Travel documents

 

Required documents

Despite the abolition of border controls within the Schengen countries, all travelers, including children, need to be in possession of a valid id with photo! This must be at least six months validit after your return date.
Travellers with Belgian nationality must therefore at least have a valid ID, even for the children! Depending on the destination, an appropriate visa can been required.
Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality should contact their embassy or consulate, to see what formalities they must fulfill in order to travel to their destination.
 
An identity card is NOT a passport! Beware of the still existing name confusion between the identity ("pass" or "passport") and international passport (better known as "passport").
Schengen zone: With your valid ID (also for children) you can travel to all countries of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland. Within the Schengen zone, the border controls of persons is in principle abolished. It only verifies the so-called external, barring exceptional circumstances. The following countries are part of the Schengen zone: Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
Switzerland, Great Britain and Ireland are not part of the Schengen zone. If you are traveling here, then you should definitely have a valid id in your pocket.
Always travel with a few copies of your identity card or international passport and keep it in a place other than your official documents.