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 Embassy in Pretoria or the Consulate General in 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.


Vacancy: polyvalent consular visa assistant. Deadline application: 10th March, close of business (5pm).

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South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini are no longer considered as “high risk countries”. These countries are now considered red zones.

Who can travel?

  • Nationals and permanent residents of Belgium, of the EU or of a country that is part of the Schengen Area.
  • Nationals of third countries, when fully vaccinated, with a registered vaccination certificate. Fully vaccinated means vaccinated with a EMA approved vaccine and for which all doses of the vaccine have been administered at least 2 weeks before travelling.
  • Nationals of third countries if they are not fully vaccinated or can’t produce a recognised and registered vaccination certificate, but are part of one of the following categories:
  1. health professionals;
  2. frontier workers;
  3. seasonal workers in agriculture;
  4. transport personnel;
  5. diplomats, staff of international organisations, military or police personnel (etc.);
  6. passengers in transit;
  7. travel for compelling family reasons;
  8. seafarers;
  9. travel for humanitarian reasons;
  10. students;
  11. travel undertaken by qualified professionals in possession of a single permit/professional card/ work permit
  12. spouse or partner of a person who has the nationality of an EU or Schengen member state and who accompanies this spouse or partner.

The specific conditions described above are in addition to the normal conditions of access to Belgium. Travelers must also take into account which visa procedures are in force for them. And an essential travel document is needed.

It’s important to check with your airline company and/or travel agency about their travel regulations and flights to and from above mentioned countries.

For further information, please check this website  https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/#006



As part of the roll-out of the vaccination campaign in Belgium, the Interministerial Conference on Public Health, on the proposal of the Vaccination Task Force, has also set guidelines for access to vaccination in Belgium for Belgians living abroad. More information about this option can be found at https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/vaccination_belgians_abroad. Also read the most recent information here and keep following us on social media. Belgians registered at our embassy / consulate / diplomatic office will also be contacted personally by email.


The situation can change from one minute to the next. You can find up to date travel advice on the following websites:

Please follow up these following websites as well:

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

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



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!



18 May

The SheDecides movement is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year. In 2017, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden launched She Decides. It was originally a response to the U.S. administration's backtracking with the reintroduction and expansion of the so-called 'Global Gag Rule' policy that targeted U.S. funding for NGOs operating abroad if they provided abortion services or contributed to abortion advocacy. 

17 May

The Kingdom of Belgium, as a founding member and the host nation of both the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, welcomes the application of the Republic of Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden to become NATO member.

16 May

Since 2004, the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17 has reminded us that discrimination against LGBTQI+ persons is still frequent.

12 May

Meryame Kitir, Minister of Development Cooperation and Major Cities Policy, launched the new bilateral cooperation programme together with Palestinian Prime Minister Shtayyeh on Thursday 12 May. 

12 May

The Belgian economic mission to the UK ends after a full program of events, business-to-business contacts and high-level meetings.After two years of interruption, the network of contacts between Belgian and British operators was restored thanks to physical presence.