How to apply for schengen visa in Belgium

If you're planning to visit one or more countries in the Schengen Area and your point of entry is Belgium, you must apply for a Schengen visa at the Belgian embassy or consulate in your country of residence. The Schengen visa is a document that allows you to travel freely within the Schengen Area for a limited period of time, usually up to 90 days within 180 days.

The application process for a Schengen visa in Belgium can be a bit complex, so it's important to be well-prepared before submitting your application. In this guide, we outlined the basic steps you need to follow to apply for a Schengen visa in Belgium, including the required documents and the application procedure.


Before applying for a Schengen visa to enter Belgium, it's important to determine if you actually need a visa. The rules for Schengen visa requirements can vary depending on the country of origin, the trip's purpose, and the stay's duration. 

Here are the key points to keep in mind:

  • Citizens of countries outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) generally need a Schengen visa to enter Belgium.

  • Some countries have visa exemption agreements with the Schengen Area, meaning their citizens can enter and stay there for up to 90 days without a visa. These countries include the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, and many others. However, even if you're from one of these countries, you may still need a visa if your trip is for a specific purpose, such as work or study.


To obtain a Schengen visa for Belgium, you'll need to provide a range of documents and meet certain requirements. The requirements can vary depending on your visit's purpose and circumstances. Here are the key documents and requirements you'll need to meet:

  • A completed Schengen visa application form can be downloaded from the Belgian embassy or consulate website.

  • A valid passport for at least six months after your planned departure date from the Schengen Area. The passport must also have at least two blank pages.

  • Proof of travel insurance that covers medical expenses and repatriation for the entire duration of your stay in the Schengen Area.

  • Proof of accommodation for the entire duration of your stay in the Schengen Area, such as hotel reservations or a letter of invitation from a host in Belgium.

  • Proof of sufficient financial means to cover your expenses during your stay, such as bank statements or a letter from your employer.

  • A recent passport-sized photograph.


Belgium also offers an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for travelers who are exempt from the Schengen visa requirement. The ETA allows eligible travelers to enter Belgium for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days within six months. However, the ETA is not a substitute for a Schengen visa and cannot be used for long-term stays, work, or study purposes.

To apply for a Belgium ETA, there are certain requirements that eligible travelers must meet. Here are the requirements for a Belgium ETA:

  • Eligible travelers must be citizens of a country with a visa exemption agreement with Belgium.

  • The purpose of the trip must be for tourism or business, and the stay cannot exceed 90 days within six months.

  • Travelers must have a valid passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the date of departure from the Schengen Area.

  • Travelers must provide a valid email address and credit card information to pay the ETA processing fee.

  • In some cases, additional documentation may be required to support the ETA application, such as proof of accommodation or return flight tickets.

It's important to note that the requirements for the Belgium ETA can vary depending on the individual circumstances of the traveler. It's recommended to consult with VisaHQ for personalized guidance on the application process.


The application process can seem overwhelming if you're planning to visit Belgium and need a Schengen visa. However, with the right information and resources, it can be straightforward. Here's a general overview of the steps you'll need to take:

  • To apply for Belgium's Schengen visa, you can use a visa service provider like VisaHQ. Visit the website and select "Belgium" as your travel destination and your citizenship country.

  • After selecting the correct visa type you must complete the country's visa application form. The application typically includes personal and travel information, such as your name, passport number, and travel itinerary.

  • Once you've completed the application form you must pay the ETA fee. The fee amount can vary depending on the visa type and your nationality (VisaHQ accepts various payment methods including credit cards and PayPal).

  • After paying the ETA fee you can submit your visa application. VisaHQ will then review your application and update you on its status. Once your visa is approved you'll receive it via email or regular mail.

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