About Belgium



Official name:

Belgium (Kingdom of Belgium)

Capital:

Brussels

Official languages:

Dutch (Flemish), French, German

Territory:

30 500 km2. The length of the borders is 1445 km. Borders in the north with the Netherlands, in the east with Germany, southeast with Luxembourg, and in the south and west with France. In the north-west is washed by the North Sea.

Population:

11 million 350 thousand people. 51% are women, 49% are men. The average age is 40 years, the average life expectancy is 78 years.

Time zone:

Time zone is UTC + 1, in summer is UTC + 2. The difference in time in summer is 4 hours, in winter 5 hours. The transition to summer / wintertime is in progress.

Festive and non-working days:

January 1 - New Year's Day;

May 1 - Labor Day;

May 13 - Ascension;

May 24 - The Trinity;

July 11 - Holiday of the Flemish Language Community;

July 21 - Belgian National Day (the day when King Leopold swore allegiance to the new Belgian constitution);

27 September - Holiday of the French community;

November 1 - All Saints' Day;

November 11 - Armistice Day;

Currency:

Euro

Climate:

Marine temperate

Transport connection with Kazakhstan:

Transport communication is carried out by air. There are no direct flights from Kazakhstan to Belgium.

Requirements for entry, stay and transit:

Visa issues:

Business, tourist or private visa for residents of the northern regions are issued at the Embassy of Austria in Astana, and for the residents of the southern regions of the Consulate of Hungary in Almaty.

Workers, students, service and diplomatic visas are issued in the Kingdom of Belgium Embassy in Moscow (Russia).

Obtaining a residence permit. A residence permit for a foreigner who has arrived in Belgium for a period of more than three months can be obtained from the administration of the commune in whose territory he has registered upon arrival and resides.

The validity of a residence permit is sometimes determined by the duration of a particular mission: study, internship, etc. If the period is not stipulated, the residence permit is issued for a period of one year with the possibility of subsequent annual extension in accordance with the established procedure through the commune.

A residence permit shall be requested at the Embassy of Belgium. A foreigner arriving to Belgium initially receives a certificate of registration in the municipality. After a positive decision of the issue, the Ministry of Internal Affairs instructs the commune to issue a certificate of registration in the foreigners register or a residence permit. In case of a negative answer from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the registration certificate has to be withdrawn, and the foreigner receives an order to leave the territory of Belgium (usually within a period of two weeks).

Traveling with children. In case of a trip with children it is necessary to have a notarized document - the consent of both parents (guardians, trustees). The document must also have an apostille.

Validity of the passport:

To obtain a visa it is necessary to submit a passport, the validity of which ends no earlier than 6 months before the expiry of the visa.

Customs
control:

In Belgium and Luxembourg there are general EU rules of duty-free importation.

Alcohol and cigarettes:

- alcoholic beverages which strength is exceeding 22%, not denatured ethyl alcohol which strength is 80% or more - one standard bottle (up to 1 liter) or alcoholic beverages on the base of wine or alcohol (Tuff, sake and the like Beverages with 22% and below);

- sparkling wines, fortified wines - one standard bottle (up to 1 liter);

- non-sparkling wines - 2 liters;

- tobacco products - 50 cigarettes or 10 cigars, or 50 grams of smoking tobacco.

Other. Perfumes: 50 g of perfume or 250 g (8 ounces) of toilet water.
Coffee: 500 g coffee or 200 g coffee extract.
Tea: 100 g of tea or 40 g of tea extract.

Objects prohibited for import / export:

Weapons, drugs and perishable products, animal products

Sanitary
control:

Do not always check

Phytosanitary
control:

Do not always check

Veterinary
control:

Exist

Traveler security issues:

Terrorist threats:

Following the terrorist attacks in Brussels in March 2016, the country has a third level of terrorist threat.

Crime:

Recently, the level of crime has increased, especially street thefts and robberies. There are also frequent robberies. It is not recommended for foreigners to visit areas of compact residence of Muslims and to appear unaccompanied in the dark in dark streets.

Visiting various regions of the country:

In Belgium and Luxembourg there are no prohibited places to visit by foreigners

Your actions in case of detention by law enforcement agencies:

If a foreigner does not violate the laws of the host country, then he is not detained by law enforcement agencies. A citizen can apply to the Consular Section of the Embassy to protect his rights and interests.

Road traffic:

Main types of fuel:

Petrol and diesel fuel

Availability of parking places:

Parking is in most cases paid (free on Sundays)

Need to pay road tax:

In Belgium and Luxembourg there are no toll roads

The procedure for acquiring a compulsory insurance policy:

A foreign citizen who obtains a visa provides an insurance policy

Possibility of using the Kazakhstan driver's license:

When staying for a long time, it is necessary to change the driver's license to the local one

Car insurance:

Required

Rental of vehicles:

Can be rented

Your actions in case of an accident:

If there are no casualties and injuries, you need to contact the insurance company. If a serious accident is necessary to call the police.

Local laws and customs:

Standing norms of behavior:

In order to prevent the occurrence of undesirable incidents, Kazakhstan citizens are recommended:

- to show friendliness to the local population, to reckon with the way of life;
- be patient, do not be rude, do not raise voice, do not humiliate the dignity of the local population;
- respect local customs and traditions, do not show arrogance and disregard for the local culture, and also avoid insulting statements towards the leaders of the host country;
- take into account that in Belgium there are 3 official state languages, in some parts of the country the inhabitants understand only the language prevailing in this region. Brussels is a city where people speak French and all languages, in Wallonia they mostly speak French, but they understand English too. In Flanders it is preferable to speak Flemish, but the inhabitants of this region readily understand and speak English.

- do not appear in public places or on the street in a state of intoxication, as well as do not consume alcoholic beverages in places that are not designated for this purpose.

According to the laws of Belgium, everyone must carry with him any official document proving his identity, for the presentation on demand of the police. For a tourist it is enough to have a passport.

Penalties for various types of crimes:

Violation of the 1st degree: Failure to use turn indicators, failure to fasten a seat belt, drive on the lanes reserved for buses and emergency stops - a fine is 50 euros.

Violation of the 2nd degree: travel on a yellow traffic lights, right-side passing, park on the places for disabled persons, use of mobile phone while driving, failure in maintaining distance - a fine is 100 euros.

Violation of the third degree: running a red traffic light, non-compliance with the rules of priority, to pass, when he prohibited overtaking near the crossing, creating a dangerous situation for a pedestrian or cyclist - a fine is 150 euros.

Violation of 4th degree: left-side passing on an upgrade or while turning, failure to signal when moving, U-turn on the highway. The punishment envisaged is the transfer of the case to the court.

Family law of the country:

Family relations are regulated by the Civil Code of March 21, 1804 (21 mars 1804. - code civil - titre preliminaire et livre i: des personnes (art 1-515).

Healthcare:

Health hazards, typical diseases:

Typical diseases have not been identified

Features of medical care:

The level of the health care system in Belgium is quite high. All medical services are paid for both local residents and foreigners. Part of the costs are compensated by insurance companies.

It should also be borne in mind that most drugs in Belgium are dispensed by prescription. Without a prescription, you can buy light painkillers and antipyretics, some other medicines and personal hygiene items.
Pharmacies are open from Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 19.00, on Saturday from 09.00 to 13.00.
Help on duty pharmacies is available on the clock working phone number 0903 / 99.000, as well as online newpharma.be

Inoculations:

Not necessary

Health insurance:

International medical insurance is compulsory.

Emergency medical assistance:

You can go to the emergency room yourself or call: 100

Urgent veterinary assistance:

You can apply to the veterinary clinic at:

0497 40 04 00

Additional Information:

Useful phone numbers:

Fire service - 100.

The police - 101.
First aid - 100.

Remoteness from the city center of the railway, bus stations and the airport, transport communication with them:

Railway and bus stations are within the city limits.International airports are located near the city (Brussels National and Charleroi). Transport communication with them is well established.

Created at : 9.03.2017, 00:00, Updated at : 9.03.2017, 00:05