British Ambassador to Belgium
We develop and maintain relations between the UK and 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.
Services for British nationals
If you’re in Belgium and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call + 32 2 287 62 11. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Belgium, call 020 7008 1500.
Get or renew a passport
The British embassy can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.
Get an emergency travel document
If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.
- are over 16 years old and
- are a British citizen and
- have previously owned a British passport
- over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
- not a British citizen or
- applying for a child under 16 years old
Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at the British Embassy Brussels.
Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to Belgium, see travel advice for Belgium.
Get a visa
The British embassy can’t help with visa enquiries.
If you’re not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa.
If you’re a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.
For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.
We can issue affirmations or affidavits of marital status for British nationals. For information on getting married in Belgium, see getting married abroad.
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’
Register 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.
If the death occurred in Belgium and you’re still in the country, contact us. If you’re in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.
Support if you’ve been arrested
We’ll do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you’ve been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in Belgium. 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.
Notarial and documentary services
We may be able to offer notarial services, including Administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit; Make a certified copy of a document (British passports only). See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.
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.
Local service providers
Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Belgium. Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British embassy or the UK government.
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- translators and interpreters
- funeral directors
- medical facilities and practitioners
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, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
- help people with mental illness
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing peopleand kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad
For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.
General information on living in Belgium
What the embassy cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- help you enter a country, for example, if you don’t have a visa or your passport is not valid
- 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’ll have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
- renew or replace a full British passport
We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Belgium.
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.