- The Belgian nationality
- Double nationality
- Conservation of the Belgian nationality
- Frequently Asked Questions
The Belgian nationality
Basic principle: The Belgian nationality is transfered from parent to child, either automatically or voluntarily by attribution. Birth on Belgian soil is generally no condition (except legally determined exceptions) to be considered a Belgian citizen.
You believe you're entitled to the Belgian nationality? Please contact the Embassy for further investigation. Make sure to always mention your personal information (name, first name, date of birth) aswell those of your parents.
This page does not inform on the registration- / nationality procedure of infants.
Attention: Applying for a foreign nationality is voluntarily and on your own responsibility. The Embassy and her consulate provide no assistance or information regarding foreign nationalities.
For information regarding a foreign nationality, you contact the respective authorities. The Belgian Embassy does not answer question regarding foreign nationalities.
As of 01/01/2020 Norway accepts the double nationality. The procedure/information is available on the website of the UDI.
Based on information made available by the Icelandic Governmant, Iceland accepts the double nationality.
Conservation of the Belgian nationality
- You are Belgian?
- You're between 18 and 28 years old?
- You were not born in Belgium?
- You've never lived in Belgium?
- Aside the Belgian nationality, you have one or more foreign nationalities?
- You are not professionally representing the Belgian government/state?
If the above conditions apply to you, you presumably need to sign an act of conservation, this at the latest the day before your 28th birthday. If not, you automatically lose the Belgian nationality on the day of your 28th birthday.
As of 12/07/2018 you can keep the Belgian nationality through the following options:
- Signing an act of conservation, this at the latest the day before your 28th birthday (administrative procedure), or
- Applying for and obtaining a Belgian passport, this at the latest the day before your 28th birthday, or
- Applying for and obtaining a Belgian ID-card, this at the latest the day before your 28th birthday.
For all questions regarding the conservation of the Belgian nationality, please contact the Embassy as soon as possible.
Important: The conservation of the Belgian nationality has no influence whatsoever on your Norwegian/Icelandic nationality.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Does Belgium allow the double nationality?
Yes. See above.
- I wish to apply for a foreign nationality. How do I proceed?
You contact the respectieve authorities regarding the procedure.
- I'm a Belgian citizen. My partner wishes to become a Belgian citizen. Is this possible?
Only partner of Belgian citizens, both living in Belgium, can apply for the Belgian nationality. The procedure is managed by the commune of residence.
- I lost my Belgian nationality. Can I re-obtain it?
If you've lost the Belgian nationality due to failing to sign an act of conservation of nationality or failed to order a passport or eID before your 28th birthday, the Embassy can assist you. If you've renounced the Belgian nationality, you need to live in Belgium. The procedure is managed by the commune of residence.
- My father/mother is a Belgian citizen. Am I Belgian as well?
Possibly. If the Belgian parent him-/herself is born in Belgium and the maternal/paternal filiation is confirmed according the Belgian legislation, the possibility exists. Please contact the Embassy for further investigation. Make sure to mention your personal information (name, first name, date and place of birth) as well as those of the Belgian parent. If you have your birth certificate available, please forward us a scan of the certificate as well.