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. 

 

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

05 Dec

Conference 'Vers une alliance euro-africaine - Défis communs et perspectives': speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders (Rabat, 27 November 2018).

03 Dec

The Convention on the Prohibition of Cluster Munitions celebrates its tenth anniversary. The Convention was signed on 3 December 2008 in Oslo. Belgium pioneered the fight against cluster munitions by adopting in 2006 the first law in the world prohibiting these weapons. In 2007 this commitment was complemented by a law on divestment in the field of cluster munitions production.

02 Dec

In the coming years, Belgium will invest an additional 43 million euros in the rights of girls and women around the world. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announced this at the “Global Citizen Mandela 100” international charity concert in Johannesburg. Minister De Croo shared the stage with African heads of state and government, and music stars such as Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

02 Dec

Over the next two years, Belgium will contribute 4.4 million euros (5 million US dollars) to the fight against forgotten tropical diseases. This will be done through the Extended Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN), a project of the World Health Organization which aims to control and even eliminate five tropical diseases. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will double the Belgian contribution, giving twenty million people access to the necessary treatments over the next two years.

30 Nov

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo does site visits with UNAIDS in South Africa today, on the eve of World Aids Day. Sexologist and Goodwill Ambassador of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Goedele Liekens, is also taking part in this working visit. This year, Worlds Aids Day will be organised for the 30th time. The central theme this year is 'Live life positively - know your HIV status'. Of the almost 40 million people infected with the HIV virus, one out of four doesn’t know their HIV serostatus.