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Bruges

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MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

Getting married abroad or in Belgium

You can get married in Belgium when:

One of the future spouses at the time of the solemnisation of the marriage is Belgian.

One of the future spouses at the time of the solemnisation of the marriage is domiciled in Belgium.

One of the future spouses at the time of the solemnisation of the marriage has been domiciled in Belgium for over three months.

In Belgium, marriage between two persons of the same sex is possible as long as one of the partners is Belgian or has been habitually resident in Belgium for more than three months.



Where can I get married in Belgium?

The marriage can be solemnised by the Registrar of the municipality where one of the future spouses is domiciled. If neither spouse is domiciled in Belgium, or if the habitual residence of one of the spouses does not correspond to the place of residence, the marriage can be solemnised in the municipality of the habitual residence.


For Belgians living abroad who are not domiciled or habitually resident in Belgium, the marriage can be solemnised by the Registrar of the municipality which is:

the most recent place of residence of one of the future spouses.

the place of residence of a 1st or 2nd degree blood relative (grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, children and grandchildren) of one of the future spouses.

the birthplace of one of the future spouses.

If none of these places are possible, then a Belgian who is not domiciled or habitually resident in Belgium can marry in the municipality of Brussels.


Getting married abroad

If you want to get married abroad, you must contact the foreign authority that will solemnise the marriage.


Which legal system is applicable?

For each future spouse, the basic conditions for the marriage are governed by the laws of the country of which he or she is a national at the time the marriage is contracted.

If you are Belgian and you want to get married abroad, the basic conditions for the marriage relating to you will be dictated by Belgian law. Essentially, this means that you must be at least 18 years of age, not be married or no longer be married and consent to the marriage. The laws of the country of which your future spouse is a national will determine the basic conditions for the marriage applicable to him or her.

The official formalities for solemnising the marriage are determined by the laws of the country where the wedding takes place.

Your marriage will only be valid in Belgium if both the basic conditions and the official formalities have been complied with.


What documents do I have to submit?

To find out which documents you need in order to get married abroad, you are advised to contact, in Belgium, with the embassy or consulate of the country where you intend to marry.


You can also obtain information on this subject via your future spouse directly from the local authorities that will solemnise the marriage.


In some countries, in order to solemnise a marriage the local authorities require a certificate stating that there is no reason why the marriage cannot take place. This document is issued by the Belgian consulate in the country where the marriage is to be solemnised.   You are strongly advised to contact the Belgian consulate before you leave.


In some countries, the local authorities require an affidavit of foreign law detailing the provisions for marriage contained in the Belgian Civil Code. You can obtain this affidavit from the Federal Public Service Justice, Direction générale de la législation et des Libertés et Droits fondamentaux, Service Droit de la Famille, Boulevard de Waterloo 115, 1000 Brussels (tel: 02/542.65.11, email: secretariat.droitdelafamille@just.fgov.be). In some countries the authorities will request additional certificates, for example a criminal record check and/or a medical certificate.


Is my marriage valid in Belgium?

A foreign marriage certificate may be recognised in Belgium if the basic conditions for marriage applicable in the country of which the spouses are nationals and the official formalities of the country where the marriage was solemnised have been respected.


Should a foreign marriage certificate be transcribed into the Belgian registers?

Your foreign marriage certificate can be transcribed into the civil status registers of a Belgian municipality. This makes it easy to obtain extracts or literal copies in Belgium.


Does my foreign partner become a Belgian citizen through marriage?

Marriage to a Belgian citizen does not have a direct influence on your foreign partner’s nationality.


TRAVEL INFORMATION

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Depending on the purpose of your travel to Belgium, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion. Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside there permanently, you will have to apply for a different Belgium Schengen Visa, accordingly. You can apply for the Belgian Schengen Visa since 1995 when Belgium as an EU Member State also became a member state of the Schengen Area.

General required documents for a Belgian Schengen Visa Application:

Firstly, download the application form, fill it completely and with sincerity. You can also fill the Schengen Visa application form electronically and then print a hard-copy.

2 photos must be attached; the photo should be of passport format – a recent whole-face capture with a light background. Learn more about photo requirements and specifications for a Belgian Visa.

Your passport and copies of your previous visas – valid for at least 3 months beyond return date – are required. Your passport must have at least two blank pages.

Travel health insurance confirmation of minimum 30,000 € coverage within Belgium and the entire Schengen area.

A cover letter stating the purpose of visit to Belgium and itinerary

Flight Itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Belgium

Hotel Booking for the whole duration of the intended stay in Belgium. Find and Book Cheap Hotels in Belgium!

Proof of civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card if applicable)

Means of subsistence – Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay.

CURRENCY

The euro coins and notes used in Belgium are the same denominations as those used in other countries that use this currency. There are eight coins in total, which are commonly referred to as cents, although officially they are known as euro cents. This just makes it clear as to which currency you are talking about; saying cents makes it more likely someone will assume you are referring to the dollar. The eight coins are as follows – there are six in cents denominations and two in euro denominations. The euro coins are for one and two euros respectively. The coins marked in cents are the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent coins. Aside from this you also have seven banknotes. The biggest is the €500 note, while the smallest is the €5 note. In between there are the €10, €20, €50 and €100 notes as well.

LANGUAGE

The official language in Bruges is Flemish, which is almost the same language as Dutch. When we are in Belgium, we tend to think that in this country everyone speaks French, and if somebody doesn’t, we think that it is because the famous rivalry between Flemish and French- speaking people. However, we have to know that in Flanders, French is not mandatory. For instance, in the Flemish schools the only official and mandatory language is Flemish and the civil servants don’t need to be bilingual. Nowadays, only less than 15% of the Flemish-speaking university students study French. Thus, if we don’t speak Flemish, which is quite possible, it will be better to communicate in English, a language spoken fluently by Flemish-speaking people.

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Bruges enjoys a mild, maritime climate, with no great highs and lows. The summers are warm, without being hot. And the winters are cold, without being freezing. During spring and autumn the temperatures are also pleasant and there is moderate rainfall throughout the year, with the heaviest concentrations in autumn and winter. So remember to bring your umbrella!

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There are places that somehow manage to get under your skin, even though you don’t really know them all that well. Bruges is that kind of place. A warm and friendly place, a place made for people. A city whose history made it great, resulting in a well-deserved classification as a Unesco World Heritage site.

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A large number of carriers offer direct flights to Brussels. Belgium's main airport has its own railway station. Bruges can easily be reached through the airports of Brussels, Charleroi (Brussels South) and Lille, so getting to Bruges by train is by far the easiest way. Direct trains from Brussels Airport every hour. From Charleroi Airport: expressbus to Bruges station.

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Chocolate shops are plentiful and the standard is always high. A fairly cheap option is Stef's on Breidelstraat (betweeen Markt and Burg). If you are willing to spend a little more, Chocolatier Van Oost on Wollestraat is a must for high-quality artisanal chocolate. Word on the street is, that you can get anything covered in chocolate and moulded. There is a particular vast amount of chocolate shops at the Kathelijnestraat. There are also many boutique-style beer shops that sell high quality gift packs of Belgian beer. For those who do not wish to buy chocolate in the chocolate shops, the local supermarkets also sell a good variety of mass-produced chocolate at fairly low prices. For the frugal, you can buy 100-200 gram gourmet bars of chocolate for about €1 each. Good brands to buy are Côte-d'Or and Jacques, both are Belgian. If you don't want anything more than a sampling of the most famous Belgian beers, supermarkets (not night shops!) are probably your best choice.

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While Bruges has plenty of pubs to choose from, the city's woeful lack of clubs makes for a pretty tame night out, so don't go packing your dancing shoes. Most of the action takes place around the Old Town, where a gamut of traditional-style bars sell heroic selections of beer. If you want to hang out with the hip crowd, then head to the haunts around Kuipersstraat and Zilverstraat. Tickets and information for all cultural events can be obtained from the In & Uit tourist office.

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The change is less a physical one, more the emergence of a new forward-looking attitude, not resting on the laurels handed down by history. Nowhere is this more evident than in the food. The high priests of Belgian cuisine have embraced the 21st-century avant-garde – after Luxembourg and Switzerland, the country can claim more Michelin stars per head than anywhere else in Europe. It's not for nothing that the budding Blumenthals of Belgian cookery meet in Bruges each year for the Flemish Primitives festival to discuss all things weird and wonderful in the world of molecular gastronomy and beyond. That's not to say there's no mileage to be had from less zeitgeisty fare any more…

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There are not a great variety of watersports only a few ones including boating tours around the city

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Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country. The area of the whole city amounts to more than 13,840 hectares, including 1,075 hectares off the coast, at Zeebrugge (from Brugge aan zee, meaning "Bruges by the Sea"). The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It is oval in shape and about 430 hectares in size. The city's total population is 117,073 (1 January 2008), of whom around 20,000 live in the city centre. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 616 km2 (238 sq mi) and has a total of 255,844 inhabitants as of 1 January 2008.

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