NEWS: [02/07/2020] Reopening of the Belgian Visa Application Centre in London.

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New rules starting 26.06.21

26/06/2021

It is forbidden for people who have been on the territory of countries classified as very high risk at any time during the past 14 days to travel, either directly or indirectly, to Belgian territory.

For the UK these new rules will be enforced starting 26.06.21

Only the following people are allowed to travel to or through Belgium:

  1. Belgians or travelers with primary residence in Belgium (you will notice that there are no exceptions for EU citizens – they can only travel if their main residence is in Belgium)
  2. Foreign spouse or partner of a person who has the Belgian nationality or has his main residence in Belgium insofar as they live under the same roof, as well as the travel of their children who live under the same roof, provided they are in possession of an ETC issued by the Belgian diplomatic or consular post. The actual partners must also provide plausible proof of a stable and lasting relationship.
  3. Onward travel (transit) outside the Schengen zone and the European Union;
  4. People who travel through Belgium to the country of the European Union or Schengen Area of which they are a national or where they have their main residence;
  5. The trips for imperative humanitarian reasons (*), provided they are in possession of a certificate of imperative humanitarian reasons (yes, a new certificate has just been invented), issued by the Belgian diplomatic mission or consular post, but approved by the Immigration Department in Belgium.
  6. The professional journeys of transport employees, freight and cargo personnel and seafarers, tugboat crew, boat pilots and industrial personnel employed in offshore wind parks, provided they hold a certificate issued by the employer;
  7. The professional travels of diplomats, staff of international organisations, people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organisations, in the exercise of their functions, provided that they are also in possession of an essential travel certificate delivered by a Belgian diplomatic or consular post.

For the above-mentioned authorised travellers, stricter measures apply before and upon arrival in Belgium:

  • Before arrival in Belgium, they must always fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), regardless of how they travel or for how long they are staying in Belgium or abroad.
  • If they do not have their main residence in Belgium, they must always be able to present a negative PCR test conducted less than 72 hours prior to arrival or as of 1 July have an EU Digital COVID Certificate (or one deemed equivalent by the European Commission or Belgium.
  • They must get tested in Belgium on day 1 (only for residents in Belgium) and day 7 (residents and non-residents). All persons returning from a very high risk country must also quarantine for a period of 10 days.
  • The measures relating to arrival in Belgium (testing/quarantine) apply even to fully vaccinated people.

The specific conditions, described above, are in addition to the normal conditions of access to Belgium. It is, for instance, important to always take into account which visa procedures are in force for certain travelers.

News on Essential travel only

05/01/2021

For the time being and until further notice, Belgian embassies and consulates no longer accept any visa applications and no longer issue visas, except in exceptional cases of essential travel.

These categories of exception, recommended by the European Commission, have been further specified at the Belgian level:

  1. Health professionals, health researchers and elderly care professionals;
  2. Frontier workers;
  3. Seasonal workers in agriculture;
  4. Transport personnel;
  5. Diplomats, staff of international organizations, people invited by international organizations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organizations, military personnel, federal police personnel, civil protection personnel, law enforcement personnel, personnel from the Immigration Office, customs personnel and humanitarian aid workers, in the exercise of their functions;
  6. Passengers in transit, both extra-Schengen (coming from a non-Schengen country) and intra Schengen (coming from a Schengen country);
  7. Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons, meaning:
    • Trips justified by family reunification ( settlement only);
    • Visits to a spouse or registered partner residing in Belgium when, for professional or personal reasons, the spouses or registered partners live apart;
    • Travel with an unregistered partner who does not live under the same roof;
    • Travel within the framework of co-parenting;
    • Travel for funerals or cremations (first- and second-degree relatives);
    • Travel within the framework of civil or religious marriages (first- and second-degree relatives).
  8. Seafarers;
  9. Persons travelling for humanitarian reasons, including travel for compelling medical reasons or to pursue urgent medical care;
  10. Third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of study, including pupils, students and interns undergoing training as part of their studies and researchers with a hosting agreement;
  11. Highly skilled third-country workers if their employment is necessary from an economic perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed abroad;
  12. Movements of persons who come to work as an employee in Belgium, including au pairs, whatever the duration of this activity, provided that they are authorized by the competent Region (work permit or proof that the conditions of an exemption are met);
  13. Movements of persons who come to work as a self-employed in Belgium, whatever the duration of this activity, provided that they are authorized by the competent Region (valid professional card or proof that the conditions of an exemption are met);
  14. Movements of persons who come to work as an employee in Belgium, including au pairs, whatever the duration of this activity, provided that they are authorized by the competent Region (work permit or proof that the conditions of an exemption are met).

For more information, please consult the website of the Embassy of Belgium in London:
https://unitedkingdom.diplomatie.belgium.be/en/travel-to-belgium/visa

Call centre service suspended temporarily – Online messages available

04/11/2020

Due to an unexpected technical disruption, our Call Centre services (inbound and outbound) are temporarily suspended.

Our online message service is available. In case of any enquiry, please access online messages via “Contact Us” section under the drop-down menu of "Centre information" on top of this web page. Messages will be answered shortly. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

OPENING OF ALL VISA CATEGORIES

23/07/2020

Following the announcement by the Belgian authorities that they will start processing visa applications once more, our Visa Application Centre in London will be reopening for all types of visa applications from 27th July 2020.

Opening hours: Please note that Belgian Visa Centre is not open to public on a daily basis due to the current pandemic. Click on centre information for opening hours.

Important:

  • Every passenger to Belgium is obliged to complete this "Public Health Passenger Locator Form" prior to travel. On arrival in Belgium, the form must be handed over to the designated authorities at the border or you can e-mail it to PLFBelgium@health.fgov.be. This is a sanitary measure imposed by the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. Further information can be found on the form itself.
  • Travelling to Belgium from areas designated as red zones on the Belgian Federal Public Service website are prohibited, travel from the orange zones : quarantine and test are called for (*). One should always check https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en BEFORE traveling.
  • (*) Quarantine and tests are a responsibility of the communities and regions. Please consult www.info-coronavirus.be
  • The general sanitary regulations must be complied with during the travel, you can find these on: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/
  • Special notice:

    • We are implementing strict safety measures to protect our visa customers and our employees:
      • A body temperature check is being carried out at the entrance to the center. Visitors with a temperature above 37.3°C will not be admitted to the centre.
      • Wearing a mask is compulsory from the time of arrival to the time of departure.
      • The water fountains and trash cans are not available inside centre. Please bring your own pen, bottled water in case of need and a small disposable trash bag to keep used paper, towel or wipes.
      • Only payment by bank card is accepted.

    REOPENING OF OUR VISA APPLICATION CENTRE

    02/07/2020

    Following the announcement by the Belgian authorities that they will start processing visa applications once more, our Visa Application Centre in London will be reopening from 6th July 2020.

    Opening hours: Only on Monday and Thursday from 08:30 to 15:30.

    In view of the ongoing health crisis and the restrictive measures regarding the movement of persons, the reception of visa applications will be strictly limited to the visa categories mentioned below, and only after making an appointment :

  • Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals;
  • Frontier workers;
  • Seasonal workers in agriculture;
  • Transport personnel;
  • Diplomats, staff of international organizations and people invited by international organizations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organizations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers and civil protection personnel in the exercise of their functions;
  • Passengers in transit;
  • Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons;
  • seafarers;
  • Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons;
  • Third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of study;
  • Highly qualified third-country workers if their employment is necessary from an economic perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed abroad;
  • Family members of EU citizens, citizens of states associated with the Schengen area and of third country nationals who are legally resident in the UK and their family members.
  • Special notice:

    • The issuance of Short-stay visas for “Business”; "Family visit" and "Tourist travel" remains suspended.
    • The Manchester and Edinburgh centers remain closed until further notice.
    • We are implementing strict safety measures to protect our visa customers and our employees:
      • A body temperature check is being carried out at the entrance to the center. Visitors with a temperature above 37.3°C will not be admitted to the centre.
      • Wearing a mask is compulsory from the time of arrival to the time of departure.
      • The water fountains, self-service Photome booth and trash cans are not available inside centre. Please bring your own pen, bottled water in case of need and a small disposable trash bag to keep used paper, towel or wipes.
      • Only payment by bank card is accepted.

    Advanced Service Fee Payment

    01/03/2020

    Please note that starting from 1st March 2020, the service fee payment will be online during the appointment booking process. Applicants are advised to pay immediately upon confirmation of an appointment slot.

    Increased visa fees for short-stay Schengen visa starting from February 2nd 2020

    31/01/2020

    Increased visa fees for short stay visa following the revision of the Schengen Visa Code, implemented for all Schengen States

    Please note that as of February 2, 2020 the Schengen visa fee per visa application will increase from 60 to 80 euros (equivalent amount in local currency).

    For children between 6-12 years old the visa fee will increase to 40 euros (or equivalent) and for the children between 12-18 years old the visa fee will increase to 80 euros.

    No change for other categories (Long Stay national visas, EU agreement).

    Visa for children under 6 years old and the family members of EU nationals remain free of charge.

    Postal application

    As part of the admissibility requirements of a Schengen visa application, both pages 3 and 4 of the application form need to be signed by the applicant only, in order to avoid any delays in processing .

    Passport Recall / Application withdrawal

    If you need to recall your passport while it’s being processed at the Embassy please refer to the service Passport Retrieval from Consulate available on the Added Value Services page.

    If you want to withdraw please refer to the Contact us page.

    Visa On Web

    It is mandatory to fill your visa application form on Visa On Web prior to booking an appointment on TLScontact website. For more information about the visa submission process, click here.