Travel information

Airplane, train, car and coach

Regardless of how you arrive in Antwerp, the city centre is always within easy reach.

Proximity is key – just hop off the train arriving directly from Paris, Amsterdam, London or Cologne and enter the convention centre within a matter of minutes.

There is also a direct 34-minute rail connection between Brussels International Airport and Antwerp (44 km/27.7 miles). Together, Brussels & Antwerp International Airports serve 200 destinations with 300 direct flights per day.

Conveniently located at the crossroads of European motorways,

Antwerp can be easily reached by car and coach.

Currency and banks

The unit of currency in Belgium is the Euro.

1 Euro = 1.1207 USD
1 Euro = 121.49 JPY
1 Euro = 0.89020 GBP
1 Euro = 1.6303 AUD
1 Euro = 7.7378 CNY
Source: European Central Bank

Facilities for cashing traveller's cheques are available at banks (operating hours vary, but for most banks are Monday - Friday 09:00 - 15:30, Saturdays 08:00 - 11:00) and at most hotels. Banks are closed on Sundays. Foreign exchange agencies are open during the week and on Saturdays. Automatic teller machines (ATM) are open 24 hours and are located at most banks. International credit cards (Visa, Diners Club, MasterCard and American Express) are accepted at the majority of hotels, restaurants and shops.

Electricity supply

The electricity supply in Belgium is 220 - 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a two-pin plug.


There are no compulsory vaccination requirements for persons entering Belgium. However, participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health insurance prior to departure and consult their local general practitioner for personal expert advice. For international travel and health advisories please visit the WHO website at or It is safe to drink tap water throughout Belgium but for those who prefer bottled mineral water, this is readily available in various stores. Smoking is prohibited by law in all public buildings in Belgium (airports, Antwerp Meeting and Convention Center, restaurants, café/bar etc.) except in designated smoking areas.


The JBI Colloquium 2018 accepts no liability for any personal injury, loss, or damage of property belonging to or additional expenses incurred by colloquium participants either during the colloquium or as result of delays, strikes or any other circumstances. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect of health, travel, and cancellation insurance.


The official colloquium language will be English.

Passports and visas

Every visitor to Belgium must have a valid passport. Information regarding visas can be obtained from your travel agent or the Belgian diplomatic or consular representative in your area. Also visit

Shopping in Antwerp

Most shops in the city centre open between 08:00 and 18:00 or later. Shops in major shopping malls open at 10:00 and close at 20:00 or later.


International direct dialling, internet, and e-mail facilities are easily accessible in Belgium. Most of the mobile telephone systems used around the globe operates in Antwerp. Local SIM Cards can be purchased at convenience stores or at the Airport on Arrival.


Gratuities are not obligatory and are not expected in Belgium. However, a small tip will always be appreciated.

Time zone

Belgium is in the Central European Time Zone . Central European Standard Time ( CET ) is 1 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT+1 ).

Traveller's cheques

Most international traveller's cheques are accepted, provided they are in an acceptable currency and may be cashed at most banks. Many hotels and shops also provide this service. Please note that Credit Cards or Cash are generally a more acceptable form of payment.

VAT / tax refunds

In Belgium VAT of 21% is levied on nearly all goods and services.



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