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Visa for Belgium

  1. Where, when and how can you submit your visa application?
  2. How much is the handling fee (cost for processing your visa application)?
  3. Required documents
  4. Checking the status of your visa application
  5. Schengen representation for visa
  6. Medical certificate - Certified doctors
  7. Contact

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1. Where, when and how can you submit a visa application?

A. Do you need a visa?

  • ANGUILLA (UK)
  • ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
  • BARBADOS
  • CAYMAN (UK)
  • DOMINICA
  • GRENADA
  • VIRGIN ISLANDS (UK)
  • MONTSERRAT (UK)
  • ST KITTS & NEVIS
  • ST VINCENT & GRENADINES
  • ST LUCIA
  • TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

The citizens of the above mentioned countries do not need a visa C (short stay, max. 90 days).

If you reside legally in one of these countries but have a different nationality, please contact us to verify whether you need a visa.

Concerning visa D (long stay): see point 3 for more information.

  • GUYANA

Citizens of Guyana need a visa and may apply in person for a visa C (short stay, max. 90 days) via the Embassy of the Netherlands in Paramaribo (Suriname) if their main destination is Belgium or Luxemburg. See also point 5.

If you reside legally in Guyana but have a different nationality please contact us to verify whether you need a visa.

Concerning visa D (long stay): see point 3 for more information.

  • JAMAICA

Citizens of Jamaica need a visa and may apply in person for a visa C (short stay, max. 90 days) via our Embassy if their main destination is Belgium, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway or Sweden.

If you reside legally in Jamaica but have a different nationality please contact us to verify whether you need a visa.

Concerning visa D (long stay): see point 3 for more information.

Remark: citizens of Jamaica travelling on a diplomatic or official passport do not need a visa for the Benelux countries (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg).

  • SURINAME

Citizens of Suriname need a visa and may apply in person for a visa C (short stay, max. 90 days) via the Embassy of the Netherlands in Paramaribo (Suriname) if their main destination is Belgium or Luxemburg. See also point 5.

If you reside legally in Suriname but have a different nationality please contact us to verify whether you need a visa.

Concerning visa D (long stay): see point 3 for more information.

B. Your main destination

If you travel to different countries during your stay in the Schengen zone it needs to be determined what your main destination is in order to determine at what embassy you should apply for your visa. If such is the case, we advise you to send us your full travel plans by email.

C. Transiting via the Schengen zone

If you pass through the Schengen zone to a final destination outside of the Schengen zone it is possible that you will need a visa. We advise you to send us your detailed flight information via email to determine whether you will need a visa.

D. Applying for a visa at our Embassy

The visa section is open Mondays to Thursdays 9.30 am – 11.30 am.

In order to apply you need to make an appointment via telephone or email (kingston@diplobel.fed.be). When making your appointment you need to give us your name and telephone number and your destination. People travelling together should make a group appointment by sending us the total number of applicants, the full list of names and their destination.

You need to apply a maximum of 90 days and a minimum of 15 days before your planned travel date. Therefore please request an appointment as early as possible.

Attention: Please note that during peak season (April to August) appointments may not be available immediately as we are regularly fully booked for up to three weeks. It is advisable to contact us at least 4 to 6 weeks BEFORE your planned travel date to ensure an appointment can be set in a timely manner. 

 

2. How much is the handling fee (cost for processing your visa application)?

For a short term visa (C), the handling fee is 60 euros. The equivalent in Jamaican dollars (see Tariff) has to be paid via Western Union or Bill Express following the instructions under Payment.

For a long term visa (D), the handling fee is 180 euros. The equivalent in Jamaican dollars (see Tariff) has to be paid via Western Union or Bill Express following the instructions under PaymentAn additional contribution is required for the processing of certain visa D applications, in which case you will be requested to submit a proof of payment of this additional contribution as a part of your visa application. If you are unable to do so at the time of the submission of your application, the application will  be considered inadmissible. 

Please note that the handling fee, is to be paid at the time of the application. In case the applicant is exempt from paying the handling fee, he or she is not automatically exempted from paying the additional contribution. For more information about this, we refer you to the Immigration Office website.

 
3. Required documents

You can download the visa application form and you will find all conditions on the FPS Home Affairs Immigration Office website, the only competent authority for the admittance, stay, residence and removal of foreigners.

 
Short term visa (<= 90 days maximum)

  • Visa application form, duly filed out and signed
  • Passport that is valid for at least three months after the date that you plan to leave the SCHENGEN territory. In case of multiple trips, the date that you plan to leave for the last time. This document must have at least two empty pages and has to have been delivered less than ten years ago. If the passport was issued in the last year and/or there are valid visas and Schengen visas in your previous passport, please also submit it.
  • 1 recent passport sized picture
  • Proof of payment of the visa fee (see point 2)
  • Itinerary: print out of the flights you are planning to take. Note that we do not ask you to book a flight. A booking will only be requested in case the visa is approved.
  • Document indicating the purpose of your trip : invitation letter from a private person, a business, organization etc. that mentions clearly who is invited, the period of the stay, where he/she will stay, who will cover the cost of the journey (two ways) and the cost of the stay in Belgium. An invitation letter from a private person needs to be accompanied by a copy of the Belgian ID card (both sides) of the inviting person. If you are not invited but travel as a tourist, you need to show proof thereof (hotel reservation, planning of your visit…).
  • If the applicant has a sponsor in Belgium, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway or Sweden, he/she needs to submit a sponsorship document (commitment that charge will be taken, official document form the local authorities) with the last 3 pay slips of the sponsor. If the applicant will pay for his/her travel cost, he/she needs to submit pay slips for the last three months. Self-employed people submit their tax declaration and bank statements. Even if you have a sponsor, it is advisable to submit proof of your own financial means.
  • Letter from your employer (if applicable) with approval for leave or with mention that you travel for job related reasons.
  • SCHENGEN travel health insurance. The proof of the insurance needs to be given on a one paged document that clearly mentions the name of the applicant, the period of validity and the fact that the insurance is in accordance with directive (EC) n° 810/2009 of the European Parliament and Council of 13.07.2009.  Holders of a diplomatic passport are not required to have a travel health insurance. The contracts of major insurance companies, such as Allianz, AXA, Europ Assistance, are accepted. You may take out the insurance online or via a travel agent or insurance company.

You submit a copy of all your original documents, including a copy of all pages of your passport. 

The Embassy has the right to request any other document it considers necessary.

Biometry – Visa Information System (VIS)

All Schengen visa applicants must appear in person, except for children younger than 12 to have their 10 fingerprints and their photograph registered. These data are stored for 5 years in the VIS. The fingerprint registration procedure only takes a few minutes and identifies you with certainty as the sole licensee of the visa. It protects you against falsification or abuse of your identity (for instance, if your passport is stolen) and optimizes the border crossing. For more extensive information, we refer you to the European Union website.

Even though their biometric data is not taken, children still need to appear in person.

Long stay visa (over 90 days)

See Immigration Office

If you are applying for a student visa and do not master Dutch or French, please send us an email to get the information in English.

Important! For the applications treated as of 01/12/2018, biometric data needs to be taken. See: Prise de données biométriques or Afnemen biometrische gegevens.

Applicants that do not reside in Jamaica may send their visa application via a private courier service (see Sending/Collection of documents). Once their visa is approved, they will be invited to come to Jamaica to take their biometric data and collect their visa. It is however also possible to have the biometric data taken upon introduction of the application.

For more information on police records and legalisation of documents, please see Legalisations.

 
4. Checking the status of your visa application  

Belgian embassies and consulates general must submit certain visa applications to the Immigration Office of the Federal Public Service Home Affairs for a final decision. It is the only competent authority with regards to the admittance, stay, residence and removal of foreigners from Belgian territory.

In such a case, your file number will be communicated to you by the embassy or consulate general upon the submission of your file to the Immigration Office. From this stage onwards, the Immigration Office is the only authority to contact, if you wish to know the status of your application.

With the file number you can inquire about the status of your application (Antwerpsesteenweg 59B, 1000 Brussels, T: +32.2.793.80.00, infodesk@ibz.fgov.be). Using this number, you can also check the status of your visa application on the Immigration Office website.

Once a decision has been taken, The Belgian Embassy or Consulate general will inform you personally.

 
5. Schengen representation

In Kingston (Jamaica), Belgium represents Luxembourg for the treatment of short term visas (<= 90 days) and long term visas (over 90 days) and the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Norway for short stay visas (<= 90 days) only. 

For all information concerning long term visa for Luxembourg, please consult: www.mae.lu/en/Site-MAE/VISAS-Immigration.

Applicants travelling to Luxembourg, to the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark or Norway must present the equivalent of the Belgian documents requested under 3.

In Castries (Saint Lucia), Belgium is represented by France for the treatment of applications for short term visa (90 days maximum).

Ambassade de France 
Nelson Mandela Drive 
Castries  
Tel: + 1 758 455 6060 
Mail: visas.frenchembslu@gmail.com

In Paramaribo (Suriname), Belgium is represented by the Netherlands for the treatment of applications for short term visa (90 days maximum).

Ambassade des Pays Bas 
Van Roseveltkade 5 
Paramaribo 
Tel: + 1 597 477 211 
Mail: prm-vs@minbuza.nl

The embassy that represents another Schengen state applies its own rules for the delivery of short term visas.

Not all short stay visa applications can be handled in representation. This depends on the representation agreement that has been signed between Belgium and the Schengen Member State in question. For more information about this, you can consult our representation partner or the Belgian embassy.

 
6. Medical certificate - Certified doctors

If you need a medical certificate we invite you to contact one of the doctors certified by the embassy:

In Jamaica:

Dr. Richard Gomes
Devon House East, Unit 28
28 Hope Road (entrance on Kingsway)
Kingston 10
Tel.: +1876 926 7161
Tel./Fax: +1876 968 0682

In Suriname:

Dr. Jasin Harold Mohammed Ashim 
Ashim Medisch Centrum 
Tel: +1 597 48 61 40 
Tel: +1 597 48 61 50 
Tel: +1 597 48 61 70 
Tel: +1 597 48 61 92 
Fax: 486192 
Mail: info@amcsur.com

 
7. Contact

Should you have any further questions, please contact us by email: kingston@diplobel.fed.be.