Diplomatic domestic staff

Fairwork Belgium: Diplomatic housekeeping staff

The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic and Consular Relations allows diplomats to employ diplomatic housekeeping staff (officially known as private housekeepers/servants) and to bring them to Belgium to work for them.

A private housekeeper is someone who is in domestic service to the diplomat and is not considered an employee of the sending State.

Employment of diplomatic housekeeping staff must be approved by the Directie Protocol of the FPS Foreign Affairs. Once the employment has been approved, the employee will be issued with a special Type S identity card.

The conditions of employment of a housekeeper apply to diplomatic housekeeping staff.


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