Embassy and Consulates of Belgium in South Africa

Belgium in South Africa

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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.

COVID-19 – CURRENT SITUATION FOR TRAVELERS

Worldwide countries are taking precautions to try and stop the corona virus. The virus is spreading worldwide and can impact your travels. These travels don't assist in stopping the spreading of the virus. More and more countries are imposing quarantine measures or are closing the borders so normal passage through the borders can’t be guaranteed.  The risk for Belgian citizens to get stranded abroad is so high, that all travels abroad are discouraged.

From 26 March at midnight until 16 April midnight (21 days) all borders are closed and all international flights to and from South Africa suspended, as a cause of the lockdown in the whole country. Tourists have to stay at their accommodation for the whole duration of the lockdown. If you are stuck in South Africa, make sure that you have a place to stay and try to arrange help through your contacts in Belgium (e.g. bank and Western Union), your doctor (medication), family and friends. In these unforeseen circumstances, even the resources of the Belgian Embassy are limited.

All non-essential travel and movement are prohibited during this period. Everyone is asked to stay at home, accept to buy food or medicine or to seek medical assistance. All shops and companies are closed during this time, except for supermarkets, pharmacies, pertol stations, banks, laboratories, all companies that are necessary for the production and transport of food, basic goods and medical supplies.

Tourist who want to leave the country after the lockdown need to firstly contact their tour operator, travel agency or airline company. 

People who live abroad permanently need to use their own descretion to decide if they want to stay in the country after the lockdown.

South Africa is imposing a travel ban on foreign nationals from high-risk countries as from 18 March 2020. These countries are the following: Italy, Iran, Korea, Spain, Germany, US, UK, France, Switserland, China. This is for all foreign travellers travelling from or transiting through these countries. These travelers will be sent back upon arrival, even after the lockdown. At the moment, Belgium is not yet part of the high risk countries.

South African citizens and residents who are returning from these high risk countries after the lockdown will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.

The situation can change from one minute to the next, that's why we currently strongly discourage travel to South Africa and to postpone your trip until after the COVID-19 crisis. 

Please follow up on following websites:

For South Africa: http://www.nicd.ac.za/diseases-a-z-index/covid-19/ 

For Belgium: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/  or telephonically 0800/14 68 9 (only in Belgium)

Also consult the information privided by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp:

https://www.who.int/home

https://www.wanda.be/en/

In order to assist you to the best of our abilities, please register on https://travellersonline.diplomatie.be

 

Updated advisory November 2019: NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN (-18 years) TRAVELLING THROUGH SOUTH AFRICAN PORTS OF ENTRY

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!

  

News

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.

14 Mar

Countries around the world are taking action to contain the coronavirus and end the pandemic. Many have put in place mandatory quarantine measures or have closed their borders. As a result normal border crossing can no longer be guaranteed. Many airlines are also drastically reducing the number of flights they offer. Consequently, the risk that Belgian citizens get stuck in a foreign country is becoming a lot higher. We therefore advise against any travel abroad.