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 - firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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).