Visa for Belgium
Mandatory form for Extra-Schengen air travel to Belgium 'Public Health Passenger Locator Form"
Every passenger on an Extra-Schengen flight to Belgium is obliged to complete the "Public Health Passenger Locator Form" prior to travel. On arrival in Belgium, the form must be handed over to the designated authorities at the border. This is a sanitary measure imposed by the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. Further information can be found on the form itself.
Reopening of the Belgian Visa Application Centre in London
Following the announcement by the Belgian authorities that they will start processing visa applications once more, our Visa Application Centre in London will be reopening from 6th July 2020.
In view of the ongoing health crisis and the restrictive measures regarding the movement of persons, the reception of visa applications will be strictly limited to the visa categories mentioned below, and only after making an appointment with our External Service Provider .
The issuance of Short-stay visas for “Business”; "Family visit" and "Tourist travel" remains suspended.
The Manchester and Edinburgh centers remain closed until further notice.
- Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals;
- Frontier workers;
- Seasonal workers in agriculture;
- Transport personnel;
- Diplomats, staff of international organizations and people invited by international organizations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organizations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers and civil protection personnel in the exercise of their functions;
- Passengers in transit;
- Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons;
- Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons
- Third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of study;
- Highly qualified third-country workers if their employment is necessary from an economic perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed abroad
- Family members (regardless of whether or not they return to their home) of EU citizens, citizens of states associated with the Schengen area and of third country nationals who are legally resident in the EU and their family members.
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.
- Where, when and how can you submit your visa application?
- How much is the handling fee (cost for processing your visa application)?
- Required documents
- Checking the status of your visa application
- Medical certificate - Certified doctors
- Certificate of good conduct
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 on https//be.tlscontact.com/gb/lon/index.php.
The handling fee is paid in Pounds Sterling and can be paid by card, cash or postal order at the VAC. The handling fee for a short term stay visa (C) is £72; for a long term stay visa (D) it is £162.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
Please click here to find information on how to obtain your certificate of good conduct.
Should you still have questions, we prefer to be contacted via email on email@example.com.
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