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Belgium Visa and Passport Requirements

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

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 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 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.

Validity

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.

Application to

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.

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 three weeks for visa processing. Most applications are completed within 15 days, but 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 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.


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.
Website: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/united_states
Address: NW, 3330 Garfield Street NW, Washington, DC, 20008,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0930-1230 and 1400-1600; Mon-Fri 0930-1200 (visas).

British Embassy in Belgium


Telephone: +32 (2) 287 6211.
Website: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-brussels
Address: , Avenue d'Auderghem 10, Oudergemlaan, Brussels, 1040,
Opening times:

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).
Website: http://unitedkingdom.diplomatie.belgium.be/en
Address: , 17 Grosvenor Crescent, London, SW1X 7EE,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1300 (passports and identity cards); Mon-Fri 1400-1630 (visas).

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