Belgium Visa and Passport Requirements

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

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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/ EEA 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/ EEA 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. EU/ EEA nationals also 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

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.

Visa note

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: €60. Nationals of Georgia, Kosovo, Russia and Ukraine pay €35.

Children under six years of age, family members of EU/ EEA nationals: no fee.

In June 2019 it was announced that the Schengen Visa fee will increase by 33.3% to €80 in January 2020.

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 (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

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 tier 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 Austria with a pet from outside of the EU.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of Belgium in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 333 6900. Website: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/united_states 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 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 Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1300 (passports and identity cards); Mon-Fri 1400-1630 (visas).

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.