Travel to Belgium

15/07/2013 -- Mary Simpson
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Belgian beer, battlefield tours, chocolate, cycling, Bruges, Brussels, Tintin, mussels and chips, hiking, the Ardennes, forests, hills, rivers, fishing, kayaking,  mountain biking, sailing, surfing, Rue de Bouchers, La Batte Market, boating, canals, Carpet of Flowers, waffles, lace, Ghent, caving, Magritte Museum, Christmas markets, Liege, WWI and WWII museums and cemeteries …

Medical and Health

Documents needed: EHIC and passport

Doctors and Dentists

Doctors:  By law doctors should display a list of fees with info on whether they’re conventionné/geconventioneerd, ie, state registered, in which case they’ll be cheaper.

You can then claim back up to 75% of the costs with your European Health Insurance Card, formerly known as the E111 form. The 25% isn’t refundable in Belgium but you may be able to claim back in the UK.

Dentists:  Most Belgian dentists are private. Some accept part-payment if you show your EHIC. Check before registering as treatment charges vary a lot.

As with doctors, you have to pay for treatment and the same rules for reimbursement of doctor’s charges apply.

Remember to keep all receipts.

Hospital Treatment and Ambulance Costs

You can get emergency treatment for serious injury or illness at any A&E department.  You don’t need a doctor’s referral. Remember to show your EHIC also known as the EU medical card at admission.

There’s a fixed daily fee for in-patient stays.

Ambulance:  There is a standard fee for using an ambulance, plus a charge per km travelled.


You’ll have to pay for your prescription at the pharmacy (Apotheek) unless you take your own medicine abroad. You can claim back round 75 - 80% of the cost of approved medicines with the EHIC.  25% is non-refundable in Belgium but you may be able to seek reimbursement back in the UK.

You may also be able to claim back some outpatient care (eg. physiotherapy) if covered by a prescription.

The EHIC card isn’t travel insurance.  See What Can Go Wrong if in doubt about whether you need travel insurance for Belgium.


NHS Choices Belgium Guide

Foreign Office Travel Advice