Belgium Visa and Passport Requirements
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EU nationals: When travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another by car, you are not required to show a passport or national ID card. However, transport providers like airlines, train operators and ferry companies will require you to show your passport or ID card to prove your identity.
Non-EU nationals: To enter Beligum, you must have a valid passport issued within the past ten years and with at least six months left is required, along with a return ticket and sufficient funds for the length of stay.
Belgium is a Schengen country, but beware that EU members such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.
EU nationals: You don't need a visa for Belgium. However, EU nationals who plan to live in Belgium for more than 90 days must register with the local authorities before the end of your first 90 days.
Non-EU nationals mentioned in the chart above: Americans, Australians, British and Canadians can travel to Belgium, and any other Schengen countries, without a visa for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events. For other purposes, you need to check with the Belgium embassy, high commission or consulate in your home country on what type of visa and/or work permit you may need.
The complete list of countries and territories whose nationals can visit Belgium and any other Schengen countries for up to 90 days in a 180-day period are as follows: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.
* For Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia 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.
* Nationals from micro-states within an EU country (Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City) are also exempted.
For nationals from countries not listed here, please contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for Belgium.
For more information about Schengen visas, follow the link to the article A guide to Schengen visas.
By the end of 2022, all visitors who currently do not need a visa to visit the Schengen countries will need to apply for ETIAS travel authorisation. For more information, follow the link to the article Applying for ETIAS.
Types and Cost
Schengen visa €80 for those who are above 12 years old, €40 for children aged six to 12, and free for children below six.
Nationals from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia pay €35.
In addition, the visa fee is waived for the following applicants:
• School pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training.
• Researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research.
• Representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations.
• Family members of EU/EEA (European Economic Area) citizens, falling under Directive 2004/38.
Up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
Citizens of some countries need an airport transit visa when transiting through international parts of any airports within the Schengen countries, whereas citizens of certain countries are only required a transit visa for some of the Schengen countries. If you are not from a Schengen visa exempt country, please check with a Belgium consulate near you.
Contact the embassy, high commission or consulate.
Belgium is a Schengen country, so the Schengen visa scheme applies.
EU nationals: Will need a long-term residence permit for more than 90 days.
Non-EU nationals: Will need a visa to stay in Belgium for more than 90 days.
Schengen visa applications usually take 15 calendar days, but sometimes up to 45 days. Be mindful of the national holidays in Belgium as they may affect the processing time. It is recommended to submit applications at least four weeks prior to departure.
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
When 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 an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip. Depending on whether your pet is from a high-rabies country or a rabies-controlled country, your pet either has to be vaccinated first or microchipped first. For pets from high-rabies countries, a rabies titer test also has to be administered 30 days after the vaccination. A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering Belgium with a pet from outside of the EU.
Please check with the consulate directly for the appropriate procedures.
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).