The European Commission has revealed its plan to digitalize the Schengen visa. This will replace the mostly paper-based application system to obtain a visa for EU and Schengen countries currently in place. This means the Schengen visa will soon be available through a simplified online application process, similar to the European Travel Information and Authorization
Visa policy for Belgium
This visa policy is a set of regulations and requirements for foreign citizens who want to travel to Belgium, shared with all the other countries in the Schengen passport-free zone.
If a passport holder belongs to a country in the Schengen Area, they are granted freedom of movement to Belgium by presenting a valid National ID card at border checkpoints.
Other visa-free travelers can enter Belgium using only a valid passport, as long as the stay does not exceed 90 days, for purposes such as tourism, transit, and business.
However, from 2022, the members of the Schengen Area will introduce a new visa policy whereby any foreign citizen who does not require a visa must pre-register for an ETIAS electronic authorization in advance.
This will be a mandatory requirement for short stays for the purposes listed above for all visa waiver travelers.
Belgian visa laws state that visa-exempt citizens who wish to stay for a longer period of time, or for other purposes, must apply for an embassy visa through a government diplomatic office of Belgium.
Applicants must specify the type of visa they want when filling out the visa application form, as a Belgian embassy offers numerous visa options. This may be either a tourist visa, business visa, work visa, student visa, or a visa for transit, among others.
An embassy visa for Belgium may be issued as a single or multiple entry document, depending on purpose of travel and period of stay. However, over 150 nationalities must apply for a consular visa no matter the length of the trip.
Below you can find a complete list of visa requirements to travel to Belgium from your country.