Belgium Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes No No
Canadian Yes Yes No
Other EU 1 No No
USA Yes Yes No

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Passports

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.

If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another however, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary though. Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.

Visas

Visas are not required by the nationals referred to in the chart above for stays in Belgium of up to three months within a six-month period. Foreign nationals staying for longer than 90 days need to apply for a temporary residence card.

Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Types and cost

Transit visa: €60/£54; short-stay Schengen visa: €60/£54; long-stay visa: €180/£162.

Validity

Short-stay/Schengen visas are valid for up to 90 days. For visits of longer than 90 days, a long-stay visa or temporary residence card is required.

Application to

Consulate or consular section at the embassy. In the UK, applicants need to apply through VFS Global's Visa Application Centre (www.vfs-be-uk.com), which charges an additional service fee of £24.

Schengen visas

Belgium is a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.

Temporary residence

EU nationals planning to stay longer than 90 days need to apply for a residence permit at the local town hall within eight days of arrival.

Working days

Allow a minimum of 10 days for visa processing. Applications for some nationalities may take up to several weeks.

Sufficient funds

If applying for a visa, you’ll be asked to detail how you intend to support yourself for the duration of your stay.

Extension of stay

You should address applications for visa extensions to the Alien’s Department of Home Affairs (http://dofi.ibz.be). Once they have approved the request, you must apply to the FPS Foreign Affairs (rue des Petits Carmes 27, Brussels; Mon-Fri 0930-1130) in person with your passport and the €30 fee. Schengen visa extensions are only granted in exceptional circumstances.

Entry with children

If visas are needed, a form must be filled out for each individual applicant, including children under 18.

Entry with pets

Pets travelling within the EU are permitted if they are accompanied by an up-to-date veterinary certificate, are fitted with a pet microchip and have proof of rabies vaccination.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of Belgium in the USA
Telephone: (202) 333 6900. Website: http://www.diplobel.us Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1230 and 1400-1700; Mon-Fri 0930-1230 (visas).
British Embassy in Belgium
Telephone: (2) 287 6211. Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/belgium Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1730 (embassy); Mon-Fri 0830-1230 (consular).
Embassy of Belgium in the UK
Telephone: 020 7470 3700 (general enquiries); 0871 376 0023 (visas). Website: http://www.diplomatie.be/london; http://www.vfs-be-uk.com. Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1200 (visas).

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