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.
Out-of-hours emergency assistance
British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call + 32 2 287 62 11 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
Information about how to get an emergency travel document if your UK passport is lost or stolen
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.
Information on whether you require a Visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply. Please note that our consulate cannot deal with individual enquiries about visa applications. For all visa enquiries, please contact the UK Border Agency.
Registering a birth or death (Postal Service only)
Once you’ve registered your child’s birth in Belgium according to local regulations, you may be able to apply to register the birth with the UK authorities. This is not compulsory.
In the unfortunate event of a death taking place in Belgium, after you have registered the death with local authorities you may wish to register the death with the UK authorities. This is not compulsory.
The following links will provide further information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas. Once opened and after you have completed the questions please click on the “Book an appointment online” link and select the appropriate service which will provide you with information specific to Belgium.
Marriage in Belgium
The following link will provide you with information and the legal documents needed for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
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.
Information about notarial 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 we can also:
- provide information about transferring funds
- provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, or are a victim of other crime, or if you are in hospital
- help people with mental illness
- do all we possibly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abduction, death of a relative overseas, missing persons and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you wish
- make special arrangements in the event of terrorism, civil disturbance or natural disaster
UK law states that we must charge for some services. Details of our Consular Fees and the standard of service you can expect to receive are on display in all our consular offices
What our 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 at the end of 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, such as English-speaking lawyers
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
If you need to speak to a member of the consular services staff:
Phone: + 32 2 287 62 11 - 24/7 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com. Please note that we do not answer enquiries about passport or visa applications.
Deputy Head of Mission, Belgium