Living in Belgium guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Belgium with the expat guide

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General information
  • Belgium, member of the European Union, is very conducive to expatriation due to its economic, cultural and historical heritage.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Before traveling to Belgium, it is best to inquire on all related formalities with the Belgian Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Citizens of some countries require an appropriate visa to travel to Belgium. Find all relevant information to organize your move.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Leuven, one of Belgium's major cities, is found in the Flemish region. The city offers various career opportunities to foreigners in different fields.

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  • Like Chaleroi, Liège is also a French-speaking city. Being Wallonia's economic center, it offers various career opportunities to foreigners.

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  • Being one of Belgium's major cities, Namur is very conducive to professional expatriation. The city hosts many big, small and medium enterprises.

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  • If you are moving to Antwerp, you will not have much trouble in finding a job there provided you have a good knowledge of the Dutch language.

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  • Charleroi is deemed to be Belgium's key industrial hub. Thus, various job opportunities are available there, even for foreigners.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Liège is one of Belgium's major cities after Brussels and Charleroi. Finding accommodation there should not be a difficult task.

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  • Finding accommodation in Namur, in Belgium, can be quite easy if you know where to start. Find more details to guide you through this process.

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  • Finding accommodation in Belgium is one or your top priority when settling in the country. It is best to inquire on its real market's specificities.

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  • Antwerp is one of Belgium's most important cities. If you wish to settle here, finding housing will be one of your first priorities.

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  • Finding accommodation is not an easy task in a city like Brussels as it is a world famous capital city. Find more info to guide you.

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Student visa, University registration
  • If you have chosen to study in Belgium, you have to be aware on conditions related to university registration and living there as a student.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Health care is definitely an important issue to address when one is moving to a foreign country. Belgium offers a modern health care system.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • Proceedings regarding the opening of a bank account in Belgium are quite simple. It is recommended to open one if you wish to settle there.

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Tax system, income tax
  • It is best to inquire on Belgium's taxation system if you intend to settle and work there. You may have to pay income tax.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Belgium has a modern and developed transport network including buses, subway, tramway and taxis which will allow you to travel safely to any region.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Like most European Union countries, Belgium has a certain peculiarities regarding driver's licenses, both for European and non-European nationals.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Belgium requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Nowadays, telecommunications has become an essential tool in any expatriation project. You will have to inquire on that topic if you are moving to Belgium.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Brussels, like most major European Union cities, offers a wide range of leisure activities to its citizens. Foreigners may also enjoy these.

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  • is providing you with some useful phone numbers and websites which may be handy for administrative formalities.

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  • Traveling to Belgium with your pet is not an easy task. But is here to guide you through all related proceedings.

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