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Belgium Visa for Indians

Belgium, a small yet vibrant country in Western Europe, is often described as the heart of Europe due to its central location. Visitors worldwide visit Belgium for tourism, business, work, or studies. If you dream of visiting Belgium, you must go through the Belgium visa application process first. This is a detailed guide to getting a Belgium visa from India. You will learn everything from the different types of visas, the application process, features, and the documentation required.

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About Belgium Visa

Before you visit this European gem, you must have a valid visa. The type of visa required depends on the purpose and duration of the visit. Before we get into the Belgium visa requirements, here are some key facts about Belgium.

Key Facts Details
Country Belgium
Currency Euro (EUR 1 = INR 90.24)
Time Zone CET (Central European Time)
Capital City Brussels
Official Languages Dutch, French, German
Popular Tourist Destinations Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent
Visa Application Method Online

Features of Belgium Visa

Before understanding how to apply for a Belgium visa, here are some unique features of a Belgium visa:

  • Schengen Area Access: Belgium is a part of the Schengen area. A Schengen visa grants access to all Schengen countries, not just to Belgium. You can travel freely within 26 European nations.
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance: A Schengen visa requires travel insurance with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000. It must provide cover against medical emergencies, hospitalisation, and repatriation in the event of death during the visit.
  • Multiple Entry Option: You can get a multiple entry visa, ideal for travellers planning to visit Belgium and other Schengen countries multiple times within the visa validity period.

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Documents Required to Apply for a Belgium Visa

You need to submit several documents along with your Belgium visa application. Here's a checklist of the documents you need to submit for a Schengen visa.

Document Description
Visa Application Form Fully completed and signed form
Passport Valid passport not older than 10 years with at least 3 months validity
Recent Photos as per Belgium visa photo requirements Two recent photos meeting Belgium visa photo requirements
Round Trip Reservation/Itinerary Document with dates and flight numbers for entry and exit from the Schengen area
Travel Insurance Policy Proof of travel health insurance covering the entire Schengen territory with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000.
Proof of Accommodation Hotel/hostel booking, rental agreement, or invitation letter from a host
Proof of Financial Means Bank account statement (not older than 3 months), sponsorship letter accompanied by sponsor's bank statement, or a combination of both. Evidence of having EUR 95 per day of your stay in Belgium. If you are staying with a local host, you must have EUR 45 per day you spend in Belgium.
Proof of Paid Visa Fee Receipt or evidence of payment of visa fee.

Documents Required for Belgium Work Visa

If you plan to stay in Belgium for more than 90 days for employment, you must apply for a Visa D work permit. You must submit the following documents.

  • Working Permit/Professional Card- Original work permit and one copy of your Belgian work permit.
  • Certificate of No Convictions- Certificate of the absence of convictions for crimes or offences under common law. Attach:
  • National Police clearance certificate from the passport office
  • Apostille from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)
  • Medical Certificate- Certificate from a panel doctor, attesting that the applicant does not have any diseases endangering public health. Original and 1 copy required.

Documents Required for Belgium Student Visa

If you want to study at a university in Belgium, you need to adhere to different Belgium visa requirements. Here is a list of additional documents needed for a Visa D for students.

  • Attestation of Registration- Proof of registration as a regular student in a program of courses at a university or higher education institution in Belgium.
  • Diploma/Study Certificate- Diploma or study certificate granting access to Belgian higher education (secondary school certificate or higher education diploma).
  • Proof of Financial Means- Documentation demonstrating financial ability to support oneself during studies in Belgium. The minimum subsistence requirement is EUR 803 per month. for the academic year 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Scholarship Attestation- Original attestation of an official scholarship providing a minimum of 803 €/month.
  • Financial Details of Sponsor- If sponsored by a Belgian or Indian sponsor, provide financial details of the sponsor.
  • Medical Certificate- Certificate from one of the Embassy's certified doctors, attesting that the applicant does not carry diseases endangering public health.

Belgium Visa Types

You must choose between various Belgium visa types and select the one most suited for the purpose and duration of your visit. Here is a summary of various Belgium visa types.

Belgium Visa Types Description Allowed Stay
Schengen Visa C (for tourism) Allows short-term stays for tourism purposes in Belgium and other Schengen Area countries. Up to 90 days
Schengen Visa C (for Business) Permits short-term travel for business-related activities such as meetings, conferences, or negotiations within Belgium and the Schengen Area. Up to 90 days
Visa D Work Permit Grants permission to work in Belgium for a specified period, Depends on the employment contract, longer than 90 days.
Visa D for Students Issued to individuals intending to study in Belgium. Duration of course/study program longer than 90 days.

Who Can Apply for a Belgium Visa?

According to Belgium visa requirements, the following individuals can apply for a Belgium visa:

  • Individuals having a valid reason to travel to Belgium such as tourism, family visit, employment, or study.
  • Indian citizens having a valid Indian passport.
  • Individuals who have confirmed accommodation arrangements in Belgium
  • Individuals with travel medical insurance covering medical emergencies, hospitalization, and repatriation in case of death. The policy should have a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000.
  • Individuals who can demonstrate sufficient financial resources to cover their trip and stay in Belgium. You must have evidence of having EUR 95 per day of your stay in Belgium.

How to Apply for a Belgium Visa?

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a Belgium visa from India.

  1. If you are applying for a Schengen visa, visit the VFS Global website and download the application form. Take a printout and fill in the required details. Then you must select a visa application centre for your appointment.
  2. For other visa types, create an account at Fill out and submit the electronic visa application request form on the website. Upon submission, you will receive a copy of the visa application form via email. Print the form and fill it up with your details.
  3. Visit the visa application centre selected during the application process.
  4. Bring along the required supporting documents, as well as the visa and service fees. Make sure you also carry your photos according to the Belgium visa photo requirements.
  5. At the visa application centre, have your picture taken live (mandatory for all applicants) and fingerprints taken if necessary (for short and long-stay visas).
  6. The Belgian Embassy/Consulate General will process your visa application. The Belgium visa processing time is around 15 days, but it can be extended up to 45 days.
  7. During the processing time, you can track your Belgium visa status online.

Belgium Visa Fees

The Belgium visa fees vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for. Here is a summary of the visa fees for Belgium:

Visa Type Belgium Visa Fees
Schengen Visa (Type C) EUR 90 (INR 8,121.52)
Long-term stay visa (Type D) for study or work EUR 180 (INR 16,243.05)

How to Check Belgium Visa Status?

You can check your Belgium visa status through VFS Global or the official Infovisa website. To check your status through Infovisa-

  • Visit the official visa tracking page on the Infovisa website.
  • Select the embassy through which you have applied.
  • Enter your visa application number or the number assigned by VFS Global.
  • Click on Search.

If you have applied through VFS, follow the steps below to check your Belgium visa status.

  • Visit the official website of VFS Global and click on 'Track Your Application'.
  • Enter your visa application number, last name, and captcha code.
  • Click on 'submit' to reveal the status of your Belgium visa application.

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