NEWS: Starting from today March 18 Visa Application Centers for Belgium in UK (London, Edinburgh and Manchester) are closed to public and will not receive any application until further notice. .

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Closure of Visa Application Centers for Belgium in UK

Upon instruction of the Belgian Embassy in London, starting from today March 18th 2020, Visa Application Centres for Belgium in UK (London, Edinburgh and Manchester) are closed to public and will not receive any application until further notice.

1.Wishing to reschedule appointments to a future date: We suggest you wait for further news on reopening time of the center to book a new appointment.

2.Wishing to cancel an appointment without knowing a new date: You don’t need to answer this email for cancellation. If you don’t attend your appointment, your online registration will be automatically deleted. You will only need to go through a complete new registration in order to get another appointment with a new reference number.

For such a temporary travel restriction to have the desired effect in terms of restricting the spread of the virus, exceptions need to be limited to travel for essential purposes. The temporary travel restriction should apply for 30 days.

Exemption from temporary travel restriction:

1. Nationals of all EU Member States and Schengen Associated States, for the purposes of returning to their homes in Belgium.

2. Other travellers with an essential function or need, including:

  • Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals;
  • Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary;
  • Diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions;
  • Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons;
  • Applicants belonging to the exceptions listed above wishing to apply should send an e-mail to London.Visa@diplobel.fed.be .

    Normal visa applications excluding the above-mentioned exceptional cases can no longer be received.

    You can find information about the procedure for simplified handling of visa applications for visa holders having postponed their intended trip due to Covid-19 travel restrictions in the FAQ section.

    We deeply regret for any inconvenience this closure may cause you. Thank you for your understanding.

    Advanced Service Fee Payment

    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.

    Coronavirus

    Following the discovery of new cases of Coronavirus in Europe, we are taking all the necessary measures to ensure maximum safety of our visa customers and our staff. Our Centres remain open, but we ask you to respect any guidance provided on-site during your visa appointment. Please also refer to the advice provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on how to limit your exposure to the virus. Visit WHO website for more information.

    News 31/01/2020: Increased visa fees for short-stay Schengen visa starting from February 2nd 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.