Short stay

Short stay

COVID-19 : WARNING! THE VALIDITY CALCULATIONS OF SCHENGEN VISAS OR 90 DAYS IF YOU’RE FROM A SCHENGEN ZONE COUNTRY,  ARE NOT SUSPENDED DURING CONFINEMENT. 

It is indeed urgent that you take the lead because any exceeding of the duration of your Schengen visa or of the 90-day period if you are visa exempt, may not only lead to a situation of illegality but also to a possible refusal to issue a new Schengen visa in the future.

However! It is possible to submit a request for an extension of your visa, your declaration of arrival or your order to leave the territory to the ‘Office des Etrangers’.

Our firm will assist you in this process by advising you on the documents to be produced and by writing a letter to the ‘Office des Etrangers’ requesting an exceptional extension of your stay (less than 3 months).

Contact us as soon as possible on + 32 472 82 27 92, or by e-mail at eh@avocat-halabi.com.

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Formalities for obtaining a short-stay visa in Belgium

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In all cases, whether or not you belong to a Schengen zone country, the duration of your stay must not exceed 90 days in a 180-day period (6 months).

If you want to come to Belgium for a short stay but do not belong to a Schengen zone country, you will need to apply for a type C Schengen visa.

What is the Schengen zone?

The Schengen zone is an area composed of 26 countries that allows citizens to freely cross borders between the countries in the zone (i.e. member states).

The borders of the Schengen zone are strictly controlled. If you do not belong to a Schengen zone country, you may need to apply for a Schengen visa.

Which countries are in the Schengen zone?

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia

  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus, Ireland and the United Kingdom are not in the Schengen zone. These five countries apply their own rules on issuing short-stay visas.

Consult our pages opposite to see if you need a Schengen visa. Even if you do not belong to a Schengen zone country, you may not require a visa i.e. your passport (valid for over 6 months) will suffice.

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