COVID 19 and visa applications - update July 2020
Read more on the gradual reopening of Belgian visa services
Standard visa regulations:
Short stay (maximum of 90 days)
Countries with no visa obligation for a maximum of 90 days
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, East Timor, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, FYR of Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, 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, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela.
Last update: 18 February 2019. Consult the original regulation and list (French or Dutch). For some countries, important limitations are formulated. In case of doubt, contact the Belgian embassy or consulate in your home country.
If you have any other nationality, you have to apply for a visa type C or so-called Schengen visa (short-stay period of maximum 90 days) at the Belgian embassy or consulate in your current country of residence before coming to Belgium.
Please note that a Schengen visa or a short stay cannot be extended or changed to cover a different purpose. You must leave Belgium when the three months are over at the latest.
To apply for a visa type C, you will usually need the following documents (subject to change):
- a completed and signed application form;
- a travel document (e.g. a passport), valid for at least three months after the date on which you intend to leave the Schengen territory;
- documents indicating the purpose of your journey (e.g. invitation letter, proof of employment, etc.);
- documents showing your accommodation during your stay (e.g. hotel reservation);
- documents indicating that you have sufficient personal financial resources;
- information making it possible to assess your intention to leave the Schengen territory before the expiry of the visa;
- valid travel health insurance covering any costs of repatriation for medical reasons, emergency medical care and/or emergency hospital care or death during your stay(s) in the Schengen territory with a minimum cover of EUR 30,000.
- If you are a non-EEA national with a residence permit from another EU country, you can come to Belgium for a period of maximum 90 days without a visa.
- If Belgium is your only or main destination, you must apply for a visa at the authorised Belgian consulate or embassy. Holding a visa issued by another Schengen State when the purpose of your journey is to attend an academic activity in Belgium could be a reason for refusing entry.
More info on visa requirements and procedure
Long-term stay (more than 90 days)
If you are planning to stay in Belgium for more than 90 days, you will have to apply for a visa at the Belgian embassy or consulate in your current country of residence before leaving for Belgium. The type of visa you will have to apply for depends on your status at the university.