Important Travel Document Information – Please Read
If you are wishing to gain a visa to Belgium you will be pleased to know that the Belgian embassies have reopened for business and are now processing Belgian visas. The processing of Belgian visas can take up to 12 weeks. You can select ‘express processing’ from the drop down menu on the application for a quicker response.
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.
The Schengen Area is a zone in which 26 European countries have abolished their internal borders to allow for free and unrestricted movement of people, while also adhering to common rules for controlling external borders and combating criminality by bolstering the common judicial system and police cooperation.
Except for Ireland and the nations that will soon be part of Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Cyprus, the Schengen Area encompasses the majority of EU countries. Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein are all members of the Schengen zone despite not being EU members.
One of the most well-known reasons for visiting the Schengen Zone is for tourism. However there are many reasons you can list as your travel purpose on your application such as:
Visiting Family or Friends – those who desire to visit family or friends who are lawfully resident in the Schengen region.
Business – Many individuals travel to and from the Schengen nations on a regular basis for business.
Medical reasons — For heading to any of the Schengen member states for medical treatment
Students and learners who intend to attend any form of educational institution, such as university courses, language courses, and other courses, for a duration of less than three months.
Cultural, Sports, and Film Crews – a visa created for those residing outside of the Schengen region who want to go to Europe for a Cultural, Sports, or Religious Event, as well as Film Crews.
The following papers must be given to the Belgium embassy/consulate when applying for a short-term Belgium visa, according to Belgium visa requirements:
- Application for a visa in Belgium. At the end, the document is fully completed, printed, and signed.
- Two identical passport-style photographs. The photos should be no more than three months old and shot in accordance with the Belgium visa picture standards.
- Your original passport. To be able to apply the Belgium visa sticker, it must have at least two blank pages. Before applying, make sure your passport is valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you want to leave Belgium (Schengen territory). It must also be no more than ten years old.
- a copy of any prior visas youve had (if applicable).
- A letter of introduction. In which you describe why you want to visit Belgium and provide further information about your trip.
- Itinerary for a round-trip flight. Contains the dates and flight numbers for entering and leaving Belgium (Schengen area).
- Travel Insurance for the Schengen Area. You must provide a document confirming that you have obtained travel insurance for Belgium and the whole Schengen area, with a minimum coverage of €30,000 for medical emergencies and repatriation in the event of death.
Schengen visas are utilised by business persons, tourists, speciality workers, and students who want to stay in Belgium for a limited time for specific travel purposes. Those who apply for a Schengen visa must show the Visa Application Centre that they intend to leave the Schengen Zone at the end of their temporary stay.
Once you submit an application, it will go through an 8 point check to ensure there will be no issues with your authorization. Sometimes it can take up to 72 hours for the review to be completed. You may choose Express Processing for your review to be completed within 24 hours.
You will receive all updates to the email address you present on your application including your appointment details.
A Shengen Visa is an official travel document. It allows a person to travel to any country in the Schengen Area. For stays of up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.
The Schengen area consists of 26 European countries. The area mostly acts as a single jurisdiction for international travel with a common visa policy.
Nationals of some countries, which have not yet reached a liberalization agreement will need to obtain this travel authorization before arrival in Europe.
Please select one of the following options when applying for your Belgium Visa:
You must apply for a residency permit or national D-Visa, rather than a Belgian Schengen Visa if you plan to stay in Belgium for more than 90 days.
Your long-stay visa must be for a period of three months to one year, regardless of the length of your anticipated stay. You must apply for a residence permit at a prefecture in order to prolong your stay beyond the duration of your visa.
The long-stay visa is comparable to a Schengen visa throughout its validity term, allowing you to travel and remain in the Schengen Area outside of Belgium for up to 90 days in any 180-day period, under the same circumstances as if you had a Schengen visa.
If you are a citizen of a country that can visit the Schengen zone without a visa, then you may travel visa-free and apply for your national visa / residence permit from within the country you wish to stay in long-term.
A Visa is required for any third national wishing to enter Belgium or any other Schengen country. It could be a short-stay Schengen C-visa for stays of up to 90 days or a national D-visa / residence permit for longer stays in the country.
Because interview wait periods vary by location, season, and visa type, you should apply for your visa as soon as possible. Appointment waiting times can be as long as 3-4 months in some cases.
A Belgium schengen visa enables a foreign person to go to a Schengen port-of-entry (usually an airport) and request to be granted permission to enter the country. We can ensure your visa application goes smoothly, however, entrance to the Schengen zone is not guaranteed by an approved visa.