Traveling Tips » Europe
Belgium: Belgium has a pleasant weather round the year. April to September is warm while October to March is cool and pleasant. However, expect rain any time of the year.
Britain: Mediterranean weather with temperatures ranging between 40oF-60oF in spring and fall. In winters, you are likely to encounter 35oF-45oF. Rain is common throughout the year, more in the winters.
Italy: Mediterranean weather with spring and fall temperature ranging between 55oF- 75oF and winter temperatures varying between 40 oF - 55 oF.
Spain: Spring and fall temperature ranges between 55oF-75oF. Summer is hot with temperature lying between 70oF-85oF while in winters temperatures vary between 40oF-55oF.
France: Typical Mediterranean type of weather with spring and fall temperature ranging between 45oF-55 oF and winter temperatures varying between 35oF-45oF.
Belgium: Dutch, French, and German
Britain: English, Welsh
France: French, English
Portugal: Portuguese, English
Switzerland: German, French, Italian, Raeto-Romance, English
Spain: Spanish, English
Passport and Visa Requirements
Belgium: Passport required. Visa not required for business/tourists for stay up to 90 days.
Britain: Passport required. Visa not required for up to 6 months stay.
France: Passport required. Visa not required for tourists/business stays up to 90 days in
France, Andorra, Monaco, and Corsica.
Holland: Passport required. Visa not required for business/tourists for stay up to 90 days.
Italy: Passport required. Visa not required for business/tourists for stay up to 90 days.
Portugal: Passport required. Visa not required for business/tourists for stay up to 90 days.
Spain: Passport required. Visa not required for stay up to 90 days.
Switzerland: Passport required. Visa not required for stay up to 90 days.
Britain: Pound Sterling
Switzerland: Swiss Franc
Belgium: Belgians will prefer speaking to you in English. Handshaking is the customary form of greeting. Dressing can be casual to informal but formal dressing is required to access entry in exclusive restaurants and nightclubs. It is customary to bring flowers or small presents for the hostess, especially if invited for a meal.
Britain: Monarchy is in the subconscious mind of every Englishman. Handshaking is customary. It is customary to bring flowers or small presents if invited over dinner. Dressing according to the occasion is advisable. There are restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs that deny entry unless formally dressed.
France: Handshaking and kissing on both cheeks is a common form of greeting. Ladies are addressed as Madame while gents as Monsieur. Causal wear is common and French are known for their stylish dressing sense. Some exclusive restaurants require formal dressing and it is usually indicated.
Holland: Shaking hands is customary. English is widely used and spoken. Same as in rest of Europe and USA, it is customary to take small gifts or flowers if invited for a meal. Casual wear is widely acceptable unless otherwise mentioned.
Italy: The Roman Catholic Church influences Italy, unlike rest of Europe. Family ties are stronger in Italy and normal social courtesies are expected to be observed. Casual dressing is common unless mentioned.
Portugal: Portuguese lead a leisurely life with a prominence of old-fashioned politeness. Portugal boasts of its individuality, traditions, and folklore. Casual wear is common unless mentioned.
Spain: Spain is undergoing a rapid change from conservatism to liberalism. However, the country has a history and tradition to be proud of. Handshaking is customary, and normal social courtesies should be observed. Formal dressing is widely accepted.
Switzerland: Switzerland is a liberal country amidst its conservative neighbors. Casual wear here is quite common unless specifically mentioned.
Belgium: Freeways connect main towns of the country. Traffic drives on the right and seat belts are compulsory in both front and back seats. Children under 12 are not permitted to travel on the front seat unless the back seat is occupied. Speed limits are mentioned on roads.
Britain: Britain is divided into A class roads (trunk roads) and B class roads. A roads are generally free while B roads are slow, winding and in upland areas. Traffic drives on the left.
France: Traffic drives on the right. Speed limits are normally 50 km/hr in towns, 80 km/hr on Paris ring roads, 90 km/hr on country roads, and 130 km/hr on restricted highways. Seat belts are compulsory.
Holland: Holland has an excellent road network where traffic drives on the right. Speed limit is mentioned and seat belts are compulsory.
Portugal: Every town and village in Portugal is connected by an excellent road network. Traveling by a motorway requires payment of a toll tax that depends on the distance traveled and the type of vehicle.
Spain: Spain has over 150,000 km of roads. Traffic drives on the right. Northern and Southern parts of Spain are connected by well-maintained motorways. Intercity trunk roads are good and fast.
Switzerland: Road quality across Switzerland is good. Traffic drives on the right. Driving in winter may be tricky in some parts as chains or snow tires may be necessary.
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