Embassy of Belgium in the United Kingdom

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update 07/08/2020

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.

Please note that the Visa Application Centres (VAC) for Belgium in Edinburgh and Manchester remain closed to the public until further notice. The London VAC is open for a limited number of types of visa applications. For more details CLICK HERE.

 

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 relaxed but people are still asked to stay at home as much as possible, to work from home if they can, to stay alert when going outside and to respect social distancing measures. 

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 and in shops.

For further information regarding the regime currently in place in the UK, please visit the UK government’s regularly updated FAQ website on Coronavirus.

We strongly recommend to follow the instructions of the UK authorities, namely those of the UK Department of Health and Social Care: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public (in English) and of the National Health Service (NHS): https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ (in English). 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 (www.eurostar.com) and Eurotunnel (www.eurotunnel.com). 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 return. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (which are not necessarily always identical).

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

A facial covering is recommended when you are in an enclosed space with people outside your household. Since 15/06, a facial covering is required when using public transport in England. From 08/08 onwards, you are obliged to wear a facial covering in certain public places such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship (in England).

  • Travel to Belgium from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus  (EU non-Schengen states)

There are no longer specific travel restrictions imposed upon these journeys. The general entry conditions to the Schengen territory apply.

However:

  1. Every passenger travelling to Belgium is obliged to 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.
  2. Travelling to Belgium from areas designated as red zones on the Belgian Federal Public Service website is prohibited https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en
  3. The general sanitary regulations must be complied with during the journey. These can be found on https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/

 

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.

 

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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

09 Aug

In cooperation with the UN, French President Macron is organizing a donor conference for Lebanon this afternoon. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense, Philippe Goffin, will represent our country. President Trump and King Abdullah II have already confirmed their participation. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo, has already released 5 million additional humanitarian aid.

08 Aug

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Philippe Goffin, just announced that a C130 military transport aircraft will leave from Melsbroek to Beirut tonight at 8pm with urgent medical and humanitarian equipment for the victims of the huge explosion. Besides the victims and wounded, the enormous devastation has also left many people homeless. To help them, material for temporary shelter will also be sent along.

17 Jul

The world of multilateral diplomacy and international justice - of which the International Criminal Court is part - is going through a deep crisis and has to face threats and hostile action. The relevance of multilateral institutions is being questioned and countries are increasingly withdrawing into themselves. On International Justice Day, Foreign Minister Philippe Goffin emphasizes that Belgium will continue its efforts to strengthen the rule of law and the unique and essential role of the International Criminal Court.

12 Jul

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Philippe Goffin, welcomes the compromise reached by the members of the United Nations Security Council, which extends the "cross-border" mechanism aimed at providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people for 12 months via the Bab al-Hawa border point. However, the possibilities for delivering humanitarian aid through Bab al-Salam need to be improved.

11 Jul

July 11, 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Srebrenica genocide. It was on July 11, 1995 that the town of Srebrenica fell into the hands of Bosnian-Serb forces led by General Ratko Mladic. In the days that followed, in less than a week they abducted and murdered more than 8,000 people, mostly men and teenagers, simply because they were Bosniacs.