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Citizens of some countries may require a visa to travel to Belgium. Find out more on related formalities in this article.

If you are moving to Belgium, you are required to comply with existing regulations regarding travel and entry formalities. You can, in the first instance, check these out with the Belgian Embassy or Consulate in your home country. In fact, citizens of some countries may require a visa to make a temporary stay in Belgium while others may be exempt from the visa requirement.

European Union citizens

In general, European Union citizens do not require a visa to travel to Belgium, as it is the case for most European countries. To be allowed on the Belgian territory, they only have to produce their national identity card or a valid passport for a maximum 90 days stay.

However, other documents may be required if you wish to make a more than 90 days stay in the country. You also have to prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in the country and subscribe to a health insurance.

Foreigners making a long stay in Belgium have to register with the nearest Foreigners Registry to their place of residence within three months following their arrival in the country.

Finally, you must have resided continuously in the country for at least 5 years to be eligible to permanent residency in the country. This will apply as from the date your foreigner’s registration certificate has been issued.

Non-European Union citizens

Non-European Union nationals are required to apply for a visa to be allowed to enter Belgium. You can apply for this visa at the nearest Belgian Embassy or Consulate to your place of residence in your home country. Note that visas are required for all types of stays in the country, whether for tourism, family visits, sports or cultural events, business trips, internships, transit through the Schengen area, etc.

If you wish to make a stay longer than 90 days, you will have to request an appropriate visa with relevant authorities.

Citizens of the following countries require a visa to enter Belgium:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, PA, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Burma, Myanmar, Belarus, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, North Korea, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Granada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lesotho, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Taiwan, Chad, Thailand, East Timor, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Belgium Forum
Belgium Immigration Office dofi.ibz.be
Belgium Info www.belgique-infos.be
Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Belgian embassies and consulates abroad diplomatie.belgium.be
Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation – Travel to Belgium diplomatie.belgium.be

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