Embassy of Belgium in Côte d'Ivoire

Belgium in Côte d'Ivoire

Welcome to our website

Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Belgium in Côte d’Ivoire which also has jurisdiction in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Belgian citizens who have recently moved to Côte d’Ivoire and wish to register in country can do so at the Embassy in Abidjan where all Consular Services are available, from the issuance of passports to Belgians to the issuance of visas  to foreigners wishing to travel to Belgium.

If you are located in Ghana, Liberia or in Sierra Leone, the three other countries of our jurisdiction, you can also seek Consular assistance by contacting our Honorary Consulates which are located in the respective capital cities of Accra, Monrovia and Freetown.

Our Embassy takes charge of strengthening and building our diplomatic relations with Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The excellent relations, enjoyed by all four countries, are indeed reflected in our good understanding within international organizations in addition to the respective strong relations between our economies. Belgian investments in these countries are numerous and within each country our bilateral trade continues to grow well.

The Embassy in Abidjan and its services, encompasses the office of the Walloon Agency for Export (AWEX), which represents the Walloon, Flemish and Brussels Regions who are happy to support our enterprises  wishing to discover the local market. I would also like to point out the presence of the Belgian Chamber of Commerce in Côte d’Ivoire (CCBCI) which is a private institution independent of the Embassy yet enjoys our support notably in its mission of nurturing networks between Belgians and local business persons. 

Belgium does not have any direct bilateral Development Cooperation with the countries within our jurisdiction. However, our support of them has had a tangible and positive impact. It is delivered through the European Union, The African Development Bank and the many Agencies of the United Nations that are active in these countries. Needless to say, the local populations can count on Belgium during difficult times, as was evident during the Ebola Virus Epidemic that spread and struck Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in the not too distant past.

The services of the Belgian Federal Public Service for Foreign Affairs and those of our Embassy endeavor to keep our website as clear and accessible as possible. However, should any inaccuracies be noticed or, more generally, should you have constructive suggestions to improve the services of the Embassy or that of our Honorary Consulates, please do not hesitate to write to me at abidjan@diplobel.fed.be.

Sincerely yours,

Hugues Chantry, Ambassador.
 

Appointment visa application

An appointment to hand in a visa application has to be made following the procedure explained on this page. This goes for applicants living in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

News

18 Oct

Today, the Chamber of Representatives approved an amendment of the legal framework in which the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) operates. The amendment is the final element of a thorough reform of BIO. This reform makes the investment company better embedded in the Belgian development policy, strengthens the link with the private sector, and increases the impact of the development initiatives in Belgium’s partner countries.

18 Oct

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo endorsed a number of international commitments today to step up the efforts against sexual misconduct in the international aid sector. The commitments were signed in the margins of the international high-level meeting “Putting People First” which took place in London today.

17 Oct

Belgium is the second most efficient donor in the fight against extreme poverty. This is the conclusion of the respected Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in their recent report: “Financing the end of extreme poverty”. Our country ranks right behind Ireland, but ahead of Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Sweden and Finland. The focus on least developed countries and the strengthening of aid effectiveness has been one of the priorities of the Belgian development cooperation policy over the last years.

15 Oct

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that the European Union created a sanction regime against the use of chemical weapons today in Luxembourg. This allows the EU to act against people and organization involved in the development and the use of chemical weapons. This decision by the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, underlines the European commitment to the fight against these gruesome weapons.

12 Oct

Speech by Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo on the occasion of the celebration of Marleen Temmerman.