We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the following
If you require a visa to enter Belgium, there are three types of Belgian visas allowing entrance:
- Airport transit visa (A visa)
- Short-stay Schengen visa (C visa)
- Long-term visa (D visa).
1. Airport transit visa for Belgium
An airport transit visa (A visa) allows you to pass through the international transit zone in Belgium
(and indeed any Schengen country) while you are waiting for a connecting flight. You are not
allowed to leave the airport and enter Belgium.
Applying for transit visa If the transit is via a single airport in Belgium than you should apply
for a transit visa from the Belgian embassy in your home country. If you will be transiting at
two or more airports in the Schengen area then you apply at the embassy of the county where you’ll
be making the first transit stop.
You’ll need to complete, in either French, Dutch, German or English, an application form and provide
supporting documents, such as:
- a valid passport/national travel ID issued in the last 10 years and with at least three months
- a recent photo;
- documents relating to your onward journey.
You should apply no earlier than three months before your proposed journey. Check the precise requirements
with the Belgian embassy in your country of residence.
2. Short-stay Schengen visa for Belgium
A short-stay Schengen or C visa allows you to stay in the Schengen area (including Belgium) – but
not work – for up to a maximum 90 days (three months) in any 180-day period. If you have a Schengen
visa issued by another Schengen state you can also come and stay in Belgium, provided you have
not yet exceeded the 90-day allowance in any part of the Schengen area.
Most nationals from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland will need a visa.
You can come to Belgium on this visa for:
to visit family
to take part in business conferences or other professional reasons
for a cultural or sporting event
for a short training or study course.
If you want to take on any paid work, including training or an internship, then you will usually
need to get a work permit before you can work in Belgium.
You must apply for this visa no earlier than three months before your proposed journey through
the Belgian embassy in your home country
3. Long-term D visa for Belgium
If you want to come to Belgium for longer than three months (90 days), you will have to apply for
a long-stay (D) visa and residence permit based on the purpose of your stay, for example, whether
you will be coming to Belgium to work, study, or join a family member, as detailed below. Since
2015, an additional contribution has been required to process certain long-term visa applications,
on top of the usual application handling fee (about EUR 180). Unlike the handling fee which can
be paid at the time of application, any applicable contribution must be paid to the Belgian Immigration
Office beforehand and the proof of payment attached to your application – or your application
won't be accepted. Some foreigners are exempt from this fee, which ranges from EUR 60–215 depending
on your age and the purpose of the stay. Read more about the conditions on who has to pay a contribution
and how much. Your local authority, embassy or consulate can advise you.
Working in Belgium
Before you apply for a long-term visa to come and work in Belgium, you will first need to find a
job and an employer who will obtain authorisation to employ you and apply for a work permit on
your behalf. Some highly qualified individuals can apply for a Blue Card instead. For more information
on working in Belgium, see our guide to working in Belgium.
Studying in Belgium
To get a long-term visa to come to Belgium to study in higher education or to spend a preparatory
year of study ahead of this, you will first need to be able to prove that you:
have a place at a recognised institution (course information, letter from the educational establishment,
educational certificates); have sufficient funds to cover your living costs, study, healthcare
and repatriation costs (EUR 617 per month for the 2015-2016 study year); a medical certificate;
proof that you don’t have a criminal record, if you’re over 21.
As a general rule, if you’re a non-EU/EEA or Swiss national, you can get a long-term visa to accompany
your spouse, registered partner or parent (if you’re a dependent family member), who has been
given permission to come and live in Belgium as long as you fulfil certain conditions. You have
to be able to prove your relationship, have suitable accommodation in Belgium, and there must
be sufficient funds to support the family’s living and health insurance costs.