British Ambassador to Belgium
The British Embassy Brussels works towards the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s goals to: safeguard Britain’s national security, build Britain’s prosperity, and support British nationals in Belgium.
In close liaison with British and Belgian businesses, we improve trade and investment performance and develop our commercial diplomacy to best serve Britain’s economic interests and prosperity. The embassy also works with the Belgian authorities on justice and home affairs, science and innovation, environment and climate change, and international crisis management. Additionally, the embassy and its consulate work on delivering a high quality consular assistance service to British nationals.
The British Embassy Brussels is part of a Benelux Network with British embassy colleagues can share best practices, offer a better service to customers, and make a greater impact on British interests in the Benelux countries.
Our Consular network
About 1.8 million British nationals visit Belgium every year. There are approximately 60,000 British nationals resident in Belgium. The vast majority of trips to Belgium are trouble free however, when things do go wrong, we help and support British nationals who are in difficulty or distress, liaising closely with the Belgian authorities, and where necessary issue emergency travel documents and other services as appropriate.
We endeavour to provide up-to-date travel advice and other information as well as running campaigns to help British nationals travel safely. If there is a major crisis or incident in Belgium we provide a range of services to help those affected.
Taking sensible steps to ensure your trip is trouble free is essential to ensure you have a great holiday. Please prepare your trip carefully, refer to Foreign travel advice, get travel insurance and an EHIC card. Look after your passport it is a valuable document and take sensible precautions at every stage.
Emergency consular assistance (24 hours)
For emergency assistance, such as in the event of the death, assault, arrest or hospitalisation of a British national, call + 32 2 287 62 11 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers.
If you are calling from the UK about a British national in Belgium, call our Consular Assistance Team in London on + 44 (0) 207 008 1500. British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call where they will be given details on how to proceed.
Information, news and updates, listed country by country, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.
Emergency travel documents
We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact your nearest embassy as soon as possible.
For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest consulate using the links below. Please call your nearest consulate for advice before making an appointment if:
- you have never applied for a British passport before
- you are applying on behalf of a child
An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.
For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website. Please note that our Consular section cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.
This Embassy does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.
Marriage in Belgium
If you are a British national getting married or entering into a civil partnership* in Belgium see our notarial and documentary services guide for more information.
*Same-sex relationships in Belgium that are recognised as civil partnerships under British law are known as:
‘cohabitation légale’, ‘wettelijke samenwoning’, or ‘gesetzliches zusammenwohnen’, ‘statutory cohabitation’
Registering a birth or death
There is no legal requirement for you to register the birth or death of a British national in Belgium with UK authorities. The locally issued certificates should be sufficient for all purposes. In most circumstances there is no requirement to register a birth with us if you are applying for a new passport.
From 09 June 2014 the process of registering births and deaths of British nationals in Belgium will be carried out in a central registration unit in the UK, and no longer at the British Consulate General in Brussels. Full details are available at the links above.
How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
Information on the current cost of fee-bearing services.
Notarial and documentary services
Information about notarial and documentary services we provide, including how to book an appointment with us. Unless you have a specific requirement for a Consular officer to carry out the service, please contact a local notaire.
List of lawyers and interpreters
A list of English speaking lawyers and interpreters in Belgium. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute an official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
Guides we produce
We also produce guides for British nationals who need information about services that are not provided by our Consulate, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.
- Living in Belgium - a general set of information and links for British nationals who have a residence in Belgium.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above, for British nationals needing emergency consular assistance, we can:
- provide information about transferring funds
- help people with mental illness
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child protection and abductions, kidnappings or someone who is missing abroad and how to make a missing persons report
- provide consular assistance to British nationals who are victims of rape or serious sexual assault or any other serious crime
- help in contacting your family or friends when you are not able to do yourself because you are ill, in hospital, have been arrested etc
- provide advice following the death of a British national outside of the UK, where possible we will try to notify the next of kin
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
- offer support and information when a British national is detained or arrested outside the UK
What consulates cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money
- make travel arrangements for you, find you work, accommodation, or make business arrangements on your behalf
- get involved in private disputes over property, employment, commercial or other matters
- renew or replace a full British passport
Public and press enquiries
The embassy press and communications office is responsible for the phone or email enquiries from the general public. You can contact us on (+32) 2 287 62 11, Monday to Friday, 11am until 4pm (for press enquiries: 9am until 5 pm). You can also send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we do not answer enquiries about passport or visa applications.
If you are a British citizen and want to reach the British Consulate, please e-mail email@example.com.
Deputy Head of Mission, Belgium