ETIAS Belgium for British

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Belgium Entry Requirements from the UK

UK citizens can still visit Belgium without a visa for short-term stays. The only requirement is having a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Belgium, and that has been issued no earlier than 10 years before their trip.

These EU entry requirements are likely to change with the introduction of the ETIAS. All British travellers will need to possess the ETIAS visa waiver alongside a passport valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry in Belgium.

The ETIAS for Belgium will allow UK citizens to spend a maximum of 90 days out of 180 days in the country. The ETIAS will be valid for tourism, short-term study or business, and transit purposes in Belgian territory.

The ETIAS has a validity of 3 years from the date of approval or until the passport used to apply expires. UK travellers will be allowed multiple entries in Belgium with the ETIAS.

When will ETIAS be necessary to travel from the UK to Belgium?

The ETIAS is expected to launch in November 2023 for all eligible citizens, including UK nationals. The visa waiver will become mandatory to travel from the UK to Belgium from the official launch date.

At present, UK travellers may still travel freely to Belgium if they have a valid passport.

How to apply for ETIAS Belgium?

British citizens can apply for the ETIAS Belgium entirely online from the comfort of their homes or from wherever they are in the world.

The application process takes around 10 minutes and consists in filling in the application form and paying for the ETIAS fee via credit or debit card.

UK applicants will need to provide the following details in their ETIAS online application form:

  • Personal details, including full name, nationality, gender, date and place of birth
  • Passport details, including number, issuing country, date of issuance and expiry
  • Contact information, in particular their home address, phone number, and email address

Furthermore, travellers must answer a set of health and security questions.

The processing time of the ETIAS visa waiver is between 24 and 48 hours. Nevertheless, delays can happen, mainly if the application form contains errors or incomplete information. To make sure they will receive their ETIAS to Belgium on time, British travellers are encouraged to apply online at least 72 hours before their trip to Belgium.

Note: To avoid delays, applicants must ensure all the information provided in the ETIAS application form is correct and up to date.

Travel to Belgium after Brexit

Despite Brexit, UK travellers are still free to travel to Belgium without the need for a visa, as long as they meet entry requirements and they do not spend more than 90 days every 6 months in the country.

The only extra requirement will be the ETIAS when it will become available.

However, citizens of the UK must be aware of a few changes when travelling to Belgium:

  • The UK passport is no longer valid to enter Belgium through EU border gates
  • UK travellers must have a valid passport to travel to Belgium, with at least 6 months of validity (reduced to 3 months with the ETIAS)
  • The UK passport must be less than 10 years old on the date of entry in Belgium
  • UK citizens can no longer work freely in Belgium. They need to apply for a visa unless they conduct business for a short term of up to 90 days
  • British travellers may be asked to show a return ticket and proof of sufficient funds for their stay in Belgium.

Belgium Information

Belgium is a small country in Western Europe on the North Sea, bordering France, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. The country has 2 main linguistic communities, Dutch and French, and a smaller German community.

Although tourism in Belgium is not as prominent as in other European states, the country usually welcomes over 9 million international visitors each year.

Travellers can visit the country’s capital city, Brussels, and other popular destinations like Bruges, Antwerp, or Ghent.

Capital City:Brussels
Language:Dutch, French, German
Currency:Euro
Plug Types:Types C and F
Emergency Phone Number:112

Recommended Insurances to Travel to Belgium

UK travellers who still have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may still use it when visiting Belgium until its expiry date. After this, they should apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).

It is useful to note that both the EHIC and the GHIC do not replace travel insurance, which is also recommended when travelling to Belgium. .

British Representation in Belgium

The UK has only one diplomatic mission in Belgium, the Embassy located in the country’s capital city, Brussels.

Consulate
Location
Address
British Embassy in Brussels
Brussels
Avenue d'Auderghem 10, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

The UK has only one diplomatic mission in Belgium, the Embassy located in the country’s capital city, Brussels.

Consulate
British Embassy in Brussels
Location
Brussels
Address
Avenue d'Auderghem 10, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

Belgium Representation in the UK

Belgium has 7 representations in the UK, one embassy and 6 consulates. The following are the locations:

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Consulate
Location
Address
Belgian Embassy in London
London
17 Grosvenor Crescent, London SW1X 7EE, United Kingdom
Consulate
Location
Address
Belgian Honorary Consulate in Edinburgh
Edinburgh
c/o Experience Scotland Travel Services, 2, West Street, EH26 9DL Penicuik Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Consulate
Location
Address
Belgian Honorary Consulate in Hull
Hull
Westwood House, Annie Med Lane, South Cave, HU15 2HG Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
Consulate
Location
Address
Belgian Honorary Consulate in Jersey
Jersey
Gaspe House, 66 - 72 Esplanade, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 3QT, United Kingdom
Consulate
Location
Address
Belgian Honorary Consulate in Manchester
Manchester
30 Severn Road, Culcheth, Warrington WA35EB, United Kingdom
Consulate
Location
Address
Belgian Honorary Consulate in Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle
30, Cloth Market, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1EE, United Kingdom
Consulate
Location
Address
Belgian Honorary Consulate in Southampton
Southampton
5 Benham Road, Southampton Science Park, Chilworth SO16 7QJ, United Kingdom

Belgium has 7 representations in the UK, one embassy and 6 consulates. The following are the locations:

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Consulate
Belgian Embassy in London
Location
London
Address
17 Grosvenor Crescent, London SW1X 7EE, United Kingdom
Consulate
Belgian Honorary Consulate in Edinburgh
Location
Edinburgh
Address
c/o Experience Scotland Travel Services, 2, West Street, EH26 9DL Penicuik Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Consulate
Belgian Honorary Consulate in Hull
Location
Hull
Address
Westwood House, Annie Med Lane, South Cave, HU15 2HG Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
Consulate
Belgian Honorary Consulate in Jersey
Location
Jersey
Address
Gaspe House, 66 - 72 Esplanade, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 3QT, United Kingdom
Consulate
Belgian Honorary Consulate in Manchester
Location
Manchester
Address
30 Severn Road, Culcheth, Warrington WA35EB, United Kingdom
Consulate
Belgian Honorary Consulate in Newcastle upon Tyne
Location
Newcastle
Address
30, Cloth Market, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1EE, United Kingdom
Consulate
Belgian Honorary Consulate in Southampton
Location
Southampton
Address
5 Benham Road, Southampton Science Park, Chilworth SO16 7QJ, United Kingdom

Most Important Airports in Belgium

UK travellers may reach Belgium via air, sea, or land. The country has several international airports, which have direct flights from many cities in the UK.

The following are the main international airports in Belgium:

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Airport
Location
IATA Code
Brussels Airport
Brussels/Zaventem
BRU
Airport
Location
IATA Code
Brussels South Charleroi Airport
Charleroi
CRL
Airport
Location
IATA Code
Antwerp International Airport
Antwerp/Deurne
ANR
Airport
Location
IATA Code
Liège Airport
Liège
LGG
Airport
Location
IATA Code
Ostend–Bruges International Airport
Bruges/Ostend
OST

UK travellers may reach Belgium via air, sea, or land. The country has several international airports, which have direct flights from many cities in the UK.

The following are the main international airports in Belgium:

plane

Airport
Brussels Airport
Location
Brussels/Zaventem
IATA Code
BRU
Airport
Brussels South Charleroi Airport
Location
Charleroi
IATA Code
CRL
Airport
Antwerp International Airport
Location
Antwerp/Deurne
IATA Code
ANR
Airport
Liège Airport
Location
Liège
IATA Code
LGG
Airport
Ostend–Bruges International Airport
Location
Bruges/Ostend
IATA Code
OST

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