Travel documents

  • Identity card, passport or visa?
  • Travelling to the US and ESTA travel authorisation
  • Request your travel documents in plenty of time

Request the correct travel documents in plenty of time

Travel abroad requires official travel documents. The specific documents that you require depends on the country or region that you are travelling to. Many countries additionally require that your identity card or passport is valid for a significant period of time after your return journey.

You may need the following documents:

  • Identity card
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Vaccination certificates

It can take some time to amass all the relevant documents. Request them in plenty of time.

Your airline will verify whether you have the requisite documentation upon check in. Missing or invalid paperwork? Then you will not be permitted to board. The airline is not allowed to carry you.

Up-to-date info on your travel documents

You can find the latest information regarding travel documentation here.

  • The federal government site provides all information pertaining to travel documents.

Which specific travel documents do I require for my destination? 

  • The Institute of Tropical Medicine website provides information about vaccinations and other medical precautions.

Which vaccinations do I require and how can I make the necessary medical preparations for my trip?

  • Your airline or travel agency will also provide detailed information regarding the necessary documents.

Travel documents for children

Young children must also have a valid passport or identity card. Yes, even your baby!

Kids ID for children younger than 12

You can apply for a Kids ID from your local authority. This is an electronic identity card for Belgian children younger than 12 years old. A Kids ID enables children to travel within the European Union and a number of other countries

Request your Kids ID in plenty of time

Issuing a Kids ID takes approximately 3 weeks, and sometimes longer during busy periods. So, request yours in plenty of time. Made a last-minute application? You can always make use of the accelerated application procedure, although this is more expensive

More about the Kids ID

Travel to the US: ESTA travel application

Travelling to the US and participating in the Visa Waiver Program?

Then, technically, you don’t require a visa. However, you do require a valid passport. You must also complete a mandatory internet procedure, known as an ESTA application. ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorisation.

The Visa Waiver Program applies to residents of most European countries, including Belgium and all neighbouring countries.

How do you make an ESTA application?

Register electronically on the US government’s ESTA website prior to travel: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. It is essential that you do this in advance. This is a strict condition for travel to the US.

Can your ESTA application be refused?

Yes it can. This happens to approximately 1% of Belgian travellers. Wish to travel to the US nonetheless? Then you must apply for a visa at the US Embassy.

Arrange your ESTA application in plenty of time

Arrange your ESTA travel application in plenty of time. This will allow sufficient margin for requesting a visa should it prove necessary.

More info

Handy tips

  • Bring copies of all your travel documents.
  • Carry useful information separately, e.g. information relating to travellers’ checks and prescriptions.
  • Take an extra set of passport photos with you. Photo booths are located in the departures and Arrivals Hall and on the Promenade on the 4th floor.
  • Always carry medicines in your hand baggage.
  • Also keep a copy of any prescriptions in your hand baggage.

Travel advice

Is your travel destination safe to travel to? Or do you need to take safety precautions?

The Federal website provides a complete overview of key travel advice for each country, a list of embassies and many other useful tips.

Which travel advice applies to my destination?

This also details all information pertaining to travel documents.

Which specific travel documents do I require for my destination?

Medical advice

Taking prescription medication? Ensure that you take an adequate supply of your medication with you. And remember to bring a copy of your prescription. Tip! Brussels Airport boasts its own pharmacy.

Pregnant?

  • A doctor’s certificate is required from the 28th week of pregnancy.
  • Airlines usually refuse to carry passengers from their 36th week of pregnancy.

Check with your airline in advance.

General information about vaccinations and other medical precautions can be found on the Institute of Tropical Medicine website.

Which vaccinations do I require and how can I make the necessary medical preparations for my trip?