Translators & interpreters

After arriving in Belgium, it might be convenient to have someone who can translate information, documents etc. from Dutch to your mother tongue or vice versa. If you have to present documents for official procedures (e.g. birth or marriage certificate, diplomas etc.) it might be necessary to have a sworn translation.

Action steps

  • Ask the authorities concerned whether you need a sworn translator or interpreter when starting an official procedure at the city office (Stadskantoor), your employer, your school, etc.
  • If you need a sworn translator/interpreter: Consult Lextra Lingua (website in Dutch or French only) or go to the court of first instance (website in Dutch, French and German only) of Leuven. They have contact details of all sworn translators. At the City Office (Stadskantoor) and the Civic Affairs Office (dienst Burgerzaken), a (limited) list is also available.
  • If you do not need a sworn translator/interpreter, several public and government agencies have the possibility to call in a ‘social’ interpreter on the spot or via telephone. If such an interpreter would be useful for you, inquire about the possibilities on site.
  • Find a commercial translating agency on the internet. Make clear arrangements on paper about price and deadline.

Attention points

  • Several online translation tools exist, such as Google Translate or DeepL. Please be careful if you translate official or complex information, or information including a lot of jargon. Although these tools improve constantly, the translation might miss crucial elements.

Suppliers, channels and tools

Audience

Internationals who need a translation to/from Dutch.

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