Brussels

Brussels is considered to be  a capital of the European Union, as headquarters of many European institutions are there. However, the city population counts only 1 million inhabitants.

SAFETY INDEX

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Is Brussels a Safe or Dangerous city?

Brussels is a safe city for tourists. The main risk is petty crime and pickpocketing in the subway or at the train stations (Bruxelles Midi, Bruxelles North and Bruxelles Central station). The following neighborhoods, as can be seen on the map, are best avoided for tourists especially during the night : Anneessens, Anderlecht,  Chaarbeek, Brussels North, St-Josse, Marollen and Molenbeek. Tourists face the usual pickpocket-ting problems at airports, train stations and crowded streets around the central square and the Mannekenpis. Some scammers also operate in Brussell, trying to distract you by asking you some questions or making you sign some paper while some accomplice steals your belongings. Outside of clubs, intoxicated people may want to start fights with each other. Never leave any valuable in your car, especially if you have a foreign licence plate.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Brussels is an overall safe city. It is highly ranked  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 : LOW

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