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Belgium > Financial


How To Open A Bank Account In Belgium

Thursday June 18, 2020 (09:58:14)

Serving as the main seat of the European Parliament, Belgium has more to offer than just delicious waffles, which is perhaps why so many expats choose to call the country home. If you’re looking to join them, there's lots to consider, including with regard to your finances. This article will take you through everything you need to know about opening a bank account in Belgium.   more ...

Belgium > Moving


How To Apply For A Visa In Belgium

Monday March 09, 2020 (12:11:51)

If you wish to travel to Belgium, you will need a passport that is valid for at least three months after your intended departure date from the country and the Schengen Zone. Your passport will also need to have been issued within the last 10 years. British passport holders are currently exempt from this, however things may change post Brexit agreements. If you are subject to the Belgian visa regime, which will depend on your nationality and country of residence, then you will need a visa. Make sure you check whether this applies to you prior to making travel arrangements.   more ...

Belgium > Working


How To Find A Job In Belgium

Monday January 13, 2020 (16:52:55)

If you are an EU citizen then you can work in Belgium without a visa or work permit. Citizens of Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland do not need work permits but they will need to register if they stay for more than 90 days. Citizens from any other country will need a long-term visa and a work permit. All self-employed foreign nationals must have a professional card allowing them to practice for up to five years.   more ...

Belgium > Health


How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In Belgium

Monday November 04, 2019 (09:54:41)

In order to keep your health insurance costs low in Belgium, you have two main options: either signing up with Belgian’s national health insurance scheme, or by shopping around for the best private health insurance plan from international coverage for your own treatment needs.   more ...

Belgium > Health


Dental And Opthalmic Care In Belgium: How To Find The Right Options For You

Monday October 21, 2019 (21:38:28)

If you are registered with the Belgian health insurance provider, which is run by a series of state-regulated private funds, then this will cover some of your dental fees. However, it is compulsory (as a preventative measure) to have an annual check up in order to maintain your insurance coverage. Your national insurance - which is mandatory - will not cover all of your fees for dentistry, and moreover will not cover any ophthalmic care.   more ...

Belgium > Health


How Does Cancer Care In Belgium Compare With The UK?

Monday October 21, 2019 (21:28:45)

Both Belgium and the UK have a high standard of healthcare and oncological treatment is generally considered to be good in both countries, although there have been contentions that cancer care in the UK lags behind that of other European nations. Macmillan Cancer Support, the UK’s main cancer charity, notes that survival rates are not as strong as elsewhere in Europe. Belgium, meanwhile, is in the top five nations globally for cancer survival rates, although its overall healthcare expenditure remains a little below the EU average.   more ...

Belgium > Health


How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In Belgium?

Monday October 21, 2019 (21:21:51)

The cost of medical procedures in Belgium will depend on one of four factors: whether you, as an expat resident:

• are signed up with the national insurance scheme
• have private health insurance
• have a combination of national and top-up private insurance to cover procedures (such as dental and optical care) which do not fall under the national scheme
• do not have insurance at all and are intending to pay out-of-pocket for any treatment that you receive.

We will look at each of these options in turn, and undertake some comparisons.

What is covered by state health insurance?

As an expat, you’ll be able to sign up for the national system as long as you are paying contributions into it, which are usually deducted from your salary, if you are working in the country.   more ...

Belgium > Health


How To Keep Fit And Healthy In Belgium

Monday October 21, 2019 (21:13:10)

Belgium is an easy country to keep fit and healthy in if you’re an expat – though perhaps its national culinary reputation of frites, chocolate and beer might need a little revision if you’re to maintain your waistline!   more ...

Belgium > Health


How To Register With The Health System In Belgium

Monday October 21, 2019 (21:05:28)

Belgium’s healthcare system is based on a two-tier insurance model, consisting of both national and private health insurance. As an expat, you’ll be able to sign up for the national system as long as you are paying contributions into it, which are usually deducted from your salary if you are working in the country. You have to sign up for national health insurance – it’s compulsory.

Registering With The Public Health System In Belgium

The state system (mutuelle/ziekenfonds) is run overall by the federal government, but there are ministers for health in both the federal and the regional governments.   more ...

Belgium > Health


Maternity Care In Belgium: What The Options Are And How To Decide On A Birth Plan

Monday October 21, 2019 (20:55:08)

Belgium has high standards of healthcare, and maternity care is no exception. Although there are some differences between what you will be offered via the state system versus private healthcare, on the whole you can expect excellent treatment regardless.   more ...

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