Brussels/Belgium

Brussels, capital of the kingdom of Belgium is also the capital of Europe.

A destination that’s easy to reach and reasonable prices that won’t strain its visitors’ pockets, regardless of age. This cosmopolitan city that loves good food lives life its way and expresses itself in a style very much its own: sometimes rebellious and mischievous, sometimes thoughtful and composed, but always very likeable. Despite its European dimension and despite all the different languages spoken on the corner of every street, Brussels is still inspired by a very “village-like” spirit.

Of course, it’s well known for its Grand-Place, its Atomium, its Manneken-Pis, its Geuze and its Kriek, its waffles and its chocolates… (don’t miss them!). But, just one tip: take the time, too, to soak up the very special atmosphere of its many different districts. Take a stroll to Rue Dansaert, Halles Saint-Géry and Place Sainte-Catherine. Head for Saint-Boniface, Châtelain or Flagey… You’ll discover a Brussels that’s in the spirit of the times, a capital that’s relaxed and comfortable, as much in its history as in its present-day reality. Very fashionable. Very designer. Very creative. In other words, to put it in a nutshell, just relish Brussels, a fine and beautiful city to explore and discover…

Visa Requirements for Belgium

It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his/her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Attendees should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications. The organizers will not directly contact embassies and consulates on behalf of visa applicants.

Climate

Thanks to the Gulf Stream Belgium has a temperate maritime climate with rainfall evenly distributed throughout the year, usually in the form of short showers.
Temperatures in June can range between 12 and 21 °C
Lightweight clothing is recommended, but it is advisable to always carry an umbrella as well as a light jacket or sweater.
Weather forecast for Belgium

Currency

The currency of Belgium is the Euro (EUR).

Language

There are two official languages in Brussels: Dutch (Flemish) and French.

Banking Facilities

Banks are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 16:00. The most common automatic cash machines (Bancontact/MisterCash) are linked to international networks, and are widely available.
The closest cash machine to Square is located at the corner of Cantersteen street and rue des Sols/Stuiverstraat.
The closest bank to Square is BNP-Paribas-Fortis Ravenstein (rue Montagne du parc/Warandebergstraat, 3 – 1000 Brussels).

Paying and Tipping

Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. However, it is also recommended that visitors carry small amounts of cash at all times.
Prices in hotels and restaurants as well as the price of taxi fares are calculated to include taxes and service.

Shopping

Normal trading shopping hours are Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 17:00 hours.
There is a variable value added tax (VAT) of 6 % to 21% applied to most items and services but the VAT will always be included.

Electricity

Belgium uses the Europlug (Type C & F) for electricity, with two round prongs. The electric current used is 220 volts/50hz. Delegates from North America require a transformer and British participants need an adaptor.

Telephone

The dial in code for Belgium is +32.

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