Accreditation

If you are a foreign correspondent wishing to become accredited in Belgium as a professional journalist, please read this information carefully before submitting your application.


Temporary press card

Are you eligible to apply for a temporary press card from FPS Foreign Affairs?

YES

  • You are not of Belgian nationality and you work for a foreign media organisation.
  • Journalism is your main professional activity and is how you earn a living in Belgium.

NO

  • You work for a Belgian media organisation. in this case, please contact the Association Générale des Journalistes Professionnels de Belgique to obtain accreditation: www.agjpb.be. AGJPB is an umbrella organisation for the French-speaking association (AJP, Association des Journalistes Professionels,www.ajp.be) and the Dutch-speaking one (VVJ, Vlaamse Vereniging van beroepsjournalisten, www.journalist.be).
  • You hold a diplomatic or service passport. Diplomatic immunities are incompatible with the status of journalist.
  • You are in Belgium on a student visa. Journalism is not your main activity.
  • You are receiving assistance from a public social assistance centre (CPAS/OCMW). You do not live on your income from journalism.


What is the temporary press card? What is it for?

The accreditation issued by the Press Office of Federal Public Service (FPS) Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation consists of a temporary Belgian press card valid for six months. This document allows foreign correspondents to gain entry to press conferences and register with the municipal authorities as a journalist. It is needed to obtain a permanent press card from NATO.

The temporary press card allows correspondents to apply to the IPA (International Press Association in Brussels) for a permanent Belgian press card within six months. Holders of a permanent press card enjoy the same advantages as Belgian professional journalists.

The temporary press card has the status of a work permit.


How to apply for accreditation

Accreditation for EU journalists

Employees

Before you travel to Belgium, contact your Belgian embassy or consulate and submit the following documents

OR

If you are already in Belgium, send a scanned copy of the following documents to the Press Office (presse@diplobel.fed.be):

  • a copy of your passport or identity card
  • a copy of your national press card (or press card of your media if you do not possess a national press card)
  • a recent letter of accreditation on headed notepaper from the head/editor-in-chief of your media organisation, stating the duration of the mission, the number of years you have worked as a professional journalist and your salary (and any other benefits)
  • a letter in which you state on your honour that you do not practise any commercial activity, and in particular any activity related to advertising.

Freelancers

Before you travel to Belgium, contact your Belgian embassy or consulate and submit the following documents

OR

If you are already in Belgium, send a scanned copy of the following documents to the Press Office (presse@diplobel.fed.be):

  • a copy of your passport or identity card
  • a copy of your national press card
  • a recent letter of letter of collaboration on headed notepaper from the head/editor-in-chief of the media organisation(s) for which you work. This letter must state the duration of the mission, the number of years you have worked as a professional journalist and, where appropriate, and other benefits you receive
  • proof of payment for journalistic work from the past six months (copies of invoices + bank statements)
  • a letter in which you state on your honour that you do not engage in any commercial activity, and in particular any activity related to advertising.


Accreditation for non-EU journalists requiring a visa

Journalists requiring a visa must, as soon as they learn of their mission, go in person to the Belgian embassy or consulate for their place of residence and submit the following documents:

Employees

  • a copy of your passport
  • a copy of your national press card (or press card of your media if you do not possess a national press card)
  • a recent letter of accreditation on headed notepaper from the head/editor-in-chief of your media organisation, stating the duration of the mission, the number of years you have worked as a professional journalist and your salary (and any other benefits)
  • a letter in which you state on your honour that you do not engage in any commercial activity, and in particular any activity related to advertising.

You will then be invited to the Belgian embassy or consulate to discuss and, if necessary, supplement your application.

The visa procedure may take several months and no press card will be issued without a D visa.

After your arrival in Belgium, you must contact the Press Office to arrange an appointment to collect your temporary press card, which is valid for six months and has the status of a work permit.

You must also go to the municipal authority of your place of residence, within eight days of your arrival in Belgium, to be entered on the register of foreign nationals.

Freelancers

  • a copy of your passport 
  • a copy of your national press card (or press card of your media if you do not possess a national press card)
  • a recent letter of letter of collaboration on headed notepaper from the head/editor-in-chief of the media organisation(s) for which you work. This letter must state the duration of the mission, the number of years you have worked as a professional journalist and, where appropriate, any other benefits you receive.
  • proof of payment for journalistic work from the past six months (copies of invoices + bank statements)
  • a letter in which you state on your honour that you do not engage in any commercial activity, and in particular any activity related to advertising.

You will then be invited to the Belgian embassy or consulate to discuss and, if necessary, supplement your application.

The visa procedure may take several months and no press card will be issued without a D visa.

After your arrival in Belgium, you must contact the Press Office to arrange an appointment to collect your temporary press card, which is valid for six months and has the status of a work permit.

You must also go to the municipal authority of your place of residence, within eight days of your arrival in Belgium, to be entered on the register of foreign nationals.


Contact us

Ms Veerle Van Bever, tel.: +32 2 501 8407
Mr. Michael Vlamijnck, tel.: +32 2 501 4481  / +32 471 66 43 37
E-mail: presse@diplobel.fed.be
Address: FPS Foreign Affairs, Press Office, 15 rue des Petits Carmes, B-1000 Brussels.


Obtaining a residence permit

Once you have found accommodation and settled home, you must go to the municipal authority of your place of residence.

You must bring the following documents:

  • the statement by the head of the media organisation
  • your passport
  • your lease agreement
  • the temporary press card issued by FPS Foreign Affairs
  • three passport photos.

The documents required may vary depending on the municipality. Please check the website of your municipal authority, under “population”, “registration of foreign nationals” (étrangers/vreemdelingen).

Municipalities in the Brussels-Capital Region


Permanent Belgian press card

Please contact:

International Press Association (IPA)
Rue de la Loi 155 – B-1040 Brussels
Tel.: +32 2 235 2224
Secretariat: Martine Joos
Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
E-mail: info@api-ipa.eu

On the IPA website, you will find a list of the documents needed to obtain a permanent press card valid for five years.


Accreditation with the European Institutions

Accreditation valid for the Commission, Council and European Parliament

Contact person:

Mrs. Danielle Coulonval
DG COMM – Spokesperson’s Service - Accreditation
Berl -1 Press 06
Tel.: 32.02.(29) 90170 - Fax: 32 02. (29) 94770
COMM-PRESS-ACCREDITATIONS@ec.europa.eu

Detailed information about accreditation

Accreditation for the European Parliament only:

Contact person for print-media accreditation:
Mr. Edel Connor
Tel.: +32 2 284 15 28
media.accreditation@europarl.europa.eu

Contact person for special ‘audiovisual’ accreditation:
Mr. Georg Tenhagen
Tel.: +32 2 284 48 17
Fax: +32 2 284 07 89
AVaccreditations@europarl.europa.eu

See also: www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/contacts-and-services

Accreditation for the Council of Ministers only:

Contact person:
Tel.: +32 2 281 90 00
www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/accreditation/

Even if you apply for a single EC/EP/Council accreditation, you are advised to contact the services of the Parliament and Council in order to be put on their mailing lists for press releases.


Accreditation with NATO

Contact the Media Department at NATO Headquarters
Boulevard Léopold III
B-1110 Brussels
Tel.: +32 2 707 5041
Fax: +32 2 707 5057
press@hq.nato.int

Mr. Damien Arnaud
Public Diplomacy Division/NATO Press Service
Tel.: +32 2 707 5038

See also: www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/news_83620.htm?mode=pressrelease