Visiting

Business hours

Businesses are usually open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, but may close earlier on Fridays.

Some government offices may have different business hours.

Shops are generally open from 10.00am to 7.00pm Monday to Saturday, or some to 8.00pm, with late opening on Thursday evenings. Very few shops are open Sunday.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year's Day
Easter Monday
May 1 – Labour Day
May14 – Ascension Day
May 25 – Whit Monday
July 11 – Flemish Community Holiday (observed only by Flemish community)
July 21 – Independence Day
August 15 – Assumption
September 27 – French Community Holiday (observed only by French community)
November 1 – All Saints' Day
November 11 – Armistice Day
November 15 – German Community Holiday (observed only by German community)
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – Boxing Day

Climate

The Belgian climate is variable so it's best to be prepared for all types of weather throughout the year. The most reliable weather is from May to October. Winter temperatures from December to February are generally around 0ºC.

For weather details in Belgium, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The official currency in Belgium is the Euro (€).

Banks and Banking

ATMs are accessible 24 hours and are widespread in Belgian cities, towns and villages. If you have a five or six-digit PIN, be sure to obtain a four-digit number from your bank to use in the Belgium.

Time zones and time differences

Belgium is eight hours in summer and 10 hours in winter behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

To find out the current time in Brussels, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Belgium's country code is +32.

For calls to Belgium from Australia dial: 0011 + 32 + area code + telephone number

For calls from Belgium to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialing codes.

Electricity and water

Belguim’s power supply is 220 volts. The round two-prong plugs are the most common. European round pin adaptors will work in Belgium.

Tap water is safe to drink in Belgium.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Belgian Tourist Office
Tourist Office Flanders

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