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Type of Belgium Visas

Tourist Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 10-15 days
  • Stay period : Upto 90 days
  • Validity : 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7,599/-
Business Visa ( Short term )
  • Processing time: 10-15 days
  • Stay period: Upto 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7,599/-
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Documents required for Belgium Visa

  • Must have Documents for Belgium Visa:
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    • Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any;
    • Visa Application form;
    • 2 recent colour photographs (Photo Specification);
    • Personal Covering letter (For Employed - Plain paper/ For Self-Employed – Company Letterhead);
    • Original updated Bank Statement (last 6 months);
    • Income Tax Returns / Form 16 for last 3 years;
    • Confirmed return flight tickets;
    • Hotel reservation;
    • Day wise Itinerary;
    • Travel Insurance (minimum coverage of EUR 30000).

    Kindly note: The Govt is very strict on the photograph requirement; please ensure that your photos are as per the specifications.

  • Supporting documents as per your occupation, type of visit:
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    1. If Employed:

    • Original Leave sanctioned certificate with company seal and signature;
    • Last 3 months salary slip.

    2. If Self Employed:

    • Business Registration License / MOA / Partnership deed;
    • Company’s updated bank statement of last 6 months;
    • Company’s IT returns for last 3 years.

    3. If Retired:

    • Proof of retirement like pension book, statement etc.

    4. If Student

    • School / College / Institute ID Card;
    • Bonafide certificate.

    5. If Minor

    • Birth Certificate;
    • No Objection Certificate from the parents / non-accompanying parent on Rs 100/- stamp paper;
    • ID proof of parent like passport or PAN card.

    6. If Sponsored

    • Sponsorship letter;
    • Sponsor’s national ID proof like Passport, PAN card or Resident permit;
    • Updated bank statement of last 6 months.

    7. If Visiting friend or relative

    • Invitation letter / Original Guarantee letter legalized by the municipality if being sponsored;
    • Inviter’s ID proof like Passport, Resident Permit;
    • Family composition;
    • Last 3 months salary slip or Income tax returns.

    8. For Business Visa

    • Invitation letter from host Company stating purpose of trip, business details etc;
    • Covering letter from Indian company on company letterhead.

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Belgium Visa FAQs

  • add What is a Belgium Schengen visa?

    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.

  • add The Schengen Visa is valid for which countries?

    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.

  • add How long can I stay in the Schengen area on the basis of my visa?

    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".

  • add Will all Schengen Visas be granted for 90 days?

    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

  • add Can I apply again for a Schengen Visa if my application has been refused earlier?

    You are free to apply again for a Schengen Visa if your application has been refused earlier.

  • add What is the Schengen Visa cover letter?

    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:

    • the purpose of your trip
    • when and where you intend to travel
    • how your trip is going to be funded
    • day-by-day itinerary for your trip
    • duration of the trip
  • add As a Belgium short-stay visa holder can I extend my Schengen Visa while in Belgium?

    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.

  • add If my Belgium short-stay multiple entry Schengen Visa is valid for a year, how long can I remain in the Netherlands territory?

    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.

  • add How long before the start of the intended visit should I apply for a Schengen Visa?

    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.

  • add How long does it take to obtain a Belgium Visa?

    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.

  • add How can I check the status of my Belgium Visa application?

    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.

  • add Is it mandatory for me to take an appointment for a Belgium Visa?

    Yes, an appointment is mandatory for Belgium Visa in order to provide your biometrics and submit your visa documents.

  • add My family is also applying for the Belgium Visa, how many appointments should we make?

    Every member of the family needs an individual appointment.

  • add I am traveling to multiple Schengen countries. From which Consulate should I apply for my Schengen Visa?

    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.

  • add Can I leave the Schengen area and return again with my Schengen Visa?

    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.

  • add What is the difference between a single-entry Schengen Visa and a multiple-entry 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).

  • add Do I have to present any other document at the Schengen external borders apart from my travel document with the Schengen Visa?

    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).

  • add Do I have to apply in person for the Schengen Visa?

    Yes, applications by mail will not be accepted. The Schengen visa application should be presented in person because biometrical data must be recorded.

  • add Why is personal appearance mandatory for Belgium Visa?

    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.

  • add What is the role of VFS?

    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.

  • add Do I need to provide travel insurance for my 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.

  • add What are the Schengen Visa travel insurance requirements?

    Your travel Insurance plan for a Schengen Visa must meet the following requirements:

    • Minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros (approx. USD $34,000)
    • Coverage for repatriation for medical reasons
    • Coverage for emergency medical treatment
    • Coverage for expenses resulting from your death
    • Coverage for the entire period of your intended stay
    • Valid in all Schengen Area countries
  • add Can you process the Travel Insurance for me?

    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.

  • add What is the easiest way to apply for a Belgium Visa?

    The easiest way to apply for a Belgium Visa is to contact us. We are experts in the travel and tourism sector with over 40 years of experience. Through our expertise, in-depth knowledge and integrity, we commit to delivering an exceptional experience to our customers each and every time you use our service. In order to help us understand your unique visa needs, please drop in your query and our Expert will get in touch with you.

  • add Are you still having doubts about the Visa process?

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Simple steps to get a Belgium Visa:

Akbar Travels has been a part of more than one million travel dreams. We offer a superior, quick and hassle-free Visa Facilitation service. With a highly professional and dedicated team of Visa Experts, we are here to cater to all your Belgium visa application requirements. Read more

Throughout your visa process, you will have a dedicated visa expert handling your application.

Here are the steps to apply for a Belgium Visa through Akbar Travels:

Step 1: Provide your travel details to our Visa Expert and get all your queries answered.

Step 2: Pay the visa fee and upload your documents online through our secured online document locker to ensure its confidentiality.

Step 3: Our Visa Expert will verify the documents, complete your visa application and schedule your appointment.

Step 4: On the appointment day visit the Visa Application Center (VAC) to submit your Biometrics (fingerprinting & photograph) and documents.

Step 5: Receive your Visa.

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Basic Requirements to visit Belgium

  • Have a valid Passport and valid Belgium Visa;
  • Be in good health; Read more
  • Good moral character;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you have your family, property, assets, etc. that would serve as an incentive to come back to your home country;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you will leave the country before your Belgium visa expires;
  • Have sufficient funds to support yourself in Belgium and the amount depends on how long you will stay in Belgium and whether you will be staying with family, friends or any paid accommodation.
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Travel Checklist

  • Passport;
  • Valid Belgium Visa; Read more
  • Confirmed return Ticket;
  • Contact details of your relative, friends or business contact in Belgium;
  • Confirmed hotel bookings (If Any);
  • Belgium Currency and other forms of forex;
  • An unlocked smartphone, preferable with a Sim card from India;
  • Any additional documents required to prove your purpose of visit (especially if you are travelling on a business Visa).
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What to do when you arrive in Belgium

  • Keep your Declaration form in hand (provided to you on the flight); Read more
  • Keep all travel documents (passport, valid Belgium Visa, return ticket, hotel bookings etc.) ready in case the immigration officer asks to produce any document;
  • If you are an unaccompanied minor, make sure you stay with the flight attendant who is in charge of your safety. Additionally, you must recognise the adult picking you up at the airport. If you have any doubts, you must inform the airline staff immediately.
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Belgium travel guide

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 more

The 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.

In more detail, the country can be divided into three climatic zones i.e. that immediately adjoining the coast, the interior lowlands and the Ardennes range of low mountains

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Belgium Facts and Figures

Name
Kingdom of Belgium
Location:
Western Europe
Time:
IST (-) 4 ½ hours Read more
Capital:
Brussels
Major cities:
Brussels, Antwerp, Liege, Ghent
Language:
Dutch (official), French (official), German
Area:
30,528 sq km
Population:
11,491,346Brussels Airline SN
National day:
21 July
Currency:
Euro (EUR)
Main Airline:
Brussels Airline SN
International Airports:
Brussels (BRU)
Liege (LGG)
Ostend Bruges (OST)
Antwerp International (ANR)
Best time to visit Belgium
April to October
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Other Belgium Visa types

We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the following visa applications.

If you require a visa to enter Belgium, there are three types of Belgian visas allowing entrance:

  1. Airport transit visa (A visa)
  2. Short-stay Schengen visa (C visa)
  3. 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 left;
  • 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:

a holiday
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.

Family reunification

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.