GENERAL INFORMATION

We’ve put together some useful information and advice when planning your trip and to help you make the most of your stay Brussels – check out https://visit.brussels/en.

Currency

National currency is Euro.

Foreign currencies can be easily exchanged in banks. ATMs can be found in all parts of the city. Cash withdrawals may be made using your credit card. The logos of accepted cards are shown besides the machine. Most internationally recognised bank credit cards are accepted and widely used in all hotels, restaurants and shopping malls, where such methods of payment are indicated by the entrance.

Electricity

In Belgium, the power sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Working hours 

Government and local administration offices are generally open to the public from 08.30-13.00. Most stores are open from 09.00–18.00. For shops, opening hours are largely deregulated, but are limited to a maximum number of hours per week: shops are closed one day a week, but not necessarily on Sundays. Banks are generally open from 09:00–16:30 Monday to Friday.

Country Code and Important Telephone Numbers

  • Country Code: +32
  • Emergency Services: 112

Safety

Like many of its European counterparts, Belgium is a relatively safe country with few threats to travellers’ safety.

Climate

Averages for Brussels in October. October is a pretty warm month considering the location and the time of the year, with high temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius and with low temperatures of about 8 degrees Celsius. It may feel colder than this, though, thanks to the 19 days of rain this city gets at this time of year.

Insurance

The Conference Organising Committee, or its agents, will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss, damages or accidents during the Event. We would in particular draw your attention to the cancellation policy in respect of registration fees and accommodation. In the event that, for whatever reason, the Conference has to be cancelled or postponed, the Organising Committee, and/or its agents, will be responsible only for refund of monies received. We recommend that delegates insure themselves for medical and cancellation charges.