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Mandatory form for travel to Belgium

From August, 1st, all persons returning to Belgium and all persons travelling 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.


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.


COVID-19 : Closing of the EU external borders and impact on visa

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and after proposal of the European Commission, the state and government leaders of the member states have decided to temporally close the external borders of the EU for all non-essential travel from third countries to the EU. The temporary travel restriction will apply for 30 days. Possible prolongation of this period will be assessed depending on further developments. Please follow the latest developments on the website of the Immigration Office.

Therefore, the Embassy of Belgium/Consulate General of Belgium in Shanghai/Consulate of Belgium in Guangzhou will not accept new visa applications, nor deliver visas anymore. The few limited exceptions are listed below:

The temporary travel restriction will apply to all non-essential travel from third countries to the EU+ area[1]. For such a temporary travel restriction to have the desired effect in terms of restricting the spread of the virus, exceptions need to be limited to travel for essential purposes. 

Nationals of all EU Member States and Schengen Associated States,[2] regardless if they travel home or not, are exempted from the temporary travel restriction . This exemption applies to:

  • all EU citizens[3] and citizens of the Schengen Associated States, and their family members;
  • third-country nationals who are long-term residents under the Long-term Residence Directive[4] and persons deriving their right to reside from other EU Directives or national law or who hold national long-term visas.

Travellers with an essential function or need are as well exempted, including:

  • Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals;
  • Frontier workers;
  • Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary;
  • Diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions;
  • Passengers in transit;[5]
  • Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons;
  • Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons.
  • Third-country nationals traveling to Belgium for studies;
  • Third-country nationals, highly qualified, if their job in Belgium is necessary from an economic point of view and if their work cannot be postponed or executed from abroad.

Coordinated and reinforced health checks will be carried out for the individuals allowed to enter the EU+ area.[6]

[1]      The “EU+ area” includes all Schengen Member States (including Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania), as well as the four Schengen Associated States. It would also include Ireland and the United Kingdom if they decide to align.

[2]      Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.

[3]      UK nationals are still to be treated in the same way as EU citizens until end 2020.

[4]      Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents, OJ L 16, 23.1.2004, p. 44.

[5]      Including those having been repatriated through consular assistance.

[6]      Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services, 16.3.2020, C(2020) 1753 final.


COVID-19 - Validity of an already deliverd visa


Due to the COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent travel restrictions coming in place around the world, it is possible that you will not be able to use the visa which has been delivered to you in the period of its validity.

There are no provisions on the Visa Code covering the modification of visas under these circumstances and requests for ‘modification’ will be treated like a new visa application under exceptional and simplified measures, once traveling will again be possible.


Persons who hold a valid visa that will expire by 30 June 2020 who can prove postponement of the intended trip; i.e. confirmed rebooked travel arrangements, postponement of meetings/conferences/events (public and private), i.e. a new starting date of the postponed trip for the period 15 March – 30 September 2020, and where the validity of the existing visa cannot cover the entire duration of the postponed trip.


The requirements for lodging this new visa application will be:

  • Submission of completed and signed application form indicating the newly planned (postponed) travel dates,
  • One photo,
  • The travel document with the previously issued visa,
  • The proof of new travel arrangements, postponement of meetings/conferences/events, as applicable,
  • Travel medical insurance covering the new travel dates.


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 : www.dofi.fgov.be

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.

For more information on Schengen applications in China, see http://www.vfsglobal.cn/Belgium/China/. For more information about the VIS, click here.


What documents to foresee?

The application form for a visa for Belgium should be submitted online. Please click here for the form (you will need to register online first), or visit the website of our outsourcing agency VFS.

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):

1. Shanghai
3/F, Guangdong Development Bank Tower, 555 Xujiahui Road 
Huangpu District 
200023 Shanghai - China 
Application Submission: Monday - Friday: 08:00 hrs - 14:00 hrs 

2. Guangzhou
Room 388, 3F, Chengjian Mansion, 189 Tiyu Rd (West) 
Tianhe District 
Guangzhou 510620  
Application Submission: Monday - Friday: 08.00 hrs - 14.00 hrs 

3. Beijing
Room 50128, 1/F, Galaxy SOHO, No.2 Nanzhugan Hutong, Chaoyangmennei Street
Dongcheng District
Beijing, 100027
Application Submission: Monday - Friday: 08.00 hrs - 15.00 hrs 

4. Xi'an
Floor 3, Tongjian Pavilion, no.4, consulate district, Xi 'an Chanba Avenue, Chanba ecological district, 
Xi'an City
Shanxi Province, 710000
Application Submission: Monday - Friday : 08:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs

5. Chongqing
33-F, 33rd Floor
HNA-Poly International Centre
235 Minsheng Road
Yuzhong District
Chongqing City, 400000
Application Submission: Monday - Friday : 08:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs

6. Hangzhou
Room 702, Building A
Huarun Plaza
No. 1366 Qianjiang Road
JiangGan District
Hangzhou City
Jiangsu Province, 310000
Application Submission: Monday - Friday : 08:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs

7. Shenyang
No.3, Floor 4, Building A
Shenyang Fortune Plaza
No.61, Beizhan Road
Shenhe District
Shenyang City
Liaoning Province, 110000
Application Submission: Monday - Friday : 08:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs

8. Wuhan
Room 1707-1710, Builiding C of Hanjie International Headquarters
No. 171 of Zhongbei Road
Wuchang District
Wuhan City
Hubei Province, 430000
Application Submission: Monday - Friday : 08:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs

9. Changsha
No.5-6 Conference Room, 2/F
White Swan Hotel
No.258, Xiangfu Zhong Road
Tianxin District
Changsha City
Hunan Province, 410000
Application Submission: Monday - Friday : 08:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs

10. Chengdu
Unit 15-18, Building 11
4th Section, South Renmin Road
Wuhou District
Chengdu City
Sichuan Province, 610000
Application Submission: Monday - Friday : 08:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs

11. Shenzhen
Room 17F-08/09
West Zone, North Gate, GCIG Building
Fuhua 1 Road
Futian District
Shenzhen City
Guangdong Province, 518000
Application Submission: Monday - Friday : 08:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs

12. Jinan
5th Floor, CITIC Plaza
No. 150 Luoyuan Avenue
Lixia District
Jinan City
Shangdong Province, 250000
Application Submission: Monday - Friday : 08:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs

13. Nanjing
5th Floor
Xindi Center
No.188 Lushan Road
Jianye District
Nanjing City
Jiangsu Province, 210000
Application Submission: Monday - Friday : 08:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs

14. Fuzhou
Floor 15
Fushengcaifu Centre
No.60 Gutianzhi Road
Gulou District
Fuzhou City
Fujian Province, 350000
Application Submission: Monday - Friday : 08:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs

15. Kunming
1502A, Building 5
No. 1079 Beijing Road
Kunming City
Yunnan Province, 650000
Application Submission: Monday - Friday : 08:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs


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) 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
Chaoyang District 
100600 Beijing – China 
+86 10 6532 1736 

Consulate General in GUANGZHOU 
R&F Center Unit 2, 7th Floor, 10 Huaxia Lu, Zhujiang Xin Cheng 
Tianhe District 
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.


Border control

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 www.dofi.fgov.be.


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.


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