At the beginning of February 2018, a new software application for registering passport requests and requests for identity cards was introduced in all Belgian Embassies worldwide. For the past weeks, the Belgian Embassy in Addis Ababa has experienced many problems with this new software system, especially because of slow internet connections. As a consequence of these problems, in order to introduce a request for a new Belgian passport or Identity Card you will be required from now on to ask for an appointment. Appointments can be made by sending an e-mail to AddisAbaba@diplobel.fed.be. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.
A passport is an official, worldwide recognized and usable travel document in the format of a booklet issued by the relevant authority in a particular State to its nationals.
One must make a distinction between a passport and an identity card which, as its name implies, is just a single card.
Belgian passports are valid 7 years (5 years for minors).
Any Belgian citizen can be issued his or her own passport starting at birth.
It is possible to travel to around 50 countries using an identity card, but a passport allows its holder to travel to any country in the world, subject to fulfilling any applicable visa requirements.