Illegally entering/staying foreigners must pay administrative fine of EUR 200
As from today 24 July, a EUR 200 administrative fine is immediately due and payable by foreigners at the border and EU citizens on the territory who irregularly cross borders/stay on the territory.
The Royal Decree of 17 April 2016 and the Circular of 16 June 2016, published on 14 July, make it possible for the Immigration Office, in cooperation with municipalities as well as the local and federal police, to impose a EUR 200 administrative fine to those foreigners at the border and EU citizens on the territory who don't respect requirements set by national legislation.
This is possible based on Articles 4bis, 41, 41bis, 42 and 42quinquies of the Belgian Immigration Act according to which the Immigration Office can impose an administrative fine in the following situations:
- When a foreigner irregularly crosses external Schengen borders
- When an EU citizen/family members don't have valid documents
- When an EU citizen/family members don't report their presence in the municipality
- When an EU citizen/family members don't request registration certificate (E card) /residence permit (F card) in due time
- When EU citizen family member don't request permanent residence permit in due time (E+ card)
Please read the full text of the above-mentioned Royal Decree and Circular in the Belgian Official Gazette of 14 July 2016 (in French and Dutch). The measures are applicable 10 days after publication in the Belgian Official Gazette, that is to say as from 24 July 2016.