Visa for Belgium
Serbia and Montenegro – visa liberalisation for short term travel up to 90 days:
Since December 19th, 2009 citizens of Serbia and Montenegro are no longer obliged to apply for a short stay visa when traveling to the Schengen zone. Serbian citizens who are in possession of a biometric passport are now every six months (180 days) allowed to freely travel to Schengen countries for a short stay up to 90 days, and this for tourist, business, or educational purposes.
NEW PROCEDURE SHORT STAY VISA - THE VISA INFORMATION SYSTEM (VIS) - AS FROM 25/09/2014
The Visa Information System – VIS
The Visa Information System (VIS) is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to simplify the visa issuance process, facilitate checks at external borders and to enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.
The Schengen States’ Visa Information System has been operational since 11 October 2011. A phased rollout is underway, connecting more of these States’ visa sections to the VIS at each stage. The VIS will be operational in our region on 25/09/2014.
The VIS works by linking Schengen States’ consulates and external border crossing points to the central VIS database. The introduction of the VIS has necessitated various changes to the visa application process:
- As from 25/09/2014, people applying for a short-stay visa (max. 90 days) for the first time must apply in person, so that the necessary biometric data – ten fingerprints and a digital photo – can be collected.
- Finger scans stored in the VIS can be reused for further visa applications within the following five years.
- When travelers enter the Schengen area, the border authorities are thus able to verify their identity by accessing the VIS.
For more information please consult the European Commission website at http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/visa-information-system/index_en.htm
New contribution for visa LONG stay - D
Since the 2nd of March 2015, a contribution is required for the processing of certain long stay (D) visa applications.
This contribution can be paid by either the applicant or a third person (family members, acquaintance, sponsor, guarantor, etc.). This contribution should be paid into the account of the Immigration Office in Belgium.
The proof of payment of this contribution needs to be presented at the time of the introduction of the visa application. Should the applicant be unable to provide a proof of payment, the visa application will be deemed inadmissible.
This contribution is to be paid on top of the handling fee of the long stay visa (handling fee = the equivalent of €180 in local currency). The handling fee will still need to be paid at the time of the application. An exemption for the handling fee, does not necessarily imply that one is also exempt for the contribution.
We therefore recommend you to carefully consult the website of the Immigration Office with regards to the amount of the contribution and the manner in which this is to be paid.
- Any bank charges or charges related to the transfer will need to be borne by the applicant or whomever performs the transfer.
- In the event that you have not paid the full amount, you will have an additional 30 days to transfer the additional amount. If you do not provide the proof that the full amount was paid within this period, the amount already paid will not be reimbursed and the application will be inadmissible.
- The contribution will likewise not be reimbursed in the event of a refusal of the visa.
All the information concerning visa applications for Belgium is available on the website of the Foreigners Department of the FPS Home Affairs, which is the competent Belgian authority for access to the territory, stay, residence and removal of foreigners in Belgium.
At which embassy or consulate shall I introduce my visa application?
You should apply for your visa in person at the Belgian embassy or consulate which is competent for your country of residence, where you will be requested to communicate your travel destination as well as the circumstances of it. In a number of cases, you can lodge your visa application through an external service provider (outsourcing partner). In some very specific cases, you can also be exempted from personally lodging your application. If you want to know more about it, please contact the relevant embassy or consulate. If you want to find out which Belgian embassy or consulate is competent for you visa application, please click here (PDF, 231.82 Kb) - countrycodes (PDF, 26.41 Kb).
If you apply for a short stay visa (up to 90 days), some countries offer the possibility of having your visa application treated by another Schengen country Belgium has concluded a representation agreement with. In order to verify which embassy is competent for your country of residence and whether Belgium is represented by a Schengen partner for short stay visa, please click here (PDF, 231.82 Kb) - countrycodes (PDF, 26.41 Kb).
Note: Representation in the matter of visa only concerns Schengen visa applications (short stay up to 90 days) for:
- Tourist visits
- Visits to family or friends
- Cultural or sports manifestations
- Business trips
- Short traineeships
- Transit through the Schengen area
Long stay visa applications (more than 90 days) or short stay visa applications aiming at a longer stay in Belgium (e.g. marriage in Belgium), are not covered by the representation agreement and must hence be lodged with the relevant Belgian embassy or consulate. If there is no Belgian embassy or consulate in your country of residence, you should apply to the Belgian embassy or consulate responsible for that country (and usually located in a neighbouring country):
click here (PDF, 231.82 Kb) - countrycodes (PDF, 26.41 Kb).
How can I have my visa extended in Belgium?
All information on this subject can be found on the website of the Alien's Department of the FPS Home Affairs.
Once the Foreigners Department has approved your request to extend your stay, you must apply to the FPS Foreign Affairs (Rue des Petits Carmes 27, 1000 Brussels – Monday to Friday, 9h30 am – 11h30 am) in order to submit your passport and, if necessary, to pay the fee (€ 30).