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Visa for Belgium

 

As of 28.11.2021, Zambia and Malawi are considered very high risk countries by Belgium

It is prohibited for persons who at any time during the past 14 days were in the territory of a country classified as very high risk to travel directly or indirectly to the Belgian territory, provided they do not have Belgian nationality or do not have their main residence in Belgium.

For more information, please visit https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/countries-with-high-risk/

Mandatory form for travel to Belgium

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

 

General information

 

Measures currently in place due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic

In order to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) the Belgian authorities have decided to introduce a ban on travel for non-essential purposes (recreational, tourism, etc.) to and from Belgium. Article 21 §1 of the ministerial decree of 28.10.2020 on emergency measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) states that non-essential travel to Belgium is prohibited for persons who don’t have the nationality of an EU- or Schengen Member State.

The ban on non-essential travel to Belgium no longer applies to travellers who, prior to arrival on the territory, hold a “vaccination certificate” that meets all the criteria listed on the website hereunder, under chapter “Vaccination certificate”.

For more information on essential travel and vaccination certificates visit https://dofi.ibz.be/en/themes/covid-19/international-travels.

 

Visa outsourcing to VFS from the 15th of September 2021

From the 15th of September 2021, all visa applications from Tanzania are to be submitted through the outsourcing company VFS: visas to Belgium, Austria and Luxembourg.

Visa applications from Malawi, Mauritius and Zambia (only to Belgium) follow a different procedure. More information is provided below.

Family members of Belgian nationals can apply through VFS or directly through the Embassy: please send an email to daressalaam.consular@diplobel.fed.be to book an appointment and learn about the required documents (only family members of Belgian nationals).

Applicants now also have the possibility to apply for a visa already 6 months before their travel date. Please note that the application must be submitted at least 15 days before the desired travel date.

 

How to submit your visa application – Tanzania

(for information regarding applications from Malawi, Mauritius and Zambia see next chapter)

 

Step 1 – visit VFS website

In order to prepare your application, you have to determine which visa type you need, and check whether you’re eligible to apply for it.

Then, you’ll need to know the documents that you’ll have to submit along with your application, how long the application might take and fees you’ll have to pay.

Each application must comply with the guidelines applicable for its visa category.

If your documents are not in English, you may need to get translations prepared before applying.

All the necessary instructions can be found on VFS website.

 

VFS application centre in Dar Es Salaam            

Maktaba Square Business Park

4th Floor – Wing B

Plot No 75/27

Maktaba Street, Dar es Salaam

 

Submission time:

Monday and Wednesday

08:00 - 15:00

Passport retrieval time:

Monday and Wednesday

08:00 - 15:00

 

Helpline VFS:

 

Step 2 – submit your application

Schedule an appointment and visit the VFS centre to submit your application in person, together with all the necessary documents. Complete applications will be brought to the Belgian Embassy for decision on the day of submission.

 

How to submit your visa application – Malawi

 

Step 1 – verify whether you are excluded by the travel restrictions

Applicants intending to travel to Belgium must verify whether they are excluded by the travel restrictions before applying for visa.

Verify if your vaccination certificate meets the Belgian requirements or the need to request an essential travel certificate.

These documents will be checked by border control.

For more information on essential travels, visit this website

 

Step 2 - submit your appication

Visa applications from residents in Malawi are temporarily treated by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Dar Es Salaam.

Applicants can submit their complete file:

  • At the Belgian Honorary Consulate in Lilongwe, or
  • Via express courier directly to the embassy of Belgium in Dar Es Salaam

Biometrics: in case applicants have already submitted their fingerprints for a previous Schengen visa application in the last 59 months, they are not required to submit them again.

Kindly note that, if it would appear that the fingerprints prove not to be present in the VIS system, applicants will be asked to appear in person in Dar Es Salaam for new biometric data collection.

For long stay visas biometrics are not mandatory.

Please note that the Embassy may request you to appear in person in Dar es Salaam during the procedure.

 

How to submit your visa application – Mauritius and Zambia

 

Step 1 – verify whether you are excluded by the travel restrictions

Applicants intending to travel to Belgium must verify whether they are excluded by the travel restrictions before applying for visa.

Verify if your vaccination certificate meets the Belgian requirements or the need to request an essential travel certificate.

These documents will be checked by border control.

For more information on essential travels, visit this website

 

Step 2: submit your appication

 

Mauritius

Short-stay visas (maximum 90 days) - visa C:

  • Mauritius nationals are exempted from visa for short stay (maximum 90 days).
  • Non-Mauritius nationals officially residing in Mauritius who wish to apply for a short-stay visa (maximum 90 days) can, from the 1st of October, apply at the Embassy of France. For information on how to apply they can visit this website.

Long-stay visas (more than 90 days) - visa D:

  • Applicants for long-stay visas (visa D) can submit their complete file at the Belgian Honorary Consulate in Port Louis, or via express courier directly to the embassy of Belgium in Dar Es Salaam. Please note that the Embassy may request you to appear in person in Dar es Salaam during the procedure.

 

Zambia

Short-stay visas (maximum 90 days) - visa C:

Belgium signed a visa representation agreement with Sweden in Zambia.

Applicants residing in Zambia who wish to apply for a short-stay visa to Belgium (maximum 90 days) can, from the 1st of October, apply via VFS Global in Lusaka.

The following C-visa categories are excluded from the agreement:

  • Visa for medical care
  • Visa to conclude a marriage in Belgium
  • Visa to sign a partnership contract in Belgium
  • Visa within the framework of adoption or guardianship
  • Return visa
  • Visa applications from holders of diplomatic and service passports if the application is related to a posting at a diplomatic mission or international organization in Belgium

Applicants for these visa categories can submit their complete file, following the instructions provided for long stay visas (see hereunder).

Long-stay visas (more than 90 days) - visa D:

Applicants residing in Zambia who wish to apply for a long-stay visa to Belgium (more than 90 days), can submit their complete file:

  • At the Belgian Honorary Consulate in Lusaka, or
  • Via express courier directly to the embassy of Belgium in Dar Es Salaam

Please note that the Embassy may request you to appear in person in Dar es Salaam during the procedure.

 

General information on visa to Belgium

 

Per visa category

Short-stay visas

Schengen Rule

The (Category C) visa application has to be presented to the Embassy/Consulate of the country of main destination (determined by the purpose of the journey and the length of stay).

If your main destination cannot be ascertained, the Schengen state through which you first enter the territory of these countries is responsible for granting the visa.

Schengen Visa and Visa Code

In order to apply for a Schengen visa, the applicant needs to provide the documents as per the purpose of the trip. In individual cases, additional documents may be requested. Presentation of the documents does not automatically lead to the issuance of a visa and possession of a visa does not confer an automatic right of entry. There is no automatic entitlement or legal right to a Schengen visa. The ultimate decision regarding admission to the Schengen territory lies with the border authorities upon arrival.

The Visa Code standardizes the visa requirements which must be examined by the mission in the course of the visa procedure. The respective mission makes a decision on the visa application at its own discretion, taking into account all the circumstances in any given individual case.

All visa applicants for Belgium are advised to schedule an appointment and visit the VFS centre to submit their applications, together with all necessary documents.

Processing time for a visa may take up to 15 days. Applicants are therefore requested to organise themselves accordingly taking into consideration possible waiting periods due to the online appointment system.

The purpose of the proposed visit may not be altered once the visa has been issued. This is also applicable after entering the Schengen territory.

Information on this website is subject to change, kindly check the information for updates before you apply.

Guarantees for return

The applicant is requested to provide as much information as possible to document his/her family background, professional and socio-economic status, ownership of land or real estate (for instance: proof of family bonds with his/her country of origin, proof of regular income and stable source of revenues from the applicant and/or his/her partner, proof of property, etc.).

This information is essential to correctly judge the intention of the applicant to leave the Schengen area before the expiry of his/her visa.

Photo and biometrics

When you apply for a visa to Europe, biometrics are among the vital requirements for the completion of your application.

For Schengen visas the chosen biometric identifier method is a digital photo and electronic fingerprints. All fingers of a visa applicant are electronically scanned in a quick, inkless process during the interview with the applicant.

In case you have already submitted your fingerprints for a previous Schengen visa application in the last 59 months, you are not required to submit them again.

Kindly note that, if it would appear that the fingerprints prove not to be present in the VIS system, you will be asked to reappear in person for new biometric data collection. To avoid this possible complication, you have the right to ask for your fingerprints to be taken again.

On this website, you can find all of the Schengen visa photograph requirements and specifications elaborated in a clear and understandable way.

Please note: children aged 6 years and above will need to be present to record their biometrics.

 

Long Stay Visa

The Belgian Embassy is only allowed to issue a national or long term visa (Category D), if this has been approved by the Foreigner’s Office in Belgium. You will be informed automatically when the residence permit has been authorized.

Your visa can only be issued to you in Tanzania. It cannot be forwarded to Belgium and it cannot be issued in Belgium after your arrival. The holder of a D visa must report to the municipal administration of the place where he/she resides within 8 days of his/her arrival in Belgium. After a residence enquiry, he/she is registered in the register of foreigners and receives a residence permit.

 

Visa fees

Visa fees for Tanzania

Visa fees for Malawi/Mauritius/Zambia

Payment instructions (only for Malawi/Mauritius/Zambia)

 

Documents required

Travel insurance is mandatory for all Schengen countries.

For more information on the documents required, please refer to the checklists provided by VFS / the Embassy.

 

Machine readable visas and passports

Machine readable visas (issued by the Embassy of Belgium) are never to be applied on the reverse side of a passport page already containing another machine readable visa (regardless of the country of issuance & the validity of that visa). Therefore, it is advisable that your passport contains at least one double blank page reserved for visas (blank front and back). Be informed that your visa will not be affixed if your passport doesn't comply with these new criteria, in which case you will be requested to submit a new passport.

 

Photo specifications

When you apply for a visa to Europe, biometrics are among the vital requirements for the completion of your application.

For Schengen visas the chosen biometric identifier method is a digital photo and electronic fingerprints. All fingers of a visa applicant are electronically scanned in a quick, inkless process during the interview with the applicant.

In case you have already submitted your fingerprints for a previous Schengen visa application in the last 59 months, you are not required to submit them again.

Kindly note that, if it would appear that the fingerprints prove not to be present in the VIS system, you will be asked to reappear in person for new biometric data collection. To avoid this possible complication, you have the right to ask for your fingerprints to be taken again.

On this website, you can find all of the Schengen visa photograph requirements and specifications elaborated in a clear and understandable way.

Please note: children aged 6 years and above will need to be present to record their biometrics.

 

Processing time

The processing time for the application at the Embassy of Belgium is approximately 4 to 60 days

Please be advised that due to the above mentioned minimum processing time, we are not able to guarantee the return of passports by specific dates for travel.

Please be sure to submit your visa application well in advance, to avoid any inconveniences

 

Visa form

To be downloaded from https://visaonweb.diplomatie.be/ 

 

The Foreigner's Office - Belgian Federal Ministry of the Interior

As a federal public organisation, the Foreigner's Office is responsible for the application of the law of 15 December 1980 and the royal decree of 8 October 1981 on access to the territory, stay, establishment and removal of foreigners.

Within the framework of its missions, it also ensures compliance with various other European or international regulations.

For every foreign national, the FO makes a decision:

  • Transparent: based on clear and precise regulations
  • Correct: in accordance with the law, with reasons in law and in fact
  • Objective: with an assessment free of prejudice
  • Individual: each application is treated on a case-by-case basis

The FO also contributes to developing a humane and orderly management of migration to Belgium. Beyond cultural differences, it intends to support a firm but humane migration programme that respects universal laws and values.

Website in Dutch: https://dofi.ibz.be/nl/themes/onderdanen-van-derde-landen

Website in French: https://dofi.ibz.be/fr/themes/ressortissants-dun-pays-tiers 

 

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