The UK government has launched a public information campaign across Europe to help UK nationals prepare for the end of the UK's transition period on December 31.
British nationals residing in Belgium will receive information on the specific measures they must take to maintain their rights but also to access services in Belgium, in particular regarding residence, healthcare, driving licenses and passports.
The campaign will use multiple channels - including Facebook, digital media and newspaper advertising - urging those affected to take the necessary steps to protect their rights so that they can continue to live, work and travel in Europe after the transition period.
In addition to this major information campaign, the British Embassy in Belgium is already working with several community groups, including the BBCA, but also directly with British nationals to inform and reassure them.
This includes providing information and support through public briefings and question-and-answer sessions attended by ambassadors and consular experts.
British Ambassador to Belgium Martin Shearman said:
“Protecting the rights of UK nationals is a top priority for us. This is why we have counselled and reassured UK nationals, to make sure they have all the information they need and that they have the certainty of their rights.
“Brits in Belgium should consult our 'Living in Belgium' guides where they can learn the steps to follow and get important information on residency, healthcare, passports and driving licenses in Belgium. "
The UK government also announced last year up to £ 3 million in grants for charities and other voluntary organizations to provide practical support to help vulnerable UK nationals who may find it difficult to complete applications for residence or registration - for example, people with mobility difficulties, disabled people or even the elderly. These groups may need additional assistance in completing the paperwork for the end of the transition period.
This additional assistance will build on the support that British Embassies have already provided since November 2017 with more than 775 events with British nationals.
The next event in Belgium is a Facebook Q&A session on Wednesday 5 August from 17h00 – see details below.