Message to the Belgian citizens in South India
As of Tuesday May 8, major renovation works will start in the offices of the Consulate General in Chennai which are expected to last at least one month.
Our offices in 18, Khader Nawaz Khan Road will be closed during the entire period of the renovation works.
Our consular services will continue to be offered, but meetings with our consular staff will only be possible on an appointment basis and will take place in the residence of the Consul General.
We do ask, however, to anticipate the temporary closure of our offices and we would like to request you, as far as possible, to either advance or postpone your consular requests and to limit your requests during the period of the renovation works to urgent consular matters that cannot be advanced nor postponed.
We will keep you closely informed and provide more details during the coming weeks and apologize in advance for any inconvenience that may result from this exceptional situation.
Beware of scams
A number of citizens informed us over the last few days that they had been victims of attempted scams. They were contacted by con-men who tried to extort money from them over the phone by pretending to be working for our Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In order to make their story more credible, they had managed to have our central telephone number in Brussels appear (02/501.81.11) on the screen.
We call expressly everyone not to take any kind of action following such calls. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs never takes contact by phone alone to clear financial matters with the public, whatever the issue.
If you are the victim of a fraud, please inform us through our complaint form or refer it directly to the federal contact point (https://meldpunt.belgie.be/meldpunt/en/welcome).
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