Visa Required:
Visa Processing Time:
Normal Processing time is 2 to 3 working days.
Processing time for applicants holding a Type C visit visa is between 5 and 15 working days.
Visa Appointment Required:
Appointment not required if applying through VFS. If applying through the Embassy's visa section then appointment is needed.
Visa Appointment Procedure:
If applying through VFS then no appointment is required. If applying at the Embassy then an appointment needs to be booked on 02074703700 between 3 and 4pm. The Application Centre (VFS) will process only 60 applications per day on a first serve basis.
Visa Application Fee:
GBP 49.80 (depending on the prevalent exchange rate) or EUR 60.
Cheques not accepted.
Free for family members of EU Citizens.
Additional service charge of GBP 24 applicable per application for all applications made through VFS.
Documents Required:
Application Form
Completed and signed application form with 2 recent passport size photos.
Need to be valid for more than 3 months beyond the validity of the requested visa, with a blank visa page to affix the visa sticker.
Confirmed hotel reservation for the entire stay or confirmation of tour. Hotels need to be fully paid for.
Confirmation of airline, rail or bus ticket. If driving then ferry confirmation, registration document, proof of legal ownership of vehicle and insurance papers are required.
The embassy recommends the applicants not to buy travel tickets until a visa is issued. They only need to see proof of travel reservation.
Financial Means
Cash, cheques and credit cards, an employment contract, bank statements, proof of enrolment on the trade register and/or of professional activity.
Status Proof
Recent, original letter of continued employment from the employer stating the position and income. Recent, original letter of continued employment from the employer stating the position and income. If the applicant self-employed: a letter from their solicitor, accountant or the Chamber of Commerce including income statement; if the applicant is a student then a letter from the school, college/university confirming their status or attendance.
Travel Insurance
Minimum of EUR 30,000 medical coverage including comprehensive accident, emergency hospital treatment and repatriation valid for all Schengen countries. Its validity must exceed validity of the visa.
Letter of Invitation
Required only if the applicant has been invited by a private person or visiting friends and family.  The letter from the inviter should state who they are, whom they are inviting, what the link between them and the visa applicant is, why they are inviting the individual in question, for how long, where the applicant guest will stay (in their home) and so on. The letter must provide the embassy or consulate with full details of the planned visit.
Postal Application:
Postal applications are accepted by the VFS only if the applicants reside outside Greater London (Outside M25)
Visa Application Procedure:
Applicants should submit their applications between 0830-1100hrs Monday to Friday except on weekends and Embassy declared holidays.
Visa application can be submitted by the applicant or their immediate family member (Father, Mother, Sibling, Spouse/Civil Partner or Child) with an authority letter and proof of relationship.
Visa Collection Procedure:
Passports can be collected by bringing the receipt and submission proof with them on the second day after submission anytime between 1300-1400hrs, Monday to Friday except declared holidays.
Passports can be collected by a family member on the applicant's behalf by carrying their Photo Id and an authority letter from the applicant. Passports can also be returned by Special Delivery by paying an extra GBP 7.40 or the applicant can enclose a Special Delivery envelope when sending a postal application.
General Visa Information:
1. Visas are not issued the same day.
2. Embassy of Belgium does not issue multiple entry visas for tourism purposes. Single entry visas only.
Belgium Embassy Information:
VFS: Belgium Visa Application Centre
1-8 Bateman's Building
South Soho Square
London W1D 3EN
Embassy: 17 Grosvenor Crescent,
London SW1X 7EE
Phone: 02074703700
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