Short stay less than 90 days (including airport transit visa)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Although the Embassy is open for business (strictly on appointment only) and the Consular Section and our Visa Application Centers (VAC) are serving the public, one should understand that, with limited numbers of staff present on-site courtesy of Covid still and important volumes of incoming applications, delays should be expected. We are doing the best we can to serve everyone as soon as possible, while also caring for the health and safety of our team members and visitors.
Third-country family members of EU citizens: Update 01.08.22: the embassy is currently fully booked until the end of September, it is pointless to request an appointment if your travel date is before that date. You should consider submitting your application at one of the TLScontact Visa Application Centres. To be directed to the TLScontact website to find out all the information you require about appointments, documents, processing time and general process, please click here.
Certain nationalities require to hold a short stay Schengen visa to travel to the Schengen area. Please visit the European Commission website to find out if you require a Schengen visa.
Certain nationalities require to hold a Schengen airport transit visa while transiting via the airport in Belgium. Please visit the European Commission website to find out if you require an airport transit visa.
Should you require a visa, you will need to submit your application at one of the TLScontact Visa Application Centres. To be directed to the TLScontact website to find out all the information you require about appointments, documents, processing time and general process, please click here.
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.
Third-country family members of EU citizens, when it has been ascertained that the visa applicant falls under the Directive 2004/38 EC, are allowed to lodge their application directly at the consulate without any costs. You should be aware however that the applicant must make an APPOINTMENT for any form of consular service. For security reasons you will not be able to access the Embassy without an appointment! Contact the visa section using our dedicated e-mail address to make an appointment: London.Visa@diplobel.fed.be. You will need to include the proof that the visa application fall under the Directive 2004/38 EC (UK residence permit are not accepted as sufficient proof).
Where family members of EU citizens decide not to make use of their right to lodge their application directly at the consulate but to use the extra services of the TLScontact visa application center, they should pay for these services.
You will find all conditions on the website of the only competent authority for the admittance, stay, residence and removal of foreigners: FPS Home Affairs Immigration Office website (English language website is experiencing technical difficulties - site is managed by the Immigration Department. Foreign Affairs does not guarantee the proper functioning of the Website and cannot be held liable in any way for a malfunctioning or temporary (un)availability of the Website)