Moving to Belgium: Things you should know before you immigrate to Belgium

Belgium is the unofficial capital of Europe, having a long history of hosting the institutions of the European Union within its European Quarter. Many foreigners are moving to Belgium from the USA, UK, India and other countries to work or study. If you have decided to immigrate, let Eurosender organise your relocation to Belgium in the most cost-effective and stress-free way. We offer a wide range of international removals options to Belgium to suit your shipping needs.

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THE BASICS

Things to consider when moving to Belgium

With a long international history and located in the heart of Europe, Belgium has long been regarded as one of the safest places on the planet with a high standard of living. A country with so many international traits has lots to offer to expats moving to Belgium for work or study. So, when you consider relocating or immigrating to Belgium, check the basic facts about this country and relocation services offered by Eurosender.
Capital:
Brussels
Timezone
UTC +1
Currency
Euro (EUR)
Population
11.4 million
Official Language
Dutch, French and German
Dialling code
+32
Emergency number
112
Driving
On the right side

BEFORE MOVING

The cost of moving to Belgium. International removals by Eurosender

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Visa regulations for Belgium

The citizens from the European Union (EU), EEA and Switzerland don’t need a visa to live and work in Belgium. You just need to register at the local town hall and get a Belgian ID card.
When you are a citizen from a Non-EU country, you will have to apply for a visa when migrating to Belgium. As the requirements may differ per country, it is best that you contact your local Belgian embassy to find out which documents you need to start your new life in Belgium.

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Property information. Apartments in Belgium

Expats moving to Hungary prefer renting an apartment instead of buying one. The average cost of a 1-bedroom apartment in the city centre will be about €450 and €300 per month on the outskirts.
The cost of renting an apartment in Budapest will be higher – €550 for flats in the central districts and about €400 in the suburbs of the city. The costs for a family apartment or a house somewhere in a distant region would be around €650, while those in the centre of Budapest will be about €1000 per month.


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LIVING IN BELGIUM

Cost of living in Belgium

With Brussels always being in the top 50 of the most expensive cities around the world, in general, the cost of living in Belgium can be considered rather high.
Public transport in Belgium is both effective and affordable. In major Belgian cities, a transport pass for the month costs around €35–€50.
In Brussels, you can expect to pay about €125 a month for utilities.

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Job market in Belgium

Being home to organisations like the European Union and NATO, Belgium has become a popular place for international companies to settle. There are many jobs for English speakers and students in Belgium. Most of these jobs are in and around Brussels and Antwerp, which is world-famous for its diamond trade.
The job market in Belgium offers job opportunities in spheres such as IT, banking and healthcare.


School and education in Belgium

Expats moving to Belgium with children should be prepared for studying in Dutch, French or German languages, although there are many international schools in Belgium. Some schools are bilingual, while some teach exclusively in English. Studying in Belgium is also much cheaper if compared with the United States and many other countries.

Pre-school
Age: 3-6
Compulsory: No
Elementary school
Age: 6-12
Compulsory: Yes
Secondary school
Age: 12-18
Compulsory: Yes

Healthcare in Belgium

For expats moving to Belgium, it is mandatory to have private healthcare insurance. It may take about 3-6 months before your application will be accepted, so make sure that you are properly insured until that time. Once you are accepted, you get a social identification number, which is shown in your e–resident card, and you have access to the Belgian healthcare system. For EU citizens immigrating to Belgium, it is recommended to get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).


Driving in Belgium: Should I get a driving licence in Belgium?

You can drive in Belgium with the EU driving licence. When you are a Non-EU citizen, you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP). You should always have valid insurance documents, your ID (ID card when from Schengen zone, Passport for other countries) and vehicle registration document with you.

Some more requirements for driving in Belgium:

  • Check both the Dutch and the French translation of your destination as there is a chance you might miss the signs.
  • “Priorite a droit” is the basic rule in Belgium, meaning that all traffic coming from the right side must be given right of way.
  • Drinking and driving in Belgium is restricted. The fines range from 1,100 EUR to 11,000 EUR for DUI’s violation.
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What else to expect when living in Belgium as an expat

One of the most important things to understand about living in Belgium is that the country is trilingual:

  • Dutch is spoken in Flanders (Northern part of the country)
  • French is spoken in Wallonia (Southern part of the country)
  • German is spoken in 9 municipalities in the East of Belgium.
  • When immigrating to Brussels, you may also get by with only English.

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MOVING DESTINATIONS

The most popular destinations from where people relocate to Belgium

Moving to Belgium from the USA

There could be many reasons for moving to Belgium from the USA or Canada. You won’t experience a complete language barrier, as many people in Belgium speak English. On top of that, you can experience life in a completely different way. Eurosender makes removals to Belgium even more comfortable, offering a wide range of international shipping services.

Moving to Belgium from the UK

Moving to Belgium from the UK is a short trip, as London-Brussels will take you less than an hour by plane or about 8 hours by bus. But have you also noticed how outrageous the luggage policies of most airline companies and bus carriers are? With Eurosender you can now relocate to Belgium while taking your luggage, furniture or anything else with you for a fraction of the price.

Moving to Belgium from India

If you are moving to Belgium from India as a student and looking for the most affordable way to ship your belongings, Eurosender offers the best shipping solution. With our booking platform, you get a stress-free international removal to Belgium and save cost on moving house. Whether you are moving to Belgium as a student or for better work, Eurosender is your reliable logistics partner.


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