Belgium Travel Information
Belgium has introduced a number of measures to
prevent the spread of coronavirus. 14 days quarantine
has been introduced upon entry. For more information,
see the section Health.
Belgian authorities are continuously assessing the
danger of terrorist attacks and adapting their
preparedness accordingly. As of July 2019, the threat
level in Belgium is at level 2 (level 2 of 4), which
means that any terrorist threat is considered unlikely.
Belgian authorities have mobilized the police and
military to safeguard public safety. Today's threat
level includes, among other things, increased
preparedness and increased use of security controls at
strategic locations, including in public transport, at
airports and railway stations as well as at shopping
centers and religious gatherings.
It is recommended that, as a general rule, be aware
of unusual activity, and that special care should be
taken where there are larger crowds, be it shopping
mall, subway, bus, etc. One should also follow the media
image and follow everyone instructions given by the
You can find more information on the website of the
Belgian crisis center and on their twitter account. For
emergencies, telephone number 112 applies in Belgium.
The risk of being exposed to pocket theft, bag
snatching, assault and robbery is somewhat greater in
Belgium than in Norway. Travelers at the major train
stations, in the underground and on buses and trams are
particularly vulnerable to robbery. If you are the
subject of theft, contact the nearest police station and
request a police report. Such a report is necessary to
obtain a new passport and in case of claims for
compensation from insurance companies. There are more
traffic accidents in Belgium than in Norway, and
everyone traveling in traffic is encouraged to pay
- Countryaah: Brussels is the capital
of Belgium. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The embassy no longer registers Norwegian citizens
residing in Belgium. However, the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs' voluntary travel registration can be used. This
applies to both residents and travelers. It is to be
noted that the embassy will only contact those who have
registered in special situations, and in connection with
crises of a larger format.
A 14-day quarantine has been introduced when entering
Starting at. On Friday, March 20, Belgium introduced
stricter border controls against neighboring countries
France, Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. It is
not allowed to cross these borders without a "valid
reason" which in practice means relocation due to work
The airport of Zaventem is still open.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Belgium is a member of the Schengen cooperation and
therefore Norwegians do not need a visa, but must have a
valid passport for entry into the country.
It should be noted that there is a duty to ID in
Belgium. For Norwegians, this means that you must have a
valid Norwegian passport in order to travel in and out
of Belgium. Belgian ID cards are valid as travel
documents within the Schengen area for Belgian
nationals, but not for nationals of other countries.
This means that Norwegians must always carry a valid
passport, even when traveling within the Schengen area.
If you wish to stay longer than three months, you
must apply for a residence permit from the authorities
in the municipality where you have settled. Resident
Norwegians are issued Belgian ID cards by their
municipal authority. The ID card should be worn at all
According to information on the Tax Agency's website,
you must report a move if you are to stay outside Norway
for more than six months.
Information on valid travel documents can be found on
the Belgian Immigration Authority's (IBZ) website. Here
you will find links to visa-free countries, and valid
travel documents for both Norwegians and foreigners with
legal residence in Norway.
Laissez Passport: Passport/Emergency Passport is
recognized if it provides access to return without time
limit. Travel document for refugees (green travel
document) and travel document for persons staying on
humanitarian grounds (blue travel document) are approved
for entry into Belgium.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Belgium has
On March 13, a number of measures were introduced to
prevent the spread. Among other things, schools,
teaching places, restaurants are closed, and cultural
and sporting events are canceled, regardless of size.
This applies initially until 3 May. You can see the
measures here (in French).
Belgium has per. On March 18, additional measures
were introduced to prevent the spread of the virus.
These measures impose strict restrictions on movement
and commercial activity. You can see the measures here.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Belgian health care is of a high standard. Travelers
should obtain a European Health Insurance Card
(replacing Form E-111). The health insurance card gives
the right to emergency medical treatment in line with
what the Belgians receive, but it does not cover home
travel, ongoing medical treatment or non-emergency
treatment. Travelers are therefore advised to take out
their own travel and health insurance.
There are Scandinavian doctors, dentists,
physiotherapists, psychologists and chiropractors in
Brussels, which many Scandinavians find it convenient to
The area code for calls from Norway to Belgium is 00
32. There is no time difference between our two
countries. There is an ID obligation in Belgium and one
has to carry a valid ID at all times. For Norwegians,
only a Norwegian passport is internationally recognized
as an ID.
Currency unit: Euro
Current: 220 volt
Banks: 9-16 (usually closed Saturdays). Shops: 9-18.
Simple shops and banks close in the middle of the day
National holidays are 1st New Year's Day, 2nd Easter
Sunday, May 1st, Christ's Ascension, 2nd Pentecost, July
21 (National Day), August 15 (Maria Ascension), November
1 (All Saints' Day), November 11 (Armistice 1918), 1st
Emergency numbers: Ambulance/fire: 100. Police: 101.
European emergency number: 112