Overland Belgium Travel

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Visiting Belgium[edit]

Belgium is part of the European Union. Motorhomes are relatively common and you will find both paid and free camping areas. Must sees are: Brugge, Flanders Fields, and the Ardenes.

Entering Belgium with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

You can simply drive across a border, take a ferry from Britain, or ship into Zeebrugge or Antwerp.

Required Paperwork[edit]

(To check if you need a travel Visa for Belgium, application instructions and fees see: Belgium Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
Registration documents, identity, and vehicle insurance.

Process at border[edit]

Briefly describe the process at the border to enter with a vehicle

Cost of entry[edit]

Free.

Permitted length of stay[edit]

As no paperwork is completed on entry your vehicle is okay to stay as long as it is insured.

Extension of stay[edit]

Not necessary for vehicle.

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

A vehicle can be stored on private property without problems.

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.

Driving in Belgium[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Belgium[edit]

Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg (travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet, Helena Smith, Andy Symington, Donna...
From $12.40 on Amazon
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
by Dan Grec
From $click on Amazon
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $22.49 on Amazon
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $click on Amazon

Travel insurance for Belgium[edit]

World Nomads offer the most flexible Travel Insurance at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home.

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Green card insurance is necessary.

Cost of vehicle insurance[edit]

State the price of insurance and a time period.

Where to purchase vehicle insurance[edit]

Describe where insurance can be purchased.

Driving license[edit]

State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.

Driving side of road[edit]

Right.
RHD vehicles can be driven in Belgium.

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)

Roads[edit]

General Road quality[edit]

Give a brief description of the general road quality. Mention if one way streets are common.

Road signs[edit]

Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.

Toll roads[edit]

List the frequency and approximate price of toll roads.

Bribery in Belgium[edit]

Briefly describe how common bribery is and whether it should be expected, and the best way to deal with it.

Checkpoints[edit]

describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.

Traveling with pets[edit]

List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.

Gas price in Belgium and Diesel price in Belgium[edit]

Last updated: October 2012

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Gasoline Grade Price
Unleaded €1.77 EUR per Liter[1]
Diesel €1.57 EUR per Liter[1]

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

Briefly describe if gas shortages are known to occur.
Also state the approximate average distance between gas stations. This is a very rough estimate.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.

Vehicle parking[edit]

Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.

Special driving considerations[edit]

A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.

Security advisories and information[edit]

Camping in Belgium[edit]

Describe if organized "pay" camping is common. List the facilities commonly found at these campsites.
List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.
Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.

Camping guide books[edit]

List and link to books specifically for camping.

Drinking water[edit]

Tap water is safe to drink and of very good quality.

Navigation[edit]

Paper maps[edit]

Michelin are amoung the best paper maps. Paper maps are available in Belgium from Fuel Stations and Book stores.

Michelin Germany Deutschland, Benelux, Austria Osterre...
Michelin Germany Deutschland, Benelux, Austria Osterre...
by Michelin Reise-Verlag
From $click on Amazon
Europe Executive [tubed] (national Geographic Referenc...
Europe Executive [tubed] (national Geographic Referenc...
by National Geographic Maps - Reference
From $14.01 on Amazon
Michelin Netherlands: South Map 532 (maps/regional (mi...
Michelin Netherlands: South Map 532 (maps/regional (mi...
by Michelin
From $7.42 on Amazon
Lonely Planet Discover Europe (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Discover Europe (travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet, Catherine Le Nevez, Alexis Averbuck...
From $15.40 on Amazon

GPS Maps of Belgium[edit]

Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Belgium[edit]

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.

Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]

Dealers[edit]

4x4s / Trucks

Motorbikes

Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Belgium[edit]

Buy
Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Sell
Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'

References[edit]

Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.

  1. 1.0 1.1 World petrol prices, gas prices, diesel prices|MyTravelCost.com

Helpful External links[edit]

Add any helpful external links here.