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Visa for Belgium

A. Where to apply?
B. What type of visa do you need?
C. Apply for a visa

A. Where to apply

Applications should be made from the traveler’s country of residence.

In Canada, your contact point is the Consulate general of Belgium in Montreal.

The Consulate general is the exclusive provider of visa services in Canada for

  • Short stay visas for Belgium
  • Long stay visas for Belgium

Therefore, no queries related to visas should be sent to the Embassy of Belgium in Ottawa or honorary consulates.

B. What type of visa do you need ?

1. Airport transit
2. Short stay (< 90days)
3. Long stay (> 90days)

1. Airport transit

An airport transit visa (A visa) is used to transit through the international transit zone of an airport.

Do you need an airport transit visa?

The following categories of travelers benefit from an exemption and do not need an airport transit visa:

  • Canadian citizens and nationals of most countries
  • Permanent residents of Canada travelling with a valid permanent resident card
  • Travelers who hold a valid visa for Canada

If you have to leave the international airport transit zone or if you are transiting through more than 1 airport in the Schengen area, you must be authorised for a short stay (i.e. apply for a Schengen Visa).

For further information on transits in Belgium, please check the website of our border control services.

2. Short stay (< 90days)

Any stay of maximum 90 days in Belgium is a short stay.

If you wish to stay in Belgium for up to 90 days in any 180 days period, you may have to apply for a Schengen visa (short stay visa or C visa), depending on your nationality.

Do you need a short stay visa?

  • Nationals subject to a short stay visa: visa obligations
  • Canadian citizens: Canadians are exempted from Schengen visas.
    Travel is authorised for up to 90 days over 180 days in the Schengen area without a visa.
  • Refugees or undetermined nationality: bearers of a travel document for Refugees or a certificate of identity issued by Canada are subject to a short stay visa if they wish to travel to Belgium.
  • Diplomatic and service passports: exemptions and obligations

Determine the duration of your stay

If you have recently traveled to the Schengen area, please mind the above-mentioned rule of 90/180days: the Schengen Calculator will help you prepare your next trips or visa application.

Apply for a short stay visa

To apply for a short stay visa, please click here.

3. Long stay (> 90days)

Any stay of more than 90 days in Belgium is a long stay.
Citizens of the European Union or of the European Economic Area benefit from an exemption.

Apply for a long stay visa

Application procedures are based on categories. Please determine your category and prepare your application file according to the relevant list of documents.

To apply for a long stay in Belgium, please click here.

C. Apply for a visa

To apply for a short stay in Belgium, please click here

To apply for a long stay in Belgium, please click here.