| Single European currency
The Euro is now the official currency of 12 EU
member states including Belgium.
The first Euro coins and notes were introduced in January 2002,
the Belgian Franc was still in circulation until 28 February 2002,
when it was completely replaced by the Euro.
Euro (€) = 100 cents.
Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and
5. Coins are in denominations of €2, 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2
and 1 cents.
Currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change, hotels, airports,
railway stations, banks, travel agencies and some restaurants throughout
Credit & debit cards in Belgium
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted
as well as Eurocheque cards. Check with your credit or debit card
company for details of merchant acceptability and other services
which may be available. ATMs are plentiful.
Widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers
are advised to take travellers cheques in Euros, Pounds Sterling
or US Dollars.
There are no restrictions on the import and export of either local
or foreign currency.
The following figures are included as a guide to the movements of
the Euro against Sterling and
the US Dollar: