AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS VISITING BELGIUM
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian citizen for short-stay period in Belgium starting from 2021.
A valid passport is required to enter Belgium. All tourists entering Belgian territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Belgian authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.
A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of Australia who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every Australian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
Belgian custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs. Goods can be imported into Belgian territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:
If arriving from a non-EU country:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), loose tobacco (250g).
- Alcohol: 1L of spirits with more than 22% alcohol by volume (1L), light liquor (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L).
- Perfume: Perfume (50g) and of eau de toilette (0.25L)
If arriving from an EU Member State:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), smoking tobacco (1kg).
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% (10L), fortified wine or spirits up to 22% (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L).
Money Amounts of over €10,000 (or equivalent in foreign currencies) in cash or travelers' cheques must be declared at the point of entry or exit of the EU. Visitors entering Belgium with a one-way ticket and not having sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket might be refused to enter.
Children aged up to 15 (included) years of age will be exempted from requiring a passport if traveling with companions (parents or grandparents) or guardian if:
- Children have the same nationality as the companion
- Children’s names are included in the passport of the companion.
Australia and Belgium
Australia and Belgium have similar attitudes towards international issues such as counter-terrorism, arms control, Antarctica and whaling. Belgium serves as a member of the Australia Group on Chemical Weapons. Regular high-level visits between the two countries promote cooperation and understanding on multiple levels.
Their present bilateral relationship was forged during World War I, when a great number of Australians served in Belgium, 12500 of whom never returned home. The two countries have two bilateral memorandums of understanding regarding WWI: The Centenary of World War I, which focuses on bilateral commemorative activities, and The Australian Government’s Western Front Interpretive Trail which has developed key sites in France and Belgium to honour the 290,000+ Australians who served on the Front.
Among their bilateral agreements is the Working Holiday Maker Arrangement, a reciprocal Agreement on Health Care Insurance, an Air Services Agreement and the Double Taxation Agreement. A recent agreement on Social Security ensures social security protection for citizens who have lived and/or worked in both countries.
Australia and Belgium boast a beneficial bilateral economic relationship with trade and direct investment each reaching billions of dollars. Belgian investment includes mining and resources, infrastructure, financial services, agribusiness, food technology, transport, ITC and biotech sectors.
A recent census indicates 10,000 Australians of Belgian ancestry and 5,762 Belgium-born individuals in Australia.
Australian citizens do not need a visa to travel to Belgium for business or personal travel purposes at present. When ETIAS is implemented, however, Australians will need this pre-authorisation before leaving for Belgium. Relevant work or study and long stay visas are necessary.
Australia has a visa-waiver system similar to ETIAS, known as ETA. Belgian citizens with ETA authorisation can visit Australia no more than 90 times over a one-year period. To be eligible, applicants must not suffer from tuberculosis or have been convicted of a crime carrying a sentence exceeding 12 months.
List of Australian diplomatic offices in Belgium
Australian Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg and Australian Mission to the European Union
Address: Rue Guimard/Guimardstraat, 6-8, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 286 05 00
Fax: +32 2 231 07 88
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 08:30 - 17:00
Details: Mr Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC - Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and NATO
List of Belgian diplomatic offices in Australia
Embassy of Belgium in Canberra, Australia
Address: 19 Arkana Street, Yarralumla ACT 2600, Australia
Phone: (+61) (2) 62.73.25.01 / 2
Fax: (+61) (2) 126.96.36.199
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 07:00 - 12:30 and 13:00 - 16:00 Friday 09:00 - 12:30 and 13:00 - 15:00
Details: Mr Patrick Renault - Ambassador
Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Adelaide, Australia
Address: 7 Constellation Court, North Haven, South Australia 5018, Australia
Phone: (+61) 8 8341 8159
Fax: (+61) 8 8341 2159
Details: Ms Heidi Van Gerwen - Consul
Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Brisbane, Australia
Address: Suite 192, Admiralty Towers II, 501 Queen Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia
Phone: (+61) (7) 3832 1514
Details: Mr Neville A. Newnes - Consul
Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Hobart, Australia
Address: 48 Brisbane Street, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia
Phone: (+61) 3 633 264 03
Details: Mr Paul de Moor - Consul
Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Melbourne, Australia
Address: c/o Tennis Australia, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park, Batman Avenue, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone: (+61) 3 867 266 90
Fax: (+61) 3 965 027 43
Office Hours: 10:00 - 12:00
Details: Mr Geoffrey Neil Pollard - Consul
Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Perth, Australia
Address: Cnr Sandgate St & South Tce, South Perth, Western Australia 6151, Australia
Phone: (+61) (8) 920 044 90
Office Hours: Appointment only
Details: Mr Peter Roaen - Consul
Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Sydney, Australia
Address: Level 40, 2 Park Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone: (+61) (2) 9263 2810
Details: Mr Paul Leroy - Honorary Consul
Consulate of Belgium in Darwin, Australia
Address: Magayamirr Chambers, Lower Ground Floor 26 Harry Chan Avenue, GPO Box 2016, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
Phone: (+61) (8) 8901 7700
Fax: (+61) (8) 8901 7719
Office Hours: 09:00 - 16:30
Details: Mr Simon Warner Lee - Consul
- Routine Vaccines
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Dutch 60%;
- French 40%;
- German less than 1%;
- Legally bilingual (Dutch and French)
Area: 30,510 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +32