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Due to the COVID-19 crisis and after proposal of the European Commission, the state and government leaders of the member states have decided to temporarily close the external borders of the EU and the Schengen zone for all non-essential travel from third countries to the EU. The temporary travel restriction will apply for at least 30 days as from 17th of March. Possible prolongation of this period will be assessed depending on further developments.

In order to further reduce the risk caused by travel to and inside of the EU and Schengen area, the Belgian Federal Public Service for Foreign Affairs has also decided to temporarily close all Belgian visa sections worldwide until further notice.

This means that it is no longer possible to submit new visa applicationsNor will visa applications that have already been submitted be processed or any visas be issued. The few limited exceptions are listed below:

The temporary travel restriction will apply to all non-essential travel from third countries to the EU+ area[1]. 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.

Nationals of all EU-Member States and Schengen Associated States,[2] for the purposes of returning to their homes are exempted from the temporary travel restriction. This exemption applies to:

  • all EU-citizens[3] and citizens of the Schengen Associated States, and their family members;
  • third-country nationals who are long-term residents under the Long-term Residence Directive[4] and persons deriving their right to reside from other EU Directives or national law or who hold national long-term visas.

Travelers with an essential function or need are as well exempted, including:

  • Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals;
  • Frontier workers;
  • Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary;
  • Diplomats, staff of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions;
  • Passengers in transit;[5]
  • Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons;
  • Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons.

Coordinated and reinforced health checks will be carried out for the individuals allowed to enter the EU+ area.[6]

More information can be found on the website of the Belgian Immigration Office under the following link:
https://dofi.ibz.be/sites/dvzoe/EN/Pages/home.aspx

[1]      The “EU+ area” includes all Schengen Member States (including Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania), as well as the four Schengen Associated States. It would also include Ireland and the United Kingdom if they decide to align.

[2]      Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.

[3]      UK nationals are still to be treated in the same way as EU citizens until end 2020.

You are invited to send your application per registered post to the following address:If you require a visa to go to Belgium, you will find information on this page. 
Visa applications are only handled by the Belgian Embassy in Berlin for non-EU citizens who hold legal residence in Germany.

Belgian Embassy in Berlin
Visa section
Jägerstraße 52-53
10117 Berlin
Germany

If you cannot find the information on our website, you can contact the visa section via e-mail: berlin@diplobel.fed.be.
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What type of visa (short stay - long stay?)

Short stay visa (visa type C) authorizes you to stay on Schengen territory for a term not longer than 3 months during a period of 6 months starting from your first entry on the territory.

Long stay visa (visa type D) authorizes you to stay in Belgium for a period longer than 90 days (students, researchers, employees, family reunification, …).

Please proceed to the menu below for the relevant information on your visa application. For most updated information you can visit the website of the Immigration Office in Belgium, at the moment only available in Dutch or French. To do so click here.