Visa for Belgium
Change for researchers with host agreement
All researchers with host agreements must now also have a single permit approval from the Immigration Office before they can apply for their visa D. See the checklist for researchers on the VFS website.
New Administrative fee from 1 January 2023
All Visa D applications lodged on or after 1 February, must be accompanied by proof of having paid the increased administrative fees. See Administrative fee info under Forms and Information.
Outsourcing of the visa application process
Since September 2021, the Embassy of Belgium in Canberra is outsourcing the administrative & logistical process of all visa applications (both long and short terms visas). This means that all applicants now have to submit their application and relevant documents to one of the 6 Visa Application Centers in Australia & New Zealand of our outsourcing partner VFS Global. The Embassy will no longer accept visa applications per mail, except in certain situations.
COVID-19: Travel restrictions to Belgium lifted
UPDATE on 24/05/22
Since 23 May 2022 all Covid restrictions regarding travel to Belgium are lifted: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels/. Travelers also don't need to fill in the Passenger Locator Form anymore.
All information about visa applications for Belgium can be found on the website of the Belgian immigration Office, which is the competent Belgian authority for the entry into the territory, residence, settlement and removal of foreigners in Belgium.
Visa free travel:
Nationals of the following countries can travel visa-free to the Schengen zone for a short period (max. 90 days):
- New Zealand
- Solomon Islands
* Per European Regulation 2023/222 of December 1, 2022, the visa requirement for citizens of Vanuatu has been reintroduced as from February 4, 2023 till August 3, 2024.
What type of visa?
Short stay visa (visa type C – Schengen visa)
Authorizes you to stay on Schengen territory for a term not longer than 3 months during a period of 6 months starting from your first entry on the territory.
Australian and New Zealand Citizens do not need a visa when they travel to Belgium for business or for personal travel. The stay in the Schengen area should not exceed 90 days in a 6 month period. Please note that Australian and New Zealander visitors will need to present a valid Australian or New Zealander passport (validity at least 3 months on the day they leave Belgium), proof of sufficient funds and a return airline ticket.
A Schengen visa is valid for the following 26 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
- If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your main destination. It is generally defined in terms of length and purpose of the stay (e.g. conference).
- If an equal amount of time is spent in two or more Schengen countries, apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your first point of entry.
Long stay visa (visa type D – Belgian visa)
Authorizes you to stay in Belgium for a period longer than 90 days. Visa D may be obtained for a number of purposes, including university studies, research, work (for holders of a single permit or a professional card), working holiday visa, family reunion, retirement. All nationalities are subject to the visa obligation for this kind of stay in Belgium.
Visit the website of our outsourcing agency VFS Global Australia or New Zealand. You may also click here for the visa application form (VisaOnWeb platform). You will need to register online first. After submitting the application form online in VisaOnWeb, please print and sign the application form.
Consult the website of VFS Global (Australia or New Zealand) for a checklist of supporting documents required, depending on the purpose of your trip to Belgium. According to your visa category, prepare adequate numbers of copies of your application form, photos and supporting documents.
Make an appointment on the VFS Global website to hand in your application and supporting documents at one of the Visa Applications Centers. When at the Visa Application Center, your biometrics (live photo and fingerprints) will be taken.
Where can I hand in my visa application?
If you live in Australia or New Zealand
The Visa applications have to be handed in at one of the offices of our visa outsourcing partner VFS Global.
VFS Global can be contacted by email on email@example.com or by phone on +61282784527.
Level 4, 10 Hobart Place
Canberra, ACT 2601
Suite 9.03, Level 9, 139 Macquarie Street,
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
Suite 3, Level 13, 55 Swanston Street,
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Suite 3.02, Level 3, 182 St. Georges Terrace,
Perth, Western Australia 6000
Level 4, 49 Boulcott Street,
Level 7, 87-89 Albert Street,
If you apply for a long stay visa and live in any of the locations listed below (or at more than 2 hours traveling distance from one of the above centres), and are unable to submit your application at one of the Visa Application Centers listed above, please contact the Embassy via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) stating your full name, passport number and visa category. We will then contact you with further instructions on how to submit your visa application.
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- New Zealand's South Island
Holders of official passports (service or diplomatic passports) and family members of EU citizens can introduce their Visa application directly at the Embassy in Canberra. Appointments must be made in advance through email@example.com
All short stay visa applicants must apply in person at one of the 6 VFS offices.
For residents of Fiji
France represents Belgium in Suva for short stay (Schengen) visa. Please follow the procedure as listed below.
- Make an appointment through the external service provider of the French Embassy (VFS Global) and follow the prompts to complete your application online.
- Make sure you select Belgium as your main travel destination.
- Present yourself at VFS Global in Suva to submit your application documents and have your biometrics taken
- Your application and passport will be sent to the French Embassy for treatment and decision.
- You will receive your passport back from VFS Global Suva.
NOTE: this is only possible for short stay Schengen visa (up to 90 days). If you want to apply for a long term visa from Fiji, please contact the embassy through firstname.lastname@example.org
For residents of Vanuatu
France represents Belgium in Port Vila for short stay (Schengen) visa. Lodge your application through the French Embassy in Port Vila. Follow the prompts on their website and complete your application details in the online platform France Visas. Then submit your documents at the Embassy (on appointment only).
Holders of a Vanuatu passport issued before 25-05-2015 are exempt from the Schengen visa obligation for short stays (up to 90 days).
NOTE: this is only possible for short stay Schengen visa (up to 90 days). If you want to apply for a long term visa from Vanuatu, please contact the embassy through email@example.com
For residents of Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Island Countries
Please contact the Embassy through firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a suitable way to submit your application.
Refusal and possibility of appeal
In certain cases, after consultation, the Immigration Service rejects the visa application. In certain cases it is sufficient to reintroduce a new file with additional information and/ or the missing documents.
The decision to reject a visa application may be contested before the Conseil du Contentieux des étrangers/Raad voor Vreemdelingenbetwistingen (art. 39/2 §2 and art. 39/82 of the law of 15 December 1980 on the entry, residence, settlement and expulsion of foreign nationals) by lodging (registered post) an appeal to have the decision suspended and/or annulled.
The action must be brought within 30 days of the contested decision being announced.
Forms & Information
- Where your employer should apply for your work permit
- List of Designated Doctors
- Medical Certificate
- Medical Certificate for Family Reunion with non-EU nationals and Cohabitation
- Criminal History Check Australia
- Criminal History Check New Zealand
- Obtaining Documents info (Apostille)
- Administrative fee info
- Consular fees
on the GDPR:
- General Data Protection Regulation. Information to be provided to applicants concerning the processing of personal data in the Visa Information System (VIS) provided upon short stay visa applications
- Privacy statement. Processing of personal data in the context of a visa application
The Immigration Office in Brussels: https://dofi.ibz.be/en