I. Introduction

Belgium, located in Western Europe, is known for its stunning architecture, chocolate, beer, and unique culture. If you’re based in the US and considering a trip to Belgium, read on for a comprehensive guide containing all the information you should know before embarking on your journey.

II. Everything You Need to Know About Traveling to Belgium From the US

Currently, travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are in place for US citizens traveling to Belgium. Before traveling to Belgium, US citizens should consult with their nearest embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission. They also need to have a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the country, not older than 72 hours or less, with a test result form indicating NAT (nucleic acid test) or PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction).

Travelers need to fill out the Public Health Passenger Locator Form which provides information of their whereabouts and the means to contact each individual during their stay in the country. Additional information on the most up-to-date rules can be found on the Embassy of Belgium website.

III. Discovering Belgium: A Guide for US Travelers

Belgium is a small but charming country with several must-visit destinations. Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, is home to the European Union headquarters and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Grand Place. The city of Bruges, located in the province of West Flanders, is a well-preserved medieval town, which is why it’s also known as the “Venice of the North”. Another must-visit area is the coast of Belgium, which is always a hit with beach-lovers, and the stunning Ardennes Forest which is perfect for nature lovers.

US travellers should research newly implemented regulations that may affect their visit, including any new COVID-19 safety measures, exposure prevention, and tracking, and any cultural customs or norms that may be unfamiliar to American visitors can also be researched. Currency exchanges and their rates should be researched before your trip, as well as language barriers to ensure the best experience possible.

IV. Navigating the New Normal: Traveling Safely to Belgium From the US

Belgium has taken several measures to ensure travelers’ safety during the pandemic, so be aware of them. A common tip is to pack essential hygiene equipment such as sanitizers and wipes in a carry-on bag, as directed by TSA guidelines. This can include high-quality face masks, touch-free devices like door openers, extra soap for washing hands, and others.

If required, travelers are responsible for obtaining a COVID-19 test result before departure and a negative test result before returning back to the US. Airlines and security personnel may implement new checkpoints, screening, and boarding procedures, so officials should be trusted and cooperate with screening personnel. Travellers must also be willing to undergo quarantine if necessary.

V. Exploring Belgium’s Unique Culture and History: A Journey from the US

Belgium has a significant cultural and historical heritage and is home to many art, food, and literature enthusiasts. Art-specific museums, such as the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, offer breathtaking scenery and valuable insight into Belgian art and culture. Visitors can also dive into Brussels’ art scene with its many street art installations in unusual locations.

Foodies will love Flemish cuisine, which includes famous dishes like Belgian waffles and chocolate, along with the opportunity to explore the lesser-known Brussels sprouts, whose origin is rooted in Belgium. Belgian beer is also considered the best in the world, so a visit to a brewery or two is an essential stop on any itinerary.

VI. From New York to Brussels: An American’s Guide to the Belgian Experience

The beauty of Belgium is the opportunity to immerse yourself in its eclectic mix of art, food, and culture, and a personal account can provide insight into the trip that awaits. A local European traveler recommends packing comfortable walking shoes and a portable charger to keep your phone or camera at 100%, since there are plenty of opportunities for a photo-worthy moment. A bilingual phrase book or translation app can also be helpful to communicate with locals, learn about the country’s history and participate in the local way of life.

VII. Conclusion

Belgium is a beautiful country with a rich cultural heritage and has something to offer for every type of traveller. The above guide moves from entry and exit requirements to the best places to visit and all the way to navigating the unique cultural and social circumstances travellers may find themselves in during their visit to Belgium. US travellers should begin their research before embarking on this exciting journey and shouldn’t hesitate to ask locals or trusted travel agencies for recommendations and advice.

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By Happy Sharer

Hi, I'm Happy Sharer and I love sharing interesting and useful knowledge with others. I have a passion for learning and enjoy explaining complex concepts in a simple way.

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