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, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card, but it is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary. Also, EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.
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.
Visas for Belgium are not required by nationals of EU/ EEA countries, regardless of the purpose and/or length of stay. However, EU/ EEA nationals who plan to live in Belgium for an unlimited period must register with the local authorities after three months.
Australian, Canadian and US nationals may stay without a visa for up to 90 days.
Belgium is part of the Schengen system, which allows visitors to travel to all participating countries without a visa. Please click here for information regarding the Schengen visa.
Apart from citizens listed in the chart above, citizens from the following countries can also visit without a visa for Belgium for up to 90 days within a six-month period: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See (Vatican State City), Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.
* For Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Ukraine citizens: visa exemption only applies to holders of biometric passports.
* For Taiwanese: visa exemption only applies to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number.
Travellers who need a visa are advised to contact the nearest embassy to check the requirements for Belgium visas.
For visitors who are unsure, you are advised to contact the embassy to check requirements for Belgium visas.
From 2021, the 58 countries which currently can visit the Schengen region without a visa will need to apply for ETIAS authorisation before travelling to any Schengen member country. Click here for information regarding the ETIAS.
Types and Cost
Schengen visa: €80. Nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia pay €35.
Children under six years of age, family members of EU/ EEA nationals: no fee.
The Schengen short-stay visa is valid for up to 90 days within a six-month period.
Citizens of some countries need an airport transit visa when transiting through international parts of any airports within the Schengen states, whereas citizens of certain other countries only require a transit visa for some of the Schengen states. If you are not from a Schengen visa-exempt country, please check with your consulate.
Consulate or consular section at the embassy.
Belgium is part of the Schengen visa scheme.
Non-EU/ EEA citizens need to obtain a long-term visa from the embassy in their home country before their arrival in Belgium if they want to stay in the country for more than 90 days.
EU/ EEA citizens staying beyond 90 days need to register to obtain a residence permit.
Allow three weeks for visa processing. Most applications are completed within 15 days, but applications for some nationalities may take up to several weeks.
Schengen visa applicants must be able to provide proof of funds to cover their stay.
Extension of stay
Schengen visa holders with a visa valid for less than 90 days can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.
Entry with pets
If bringing a pet from another EU country, the animal must have a microchip or tattoo, an EU pet passport and a valid rabies vaccination certificate (the vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days prior to travel). Animals from outside the EU must also have a ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip. Depending on if your pet is from a high-rabies country or a rabies-controlled country, your pet either has to be vaccinated or microchipped first. For pets from high-rabies countries, a rabies titer test also has to be administered 30 days after the vaccination. Please check how the European Union classifies the country you are travelling from to follow the right procedure. A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering Belgium with a pet from outside of the EU.
Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.
Embassies and tourist offices
Embassy of Belgium in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 333 6900.
Address: NW, 3330 Garfield Street NW, Washington, DC, 20008,
Mon-Fri 0930-1230 and 1400-1600; Mon-Fri 0930-1200 (visas).
British Embassy in Belgium
Telephone: +32 (2) 287 6211.
Address: , Avenue d'Auderghem 10, Oudergemlaan, Brussels, 1040,
Mon-Fri 0900-1700 (embassy); Mon-Tue and Thurs-Fri 0900-1230 (consular).
Embassy of Belgium in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7470 3700 (general enquiries); 0845 730 0118 (visas).
Address: , 17 Grosvenor Crescent, London, SW1X 7EE,
Mon-Fri 0900-1300 (passports and identity cards); Mon-Fri 1400-1630 (visas).