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

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

PARKING
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.
 

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Update 31/12/2020

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.

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 before travelling and the quarantine obligation in Belgium, please contact the FPS Public Health on 0800 14 689 or send an email 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.

Please note that the Belgian police will increase its control on the compliance with the information contained in the PLF.

2/ Mandatory quarantine, PCR test before and PCR tests after travel to Belgium 

All travelers above the age of 12 who are not resident in Belgium have to submit as of December 25th a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours prior to their travel to Belgium. Airlines will refuse check-in in the absence of such negative test result.

Starting the 31st of December, all travelers arriving in Belgium that have stayed for more than 48 hours in a red zone, including the UAE, will have the obligation of a quarantine. This is applicable for all travelers (resident and non-resident).  The quarantine can only be ended after a negative test on the the 7th day of the quarantine. Only very limited exceptions exist (people exercising critical functions in essential sectors, students that have to take an exam and certain business trips based on the Public Health Locator Form.

On day 1 and day 7 after arrival in Belgium a PCR-test is obliged for travelers that have stayed for more than 48 hours in a red zone. Starting the 2nd of January people will receive an SMS message that they can show at a test center to get tested. The test capacity at Brussels Airport will be increased to allow for a test on arrival if people so wish.

Extra checks at the border when returning from abroad are being introduced to verify the above points. 

3/ 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.

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, only to visit each other (not to travel together)
  • 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 residents 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, residents of third countries 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 sanitary measures (testing, quarantine, …) in place in Belgium, 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
 

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

Belgium still 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.
 

5/ 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 : travelers coming from Belgium must present a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours of their scheduled departure. Upon arrival they have to take a second PCR test and have to self-isolate (quarantine) for a period of 10 days. On day 6 they need to take a PCR test if they intend to stay more than 6 days. If they stay for more than 12 days, they will take an additional test on day 12. Residents from countries mentioned on a ‘green list’ are exempt from quarantine after they receive a negative result of the test taken at arrival (see www.VisitAbuDhabi.ae for the latest version of the green list). 

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 based on the rules applicable to Abu Dhabi mentioned above.

At the border crossing with Abu Dhabi, all travelers will have to show a negative PCR or DPI laser test done in the 72 hours before arrival at the border crossing. An electronic wristband can be applied upon entry into Abu Dhabi.

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, quarantine and vaccination 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.
 

6/ 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.
 

7/ 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.
 

8/ 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 can receive visitors strictly upon prior appointment between 9 AM and 12 PM. Normal working hours are in place. The Embassy has introduced an automated appointment system.

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.
 

9/ 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 Jan

This month, Belgium takes over the presidency of the Benelux for one year. Initially, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès was to present the priorities of this presidency at a ceremony in Brussels, but given the sanitary evolution and the outbreak of new variants, a meeting with her Dutch and Luxembourg colleagues Stefan Blok and Jean Asselborn will be held at a later stage.

22 Jan

On Thursday January 21, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on the sidelines of his visit to the European institutions. This was a first meeting with her counterpart. In a frank atmosphere, the Deputy Prime Minister had the opportunity to discuss a number of important issues for Belgium but also to express some concerns.

30 Dec

Tomorrow, 31 December, Belgium's sixth mandate in the UN Security Council (VNVR) will come to an end. Two and a half years ago, our country had received the support of no less than 181 countries to sit at the table of the most important body for international peace and security for two years. During those two years, Belgium has been active on all the dossiers on the agenda of this body.

23 Dec

Belgium is supporting the activities of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Syria with a contribution of 2 million euros, in response to the organization's 2020 call for contributions for the country. The ICRC's action is essential and its neutral and independent humanitarian approach, in accordance with the mandate given by the States, makes it a key player in the protection and assistance to the populations affected by the conflict in Syria.

22 Dec

No country in the world will be safe from COVID-19 as long as not all countries are safe. That is why the Belgian Minister for Development Cooperation Meryame Kitir is making 4 million euros available for the COVAX initiative. COVAX is a global collaboration with governments and pharmaceutical companies to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are available and accessible to all countries worldwide.