Travel advice to Belgium

Safety and Security Tips

Most travel to Belgium is without incident. There are petty thefts crimes that do occur including bag snatching, pick pocketing, and mugging, comparable to the issues that are found in the United Kingdom. When travelling in Belgium you should take common sense, normal precautions in order to avoid being a victim of this type of crime.

When travelling throughout the country only take small amounts of cash and your identification. Leave your jewellery and other valuables in a safe place. You will want to keep your important documents in a secure location as well. Try to avoid carrying all of your money, credit cards, and passport in the same pocket or bag. Leave a copy of your passport somewhere safe along with your itinerary and a contact from the United Kingdom.

What to do if your Passport is Stolen

If your passport is taken contact the local police station to obtain a report. You will need this report to apply for a new passport and to make any type of insurance claim. You will need to contact the carrier as soon as possible to explain the situation. Belgian has a group called card stop that can help you get a hold of the UK credit-card companies to put a stop on your cards. The British Embassy will not be able to replace your stolen passport. You can be issued what is called an Emergency Travel Document to allow you to return to the United Kingdom.

Driving in Belgium

In order to drive holiday cars in Belgium  you must have a United Kingdom driver’s license that is valid. You must also have insurance information and the documents for the vehicle with you at all times. If you are borrowing a car from a friend you will need to have written permission from them.

The roads in Belgium are typically kept in fairly good condition and are well lit during the night. People tend to drive fast in Belgium and the number of accidents is fairly high because of the speeding. Road deaths are nearly double what they are in the United Kingdom. It is important to be aware that there are cameras, speed traps, and unmarked police cars throughout the country. Always obey the speed limits and laws of the road when driving in Belgium. You are not allowed to use your mobile phone while driving and will incur a heavy fine if you are caught. Blood and saliva tests are now being used by police to test for people suspicious of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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