Embassy of Belgium in the Republic of Korea

Belgium in the Republic of Korea

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**IMPORTANT** There is currently a ban on non-essential travel to and from Belgium (from Wednesday January 27 to Thursday April 1).  

The following trips are considered essential: 

  • trips made for purely professional reasons, including trips by professional athletes with a high level of status, professionals from the cultural sector and journalists, in the exercise of their professional activity
  • travel of diplomats, ministers, heads of state and government; travel by staff of international organizations and institutions and persons invited by these organizations and institutions whose physical presence is necessary for the proper functioning of these organizations and institutions; travel by staff of diplomatic and consular missions and persons invited by these missions whose physical presence is necessary for the proper functioning of these missions; travel by Members of the European Parliament in connection with their duties
  • travel for imperative family reasons, namely:
    • family reunion
    • visits to a spouse or partner, who does not live under the same roof, as long as credible proof of a stable and lasting relationship can be provided
    • co-parenting travel
    • travel related to the burial or cremation of first and second degree relatives or allies or relatives, as long as credible evidence of a stable and lasting relationship with that loved one can be provided;
  • travel within the framework of civil or religious marriage of relatives or allies in the first and second degree
  • trips made for humanitarian reasons, in particular:
    • travel for medical reasons or the pursuit of medical treatment
    • travel to provide assistance or care to an elderly, minor, disabled or vulnerable person,
    • visits in the context of palliative care
  • trips that are related to studies, in particular trips for pupils, students and interns who are undergoing training as part of their studies and for researchers with a hosting agreement
  • trips to provide care for animals
  • travel within the framework of legal obligations, if necessary and provided that this cannot be done digitally
  • travel to have urgent repairs carried out in the context of vehicle safety
  • travel as part of a house move
  • travel for transit

Anyone who moves from and to Belgium must be in possession of a "Declaration of honor". You must have this certificate with you during your entire trip. The model of this declaration is available on the website www.info-coronavirus.be/fr and can be completed either digitally or on paper.

Everyone who enters Belgium must be in possession of a "Public Health Passenger Locator Form". This form must be completed before the trip. This concerns a sanitary measure instituted by the FPS Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. You can find further information on the form itself and on the website of the Immigration Department.   

As the Republic of Korea is on the European white list and is not considered a red zone by Belgium, travelers coming from Korea do NOT need to take a Covid-test in order to travel to Belgium. However, please be aware that some airline companies do require a test to let you onboard. Therefore, it is advised to double check with them prior to your departure.  

We do not accept visa inquiries by phone. After referring to the contents of the website, please contact the Visa/Consular Section by email for any further questions at: consular.seoul@diplobel.fed.be

Online appointments for visa application can be made through the relevant visa page on our website. Please wear a mask when entering the embassy and follow the required Corona prevention measures. Those who have symptoms such as fever and coughing are restricted from entering the embassy.


It is not mandatory for travelers coming from Korea to do quarantine in Belgium. However, if you have covid-19 symptoms, you should immediately go into isolation for 7 days and see a doctor for a test as soon as possible. If that test is positive, you will remain in isolation until day 7. If the test is negative and your health permits, you can come out of isolation again.

For questions related to entry into Belgium, please contact consular.seoul@diplobel.fed.be. We do not accept telephone inquiries.


Currently, all incoming travelers to Korea must apply for a visa at the Korean Embassy in Belgium and stay in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. If you do not have your own place to stay, you will have to stay in a government facility, which costs around EUR 100 per day.

Foreign nationals residing in Korea have to have two documents upon (re-)entering the Korean territory (documents will be requested upon arrival in Seoul but airlines may require them upon boarding):

1) Return authorization. This authorization must be obtained before departure from Korea from the Korean Immigration Service. Foreign nationals leaving Korea without a return authorization will have their ARC canceled and will need to apply for a new long-stay visa from the Korean Embassy in the country in which they are staying to return to Korea.

2) Negative PCR test. Since January 8th, 2021, all foreign passengers arriving in the Republic of Korea must provide proof of negative COVID 19 PCR test issued within 72 hours before departure. The original PCR test result in English or Korean language must be shown in order to board the plane, and must be submitted upon arrival.

For further clarifications concerning these new rules, you can always contact the Korean Immigration Service (English Tel. 1345)

Additional precautions travelers should take to avoid a coronavirus infection include wearing a mask in public places and proper hand washing with disinfectants. Those who use public transport are encouraged to wear a mask.

For all questions related to the Corona virus, travelers to Korea can contact the number 1339. (Option 4 connects you with a translation service for service in English). You can find the latest situation on the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.go.kr/cdc_eng/

Belgians and their families residing in South Korea for an extended period, even if their stay is only temporary or if they remain domiciled in Belgium, are invited to register with the embassy. Travelers, visiting Korea on vacation or on a business trip, can inform the embassy of their trip at www.travellersonline.diplomatie.be

For information on the EU's response to the Coronavirus, click here.
For information on EU research projects and initiatives to tackle the spread of coronavirus and prepraredness for other outbreaks, click here.

Are you a Belgian who has recently moved to the Republic of Korea and would like to register with the Embassy in Seoul? Did you lose your identity card or your passport while you were travelling through the Republic of Korea as a tourist? Do you need to request a visa in order to travel to Belgium? Then you’ve come to the right address.

This website will keep you up to date on consular matters that are specifically applicable to Belgians in the Republic of Korea, current events in Belgian foreign policy and other useful information or events.



01 Mar

On Monday March 1, a donor conference on Yemen was organized by the UN in cooperation with Sweden and Switzerland. Minister for Development Cooperation Meryame Kitir announced a contribution of €5 million to support the Yemen Humanitarian Fund. "It is important that we continue to pay attention to the needs of ordinary Yemenis who are suffering greatly from this humanitarian crisis that has now lasted for more than six years," Kitir said. "This is the time to show international solidarity."

23 Feb

On Monday, 22 February, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès addressed the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva during its high-level segment. The Conference on Disarmament, of which Belgium is a permanent member, was established in 1979. To date, it is the only multilateral instrument dedicated to the negotiation of disarmament agreements. Disarmament and non-proliferation are crucial issues for international peace and security and as such constitute a priority for Belgium's foreign policy.

22 Feb

Today, February 22, the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council started in Geneva and will continue until March 23. On this occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie addressed the ministerial part of the session. She presented the priorities of the Belgian government and shared some reflections on the current challenges in the field of human rights.

22 Feb

Today, February 22nd, in the context of the Belgian Presidency of the Benelux, Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès invited the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, and her fellow EU Foreign Ministers for an informal meeting with the 27 EU Ministers ahead of the monthly Foreign Affairs Council. Ms. Bensouda started her mandate as Prosecutor in 2012 and will finish it in June this year.

12 Feb

On the occasion of the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès reaffirms Belgium's commitment to improving the protection of children in armed conflict. The United Nations aims to improve the situation of these children by addressing the six most serious violations of children's rights: killing and maiming, sexual violence, abduction, attacks on schools or hospitals, denial of access to humanitarian aid and finally, the recruitment of child soldiers.