Embassy of Belgium in the United Kingdom

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update 09/11/2020

Consular services

On Monday 8 June, the Embassy’s consular department was re-opened to the public. Accessing any of the consular services requires an appointment. Please note that without an appointment we will not be able to assist you.

Click here for a list of all the consular services offered to Belgians in the UK. An appointment for any of these services can be made online by clicking here.

It is essential to arrive on time for your appointment and adhere to some COVID-19 rules that are in place when visiting our Embassy.

 

Follow UK guidelines 

On 23 March, a strict containment system was put in place for the entire UK territory. Since then the measures have been altered but people are still asked to work from home if they can, to stay alert when going outside and to respect social distancing measures. 

In any case, when going outside, the following measures must be followed:

  • A distance of at least 1 meter between persons must be respected;
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home;
  • A facial cover is recommended when you are in an enclosed space with people who do not belong to your household and is obligatory on public transport, shops and other public place.

Following the recent upsurge of the infection rate in large parts of the country, new national restrictions have been put into place until 2 December. Since 5 November people must stay at home except for specific purposes, avoid meeting people they do not live with, except for specific purposes and close certain businesses and venues.

We strongly recommend to follow the instructions of the UK authorities, namely those of the UK Government and of the National Health Service (NHS). Please monitor these sites regularly since updates are likely to be made swiftly.  

 

Travel

Since travelling can adversely affect the spread of the virus, numerous countries have adopted quarantine measures or have closed their borders so that crossing them can no longer be guaranteed.

Since 15 June, Belgium has opened its borders for travel to and from the European Union, including the United Kingdom and the four other Schengen countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway). However, it is up to each country to decide whether to open its own borders.

Commercial options for travelling from the UK to Belgium are available, such as Eurostar and Eurotunnel. Please consult the respective websites for the latest information.

For transit via France: France allows transit across its territory. The exception certificate is no longer required.

  • Travel from Belgium to the UK 

If you are traveling to the UK from Belgium on or after 8 August, you will need to self-isolate on your arrival. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (which are not necessarily always identical). Please note that – if you take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in the UK and the result is negative - you still need to self-isolate.

Prior to your arrival, details of your stay must be reported to the UK authorities. More information can be found here.

  • Travel to Belgium from the United Kingdom

For the latest measures imposed for travelling to Belgium, please check the “You are returning from…” section on the Belgian MFA’s website. You will need to comply with the measures foreseen under the colour-code of the region you are returning from. Large parts of the United Kingdom, including London, have been placed under the 'red' colour code, meaning that a COVID test and a period of quarantine are mandatory on return to Belgium.

Furthermore, please note that:

  • Every passenger travelling to Belgium must complete this Public Health Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours prior to departure. On arrival in Belgium, the form must be handed over to the designated authorities at the border. This is a sanitary measure imposed by the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. Further information can be found on the form itself.
  • The general sanitary regulations must be complied with during the journey. These can be found here

 

More information

In case of emergency, our Embassies, Consulates as well as the general call centre in Brussels (+32 2 501 4000 - https://www.facebook.com/Diplomatie.Belgium – FB chat: m.me/diplomatie.belgium) are ready to assist Belgian compatriots abroad.

It is also important that our citizens take responsibility and follow the instructions of the competent local authorities closely (see above). In these highly exceptional circumstances, even the resources of the Belgian Embassies are limited.

Our travel advice is updated on a regular basis, please consult the pages regularly:

  • Travel advice :

(FR) : https://diplomatie.belgium.be/fr/Services/voyager_a_letranger/conseils_p...   

(NL) : https://diplomatie.belgium.be/nl/Diensten/Op_reis_in_het_buitenland/reis...

 

Communication from the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs: Rights of Belgian citizens in the context of Brexit

On 17 October 2019, a new agreement was concluded between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom on an orderly exit of the United Kingdom from the EU. The agreement was ratified and entered into force on 1 February 2020. Since that date, the United Kingdom is no longer part of the EU.

On 1 February 2020 the transition period has officially commenced. This period will normally run until 31 December 2020, but it might be extended by one or two years. Notwithstanding the fact that the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the EU, it will remain bound by EU rules during this period but it will no longer be present in the European institutions. Everything else stays the same. EU citizens and Brits can travel, live and work in the exact same conditions as before. After this period, EU citizens and Brits who settled in the UK or EU before 31 december 2020 and registered themselves in time will largely retain the same rights. This has been agreed upon in the withdrawal agreement.  

During this period, the EU and the United Kingdom will negotiate the future framework for their relations. When there is more info on this, we will update you.

Given the current developments surrounding Brexit, the information on this website is susceptible to change in light of political events. This information does not constitute legal advice. Neither the FPS Foreign Affairs nor the Belgian Embassy in London are in a position to provide such advice.

 

Embassy
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I hope that you enjoy our website - a portal into Belgium's presence in the UK. 

Are you a Belgian citizen living in the United Kingdom or thinking of moving to the UK? Please register with the Embassy in London. Our consular services provide information about how to register, apply for identity cards and passports. Please note that since October 2011, Belgians residing in the UK have to book an appointment and come in person to the Embassy in London to apply for a new passport. 

You are interested in travelling to Belgium or would like to study, work or do business there, please check the Travel to Belgium section. If you need a visa, an easy and quick application is available via the ‘Visa Application Centre’. Details can be found on https://be.tlscontact.com/gb/LON/index.php

Finally, do not forget to visit our News and Events sections and join the Embassy’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for the latest news from the Embassy of Belgium in London and feeds about events in the UK with a Belgian touch. You can also subscribe to our newsletter.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on london@diplobel.fed.be

 

News

20 Nov

Belgium is pleased to support the development of civil nuclear applications through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in sectors such as health and agriculture.

20 Nov

Today the world celebrates International Children's Day. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Protocols urge countries around the world to make policy changes and align legislation with the rights of the child, to invest in specific areas such as education, to take measures against the sale of children, child prostitution, child pornography and child labor, and to protect children in armed conflicts.

17 Nov
Over the course of last year, it had become clear that the former TLS Contact Visa Application Centre did not meet modern day standards any more. An alternative location for a more suited and modern VAC was found at the Ram Quarter, a new urban development project that converted an old industrial site (the Young’s brewery) in Wandsworth into a residential & shopping zone. Planning and building works on the new VAC started in 2019 and continued all through 2020, delayed of course by the outbreak of the still ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
17 Nov

This Tuesday November 17, the General Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) will bring together by videoconference the Ministers in charge of European Affairs. Due to the unavailability of Foreign Affairs Minister Sophie Wilmès, Belgium will be represented by Minister David Clarinval.

16 Nov

Belgium expresses its concern about the escalation of the conflict in northern Ethiopia and the looming humanitarian crisis. Belgium calls for an immediate ceasefire by all parties involved. Minister of Development Cooperation Meryame Kitir: "Humanitarian actors must be given timely, independent, unimpeded and unconditional humanitarian access to the Tigray region in order to provide indispensable assistance in a safe manner to the population in need".