Embassy of Belgium in Côte d'Ivoire

Belgium in Côte d'Ivoire

Welcome to our website

Due to the Coronacrisis, the Embassy is closed for the public. All appointments have to be requested exclusively by mail to abidjan@diplobel.fed.be 

Welcome on the website of the Embassy of Belgium in Abidjan, Akwaba! 

It is a priority for our team at the Embassy to provide to Belgians in our jurisdiction a high quality service. We can help you in various circumstances, for example if you just moved to Côte d’Ivoire and wish to register at the Consulate, if you lost your ID documents, or if you are in need of consular assistance. If you are located in Ghana, Liberia or Sierra Leone (the three other countries of our jurisdiction), you can also seek Consular assistance by contacting our Honorary Consulates in Accra, Monrovia and Freetown.  

You will also find on our website information about visa application. In Abidjan (for Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone and long stay visa for Ghana), applications have to be submitted to our external partner VFS. Short stay visa applications from Ghana can be submitted to the Swiss Embassy in Accra. In that area as well, user satisfaction and quality of service are a priority for us.    
 
Our embassy is also active in several other areas. Our role is to strengthen the relationship and to intensify exchanges between Belgium, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This is of utmost importance for an optimal collaboration within international organization (in 2019, Belgium and Ivory Coast are both sitting in the UN Security Council), as well as for the substantial economic and commercial interests. The presence of numerous Belgian investors and the trade flows contribute to the sustainable economic growth of the region and to creating jobs in the countries of the jurisdiction as well as in Belgium. To this end, the Embassy has regular contacts with the authorities and with the local private sector. Businesses can also get support through different financial instruments : Finexpo, for the financing of exportations; or Credendo, to insure companies and banks against political and commercial risks of international commercial transactions. Our Embassy works in close collaboration with the Economic and Commercial Attaché for the three regions (AWEX, FIT, hub.brussels), who shares our office and who’s role is to support Belgian businesses. Another important partner of the Embassy is the Belgian Chamber of Commerce.  

Belgium also demonstrates solidarity with the region, for example some years ago when Sierra Leone and Liberia had to endure the Ebola epidemic. Our country contributes to the development of the region through various means : financing of projects of non-governmental actors, support to the European Union, to the African Development Bank (which has its headquarters in Abidjan) and to United Nations. Furthermore, the Belgian development bank, BIO, has recently decided to open an office in Abidjan.  

I hope you will find all the necessary information on this website. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at the following email address abidan@diplobel.fed.be, should you have any suggestions to improve the services of the Embassy or of the Honorary Consulates.  
 
Best regards,   
 
Michael Wimmer
Ambassador

 

News

02 Jul

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Philippe Goffin (MR) states that: "Following the adoption on 30 June of the European recommendation which gradually authorises non-essential travel from some 15 countries outside the European Union, Belgium has begun consultations with experts from the public services concerned with a view to achieving a cautious reopening of its borders".

02 Jul

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Philippe Goffin welcomes the adoption on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 of new conclusions of the Council of the European Union concerning the relationship between the European Union (EU) and Africa, to which Belgium has actively contributed and which will serve as a basis for discussions with a view to redefining our relationship with our African partners.

01 Jul

Minister of Foreign Affairs Philippe Goffin welcomes the resolution adopted today by the United Nations Security Council in New York on the Covid-19 pandemic. With resolution 2532, the Security Council calls for ninety-day humanitarian ceasefires in all conflict zones around the world to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

30 Jun

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence Philippe Goffin is pleased that the international conference 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region', which took place through video conference today, on 30 June 2020, managed to draw attention to the difficult humanitarian situation of the Syrian population and to advocate renewed efforts for a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

30 Jun

The European Member States adopted today a recommendation that allows countries from the EU and Schengen zone (EU+) to allow non-essential travel from 14 countries outside the EU+ as of 1 July. On the basis of the EU framework, the Belgian government will soon evaluate when and under what conditions non-essential travellers from these 14 countries will be allowed to re-enter Belgian territory. In addition, the exceptions for essential travel will be extended.