FCDO advice including information on permitted duration of stay and visas for Belgium: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belgium
For information on the validity of RYA certificates abroad see Evidence of Competence Abroad.
A valid ICC should be acceptable evidence of competence as Resolution 40 has been formally adopted by Belgium.
Coastal Waters: (from 1 January 2022) required for vessels over 15m in length or capable of more than 20km/h (approx. 11 knots), otherwise there is no specific requirement for evidence of competence other than that stipulated by the vessel's flag state.
Inland Waters: required for vessels over 15m in length or capable of more than 20km/h (approx. 11 knots), otherwise not required.
French and Dutch translations of many RYA certificates and their related course syllabus are available from the RYA website.
EU member state (part of the customs territory of the EU (which includes territorial waters)). Further information is provided on the Entry & Exit Formalities page under Customs - EU Member States.
Part of the Schengen area.
As part of the customs territory of the EU (which includes territorial waters) and the Schengen area customs and immigration checks may not always be required on arrival and departure.
All pleasure boats arriving from or departing to a third country (a non-Schengen country) are legally obliged to comply with the reporting formalities for border control. Entry from a non-Schengen country must be made at a port designated as a border crossing point. The Federal Police are responsible for and entrusted with the implementation of border control. More specifically, one of the tasks of the Maritime and River Police (SPN) is to supervise the cross-border traffic at the maritime external borders.
A report form for pleasure boating, can be completed and submitted to the SPN online. Full details can be found at: https://www.police.be/bordercontrol/en/pleasure-craft-declaration.
It is unlawful in Belgium to buy or use marked 'red' diesel for propelling a private pleasure craft. See red diesel abroad for further information.
See holding tanks for information on the discharge of waste water.
In Belgium the maximum allowed dimensions for private vehicles and towed trailers are restricted to height 4m, width 2.50m, length (including any coupling device) car 12m, trailer with one axle up to 3,500kg 8m, between 3,500 - 8,000kg 10m, over 8,000kg 11m, trailer with two axles or more 12m vehicle/trailer combination 18m.
Belgium requires that vessels under a foreign flag have documents to prove the vessel's nationality as required by the regulations of the country in question. UK registration may therefore not be strictly necessary for boats arriving by road, however local rules may mean that a vessel (especially a RIB or PWC) cannot be launched if it is not registered and without a registration document the owner has no way of proving that the vessel is a British ship.
Signatory to the Regional Arrangement Concerning the Radiotelephone Service on Inland Waterways (RAINWAT). Where a VHF is required or is to be used on the inland waterways of RAINWAT signatory countries, the set must be ATIS enabled and vessels must comply with the requirements of RAINWAT.
A permit known as a vignette is required for many of the waterways in the Flemish region (notable exceptions to this are Grensleie, Lower Sea Scheldt and Communical Meuse). Vessels of less than 6 m in length which are not capable of high speeds are however exempt.
In the Walloon region a Permis de Circulation may be required.
Swimming is generally forbidden in inland waterways except where signs show it to be permitted. See guide...on the water p.46
Notices to skippers for the Belgian inland waterways are published on the NtS - Portal.
According to guide...on the water, "On board pleasure craft, the crew is subject to legal regulations on the use of alcohol and other forms of intoxication. The ability of the crew to assess and act must not be affected by tiredness, drunkenness, alcohol intoxication or other forms of intoxication." See p. 32.
The sailing regulations for the area where you are sailing need to be on board. See guide...on the water p.23-25.
SPF Mobilit et Transports: https://mobilit.belgium.be/fr with specific page on recreational boating: https://mobilit.belgium.be/fr/navigation/navigation_de_plaisance/recreational_boating
Belgian government official portal: https://www.belgium.be/en/
Belgian Embassy, London: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/embassies-and-consulates
British Embassy: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-brussels
Maritime and River/Waterway Police: http://www.polfed-fedpol.be/org/org_dga_spn_en.php
Hydrographic Office: www.vlaamsehydrografie.be (Notices to Mariners for the Flanders Region)
L' Institut Royal Météorologique: www.meteo.be (Notices to Mariners for the Walloon region)