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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


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

Citizens of the countries listed below and foreigners who reside legally in these countries may introduce their application for a short term visa (visa C max 90 days) in person at the embassy of Belgium in Kingston if their main destination is Belgium or Luxembourg. 

The visa section is open Mondays to Thursdays 9.30 am – 12 pm. In order to apply you need to make an appointment via email (kingston@diplobel.fed.be).

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. 

  • CAYMAN (UK) *
  • ST LUCIA *

In some countries of the ones listed above, Belgium is represented by another Schengen country. Applications for short term visa for Belgium can be introduced at these embassies (see point 5).

If the application concerns a long term visa (Visa D), the application needs to be introduced at the embassy of Belgium in Kingston.  

(*) Citizens of these countries do not need a visa for a short stay (<= 90 days).

(**) Jamaican citizens travelling on a diplomatic or official passport do not need a visa to enter the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg).

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 more months on 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
  • 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 from a private person needs to be accompanied by a copy of the Belgian ID card (both sides) of the inviting person.
  • If the applicant has a sponsor in Belgium, he needs to submit a commitment that charge will be taken with the 3 last 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. This list is not limited.
  • 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 the major insurance companies are accepted, such as Allianz, AXA, Europ Assistance.
  • You submit a copy of all your 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.

Long stay visa (over 90 days)

See Immigration Office

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.

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 and long term visas (over 90 days) and the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway for short stay visas (<= 90 days). As of 15/05/2019 we will also represent Denmark for short stay visas.

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 
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 
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.