Embassy and Consulates of Belgium in South Africa

Belgium in South Africa

Welcome to our website

Are you a Belgian who has recently moved to South Africa and would like to register with the Consulate in Johannesburg or Cape Town? Did you lose your passport while you were travelling through South Africa as a tourist? Do you need to request a visa in order to travel to Belgium? Then you’ve come to the right address.

This website will keep you up to date on consular matters that are specifically applicable to Belgians in South Africa, current events in Belgian foreign policy and other useful information or events. 

 

New South African IMMIGRATION RULES // Travelling with MINORS (-18 years)

Immigration Rules: South Africa introduced new immigration rules as from 26 May 2014: www.dha.gov.za or contact the South African Embassy in Brussels - publicdiplomacy@southafrica.be or www.southafrica.be. Your passport has to be valid at least 30 days AFTER departure from South Africa and needs to have at least 2 unused pages for entry/exit stamps or visa. Read more...

 

South African IMMIGRATION RULES // Temporary (handwritten) Belgian passports not accepted to enter South Africa

Please note that temporary (handwritten) Belgian passports are not accepted to enter South Africa, unless in the case of a proven life threatening medical emergency situation!

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

An exceptional drought is currently affecting the Cape region and has led to unprecedented water shortages. Local authorities have imposed strict water restrictions (maximum 50 litres per person and per day from 1 February). Both residents and visitors are asked to respect these restrictions and to limit water consumption as much as possible.

If you're visiting the Cape, it is recommended that you enquire at your accommodation about the measures that have been taken, since unlimited access to tap water will not be possible.

More info can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/y9bv6yaj

 

Beware of scams

A number of citizens informed us that they have been the victims of attempted scams. They were contacted by con-men who tried to extort money from them over the phone by pretending to be working for our Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In order to make their story more credible, they managed to have our central telephone number in Brussels (0032 2 501.81.11) appear on the telephone screen of their victims.

We call on everyone not to take any kind of action following such calls. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs never makes contact by phone alone to clear financial matters with the public, whatever the issue.
If you are the victim of a fraud, please inform us through our complaint form (https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/Contact/complaints) or refer it directly to the federal contact point (https://meldpunt.belgie.be/meldpunt/en/welcome).

News

17 Oct

Belgium is the second most efficient donor in the fight against extreme poverty. This is the conclusion of the respected Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in their recent report: “Financing the end of extreme poverty”. Our country ranks right behind Ireland, but ahead of Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Sweden and Finland. The focus on least developed countries and the strengthening of aid effectiveness has been one of the priorities of the Belgian development cooperation policy over the last years.

15 Oct

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that the European Union created a sanction regime against the use of chemical weapons today in Luxembourg. This allows the EU to act against people and organization involved in the development and the use of chemical weapons. This decision by the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, underlines the European commitment to the fight against these gruesome weapons.

12 Oct

Speech by Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo on the occasion of the celebration of Marleen Temmerman.

10 Oct

Today is the European and World Day against the Death Penalty. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders underlines that Belgium continues to engage for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty. The Minister regrets that a number of countries continue to use the death penalty, even for specific forms of conduct such as blasphemy, adultery and same-sex sexual relations. The death penalty has no place in the 21st century.

10 Oct

In October and November 2018, the Belgian development agency Enabel organizes ‘Hack the Goals’, a series of six hackathons in five partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation. Creative teams in Senegal, Niger, Palestine, Morocco, and Uganda will look for new and innovative solutions for development challenges. Alexander De Croo, Minister of Development Cooperation and for the Digital Agenda, is thrilled: “The future is digital, also in terms of development.