Belgium might be smaller than its European neighbours, but it exudes old-world charm like no other and is jam-packed with culture, history and adventures. Whether you're keen to dabble in the art world, discover grand chateaus and historic battlefields, indulge in tasty waffles and chocolaty treats or sip beer in cobbled alleyways, Belgium will feed your senses, capture your imagination and steal your heart. With the Netherlands, Germany, France and Luxembourg on your doorstep, there are many more adventures waiting for you after your Belgium tour.
Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Restaurants will include a service fee within the bill and tipping extra is generally left up to the discretion of the consumer. It's common to round up the bill or leave spare change if the service has been good. You're welcome to tip a little bit more if the service has been particularly good, or if you’re feeling generous.
Internet access is generally very good in Belgium, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots easily found in most cities and major towns.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in most parts of Belgium. Make sure you activate global roaming on your phone before you arrive.
Modern, flushable toilets are the standard in Belgium.
Tap water in Belgium is considered perfectly safe to drink unless otherwise marked. Make sure you bring a reusable water bottle with you so you can re-fill and stay hydrated throughout the day.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores and hotels in Belgium. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are very common in Belgium, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities. You can also tap and pay in most establishments. As well as your credit or debit card, we recommend having some spare change in your purse for small purchases such as a coffee or beer.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Please note some of these public holidays are not fixed. For a current list of public holidays in Belgium, check out the World Travel Guide.
The short answer is maybe, depending on where you're from. Belgium is part of the Schengen Area – the world's largest visa-free zone made up of 26 European countries – and nationals from Schengen countries can move freely within the zone without a visa.
Belgium has visa-free travel agreements with over 50 non-Schengen and non-EU countries including Brazil, Singapore, Malaysia, the United States, Japan, the UK and Canada. Nationals from these countries do not need a visa to travel to Belgium (or anywhere else in the Schengen zone) for stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period for tourism, business travel or transit purposes.
Passport holders from over 100 countries will need to apply for a Schengen visa including Bolivia, Cambodia, Jordan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. We recommend getting in touch with your nearest embassy or high commission for the latest advice on Schengen visa requirements.
Yes, Belgium is a safe destination for LGBTQIA+ travellers. In fact, it's considered to be one of the safest and most welcoming destinations for queer travellers in the world. Belgians are generally forward-thinking and accepting of queer couples, and queer travellers can be open about their identity and do not need to worry about public displays of affection.
Bordered by Germany, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Belgium is well connected with its neighbouring countries and wider Europe. It's a small and compact country and getting around once you're there is easy thanks to a great public transport system. The rest of Europe is on your doorstep, with affordable flights and great interrail and bus travel options if you have more time to spare or are looking for a greener way to travel.
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
In Belgium, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.