In case of emergency


A normal Belgian passport may be obtained very quickly from your municipal or provincial administration via the emergency procedure.

However, it may sometimes prove necessary to issue a passport almost immediately, on pressing humanitarian grounds which must be justified (e.g. in the event of a serious accident abroad involving a close family member, the admission of a close family member to hospital under critical circumstances, or the disappearance or death of a close relative abroad), when the applicant can and must leave immediately.

To enable such urgent applications to be processed, the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs has designed a temporary passport that may only be issued by the Federal Public Service itself. Such temporary passports are valid for 6 months only.

Applications must be submitted during office hours to the Passport Office of the FPS Foreign Affairs. Outside office hours, temporary passports will be issued by the FPS Foreign Affairs staff on duty. Both can be reached by calling the general number +32 2 501 81 11.