Embassy of Belgium in the United Arab Emirates

The Belgium Embassy in the United Arab Emirates

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Update 24/09/2020

IMPORTANT NOTICES:

1/ Mandatory form for passengers arriving in Belgium;  'Public Health Passenger Locator Form’

Following the Ministerial Decree (This hyperlink opens a new window)(This hyperlink opens a new window)of 24 July 2020, every passenger on a flight arriving from outside the EU/Schengen/UK area to Belgium is obliged to complete prior to travel the: Public Passenger Locator Form. Please follow instructions on this form, as boarding will be refused if this document is not presented or submitted electronically. On arrival in Belgium, the form must be handed over to the designated authorities at the border or will be checked electronically. This is a sanitary measure imposed by the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment.

Further information can be found on the form itself. Please carefully read the details on https://dofi.ibz.be/sites/dvzoe/EN/Pages/Travel-to-Belgium.aspx

As per UAE regulations, please note that a PCR test is obligatory before travelling abroad from UAE.

2/ Travel to Belgium coming from third countries (= countries not part of the EU or the Schengen area or the United Kingdom):

All non-essential travels remain prohibited. Foreign nationals are presently barred from entering Belgium.

However, travel restrictions do NOT apply to:

  • A number of technical workers
  • Health professionals, seasonal workers, travelling for study purpose, highly qualified third-country nationals, traveling for imperative family reasons
  • People in 2 year stable and durable relationship or  at least 1 year cohabitation or having a common child
  • Nationals of EU Member States, Schengen Member States and the United Kingdom;
  • Family members of nationals of an EU Member State, Schengen Member State or the United Kingdom, provided they hold the documents required for entry into the territory and they can prove their status as family members via documentation;
  • Third-country nationals who are in possession of a residence card or D-visa (for example for students or highly qualified workers) enabling them entry into Schengen area.

Belgium has not yet introduced the list of third countries adopted by the European Union whose nationals can enter the EU without essential reason. As soon as Belgium will take a formal decision, the list will be published on the website of the Belgian Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en. In addition, these third-country nationals must fall within the scope of the measures. Up-to-date information can be found on the website of the Belgian Alien’s Office’s website: https://dofi.ibz.be/sites/dvzoe/EN/Pages/Travel-to-Belgium.aspx 

Non-EU nationals can transit through Belgium on their way towards their country of citizenship and residence under certain conditions:

  • Make sure that you are permitted to travel towards your country of citizenship/residence/destination and if so under which conditions. If you have any doubt contact the Embassy of the country you are travelling to.
  • Documents that are at least required at the Belgian border: passport, proof of residence (and residence card for non-EU citizens) and proof of your travel home (connecting flight ticket).
  • Transit through connecting flights for people who are neither an EU national nor an EU resident is possible if accepted by the authorities of the final destination.
  • Overstay (above 24h) in the transit zone awaiting a connecting flight is not allowed. Staying in a hotel awaiting the connecting flight or train is subject to prior approval by Border control, based on a confirmed reservation.

For travel to Belgium and sanitary measures (testing, quarantine, …) in place, please consult the website of the FPS Health and overview on:

All travelers, regardless of their nationality, are bound to strictly abide by these measures.

3/ Travel from Belgium to third countries (=countries not part of the EU, Schengen or UK):

As of September 25th, Belgium no longer prohibits but strongly advises against  non-essential travel outside of Europe for Belgian citizens and permanent residents in Belgium.

On the websites of the Belgian Aliens’ Office and the Belgian Crisis Centre you will find further information about whether or not a travel is essential and which sanitary regulations must be complied with when you can still travel:.

You can also contact the Embassy on abudhabi@diplobel.fed.be should you have further queries.

In general, ONLY the Belgian Border control determines whether a person can enter, transit or leave the country. 
Always keep the necessary documentation proving your family status or reason for essential travel.  For those travelling to other European cities, please check the travel advisories of your country of destination before booking as multiple countries have border controls and limit movement.

Passengers leaving to destinations outside of Europe from other than Belgian airports should be aware of possible legal and administrative consequences.

4/ Entering and leaving the UAE

ONLY the UAE authorities determine if and when and under which conditions citizens, residents and visitors can leave or enter the country. The Embassy cannot assist you with this procedure and cannot intervene with the UAE authorities.

Only the UAE authorities are competent to provide adequate and accurate information.

Since June 1st, the UAE accepts UAE residents stranded abroad to return home.

On the 12th of August the UAE announced that a prior ICA authorization is not necessary anymore. This concerns persons with resident visa from all Emirates except Dubai. These residents are requested to make sure all information is up to date to avoid issues at the airport (website: https://uaeentry.ica.gov.ae/). For the moment the Dubai system remains in place with regards to prior authorization (https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/).

Special rules apply upon return to the UAE with regard to testing and quarantine and may differ from Emirate to Emirate. Travelling between different Emirates, especially from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, can be subject to special requirements and procedures. Please inform yourself in advance.

As of August 1st, all travelers leaving the UAE can only do so based on the proof of a valid negative Covid-19 test. All travelers to the UAE must be in the possession of a valid negative Covid-19 test from a recognized laboratory (please check the appropriate lists). Upon arrival, travelers are submitted to temperature screening and a new Covid-19 test. They have to accept a tracing application and sign a quarantine engagement.

Travel is always at one’s own risk. As is the case for other countries, the UAE decides on its policy in function of the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic and will take action accordingly.

5/ Other elements of information:

How can you travel to Belgium?

Apart from Etihad and Emirates, more airline companies have resumed a normal travel schedule to various destinations in Europe. We refer to their respective websites for all relevant information regarding bookings and conditions. Please know that the Embassy cannot help you with reservations. The Embassy is not informed beforehand about commercial flights: we recommend you to check the airlines’ websites regularly and ensure yourselves that the flights are not merely planned but actually confirmed.

Points of attention for your travel

The Embassy ONLY delivers attestations( based on documentary proof or prior approval from Brussels) for exceptions mentioned under point 2 above. You are advised to take all necessary documentation with you to prove at all times your travel plans and access authorizations where needed. Keep the proof of your travel also after you have travelled. Travel to and from an airport in the UAE is possible.

Preventive sanitary measures must be respected at all times in accordance with the applicable prescriptions. Disrespect of this will lead to refusal to board the plane. Thermal screening at the airport is in place. If you are sick: do not travel and follow the advice of the authorities.

For those returning to Belgium, please keep yourselves informed about the situation by consulting the websites mentioned above.

COVID-19 information in the UAE

The Embassy is closely following the situation around Corona with the local authorities and coordinating with the European Union Delegation and European colleagues. We recommend that you stay well informed through the federal institutions  or local authorities (Abu Dhabi Dubai) and the press, and to follow any instructions or recommendations from the government in this regard.

6/ Visa activity

The present travel ban imposed by Belgium has an impact on the visa activity.

Visa can be accepted by the VFS centers in limited, mainly visa-D cases:

  • Family members of Belgian citizens and permanent residents travelling with them whose    nationality requires a visa;
  • Approved essential travelers (highly skilled workers, seamen, …);
  • Family reunion and marriage requests according to the prevailing rules and procedures;
  • Student visa;
  • Visa on the basis of a durable and stable relationship with a Belgian resident.

For any query, please refer to the section on this website or contact the Embassy by mail to: abudhabi.visa@diplobel.fed.be.

7/ Embassy opening hours and urgent consular requests

The Corona crisis also has consequences for the functioning of the Belgian Embassy as well as for the staff of the Embassy and their families. Embassy staff falls under the restrictions on work and movement imposed by the local as well as Belgian Authorities.

The Embassy keeps working with rotating teams, with one team present and one team working from home. Only Belgian citizens can visit the Embassy, strictly upon prior appointment between 9 AM and 12 PM. Normal working hours are in place.

All consular services are exclusively done at the Embassy in Abu Dhabi. The Embassy has no possibility to do this in Dubai.

The Embassy remains available by email (abudhabi@diplobel.fed.be (link sends e-mail)) for urgent questions. The emergency phone is only available for urgent consular or humanitarian cases (050-441.34.60). You can also find general information on our web page.

8/ Final important remarks

The Embassy asks for your understanding that the situation is changing constantly and that new information pops up regularly. You are therefore urged to regularly consult primary sources of information, like the websites of the main airline companies and for official communications the Emirates News Agency WAM . You are expressly requested to be extremely careful with false and fake news from unreliable sources.

The general Belgian travel advice can be consulted on the following links: 
https://diplomatie.belgium.be and
https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/travelling_abroad(This hyperlink opens a new window)(This hyperlink opens a new window).

We urge you to follow at all times the recommendations and guidelines of the Emirati government and to strictly adhere to the restrictions imposed. For residents in this country, the Emirati government is primarily responsible for your safety and wellbeing.

Both the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic but also the always present risk of increased regional political tensions and their consequences are being followed by the Embassy. Belgians in the United Arab Emirates are advised to keep abreast of the latest state of affairs. Stay alert and always follow the instructions of the local authorities.

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:

           !!! JOINT VISA APPLICATION CENTER OF VFS IN ABU DHABI HAS MOVED

           Level B2 (Lower Ground), The Mall, World Trade Centre,
           Khalifa Bin Zayed The 1st Street (Airport Road)
           Abu Dhabi, UAE
           Tel. 971-4-2055716
           mail:
info.belgiumuae@vfshelpline.com 
           website: 
https://www.vfsglobal.com/belgium/UAE
 

JOINT VISA APPLICATION CENTER OF VFS IN DUBAI
Wafi Mall, Level 2
Falcon Phase 2
Umm Hurair 2
Dubai 
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 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

Riyadh@diplobel.fed.be
https://saudiarabia.diplomatie.belgium.be/en

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

AS FROM NOVEMBER 1ST 2015, THE BELGIAN EMBASSY WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY CASH PAYMENT.

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

  • at the counter by credit of debit card
  • by cash deposit on the account of the Embassy at any branch of the FAB (First Abu Dhabi Bank)

Bank Information: FAB (First Abu Dhabi Bank) UAE
Account Name: EMBASSY OF THE KINGDOM OF BELGIUM 
Account Number:  1411003539790034
Account Currency: AED

Your name, surname and telephone number will be required when making the payment. Please mention your name and not that of the person acting on your behalf.

Please find on this page the list of our services with corresponding fees. Always check if you are not subject to one of the payment exceptions.

Only payments of the full amount with clear indication of the information as above, will be accepted. In the event of announcement of modification of fees by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the difference will have to be adjusted or refunded.

PLEASE, ALWAYS BRING THE PROOF OF PAYMENT (+ one copy) WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR FILE OR REQUEST AT THE EMBASSY.

For following services the proof of payment can be sent by mail, together with the application:

  • ID-card for Belgian citizens
  • Certificates for Belgian citizens
  • Passports for Belgian citizens under the age of 6
    ATTENTION: Only Belgians which are registered at the Embassy can apply for a passport.

 

News

25 Sep

This Friday September 25, Foreign Minister Philippe Goffin will co-chair a high-level event dedicated to the humanitarian impact of combined conflict, climate and environmental risks with the European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic and the Minister of Environment of Niger Almoustapha Garba. This event is organized in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

24 Sep

Today the virtual ministerial meeting on R2P - the Responsibility to Protect - will take place in the margins of the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

24 Sep

Minister of Foreign Affairs Philippe Goffin participates today to a high-level debate of the United Nations Security Council on the theme "Global governance after the COVID-19 pandemic".

21 Sep

September 21 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Belgium is a founding member of the UN and the very first President of the General Assembly was Belgian Foreign Minister Paul-Henri Spaak. Faced with the challenges of our time, Belgium remains more than ever convinced of the importance of the role of the UN and multilateralism in the search for effective and harmonious solutions fostering peace and sustainable development. This commitment is also demonstrated by its mandate in the Security Council, where Belgium was elected for the 6th time.

17 Sep

Belgium is following the situation in Belarus closely and with growing concern. In recent weeks, credible reports of violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country have continued to multiply. Therefore, on 17 September 2020, Belgium decided to invoke, together with 16 other participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a mechanism to mandate an expert mission to examine these concerns, to provide recommendations and to advice on possible solutions.