Belgium Entry Formalities
There are no frontier controls at the borders between 22 EU countries. This is thanks to the Schengen rules which are part of EU law. These rules remove all internal border controls but put in place effective controls at the external borders of the EU and introduce a common visa policy. All EU countries are full Schengen members except for Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom.
Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are also Schengen members but are not in the EU.
To enter the territory of a Schengen State, third-country nationals must be in possession of a valid travel document and a visa (if required).
The only document that can confirms identity and nationality and therefore entitles a person to cross a border is a passport.
You will therefore need to present a valid passport or ID card when travelling to the five non-Schengen countries and when entering or leaving the EU at the external borders. Carry them when travelling in the EU because they may be required for identification or security purposes. Be aware that the only valid ID is the one obtained from national authorities.
No Visas are required for EU and US citizens. Visas will be required for participants of some countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Polish territory. For a list of those countries, please visit the following web page:
Note:Due to European Union regulations, NO visas-on-arrival can be issued. Participants are kindly requested to make the necessary arrangements to obtain their visas beforehand.
Emergency, healthcare and security
A first aid service will be available at the Elisabeth Center at all times during the congress. Please note, however, no other medical service will be provided. Participants are expected to cover the costs of any medical expenses incurred in Belgium. Therefore, it is highly recommended that participants have an insurance policy covering medical expenses in Belgium and elsewhere during their travel.
EU citizens should carry the European Health Insurance Card.
Participants requesting an entry visa will also be required to submit proof of medical insurance.
Antwerp has a good network of health centres (primary care services) and hospitals.
In the case of an emergency, injury, sudden disease or health deterioration, patients should either call an ambulance or go directly to a hospital, to the A&E department. In such cases, medical transport is free of charge. In hospital, you must present your valid European Health Insurance Card or a replacement certificate or insurance.
The official currency of Belgium is EURO (EUR). Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00. Exchange offices can be found all around Antwerp, and are clearly marked. ATMs are widely available around the city and shops accept major credit cards.
Official languages in Belgium are Dutch, French, and German, however, in Antwerp, Dutch is the common language.
English is widely spoken.
In May, Antwerp normally enjoys pleasant days and warm nights. The average maximum temperature range between 17 to 22 ºC while the average minimum is 12 ºC. It may rain.
Local time in Antwerp: summer time DST; UTC +2 (CEST)
Electric power is 230 volts, 50 hertz alternating current. Outlets take plugs with two round pins. In any case, most hotels have adaptors for different plug types. Please make sure that the electrical devices you will be using (computers, mobile phone chargers, electric shavers, etc.) are suitable for this voltage, otherwise transformers or batteries are advisable.