Belgium Visa and Passport Requirements
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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 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.
Transit visa: €60/£54; short-stay Schengen visa: €60/£54; long-stay visa: €180/£162.
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.
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.
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.
Allow a minimum of 10 days for visa processing. Applications for some nationalities may take up to several weeks.
If applying for a visa, you’ll be asked to detail how you intend to support yourself for the duration of your 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.
If visas are needed, a form must be filled out for each individual applicant, including children under 18.