Visa for Belgium
Travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Important update for perons travelling to Belgium
Dear applicants, please be noted since 23 May 2022 there are no more COVID-related restrictions or conditions for people traveling to Belgium. So no need any more for Passenger Location Form, vaccination certificate, COVID-test results or essential travel document. Only people traveling from “High risk countries” still need to follow some measures, which can be found on the following website: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/, China is not on this “high risk list”.
Please check if there are restrictions or conditions for traveling imosed by the airline company, the airport authorities in China or the Chinese border authorities.
Due to the maintenance for an unknown period of time of the lockdowns imposed in Shanghai in the context of the health crisis, the Consulate General of Belgium in Shanghai is forced to remain closed until further notice. Its reopening will be announced here. During this period of closure, you can continue to send messages to the Consulate's visa section email address (Shanghai.firstname.lastname@example.org). For the same reasons, the Shanghai Visa Application Centre is closed until further notice.
For general information on Visas for Belgium, please refer to the website of our outsourcing partners (Visa Application Centre) VFS.
If you have already applied for a visa via the Visa Application Centre, you can check the status of your application at any time by using the visa Application tracker service at the VFS website.
Processing time of a visa application for studies
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 29 July 2022.
As the deadline for enrolment in all higher education institutions is 31 October, a complete visa application should therefore be submitted ideally before 29 July 2022.
APS certificate（for students of Chinese nationality who obtained their last diploma in China) : website “APS”
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 29 July 2022, to travel to Belgium and enroll in a higher education institution before the weekend of 29 & 30 October 2022.
COVID-19 : Travel restrictions to Belgium
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only certain visa categories are accepted.
To know these categories, please consult the website of the Immigration Office.
In addition, if you are in one of the categories authorized to travel to Belgium, the formalities to be completed before your trip are detailed on the website.
Thank you for contacting VFS Global in order to arrange an appointment and to submit your visa application.
Attention: A short-stay visa remains subject to the presentation of guarantees to return within the validity of the visa. The Embassy can therefore always request additional documents, such as prouof of a a return flight.
Who is a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement and who is not?
How does this affect family members of a UK national who need a Schengen visa?
Please find the answers to your questions on the following link: https://dofi.ibz.be/en/themes/brexit
What type of visa (short stay - long stay?)
Short stay visa (visa type C) 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.
Long stay visa (visa type D) authorizes you to stay in Belgium for a period longer than 90 days (students, researchers, workers, family reunification, …).
The single permit (work and residence) comes into effect on 1 january 2019
Simplification of the procedure for third-country nationals who apply for authorization to stay and to work in Belgium (single permit) :
As from 03/01/2019, third-country nationals wishing to work in Belgium for more than 90 days will apply to the competent Region, through their employer, for a single application for a work permit and a request for a residence permit. The proof of payment of the administrative fee will have to be submitted. (The Embassy/Consulate of Belgium has no role in this process).
If the work permit and residence permit are granted respectively by the Region and the Immigration Office, the third-country national will receive a single document stating that he/she is authorized to stay for more than 90 days in Belgium for work.
The "single application / single permit" procedure does not apply to:
- third-country nationals traveling to Belgium to work less than 90 days;
- third-country nationals who go to Belgium for purposes other than work;
- au pairs;
- researchers with a hosting agreement;
- highly qualified workers (European Blue Card);
- workers who are subject to an intra-corporate transfer (Directive 2014/66/EU of 15/05/2014);
- trainees from the Flemish Region.
The visa application will only be submitted at the end of the process, when the single permit has been granted. The applicant should submit a visa application type D with his/her passport and the single permit and pay the visa fee at the VFS Centre where fingerprints will be collected.
Details about the documents to submit : click here
For more information about the single permit, please visit the following website: https://dofi.ibz.be/en
Implementation of visa biometrics starting 12 October 2015
Starting October 12th, 2015, all applicant for a Schengen visa will need to personally present themselves in order to have their biometric date registered.
Visa applications will be processed faster thanks to the use of biometrics (finger prints and a digital photograph). It will allow visa holders to be identified faster and this way identity theft can be countered.
The procedure to take finger prints is easy, quick and discrete. The applicant will only have to place his or her fingers on the digital scanner. If he or she wants to reapply for a visa within five years, new finger printing will not be required: the previous data stored in the Visa Information System (VIS) will be re-used. After five years the finger print data will be deleted.
When a visa holder arrives at the border, Schengen border control officers will use the VIS to check the identity and verify if the visa is genuine. Quick, easy and reliable biometric checks will help to prevent visa fraud. Honest applicants, the clear majority, will therefore be able to go through a faster procedure.
What documents to foresee?
Please consult the website of VFS for a checklist of supporting documents required, depending on the purpose of your trip to Belgium.
From 10 August 2011 onwards, a harmonised list of supporting documents for business travel/conferences/fairs is imposed to persons who are subject to visa (C) requirement and residing in China. This is the result of an Implementing Decision of the European Commission. Please consult the VFS website for this list.
Where can I hand in my visa application?
If you live in China
The Visa applications have to be handed in at one of the offices of our visa outsourcing partner VFS.
We currently have 15 Visa Application Centers (VAC):
Your Visa application has to be handed in at your competent VAC based on:
- The address of you “hukou”
- Your address of residence (based on a justification document, a temporary resident card,…)
Holders of official passports (service, diplomatic or public affairs) and family members of EU citizens covered by Directive 2004/38 can introduce their Visa application directly at the Visa Section of the Embassy or Consulates General competent for their place of residence:
Embassy in BEIJING
3, San Li Tun Dongsan Jie
100600 Beijing – China
+86 10 6532 1736
Consulate General in GUANGZHOU
R&F Center Unit 2, 7th Floor, 10 Huaxia Lu, Zhujiang Xin Cheng
510623 Guangzhou - China
+86 20 387 723 51
+86 20 387 723 56
+86 20 387 723 53
Consulate General in SHANGHAI
Wu Yi Lu, 127
200050 Shanghai - China
+86 21 643 766 28
+86 21 643 765 79
+86 21 643 767 72
+86 21 643 770 41
For residents of Mongolia
When a short stay visa is required (maximum of 90 days, type C-Schengen), please address your Visa Request to the German Embassy in Ulan Bator that represents Belgium in this matter.
For opening hours, the address and other practical information, please refer to their website.
The representation is however only valid for short stay Schengen visas (maximum stay of 90 days). The short stay visa applications that may result in a prolonged stay (e.g. marriage in Belgium, cohabitation,…), cannot be introduced at the German Embassy but have to be processed by the Belgian Embassy in Beijing through its Visa Application Center.
When a long stay visa is needed (more than 90 days, type D, Belgian) please hand in your file at our Visa Application Center.
Please consult this notice.
After arrival in Belgium/Schengen Area
The Embassy/Consulate General is not competent to handle immigration matters after you have arrived in Belgium. In case you want to extend your visa, replace a lost visa or change the type of visa, you need to contact the Belgian immigration authorities. Their contacts and extensive information can be found on https://dofi.ibz.be/en.
What to do in case your visa has been refused?
In case of refusal the applicant will be notified in written about the reasons for this refusal.
The refusal letter will be written in Dutch, French or German, depending on the preference given at the time of application.
As the refusal decision has not been taken by the Embassy or Consulate General but by the Belgian immigration authorities, the Embassy or Consulate General is not competent to comment on this refusal by any means (at the counter, by telephone or in writing).
The applicant can decide to lodge an appeal with the Belgian judicial authorities, as explained in the refusal notice or apply again for a visa with the Embassy or Consulate General.
Documents to download
- For visa applications through VFS, click here.
- Forms for an official short stay visa:
- Forms for an official long stay visa:
- Medical certificate: FR – NL - EN
- List of approved hospitals for visa application
- New contribution for visa LONG stay as of 26/05/2022 - D