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New version of certificate 151

The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation presents its compliments to the diplomatic missions established in Belgium and has the honor to draw their attention to the  communication annexed (PDF, 313.47 KB) to the FPS Finance (only available in French) following the publication of a new version of certificate 151, which must be used from October 1, 2020.

The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the diplomatic established in Belgium the assurance of its highest consideration.

 
New version VAT and/or excise exemption certificate (called Certificate 151)

The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation presents its compliments to the diplomatic missions and consular posts as well as to the international organisations established in Belgium and has the honor to draw their attention to the fact that the FPS Finance has published a new version VAT and/or excise exemption certificate (called Certificate 151), which must be used from October 1st, 2020. Attached you will find a  brochure (PDF, 753.84 KB) on how to download the certificate.

The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the diplomatic and consular missions, as well as the international organisations established in Belgium the assurance of its highest consideration.

 

Communication for the diplomatic missions and international organisations on phishing scams

The Protocol Directorate of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation presents its compliments to the diplomatic missions, consular posts and international organizations established in Belgium and has the honour to warn them that they may be the target of phishing scams, allegedly sent from the Federal Public Service Finance.

If the missions and international organizations receive the following mail (see example below), please:

  • Do not to open the mail. Opening a phishing mail can compromise the security of the personal identifiable information of a PC.
  • Delete the mail and do certainly not provide any information or click on the link that appears in the message.

The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation avails itself of this opportunity to renew the assurance of its highest consideration to the diplomatic missions, consular posts and international organizations established in Belgium.

Example:

« Service public fédéral Finances (Belgique).

En raison d'activités potentiellement suspectes de fraude vous concernent, le SPF émet en ce jour un avis de vérification, par le biais du service des fraudes. 

Veuillez confirmer votre identité ICI

En cas de refus votre compte sera suspendu, et vous serez interpeller par le service de fraude. » 

 
Change in the procedure of electronic verification for VAT exemption

The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation presents its compliments to the diplomatic missions and international organisations established in Belgium and has the honor to inform them of the recent change in the procedure of electronic verification for VAT exemption, published by the FPS Finance in the Belgian Official Journal on 02/21/2020.

The change in the minimum threshold for taxable transactions intended for personal use will, for technical reasons, be deferred until June 1st, 2020. On this date, the minimum threshold will be increased to € 125, excluding VAT. As a reminder, from this date onward, deliveries of movable goods and services that meet the criteria for personal use will be exempt from VAT when the amount of the invoice reaches a minimum amount of 125 euros (excluding VAT) per delivery or service. On the basis of reciprocity, this modification does not apply if higher thresholds are already applicable or if no exemption is granted.

This notification replaces the notification dd. 24th January 2020 regarding the same subject.

The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation takes this opportunity to renew to all diplomatic missions and international organisations established or represented in Belgium the assurances of its highest consideration.

 
Return of CD plates

The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation presents its compliments to all Diplomatic Missions and international organisations established in Belgium and has the honor to provide them with the new procedure for the physical return of CD plates, in addition to the instructions in point 8.5.7 of the Protocol Guide.

The Protocol Directorate informs that from 1 January 2020, CD plates can be returned directly at a BPOST point that will process the deregistration of the returned plates and issue immediately a cancellation certificate.

The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Diplomatic Missions established in Belgium the assurance of its highest consideration.

 
Closure of the reception desk for the visitors from 1 January 2020

From 1 January 2020, the International Relations service of the General Administration of Taxes (AaFisc) will no longer receive visitors for the treatment and validation of the VAT and/or excise duties exemption certificate (Certificate 151).

The certificates designated for the AaFisc must be sent by the beneficiary organization, diplomatic mission or person to:

FPS Finance
AaFisc - OEO - International relations service
NGA24
Boulevard du Roi Albert II 33, bus 25
1030 BRUSSELS

The certificates can also be handed in at the reception desk at the main entrance of the North Galaxy Building.

After their treatment, the certificates will be returned to the chancellery of the diplomatic mission or the official address of the international organization.

The Administration emphasizes that the principles and formalities for completing the certificate included in Annex II, Chapter 7, of the Protocol Guide, still apply.

 
Customs Service of the FPS Finance

The Protocol Directorate presents its compliments to the diplomatic missions, consular posts and international organizations established in Belgium and has the honor, in collaboration with the FPS Finance, to inform them of the following.

The Customs Service of the FPS Finance will be closed on the following days :

  • November 11 and 15, 2019.
  • December 24 (afternoon) to 3 January 2020.

The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Diplomatic Missions, Consular Posts and international organizations established in Belgium the assurances of its highest consideration.

 
Corrigendum of the communication dated 05/08/2019 concerning the application form

The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation presents its compliments to all Diplomatic Missions established in Belgium and has the honor to provide them with a corrigendum of the communication dated 05/08/2019 concerning the application form.

The form "Special residence permit - information form" is replaced by the  attached version (PDF, 1.43 MB) with reference "© diplobel 2019 nr. P1.1/2.1/EN".

The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Diplomatic Missions established in Belgium the assurance of its highest consideration.