I TIME ZONE
The time in Belgium is Central European Time (CET), which is GMT plus 1 hour, plus 1 hour in summer.
You can check the weather forecast on www.meteobelgie.be The Belgian climate is distinctly maritime and usually mild, and the city of Ghent is no exception to this. At this time of the year, it is usually sunny with temperatures around 18-20°C. An umbrella might be useful as the weather can change rather quickly.
I EMERGENCY NUMBERS
In Belgium - to contact the police dial 112 or 101 - to contact the fire brigade dial 112 - to contact the ambulance service dial 112
I ELECTRICAL SUPPLY
Electricity is supplied at 220 volts, 50 Hz. Some hotels provide 110 volts AC sockets for electric razors only. Plugs and sockets are the same as in the Continental countries of the European Union. British, Irish and non-European participants need plug adaptors for electrical appliances.
I LOCAL CUISINE AND EATING OUT
Ghent has numerous restaurants of various styles, prices and categories serving local or international cuisine. Most restaurants are open for lunch from 12am to 3 pm and for dinner from 7pm to 11pm.
In Belgium, all prices are quoted “all inclusive”, which means that no additional tipping is necessary unless the service has been exceptional.
I BANKS AND POST OFFICE
Most banks open at 9 AM and close around 4 PM, Monday through Friday. They are generally closed for lunch between 12 AM- 2 PM. Post offices are generally open between 9 AM - 4 PM. The monetary unit used in Belgium is the Euro. Most services in Belgium accept major credit cards.
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