Citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland can travel freely to Belgium and do not require a visa nor work permit to engage in economic activities. But under certain circumstances, extra paperwork is necessary upon their arrival in Belgium.
Non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss citizens do need a visa to enter Belgium and a work permit. However, the Belgian law is by principle very strict to grant work permits.
Van Havermaet International takes care of the paperwork for you.
Our business unit will sort out the authorisation for temporary residence of your employees through a Belgian embassy or consulate-general in their home country, or from the diplomatic representation of a country authorised by the Belgian government to act on its behalf where it has no independent representation.
Brexit is coming: UK companies be prepared for Belgian VAT changes
The Brexit is coming closer. The United Kingdom will officially leave the EU VAT scheme on 31 December 2020. Until this date, the transition period applies with the result that the UK can still benefit from the EU VAT scheme. As from 1 January 2021 the new VAT rules will apply as the UK will change from an EU Member State to a third country. The new Belgian VAT rules are listed below to which UK companies must comply if they wish to do business with Belgian companies or private individuals.
BREXIT AND CROSS-BORDER SITUATIONS REGARDING SOCIAL SECURITY
As of 01/01/2021, the transition period under the EU’s withdrawal agreement will end and the fundamental principles of free movement – persons and services – will no longer apply in the United Kingdom. However, specific social security rules will apply to situations that have already started before the end of 2020.
The mobility package in road transport: the roll-out has begun
The texts of the so-called Mobility Package were accepted by the European Parliament at second reading on 15 July 2020 and were published on 31 July 2020.
For the time being, we would like to inform you about those provisions of Regulation 2020/1054 which already came into force on 20 August 2020 and which caused an initial shockwave in the road transport sector.