Nursing in Belgium: SPF Santé Publique (Service Public Fédéral)

Process valid for EU citizens

To be able to work in Belgium as a nurse all candidates must get their Nursing Diploma recognised in Belgium.

This is done in writing by completing the request form (download here) along with the following documents:

You will need:

  • Motivation letter in French written by the candidate;
  • Certified copy and translation in French of the Diploma or Nursing Certificate
  • Copy of Identity document or passport;
  • Original and certified translation in French of the Criminal record issued in the last three months;
  • Original declaration issued in the past three months by Nursing Board in accordance with the European Community Directives and of Good Conduct and its certified translation in French.
  • Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae in French.

Send documentation

Please send all these documents accompanied by the completed request form registered post to the following address:

SPF Santé Publique
Cellule Mobilité Internationale des Professionnels des Soins de Santé (Bureau 00 D007)
Place Victor Horta, 40 boîte 10

Three weeks later you will receive your process number which you must submit to us. The recognition process may take 3 months.

Living and working in Belgium

The name “Belgium” is derived from Belgian Gaul, a Roman province in the northern part of Gaul, which was inhabited by the Belgians, a mixture of Celtic and Germanic peoples.

Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country located in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters, as well as those of other major international organizations, including NATO. Belgium has an area of ​​30,528 square kilometers and a population of about 10.7 million inhabitants.

Occupying the cultural frontier between Germanic Europe and Latin America, Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups: Flemish speakers of Dutch and Walloons who speak French as well as a small group of people who speak the language German. The two largest regions of Belgium are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the North, with 59% of the population and the French-speaking region of Wallonia in the South, which is home to 31% of Belgians. The officially bilingual Brussels Region is a majority Francophone enclave in the Flemish Region and has 10% of the population. A small German-speaking community exists in eastern Wallonia. The linguistic diversity of Belgium and political and cultural conflicts are reflected in the political history and the complex system of government of the country.



One of the most powerful iconographic symbols in Brussels, the Atomium was inaugurated in 1958 for the World Expo. Designed by André Waterkeyn, it represents an iron atom (OPT – J.P.Remy – visitbelgium)

Brussels is the capital of the European Union and seat of its parliament. Curiously, it is also the capital of one of the countries that most support separatist ideas among its population in the North, in the industrialized and Dutch Flanders, and the South, the most agricultural and French Wallonia (Thinkstock)


Together with Grand Place and the Atomium, a simple statue of a boy peeing is one of the icons of Brussels. The Manneken Pis is a symbol of Belgian irreverence and one of its most beloved monuments since the 17th century (Thinkstock)