you will be required to apply online for an European ETIAS visa waiver.