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Visa for Belgium

Mandatory form for travel to Belgium

From 1 August, people returning to Belgium and all those travelling through Belgium and who are staying at least 48 hours must fill out an identification form (Passenger Locator Form). The form can be found here.

IMPORTANT

For the time being and until further notice, Belgian embassies and consulates no longer accept any visa applications and no longer issue visas, except in exceptional cases of essential travel

These categories of exception, recommended by the European Commission, have been further specified at the Belgian level:

  1. health professionals, health researchers and elderly care professionals; 
  2. frontier workers; 
  3. seasonal workers in agriculture; 
  4. transport personnel; 
  5. diplomats, staff of international organizations, people invited by international organizations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organizations, military personnel, federal police personnel, civil protection personnel, law enforcement personnel, personnel from the Immigration Office, customs personnel and humanitarian aid workers, in the exercise of their functions;
  6. passengers in transit, both extra-Schengen (coming from a non-Schengen country) and intra‑Schengen (coming from a Schengen country); 
  7. passengers travelling for imperative family reasons, meaning:
  • trips justified by family reunification ( settlement only)
  • visits to a spouse or registered partner residing in Belgium when, for professional or personal reasons, the spouses or registered partners live apart;
  • travel with an unregistered partner who does not live under the same roof;
  • travel within the framework of co-parenting; 
  • travel for funerals or cremations (first- and second-degree relatives);
  • travel within the framework of civil or religious marriages (first- and second-degree relatives).
  1. seafarers;
  2. persons travelling for humanitarian reasons, including travel for compelling medical reasons or to pursue urgent medical care;
  3. third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of study, including pupils, students and interns undergoing training as part of their studies and researchers with a hosting agreement; 
  4. Highly skilled third-country workers if their employment is necessary from an economic perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed abroad;
  5. movements of persons who come to work as an employee in Belgium, including au pairs, whatever the duration of this activity, provided that they are authorized by the competent Region (work permit or proof that the conditions of an exemption are met) ;
  6. movements of persons who come to work as a self-employed in Belgium, whatever the duration of this activity, provided that they are authorized by the competent Region (valid professional card or proof that the conditions of an exemption are met).
  7. movements of persons who come to work as an employee in Belgium, including au pairs, whatever the duration of this activity, provided that they are authorized by the competent Region (work permit or proof that the conditions of an exemption are met) ;

 

Visa applications for Belgium should be submitted at one of the TLS Visa Application Centres. To be directed to the TLS website, please click here.

 

  1. Where, when and how can you submit your visa application?
  2. How much is the handling fee (cost for processing your visa application)?
  3. Required documents
  4. Checking the status of your visa application
  5. Medical certificate - Certified doctors
  6. Certificate of good conduct
  7. Contact

 
1. Where, when and how can you submit a visa application?

For easy and fast processing of your visa application, the application needs to be submitted at one of the 'Visa Application Centres' (VAC) and not at the embassy. The addresses in London, Edinburgh and Manchester, as well as all other information, can be found here: London; Edinburgh and Manchester.

ATTENTION

  1. On 8 October the VAC in Edinburgh will close and will be transferred to a new location (re-open on 12 October) This is the new location:

    Office 5.5 - Regus, Abbey House,
    83 Princess Street
    Edinburgh EH2 2ER
    United Kingdom

 

  1. On 21 October the VAC in London will close and will be transferred to the new location (re-open on 26 October) This is the new location:

    18 Ryeland Boulevard, Wandsworth,
    London SW18 1UN
    United Kingdom

2. How much is the handling fee (cost for processing your visa application)?

The exact amount of the handling fee can be found HERE

An additional contribution is required for the processing of certain visa D applications, in which case you will be requested to submit a proof of payment of this additional contribution as a part of your visa application. If you are unable to do so at the time of the submission of your application, the application will  be considered inadmissible.

Please note that the handling fee, is to be paid at the time of the application. In case the applicant is exempt from paying the handling fee, he or she is not automatically exempted from paying the additional contribution. For more information about this, we refer you to the Immigration Office website.

When using the VAC, a service fee must be paid. Persons that are exempt from the handling fee are not exempt from paying this service fee.

 
3. Required documents

You can download the visa application form and you will find all conditions on the FPS Home Affairs Immigration Office website, the only competent authority for the admittance, stay, residence and removal of foreigners.

You will also be able to find out information on the VAC website. You will find information about short stay (<90 days) also called C or Schengen visa on the one hand and long stay (>90 days) on the other hand.

 
4. Checking the status of your visa application  

Belgian embassies and consulates general must submit certain visa applications to the Immigration Office of the Federal Public Service Home Affairs for a final decision. It is the only competent authority with regards to the admittance, stay, residence and removal of foreigners from Belgian territory.

In such a case, your file number will be communicated to you by the VAC upon the submission of your file to the Immigration Office. From this stage onwards, the Immigration Office is the only authority to contact, if you wish to know the status of your application.

With the file number you can inquire about the status of your application (Antwerpsesteenweg 59B, 1000 Brussels, T: +32.2.793.80.00, infodesk@ibz.fgov.be). Using this number, you can also check the status of your visa application on the Immigration Office website.

Once a decision has been taken, The Belgian Embassy or Consulate general will inform you personally.

The Embassy is not in a position to provide any further updates on your application while the decision is pending with the Ministry. Should you require your passport back in the meantime, please contact the VAC to request a temporary withdrawal of your passport.

 
5. Medical certificate - Certified doctors

If you need a medical certificate, we invite you to contact one of the doctors certified by the Embassy. Please click here to obtain the list.

 
6. Certificate of good conduct

Please click here to find information on how to obtain your certificate of good conduct.

7. Contact

Should you still have questions, we prefer to be contacted via email on london.visa@diplobel.fed.be.  

 

Information on the GDPR

General Data Protection Regulation. Information to be provided to applicants concerning the processing of personal data in the Visa Information System (VIS) provided upon short stay visa applications

Privacy statement. Processing of personal data in the context of a visa application