Embassy of Belgium in the United Arab Emirates

The Belgium Embassy in the United Arab Emirates

Welcome to our website



With the summer approaching, we expect the number of visa applications to rise significantly, which can create longer waiting times for an appointment at VFS for the submission of your visa request. We suggest students and people with tickets for international events taking place in Belgium (e.g. Tomorrowland) to not wait too long and submit their visa request as soon as possible in order to avoid long waiting lines.

On the occasion of Ascension, the Embassy will be closed on Thursday May 26th 2022.
!The Embassy will be closed for the public on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 June, 2022.

The Embassy can be reached by phone :

  • Monday and Friday from 08.00 to 12.00 am
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 08.00 to 3.30 pm

At the moment we are experiencing a high level of applications and are not able to answer your visa questions by phone. Please submit all your visa related questions via mail: abudhabi.visa@diplobel.fed.be

Closing days of the Embassy of Belgium

The Belgian Embassy in Abu Dhabi receives visitors only by appointment on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They can only be requested  online by this link:

!!! 1 appointment per service and per person
ex. a family of 3 that wants to apply for 3 passports need to book 3 seperate appointments
ex. a belgian citizen that wants to activate an ID card and apply for a new passeport has to book 2 seperate appointments

Registration - ONLY ONLINE via website ! (except registration newborn per appointment)

The Consulate-general offers the possibility to register you directly online in the consular population register via the Belgian ID card per below link:

link online registration

The Embassy requests its visitors to use the public parking  (around the Sofitel hotel or next to the Sheraton hotel accessible via the underpass). Valet parking at Sofitel hotel is possible at your own cost.



Travel to Belgium - COVID-19 measures - Update 25/04/2022


As of October 8th, 2021, the Belgian Embassy will accept visa application requests regardless the essential nature of the trip. As the Council of the EU added the United Arab Emirates to the list of third countries for which restrictions on non-essential travel should be phased out (white list). 

Travelers with a primary residence in a country on the white list no longer need to prove the essential nature of their trip or have a vaccination certificate to travel to Belgium.

In addition, Belgium assigns a color code (green, orange or red) to the countries on the white list:

UAE has a green color code 

For further information, please visit the following website: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/.

Please note that travelers will still have to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and indicate where he/she stayed during the 14 days prior to the trip to Belgium.


EU Digital COVID Certificate

Register vaccination abroad in Vaccinnet in Belgium

For below persons that have been vaccinated in the UAE, the vaccination can be registered in Vaccinnet at express request of this person:

  • a Belgian national, or
  • a person with primary residence in Belgium, or
  • is a partner or child living together with a Belgian or a person with primary residence in Belgium, or
  • studies or works in Belgium

The registration is performed by the attending physician based in Belgium (usually a general practitioner) on the basis of the available data. Belgians abroad can ask their doctor in Belgium to complete their medical file. The vaccinated person must provide their national identification number and reliable proof that gives the necessary information. The vaccine administered must either be a vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency  (at the moment: Comirnaty (Pfizer), Janssen, Spikevax (Moderna) and Vaxzevria (AsraZeneca)) or Covishield, the variant produced in India of Vaxzevria.

BE COVID Certificate

An EU Digital COVID Certificate can be issued to:

1. any person vaccinated outside Belgium AND

2. about whom vaccination data are available in Vaccinnet AND

3. who, based on the vaccination data available in Vaccinnet, can be considered as fully vaccinated according to a vaccination schedule recognized in Belgium.


Visa applications can be submitted at our outsourcing partner”VFS Global” in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

This means that every visa applicant will have to make an appointment through  the website (www.vfsglobal.com/Belgium/UAE) and lodge their files at:


           Level B2 (Lower Ground), The Mall, World Trade Centre,
           Khalifa Bin Zayed The 1st Street (Airport Road)
           Abu Dhabi, UAE
           Tel. 971-4-2055716

Wafi Mall, Level 2
Falcon Phase 2
Umm Hurair 2
Tel. 971-4-2055716

In accordance with the Visa Code, every visa applicant reserves the right to submit his or her visa application directly at the Belgian Embassy or Consulate competent for his/her place of residence. In order to do so, the applicant is required to schedule an appointment by email.


Important message for UAE nationals who are holder of a passport with a validity of 2 years

UAE nationals who have a passport with a validity of 2 years require a visa if they wish to travel to Belgium, as Belgium does not recognize passports which do not mention the nationality of its owner. The inclusion of the nationality in the passport is a recommendation from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) (cf. document 9303, 8th edition, 2021).

Entry requirements for Schengen

The submission of the visa file can be done at the VFS application centers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Important message for Belgian citizens living in the Sultanate of Oman

Dear compatriots,

Up to the present the political competences with regard to the Sultanate of Oman have been exercised by our Embassy in Riyadh, whereas the consular competences have been exercised  by the Embassy of Belgium in Abu Dhabi  and this in order to provide a more efficient service due to the proximity of our Embassy.  Referring to the Vienna Convention, the Omani authorities opposed to this split of competences. Belgium was therefore obliged to transfer the consular authority again to the Embassy in Riyadh. This was done by Royal Decree of 27 February 2019.

Consequently this means that you are registered again at the Embassy in Riyadh. For all consular services such as the application for passports, identity cards and certificates you should contact:

Riyadh Embassy
Diplomatic quarter Main Road 2 Lot n ° A2
11693 Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

P.O. Box 94396 - Diplomatic Quarter

T: +966 11 488 28 88
F: +966 11 488 20 33

Emergency number outside opening hours: +966 505 693 459


It is however still possible to apply for passport at  the Embassy of Abu Dhabi or any other consular post or even at a Belgian municipality. Here you will find all the necessary information about obtaining a Belgian passport.

Important message with regards to the payment of the consular fees


Prior payment for visa and other consular fees will be required.

  • at the counter by credit of debit card
  • by cash deposit 
  • by transfer
Bank Information:
Account Name:
Account Number:
Account Currency:
Main Branch
UAE, Abu Dhabi, One NBAD Tower, Sheikh Khalifa Street
Embassy of The Kingdom Of Belgium


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.