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All non-essential travels are still prohibited until further notice.

 

For the time being and until further notice, Belgian embassies and consulates no longer accept any visa applications and no longer issue visas, except in exceptional cases (essential travel).

The travel restrictions do not apply to some categories. Please consult the info-coronavirus.be for further information. Due to the current circumstances (Covid-19 pandemic), please kindly note that the handling of visa applications is longer than normal. The manning agencies and all applicants, in general, are invited to do the needful in order to apply well in advance.

 

Processing time of a visa application for studies

It is recommended that the student applies for a visa as soon as possible and ideally before Friday 30 July 2021.

According to Article 34 of Directive 2016/801, the decision must be taken at the latest within 90 days from the date of submission of the complete request. Although this deadline is not yet written into the Act of 15 December 1980, the Immigration Office is doing its utmost to make its decision within the deadline set out in the Directive.

As the deadline for enrolment in all higher education institutions is 31 October, a complete visa application should therefore be submitted ideally before 30 July 2021.

Given the large volume of visa applications to be processed in a short period of time, the Immigration Office cannot guarantee that a decision will be made on a date that will allow the student applicant who has submitted his or her visa application after 30 July 2021, to travel to Belgium and enrol in a higher education institution before the weekend of 30 & 31 October 2021

 

Mandatory form for travel to Belgium

From August, 1st, all persons returning to Belgium and all persons traveling through Belgium and who are staying at least 48 hours must fill out an identification form (Passenger Locator Form). You can find this form here.

 
Public consultation

The European Commission has decided to launch a public consultation on the perspective of digitalisation of the visa procedure (E-visa) and on the creation of an EU online visa application portal, aimed at a target audience: the travel industry, European agencies directly or indirectly linked to the EU visa policy, visa applicants and the general public. Read more...

 

Information 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

 

  1. Where, when, and how can you submit a visa application?
  2. How much is the visa fee?
  3. Required documents
  4. Legalization of documents, accredited translators, certified doctors, insurance companies
  5. Checking the status of your visa application
  6. Contact

 

1. Where, when, and how can you submit a visa application?

Before applying, please ensure that Belgium is your main destination and that you are very clear on your purpose of travel. Read carefully our chapter on WHICH VISA.

You will first fill in your electronic application form on this official website.

Once you have printed and signed this form and gathered the documents in support of your application, you will make an appointment with the Belgian Visa Application Center in Manila. For this, please follow the instructions given on the website of VFS.

The last step is to lodge personally the visa application at the Belgian VAC and eventually come for an interview at the Embassy. Mandatory interviews for visas of cohabitation / in view of marriage and family reunion will generally take place on the day after the submission of the file. For other visas where an interview is eventually required, applicants will be informed by VFS of a possible date.

Holders of a diplomatic passport, family members of EU nationals, Humanitarian and “substantiated emergencies” can submit their visa application directly at the Embassy. Appointments can only be made via our e-Appointment system.

 
2. How much is the visa fee?

As of 02 February, 2020 the Schengen visa fee per person (Short Stay Visa) has increased from 60 to 80 euros. For a long-term stay (visa D), the visa fee is 180 euros.

The visa fee is paid in pesos as per the exchange rate communicated by the Embassy of Belgium in Manila. The same is subject to change without notice. The visa fee is non-refundable.

An additional contribution to be paid in Belgium is required for the processing of some visa D applications, in which case you will be requested to submit proof of payment of this additional contribution as a part of your visa application. If you are unable to do so at the time of the submission of your application, the application will be considered inadmissible.

For amounts and rates, kindly refer yourself to the updated Consular Taxes on the right of our website (TARIFF).

Applicants submitting their files at the Belgian VAC shall be levied service fees from VFS payable together with the visa fees. Applicants that are exempt from the visa fees are not exempt from paying these service fees.

 
3. Required documents

You will find all conditions on the FPS Home Affairs - Immigration Office website, the only competent authority for the admittance, stay, residence, and removal of foreigners. Click here for information in French, and here for information in Dutch.

For personalized information in English, click here below:

  1. SHORT STAY
  1. LONG STAY
  1. DIRECTIVE 2004/38/EC

Please note that the Embassy may always request additional documents during the examination of an application that are not mentioned in the above lists. You are hereby informed that submitting the above-mentioned documents does not guarantee the automatic issuance of a visa.

 
4. Legalization of documents, accredited translators, certified doctors, insurance companies

For general information on the legalisation of documents, click here

For general information on accredited translators of the Belgian Embassy, click here.

For general information on medical certificates and a list of accredited clinics of the Embassy of Belgium, click here.

For general information on accredited Schengen Travel Insurances Companies, click here.

 

5. Checking the status of your visa application 

The Embassy must sometimes submit your visa application to the Immigration Office of the Federal Public Service Home Affairs for further decision. It is the only competent authority with regards to the admittance, the stay, the residence, and the removal of foreigners from Belgian territory.

In such a case, your file number will be communicated to you upon the submission of your file to the Immigration Office. From this stage onwards, the Immigration Office is the only authority to contact, if you wish to know the status of your application.

With the file number you can inquire about the status of your application:

By telephone: + 32 2 793 80 00 
Email: infodesk@ibz.fgov.be
By fax: + 32 2 274 66 91

Using this number, you can also check the status of your visa application on the Immigration Office website.

You can also track your visa application on the Belgian website of VFS.

You will anyway be informed once a decision has been taken regarding your visa application.

 

6. Contact

Should you still have questions on visa procedures after reading carefully this entire website, please contact us:

Should you need information or details on your visa application, you may contact VFS: