Short stay

Short stay

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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