Why do I have to go to the embassy or the consular mission when there is an honorary consulate near me?
Our aim is to issue passports that are recognised by all third countries and that enable you to travel easily. In this respect, having passports issued exclusively by embassies and consular missions is the best option. Belgium - like many other European countries - has therefore decided to not equip its honorary consulates for the capture of biometric data.
We have 3 children between the ages of 2 and 10 who do not need to give their fingerprints and we live 500 km from the consulate. Do we really have to take them with us for the application?
Only children aged 6 or more have to be present when their passport application is submitted. Children under 12 do not have their fingerprints taken but, as of age 6, they must have their photograph taken on site and must sign their passports. Their presence is therefore necessary. Take note, however, of the Other possibilities section and of the communications made by your embassy or consulate.
Why can’t I bring a printed photograph along?
Your photo has to be taken on site in order to meet international criteria that are stricter than they used to be in terms of quality (luminosity, contrast, density etc.) The equipment used to take your photo will immediately ensure its quality. This is at no extra cost to you.
Taking the picture on site is also an excellent way to fight against fraud (photo substitution, for example, which is occurring more and more frequently).
My passport is still valid. Can I go on using it?
Absolutely. It will remain valid without restrictions until the expiry date printed on it.
Where will my biometric data be stored?
It will only be stored on your passport’s chip. Once a temporary database approved by the Commission for the protection of privacy has been created, it will be possible to store your data on it for one year maximum if you so choose (see Other possibilities).