This section provides essential information for New Zealanders undertaking a short- or long-term stay in Belgium, Luxembourg, Romania and Bulgaria. Please contact our consular service if you require further information.

Driving and New Zealand driver licenses

Holders of a current New Zealand driver licence (together with an international driving permit), who are legal visitors, can drive in Belgium and Luxembourg for the duration of their visit.

For New Zealanders resident in Belgium, New Zealand "full" photo driving licences can be exchanged for a "category B" Belgian driving licence. New Zealanders should contact the driving licence desk in the Commune where they reside.

To find out what to do if :

  • you still have an older style licence;
  • you need to replace a lost or stolen New Zealand driver licence while you are overseas;
  • you need to obtain a Certificate of Particulars (this proves you are a licenced New Zealand driver and comes with a letter explaining legislative requirements);
  • you need to obtain an International Driving Permit;

Please read Overseas Travel by New Zealand Driver Licence Holders : Factsheet 65 (external link).

For other enquiries, please e-mail Land Transport in New Zealand on info@landtransport.govt.nz.

Getting married in Belgium

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There are a number of things that New Zealanders have to do before getting married in Belgium. The first step is to contact your local commune to obtain the list of documents you require.

Documents you will need to obtain from New Zealand may include one or more of the documents listed below (depending on local authority requirements). Please contact Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) (external link) central registry office in Wellington to obtain any one of these certificates.

Several other documents that may be required for your marriage are available from the New Zealand Embassy in Brussels.

1. New Zealand Birth Certificate
Extrait d'acte de naissance

  • For applications made directly to BDM: Payment accepted by credit card, NZ cheque or bank draft. Delay approx. 2 weeks.

2. New Zealand Marriage Certificate
Extrait d'acte de mariage

  • For applications made directly to BDM: Payment accepted by credit card, NZ cheque or bank draft. Delay approx. 2 weeks.

3. New Zealand Death Certificate
Extrait d'acte de décès

  • For applications made directly to BDM: Payment accepted by credit card, NZ cheque or bank draft. Delay approx. 2 weeks.

4. Certificate of No Impediment
Certificat de célibat

States that you are currently free from marital ties in New Zealand and names your future spouse. Must be obtained from BDM central registry office in Wellington after a minimum legal two week stand-down period from receipt of application.

  • For applications made directly to BDM: Payment accepted by credit card, NZ cheque or bank draft. Delay approx. 3-4 weeks.

Email the Central Registry Office in New Zealand: BDM Central Registry Office.

Social clubs for New Zealanders

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