Belgium

Located at the crossroads of many European countries, Belgium is often considered to be the center of Europe. Neighbored by France, Germany, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and liked to the UK through the Eurostar, Belgium is divided into two parts, Flanders and Wallonia, and Brussels as a third bilingual region.

SAFETY INDEX

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Belgium is very safe overall, with a low crime rate, but some cities are known to be rough and have some dangerous parts. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip in Belgium and Brussels, and be aware of all potential dangers.

Is Belgium A Safe or Dangerous Country?

Belgium is a safe country. Crimes rates are very low, similar to those of the United Kingdom, but the police force is very efficient. It is ranked 45th on the ranking of world's safest countries. The most recent risk is terrorism: since 2015, Belgium has been the target of a number of terrorist attacks from ISIS (at Brussels' Jewish museum, attempts of attacks on the Thalys Train and dreadful attacks in the subway and at the airport). Police operations in Belgium are ongoing, and security has been greatly increased in public spaces. Some events may be canceled on short notice in case of serious threats. This risk has been taken into account in the safety rating of both Belgium and Brussels, although the majority of tourists will never be bothered while travelling in Belgium.   Is belgium safe or dangerous? Find out on the Travel Map

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Belgium is an overall safe country. It is ranked 39th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

As a top touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Belgium and especially Brussels (train stations and subway). A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Belgium is an averagely safe country regarding the chances of being mugged - areas of Brussels are best avoided Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Belgium. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

There might be some risk while taking public transport in Belgium, with pickpockets or bag snatchers in the Eurostar / Thalys.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

There are no natural hazards in Belgium.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

There is a high terrorist threat going on in the country; it is best to avoid very crowded areas and public demonstrations.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Belgium is generally very safe for women travelers.

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Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Belgium is the Euro. Its its prices are cheaper than France and on par to German ones. The northern part of the country is generally more expensive than the south. Allow a budget of 70€ per day at least.
Belgium is better visited during summer (June-early September) to get the maximum amount of daylight and a mild weather. Otherwise, it is cold and humid (the average temperature for the year is of 10 degrees celsius).
The main international airports are the ones in Brussels, Antwerp, Ostend and Liège. If you're looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page