Plan Early

Give yourself a minimum of 4 weeks to plan. The further you plan ahead, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to locate and book the right professionals for your deposition.

Depo Venues

Depositions in Belgium can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel room, law firm office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility.

Region-based Court Reporters

We have region-based court reporters for depositions in Belgium, which means lower travel costs for you.

Visa Requirements

U.S. passport holders may enter Belgium for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

Hague Evidence Convention

Belgium is not a member of the Hague Evidence Convention. Find out more about the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters.

Useful Links

U.S. State Department
Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses
Blog article
Deposing a Willing Witness in Belgium
U.S. Consulate General
Brussels

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Video tips

Let our experts walk you through the process of setting up a deposition in Belgium.

How to set up a deposition in Belgium

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in Belgium.

How to swear in a witness abroad

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, discusses essential tips and know-how to correctly administer the oath during an international deposition.

Case Study: Genk

Welcome to Belgium

Challenge
A U.S. court reporting agency needs to arrange a court reporter and interpreter for a 6-day deposition in Genk, but doesn't know where to start. Help!
Solution
Thanks to our unmatched global network of court reporters and interpreters, we were able to immediately secure a stellar court reporter and interpreter for all 6 days in Ghent. Our local deposition interpreter provided flawless interpretation for the witnesses from German to English. Result: a perfect success for our client.

Expert info, tips & advice

Sharing our over 17 years of international deposition experience with you.

Infographic: 5 Tips for Swearing In a Witness Abroad

Have a witness you need to depose in a foreign country? Wondering how you can administer the oath correctly? There are a number of possible solutions available for swearing in a witness outside of the U.S. Our quick and easy infographic provides some practical suggestions based on our extensive experience scheduling depositions abroad.

Deposing a Willing Witness in Belgium

The Hague Evidence Convention enables U.S. litigants to obtain the testimony of a willing Belgian resident without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is the official statement from the U.S. Department of State website about taking voluntary depositions of willing witnesses in Belgium.

International Deposition Tips: First Step to Setting Up a Depo Outside the U.S.

We are very excited to unveil our first video from our brand new video series, International Deposition Tips. The entire Optima Juris team will be sharing insider tips, advice, guides, and information about international depositions in these quick and easy-to-view videos. First up we have Optima Juris CEO, Ian Hardy, explaining the first step to setting up a deposition outside the U.S.

Essential international travel information for Belgium

Currency

Belgium uses the Euro. For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).

Weather

For the latest weather information in cities throughout Belgium visit weather.com.

General tipping

Tipping is not common in Belgium. Restaurant and taxi bills include the service charge. Service staff in Belgium are well-paid, in comparsion with those in the USA, and do not rely on tips to make up their income. However, if you are very happy with the service you got, leaving a few Euros (or to round up your bill) as a tip is the way forward, but think of 10% as the maximum to leave (i.e. when you receive exceptional service).

Holidays & observances

Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in Belgium here: timeanddate.com/holidays/belgium/.

Health

Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to Belgium. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State Belgium country page or contact the Belgium Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

Major airports

Antwerp / Deurne, Antwerp International Airport, ANR

Bruges / Ostend, Ostend-Bruges International Airport, OST

Brussels / Zaventem, Brussels Airport, BRU

Brussels / Charleroi, Brussels South Charleroi Airport, CRL

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