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Tips, documentation and requirements to travel to Belgium

If you are thinking of traveling to Belgium, it is important that you first know the documents required for each situation. In this article, we give you information about the procedures that must be followed to enter the country and we indicate if you need a visa. In addition, we give you some recommendations.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Required Documentation

In order to enter Belgium you must have certain documents that vary depending on your nationality and the purpose of your trip.

ID and residence card

People from any country that belongs to the European Union, in addition to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, only need their National Identity Document or ID to enter Belgium. Therefore, Spaniards can enter the country without a passport.

If you are not sure which countries are part of the European Union, you can find this information in the following article: The Schengen area and the Member States of the European Union.

Similarly, foreigners who have a residence permit or a long-term visa in one of the member countries of the Schengen area can travel as tourists to Belgium with their passport, without having to acquire a visa, although they may request other documentation as justification of economic solvency.

Passport

On the other hand, there are a considerable number of countries whose citizens are exempt from visas to visit Belgium, they only need their passport whenever they travel as tourists for a maximum of 90 days within a period of 180 days. It is these territories:

  • TO: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia
  • B: Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei
  • C: Canada, Chile, Vatican City, Colombia, South Korea, Costa Rica
  • D: Dominica
  • AND: El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, United States
  • G: Granada, Guatemala
  • H: Honduras, Hong Kong
  • I: Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Solomon Islands, Israel
  • J: Japan
  • K: Kiribati
  • M: Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro
  • N: Nauru, Nicaragua, New Zealand
  • P: Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru
  • S: Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Marino, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore
  • T: Taiwan, East Timor, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu
  • OR: Uruguay
  • V: Vanuatu, Venezuela

Travelers from these countries must have a passport with a minimum validity of three months after the departure date, the hotel reservation or the invitation letter, and the return ticket. In addition, it may be requested that certain economic solvency be demonstrated.

Visa

People from countries that have not been named in the previous section do need a visa to travel to Belgium. Among these territories we find Ecuador, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic. In order to travel up to 90 days as tourists, you must request a Schengen visa, for which these papers must be presented at the embassy or consulate:

  • Application form filled in and signed.
  • Two passport-sized photos with a maximum age of three months and in which glasses or hat are not worn.
  • Passport with a minimum validity of six months after the trip and photocopy of it.
  • Letter explaining the reasons for the trip.
  • Hotel reservation or invitation letter from a family member or friend.
  • Round-trip ticket
  • Justification of economic solvency: work certificate, cash, checking account status, etc.
  • Travel insurance with a minimum coverage of € 30,000.
If a minor child travels without any of his parents, he must have an authorization. In addition, the two parents or guardians must appear at the embassy or consulate.

On the other hand, to stay more than 90 days and to be able to work or study, it is necessary to request a long stay visa or type D. This has a price of € 180, to which the contribution must be added to administrative expenses, which varies between € 60 and € 350. Also, in order to work, the Belgian company that wants to hire the person must apply for a type B work permit.

If what you want is to marry a Belgian, you must request a type C visa. The documentation to present includes the certificate of singleness, the certificate of police background and the medical certificate, among other documents.

Travel with dog

If you want to go to Belgium with your dog and come from another country of the European Union, the documentation that must be submitted is the following:

  • European pet passport
  • Microchip
  • Rabies vaccination certificate

If the dog travels from a country that does not belong to the European Union, it must have an individual certificate, as well as inform the veterinarian, as the requirements vary depending on the country in which the animal lives.

Helpful tips

As indicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, in recent years there have been several in Belgium terrorist attacks. Therefore, there is some risk of attack in the country. In this regard, it is recommended to always carry the documentation and follow the instructions of the country's authorities.

As for crime, it is a fairly safe country. However, it is advisable to monitor personal belongings in public transport and areas with large crowds.

Europeans carrying the European health card can go to the doctor for free. However, you may have to pay at the time a certain amount of money that, after the trip and after presenting the relevant invoices, will be refunded. People from other countries are advised to take out medical insurance.

On the other hand, there is no mandatory vaccine to enter Belgium. However, it is advisable to keep the following vaccination up to date:

  • Tetanus-Diphtheria
  • Triple viral (measles, rubella and mumps)
  • Hepatitis A

User Questions

What is the best time to travel to Belgium?

In winter it is quite cold, although Christmas is one of the most beautiful times to know the country. However, the best date is spring, between April and June, when the weather is mild and there are not as many tourists as in summer.

Is Belgium a good option for traveling with children? And with a baby?

Yes, it is recommended for both children and adolescents, as there are destinations and activities for all tastes. As for traveling with baby, there is no additional problem, you just have to take into account the weather.

Is it advisable to move around Belgium by motorhome?

Yes, it may be a good idea, because near the main tourist cities you can find motorhome areas where you can park and spend the night. In this way, you can travel to Belgium for free without having to hire accommodation or ride public transport or rent a car.

Is it safe to travel to Belgium now?

Due to terrorism, there is a certain security alert in the country. However, it is comparable to that of other countries in Europe, so the risk is not high.

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