Embassy of Belgium in the United Kingdom

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update 6/4/2020

No consular services

As from March 23 and until further notice, the Embassy of Belgium in London is closed for consular services. Only emergency cases will be handled. For these cases, please contact us by phone: +44 (0)20 7470 3700 or email: london@diplobel.fed.be

With the current measures in place in the UK since 23/03, we remind you to avoid any non-essential journeys outside your home. Fines are imposed in case of violation.

 

Follow UK guidelines 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the UK. Therefore, the UK authorities have raised the risk to the public to “high”. Since Monday 23 March, and for at least three weeks, a strict containment system has been put in place for the entire territory. Journeys must be kept to a minimum and people are asked to stay at home as much as possible.

A limited number of exceptions are foreseen:

  • To go to work, if working from home is not an option,
  • To shop for groceries, medicine and other essentials,
  • To provide care or help a vulnerable person,
  • To exercise on an individual basis, once a day, in the vicinity of the house and without gathering.

When going outside, the following measures must be followed:

  • Meetings of more than two people are not allowed;
  • A distance of 2 meters between persons must be respected;
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

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-pub...(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.  

 

Travelling

Steps are being taken worldwide to curb the spread of the coronavirus and stem the pandemic. The virus is spreading worldwide and can therefore affect your travel. These trips do not help to fight the spread of the virus. An increasing number of countries are adopting quarantine measures or closing their borders so that crossing them can no longer be guaranteed. Non-essential travel from and outside Belgium is prohibited until 19 April.

Belgians who are abroad for a short period, such as tourists or students, should return to Belgium without delay or, failing this, to be willing to run the risk of staying longer than expected at their place of destination. Housing, finances, family, insurance, medical condition and health care are things to consider. If you choose to return, please check the availability of the usual commercial routes and contact your tour operator, tour operator or airline.

People who reside permanently abroad have to decide for themselves whether staying there is the best option. Take into account that fewer and fewer commercial options available and that it will be more and more difficult to return to Belgium.

Currently, there are still commercial options available for traveling from the UK to Belgium, such as Eurostar (www.eurostar.com) and Eurotunnel (www.eurotunnel.com). Please consult the respective websites for the latest information.

For transit from the UK to Belgium via France: the borders remain open, but the French authorities only allow travel of European nationals and persons with a right of residence returning home through the French territory. Other EU Member States apply the same rule. The derogatory certificate necessary for international travel through France is available on https://uk.ambafrance.org/CORONAVIRUS-COVID-19-attestation-de-deplacemen....

Belgian nationals, people with their main residence in Belgium and long-term residents are asked to comply with two conditions upon their return to Belgium:

  • The person must remain in isolation at home for 14 days; AND
  • The person is prohibited from working outside for 14 days (even if s/he works in an essential sector); teleworking is still allowed.

For more details :

(FR) https://centredecrise.be/sites/default/files/20200329_nccn_grensovergang...

(NL) https://crisiscentrum.be/sites/default/files/20200329_nccn_grensovergang...

 

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: 

 

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

10 Apr

Yesterday, Belgium – as chair of the Working Group for Children and Armed Conflicts – announced conclusions on the situation of children in the armed conflict in Yemen were adopted unanimously. The fight against impunity, and more in particular children’s right violations, has long been one of Belgium’s foreign policy priorities. Also on the humanitarian front, Belgium is in the leading group of European donors with more than 9 million euros of humanitarian aid specifically targeted at Yemen.

04 Apr

On this international mine awareness day, Belgium reaffirms its unfailing support for the fight against anti-personnel mines, indiscriminate weapons that still cause too many victims around the world today.

03 Apr

A few months ago, the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) launched an application named Wanda, which informs travellers about the health risks they face depending on their destination. With this tool, the Institute wants to reach people who’re travelling abroad at the moment.

03 Apr

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo will release five million euros for the development of a coronavirus vaccine. These funds will go to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), an international alliance of public and private partners, which intends to accelerate the development of a vaccine against COVID-19. Virologist Peter Piot, one of the founders of CEPI, welcomes the Belgian effort.

01 Apr

Statement by Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden.