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 for Belgium are not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. EU nationals may stay for an unlimited period, but must obtain a residence permit if staying longer than three months. Nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA may stay for up to 90 days without a visa.
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. Certain long-stay visas require an additional payment; check with the consulate, as this varies from case to case.
Short-stay/Schengen visas are valid for up to 90 days. For visits of longer than 90 days, a long-stay visa or residence permit is required.
Consulate or consular section at the embassy. In the UK, applicants need to apply in person through a VFS Global Visa Application Centre (www.vfs-be-uk.com), which charges an additional service fee of £24. All applicants aged 12 and over must attend an appointment to submit biometric data.
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 three weeks for visa processing. Most applications are completed within 15 days, but applications for some nationalities may take up to several weeks.
Extension of stay
You should address applications for visa extensions to the Immigration Office (http://dofi.ibz.be). 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 USATelephone: (202) 333 6900.
British Embassy in BelgiumTelephone: (2) 287 6211.
Embassy of Belgium in the UKTelephone: 020 7470 3700 (general enquiries); 0871 376 0023 (visas).