Embassy of Belgium in the United Arab Emirates

The Belgium Embassy in the United Arab Emirates

Welcome to our website

  

The Embassy receives visitors only by appointment, which can be exclusively requested online by this link:

ONLINE APPOINTMENT
!!! 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

The Embassy of Belgium will be closed:

Wednesday December 2nd, 2020 on the occasion of the National holiday of the UAE.

REGISTRATION

As from 23/11/2020, the Belgian Consulate-general offers you the possibility to register online in the consular population register via your belgian identity card (please contact the Embassy by email).

link

Update 24/11/2020

IMPORTANT NOTICES:

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

Every passenger on a flight arriving from outside the EU/Schengen/UK area to Belgium must complete 48 hours 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.

Based on the Passenger Locator Form it will be determined if you need to quarantine and perform a COVID test after arrival in Belgium. This will be communicated through an SMS. It is imperative that you strictly follow the instructions you receive.

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

If you have any questions regarding the Passenger Locator Form, the COVID-19 test and the quarantine obligation in Belgium, please contact the FPS Public Health on 0800 14 689 or send an e-mail to info.coronavirus@health.fgov.be.

With regard to travel requirements to leave the UAE, in particular the need to submit a negative PCR test, please check the relevant UAE regulations and the website of the relevant Airline.

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

All non-essential travels remain prohibited. In general, foreign nationals are presently barred from entering Belgium.

Essential travel to Belgium by foreign nationals is allowed in defined cases. Please verify https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq to know if you fall under one of the definitions of essential travel. If this is the case, contact the Embassy. You will need a NOC (no objection certificate) from the Embassy to be able to enter Belgium, even if you have a valid visa or if you are visa waivered.

Example: you need to travel for urgent and essential business to Belgium because otherwise you would not be able to fulfill contractual obligations. You contact the Embassy with all proof (i.e. at least official letters from the involved companies) of the essential and urgent nature of this business travel. In case your nationality falls under the visa requirement and your latest Schengen visa is not valid anymore, the Embassy will inform you if you can go to VFS to request a visa. If this is the case the visa will then be treated as usual and when you receive a visa you will also be delivered a NOC.

However, travel restrictions for non-essential travel 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
  • All 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.

In these case, you will also need to contact the Embassy first to submit your request and obtain a NOC, even if you have a valid visa or if you are visa waivered.

Belgium has introduced the (‘white’) list of third countries adopted by the European Union whose nationals can enter the EU without essential reason. This list is published on the website of the Belgian Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en. However, these third-country nationals must fall within the scope of the measures, also in terms of visa requirements. 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. Please note that the UAE is not on this list.

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 25thBelgium 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 for non-essential travel should be aware of possible legal and administrative consequences.

4/ Entering 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. An official source is: An official source is: https://u.ae/en/information-and-services/justice-safety-and-the-law/hand.... The below is a non-official overview for your convenience.

Travelers

For residents, tourists and transit passengers, access is subject to the presentation of a printed copy of a negative PCR test made no more than 96 hours before embarkation, as well as a health certificate. Exceptions exist for children under the age of 12 and people with disabilities. Control upon boarding of the aircraft.

Travelers must have travel insurance that covers Covid-19 and have adequate financial resources.

Arrival in Dubai : travelers coming from Belgium do not necessarily have to do a second PCR test or go into home quarantine. They must download a smart app COVID19-DXB upon arrival at the airport.

Arrival at Abu Dhabi airport (only possible for UAE residents) : travelers coming from Belgium must have a PCR test taken on arrival and in quarantine for 14 days. The local government determines whether this is at home, at a hotel or in an imposed quarantine center. They will receive an electronic wristband and have to download an Al Hosn app for contact tracing. On the 12th day another compulsory PCR test follows. All quarantine costs are borne by the traveler or his insurance.

Arrive in another Emirate and continue to Abu Dhabi (by road, for tourists, business people...) : residents in Abu Dhabi can return home from Dubai on presentation of the necessary documentation such as proof of their residency in Abu Dhabi.

For those traveling on a tourist visa, access is decided at the border crossing: there is no certainty that tourists from Dubai will be able to enter Abu Dhabi (see below) or under what conditions.

At the border crossing with Abu Dhabi, all travelers will have to show a negative PCR or DPI laser test done in the 48 hours before arrival at the border crossing. An electronic wristband is applied upon entry into Abu Dhabi.

Days spent in another Emirate prior to transit to Abu Dhabi can be deducted from the 14-day quarantine. If you have stayed in another Emirate for more than 14 days, you should no longer perform quarantine in Abu Dhabi.

After arrival in Abu Dhabi, apart from the previously mentioned procedures, a double PCR test must in any case be performed: on the 4th day as well as on the 8th day after arrival.

For information regarding conditions to leave and enter the UAE as resident, please keep yourself informed based on official information in order to avoid problems in the airport. (Abu Dhabi and Northern Emirates: https://uaeentry.ica.gov.ae/; for Dubai : https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/).

The special rules applied upon return to the UAE with regard to testing and quarantine can change without prior notice. Please inform yourself in advance. Authorities may take decisions on the spot regarding quarantine depending on results.

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?

Most 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 possibly 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 are accepted by the VFS centers in limited cases:

  • Family members of Belgian citizens and permanent residents travelling with them whose
    nationality requires a visa;
  • Approved essential travelers (highly skilled workers, seamen, essential high-skilled business affairs,…);
  • 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 until December, 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. The Embassy has introduced an automated appointment system.

After the National Day Holidays the Embassy will, the sanitary situation permitting, return to a one team capacity.

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)

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 Nov

This Wednesday, November 25, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès welcomed at the Egmont Palace the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, H.E. Demeke Mekonnen Hassen on the occasion of his visit to Europe.

25 Nov

November 25 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the beginning of the "16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence" campaign.

20 Nov

Belgium is pleased to support the development of civil nuclear applications through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in sectors such as health and agriculture.

20 Nov

Today the world celebrates International Children's Day. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Protocols urge countries around the world to make policy changes and align legislation with the rights of the child, to invest in specific areas such as education, to take measures against the sale of children, child prostitution, child pornography and child labor, and to protect children in armed conflicts.

17 Nov

This Tuesday November 17, the General Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) will bring together by videoconference the Ministers in charge of European Affairs. Due to the unavailability of Foreign Affairs Minister Sophie Wilmès, Belgium will be represented by Minister David Clarinval.