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Visa for Belgium

 

Mandatory form for travel to Belgium

All persons travelling to Belgium and all persons travelling through Belgium and who are staying at least 48 hours must fill out an online identification form (Passenger Locator Form). You can find this form here.

Outsourcing of the visa application process

As from Tuesday 21 September, the Embassy of Belgium in Canberra has started outsourcing the administrative & logistical process of all visa applications (both long and short terms visas). This means that all applicants now have to submit their application and relevant documents to one of the 6 Visa Application Centers in Australia & New Zealand of our outsourcing partner VFS Global. The Embassy will no longer accept visa applications per mail. Further details are listed below, or read the press release here.

COVID-19 : Travel restrictions to Belgium

Non-essential travel to Belgium is allowed for:

  • citizens and residents of EU/Schengen countries;
  • residents of countries included on the EU White List. Australia and New Zealand are currently on the EU White List;
  • travellers with an acceptable vaccination certificate.

The following vaccination certificates are accepted:

  • EU Digital COVID Certificate;
  • A vaccination certificate issued in a country not belonging to the EU and containing at least the following information in Dutch, French, German or English:
  1. data specific to the person who has been vaccinated (name, date of birth and/or ID number);
  2. data demonstrating that all doses of a vaccine against SARS-Cov-2 have been administered at least two weeks before travelling, as indicated on https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/;
  3. the brand name and the name of the manufacturer or marketing authorisation holder of each vaccine administered;
  4. the date each dose of the vaccine was administered;
  5. the name of the country where the vaccine was administered;
  6. the issuer of the vaccination certificate with its signature, stamp or a digitally readable unique certificate identification code.

The Embassy believes that vaccination certificates from Australia, New Zealand and Nauru meet the above requirements. We are in the process of making this assessment for vaccination certificates from the other countries in our jurisdiction.

People who do not meet the above requirements can only travel if they have an essential reason. For more information refer to:https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/.

IMPORTANT NOTICE :

Please check the official travel advice by the Australian and New Zealand governments since you are required to request and gain permission to leave Australia.

Both Australia and New Zealand have very strict conditions that have to be met for (re-)entry into their country. If you hold a temporary visa, or even a permanent visa, please check whether you are allowed re-entry into the country. Travellers coming back into Australia/New Zealand have to go in quarantine, at their own expense.

VISA

For general information on Visas for Belgium, please refer to the website of our outsourcing partner VFS Global (Australia or New Zealand).

What type of visa?

Short stay visa (visa type C – Schengen visa)

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.

Australian and New Zealand Citizens do not need a visa when they travel to Belgium for business or for personal travel. The stay in the Schengen area should not exceed 90 days in a 6 month period. Please note that Australian and New Zealander visitors will need to present a valid Australian or New Zealander passport (validity at least 3 months on the day they leave Belgium), proof of sufficient funds and a return airline ticket.

A Schengen visa is valid for the following 26 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

  • If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your main destination. It is generally defined in terms of length and purpose of the stay (e.g. conference).
  • If an equal amount of time is spent in two or more Schengen countries, apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your first point of entry. 

Long stay visa (visa type D – Belgian visa)

Authorizes you to stay in Belgium for a period longer than 90 days. Visa D may be obtained for a number of purposes, including university studies, research, work (for holders of a single permit or a professional  card), working holiday visa, family reunion, retirement. All nationalities are subject to the visa obligation for this kind of stay in Belgium.

Procedure

Visit the website of our outsourcing agency VFS Global Australia or New Zealand. You may also click here for the visa application form (VisaOnWeb platform). You will need to register online first. After submitting the application form online in VisaOnWeb, please print and sign the application form.

Consult the website of VFS Global (Australia or New Zealand) for a checklist of supporting documents required, depending on the purpose of your trip to Belgium.  According to your visa category, prepare adequate numbers of copies of your application form, photos and supporting documents.

Make an appointment on the VFS Global website to hand in your application and supporting documents at one of the Visa Applications Centers. When at the Visa Application Center, your biometrics (live photo and fingerprints) will be taken.

Where can I hand in my visa application?

If you live in Australia or New Zealand

The Visa applications have to be handed in at one of the offices of our visa outsourcing partner VFS Global.

There are currently 6 Visa Application Centers (VAC) across Australia & New Zealand:

1. Canberra
Level 4, 10 Hobart Place

Canberra, ACT 2601

2. Sydney
Suite 9.03, Level 9, 139 Macquarie Street,

Sydney, New South Wales 2000

3. Melbourne
Suite 3, Level 13, 55 Swanston Street,

Melbourne, Victoria  3000

4. Perth
Suite 3.02, Level 3, 182 St. Georges Terrace,

Perth, Western Australia 6000

5. Wellington (currently closed due to COVID lockdown)
Level 4, 49 Boulcott Street,

Wellington 6011

6. Auckland (currently closed due to COVID lockdown)
Level 7, 87-89 Albert Street,

Auckland 1010

Note: 

If you live in any of the locations listed below (or at more than 2 hours traveling distance from one of the above centres), and are unable to submit your application at one of the Visa Application Centers listed above, please contact the Embassy via email (canberra@diplobel.fed.be) stating your full name, passport number and visa category. We will then contact you with further instructions on how to submit your visa application.

  • Queensland
  • Tasmania
  • Northern Territory
  • South Australia
  • New Zealand's South Island

Holders of official passports (service or diplomatic passports) and family members of EU citizens can introduce their Visa application directly at the Embassy in Canberra. Appointments must be made in advance through canberra@diplobel.fed.be

For residents of Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Island Countries

Please contact the Embassy through canberra@diplobel.fed.be to arrange a suitable way to submit your application.

Forms & Information

Information on the GDPR:

General Data Protection Regulation. Information to be provided to applicants concerning the processing of personal data in the Visa Information System (VIS) provided upon short stay visa applications
Privacy statement. Processing of personal data in the context of a visa application

Useful links:

The Immigration Office in Brussels: https://dofi.ibz.be/en (website under construction)
Covid measures and restrictions in Belgium: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/
On leaving Australia and getting permission to leave: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/leaving-australia
On coming back to Australia: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia