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A Belgium Schengen visa is a special kind of visa which allows you to travel among all the Schengen countries including Belgium for a maximum period of upto 90 days. This is a traveller’s dream where with one visa you can travel to any of the other 25 Schengen countries along with Belgium.
A Schengen Visa (issued by a consulate or embassy of a Schengen State) is valid for all 26 States of the Schengen Area (including the European territory of Belgium), unless it is marked otherwise on the visa sticker. So you do not need another visa to enter or stay in the European territory of Belgium. However, you must be in possession of documentary evidence for the reasons of your stay and your means of support. Schengen Area comprises of the following countries: 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.
The Schengen Visa is a short stay visa and takes the form of a sticker affixed to your passport. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of "90 days in any 180 days period". This means that the total duration of stay is of maximum 90 days in any period of 180 days. The precise length of validity of your Schengen Visa is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Duration of visit”. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading "Number of entries" by "1". A two-entry or a multiple-entry visa allows for two or several entries during the validity of the Schengen Visa. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "02" or "MULT" under the heading "Number of entries".
No, not necessarily all Schengen Visas will be granted for 90 days. You may get the Schengen Visa only for the number of days that you present in your travel itinerary and your flight & hotel bookings
You are free to apply again for a Schengen Visa if your application has been refused earlier.
The Schengen Visa cover letter is a letter which summarizes your intent to travel to a country that is part of the Schengen area. In your cover letter you should explain:
You cannot extend your Belgium short-stay while in Belgium except in special circumstances, and exceeding your permitted period of stay is considered an act of illegality or criminality. Instead, you must return to your home country within the permitted period of stay and apply for another Belgium Visa if necessary.
A short-stay Schengen Visa allows you to enter and stay in a Belgium territory for a maximum period of 90 days within a period of six months.
You may only submit your Schengen visa application 90 days before your date of departure. We recommend that you apply at least 20 working days before the date you wish to depart as certain types of travel purpose may take longer than usual to process. For instance, the processing time of your Schengen Visa Application will take between 5-15 working days from your appointment date.
Typically, a Belgium Visa (Schengen Visa) takes anywhere from 10 to 15 days to process in the Belgium Embassy/Consulate. The processing time for a Belgium Visa is dependent on several factors and can change without notice at the consulate's discretion.
Applicants can check the status of Belgium visa application online using the Belgium VFS Reference number and Date of Birth. Kindly visit the Track Your Application section of the VFS Belgium website.
Yes, an appointment is mandatory for Belgium Visa in order to provide your biometrics and submit your visa documents.
Every member of the family needs an individual appointment.
Schengen Visa must be applied from the Embassy / Consulate of the country where you will be staying for maximum number of days. If your stay has equal number of days in each country then you must apply to the Embassy / Consulate of the country which would serve as the first port of entry.
Schengen Visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "01". With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the Schengen Visa.
According to the EU, a single-entry Schengen Visa allows entry to the Schengen area only once, meaning you are not permitted to re-enter the Schengen Area after leaving, while a multiple-entry Schengen Visa allows multiple entries into the Schengen Area within the visa’s validity period (90 days total within 180-day period).
The short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At the border (or during other controls) you may have to show the visa but also provide additional documentation, for example; sufficient evidence that you have sufficient means to cover the stay and the return trip. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when applying for the Schengen visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay).
Yes, applications by mail will not be accepted. The Schengen visa application should be presented in person because biometrical data must be recorded.
As from 2nd November 2015 following the introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS), all Schengen visa applicants in India have to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and digital photography). The photograph can be digitally taken at the time of the application or scanned from an existing one. For subsequent applications within the 5 years the fingerprints can be copied from the previous application file in the VIS. In case of reasonable doubt regarding the identity of the applicant, the consulate will again collect fingerprints within the 5 year period specified above. Furthermore, the applicant may request that they be collected if, at the time when the application is lodged, it cannot be immediately confirmed that the fingerprints were collected within this 5 years period.
VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd (VFS) is the Service Delivery Provider for the Embassy of Belgium in New Delhi. The role of VFS is to accept visa applications and to dispatch passports and documents back to clients, on behalf of the Embassy of Belgium. VFS does not play any part in or influence the outcome of your visa application.
Yes. Applicants should prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Schengen Member States. The insurance should be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage must be EUR 30000.
Your travel Insurance plan for a Schengen Visa must meet the following requirements:
Even though Travel Insurance is a mandatory requirement for processing Schengen Visa, you are strongly advised to purchase a health / travel insurance to secure yourself as medical treatment can be very expensive in the Schengen country. Your travel insurance offers protection against unexpected emergencies on international travel such as coverage of medical expenses, flight delay and cancellations, passport and baggage loss or personal accident. For financial safety and security on your international trip we highly recommend you to purchase travel insurance and avail our special offer.
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The Kingdom of Belgium is rich in places of interest to the tourist, largely because it was here that two European cultural groups once met and overlapped. The interesting countryside and many cultural attractions make it well worth a visit at any time of the year. Read moreThe summer holidaymaker will find extensive beaches and picturesque dunes in the resorts along the Belgian North Sea coast. Those interested in art will enthuse over the superb museums and collections as well as the historical town centers, many with rivers and other waterways and impressive secular and religious buildings, such as those in Gent and Bruges.
ourists keen on technical achievements will be fascinated by the harbor installations in Antwerp and the bridges, sluices, canals or ship-lifting gear. Walkers and nature-lovers will be attracted by the woodland regions of the Ardennes, where they will find the largest dripstone cave in Europe and Spa, a spa town (hence the word) of high quality. Belgium is also famous for its gastronomic delights -- per head of population, no other European country can boast as many restaurants awarded stars or medals by international gourmets as can Belgium.
Belgium is also an important European bureaucratic center, and is host to the European Union headquarters.
Belgium covers an area of only 30,519sq. km/11,783sq. miles, making it one of the smallest of the European states. Its maximum length is 290km/180 miles, from Ostend to Arlon. From the capital Brussels all parts of the country can be reached by car in two hours at the most and by train in two and a half, so Belgium can genuinely be called a "country of short roads". Belgium is divided into areas where either Germanic or Romance ethnic backgrounds or languages predominate. The Walloons live in the southern part and speak French, while Walloon, a French dialect differing from the Parisian dialect mainly in being less nasal, now lives on only in certain idiomatic expressions. The Flemings, speaking a Dutch dialect, live in the northern regions of the country. Strictly speaking, there are three dialects -- the Zeeland dialect spoken at the mouth of the Scheldt and in West Flanders, the Brabant and the Limburg. The climate in Belgium is generally temperate and humid, the result of its position in the temperate latitudes. It is quite strongly influenced by the sea, as it lies very close to the coast and the predominant westerly winds come in off the sea.
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If you require a visa to enter Belgium, there are three types of Belgian visas allowing entrance:
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.