Important Travel Document Information – Please Read
If you are wishing to gain a Belgium Schengen Visa you will be pleased to know that the Belgian embassies have reopened for business and are now processing Belgian Schengen visas. The processing of a visa to Belgium can take up to 12 weeks. You can select ‘express processing’ from the drop down menu on the application for a quicker response, however appointments are subject to availability.
We strongly advise to apply as soon as possible to ensure that you are approved for a visa to Belgium in time for your trip. You will not be allowed on your flight without a valid visa document.
What is a Belgian Schengen Visa?
In 1995, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain formed the Schengen Visa, a short-term free roaming arrangement. Following 1995, numerous more European countries joined the agreement in various years, resulting in the creation of the Schengen area. The Schengen region now consists of 26 countries with no border controls between them, and holding a Schengen visa from one of these countries entitles you to a visa-free stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in a 180-day period, as well as transits through international airports.
Member nations of the Schengen region include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
If you want to freely visit any of these countries, youll need to get a Schengen visa.
Despite the fact that Belgium has been a member of the Schengen area since 1995 and is subject to its legislation, there are small differences in local laws and procedures for various nationalities.
All of the documentation youll need for your Belgium Schengen visa must be completed in English. The following information will be included in applications for Belgium Schengen visas:
Passport must be valid.
Application form; printed & signed
Residence permit (if applicable)
Where will you be staying? (accommodation)
Fully purchased roundtrip aircraft ticket (proof of return)
How will you pay for your trip? (finances)
Medical insurance for travellers
A Schengen transit visa is a permission required of particular nationalities who will transit via a Schengen country to a non-Schengen country, even if they do not leave the airports international transit zone. If your second destination is also a Schengen country, youll need a standard Schengen visa. A Schengen transit visa is necessary for citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, and Sri Lanka. Its crucial to keep in mind that certain Schengen countries have their own visa listings with additional countries.
Tourist Visa for Schengen
If you want to go sightseeing in a Schengen country, you can apply for a Schengen tourist visa, which is specifically designed for this purpose and can be issued by any Schengen country. The Schengen tourist visa allows you to travel to more than one Schengen nation.
Schengen Visa for Business
Meetings, events, fairs, business initiatives, and commercial activities are all covered by a Schengen Business visa. The visa allows the holder to visit any Schengen nation for 90 days during a 180-day period.
Visitor Visa for the Schengen Area
Individuals who are visiting a family member or friend who is lawfully residing in a Schengen country are granted a Schengen visitor visa. For a Schengen visiting visa, there are some additional criteria, such as an invitation letter and proof of relationship for families.
Schengen Visa for Cultural Activities
Individuals or groups can enter a Schengen country on a Schengen cultural visa for a variety of reasons, including cultural activities, sports, or filmmaking. To get a Schengen cultural visa, both sending and receiving associations must submit a letter that clearly describes the objective of the visit.
Belgium Visa for Relatives
Third-country nationals with spouses, registered parents, or unmarried minors who are Belgian citizens are eligible for a Belgium relative visa. Documents demonstrating sufficient means of subsistence, lodging, and evidence of kinship must be submitted by the applicant.
People who plan to receive medical treatment at a Schengen countries facility are awarded a Schengen medical treatment visa. A Schengen medical treatment visa requires a number of supplementary documents, including proof of payment to the medical institution, proof of lodging, and a letter of admission from the receiving medical institution.
Long-Term Visitor Visa (Category D)
Category D visas are awarded for stays in Belgium that last longer than three months and are not to be confused with permanent residence permits.
Student Visa for Belgium
Students who plan to study at a higher education institution in Belgium for longer than three months will need a Belgium student visa. Additional documents necessary when applying for a category D student visa in Belgium include proof of enrollment, proof of appropriate mastery of the language in which the courses will be taught, and a motivation letter.
Visa for Work in Belgium
A third-country citizen who desires to stay and work in Belgium for more than 90 days must apply for a Belgium employment visa through his or her employer and provide extra documentation such as sufficient means of subsistence, duration of occupation, and health insurance.
Visa for Reunion with Family in Belgium
A Belgium family reunion visa is provided to residents of third countries who have a spouse, minor or dependent major, or registered parents who have permanent residence permits in Belgium and will be staying in the country for more than three months. While applying for the visa, additional documents such as proof of family relationship, proof of sufficient sustenance, and proof of accomodation are necessary.
Visa for Belgian Researchers
Individuals who have a hosting agreement with a qualified research institution and want to work as a researcher in Belgium for more than three months are eligible for a Belgium researcher visa. Staying permission is only granted for the duration of the study project.
Fill out your application completely and truthfully. Your responses will be used during your Embassy interview. Any differences will complicate your approval process.
You must apply for a residency permit, rather than a Belgium Schengen Visa if you plan to stay in France for more than 90 days.
All third-country nationals who have not yet signed a liberalization agreement with Schengen member states must get this travel authorization before to traveling in Europe. To determine if you need a Schengen visa to visit a Schengen member country
For detailed information on specific parts of the Belgium Schengen visa process, you can refer to the links in the table to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
Belgium Schengen Visa Application Process
It is critical to be prepared and acquire all necessary information on your nationality and purpose of stay before to applying for a Belgium tourist visa. To obtain a tourist visa for Belgium, you must go through the following steps:
Prepare ahead of time
It is critical to apply for a tourist visa in Belgium within a fair time frame. Visa applications should not be submitted to the Schengen areas equivalent consulate 15 days before to the estimated date of arrival in the member country.
Schedule an Appointment
To visit any Belgian embassy around the world, you must almost always schedule an appointment via the internet or by phone. In addition to the visa price, you will be charged a service fee at the embassy.
Complete and submit your application
Because you must hand in the relevant documents in person, find out which Belgian consulate is the most convenient for you to travel to. At the consulate, you will be interviewed to confirm your purpose of visit as well as other supporting documentation.
Obtain Your Visa
The applicable consulate or authorised visa service facility will notify you after the processing time has passed, and a Belgium tourist visa should be affixed to your passport.
This depends on a number of things such as whether or not you have had a Schengen visa in the past or how many countries you intend to visit. Generally you first Schengen visa will be issued for the duration of your stay. Future applications may be granted for multiple entry for a number of years.
There are 26 Schengen members states in Europe. You can see the full list of countries in the Schengen zone in the table on this page.
You can expect an update on your application within 3 days of submission. You can choose express processing at checkout for a response within 24 hours.
Once you attend your appointment, your visa can take up to 15 working days to be processed by the Embassy.