Visa fees

 

The visa fee covers the administrative costs of processing a visa application.

They are collected by the Belgian embassy or consulate general that receives the visa application. 

Please note: do not confuse "visa fees" with the "coverage fee" which must be paid to the Immigration Office for processing certain D (national long-stay) or residence visa applications.

[Visa code, Article 16]

The visa fee is generally charged in euros (EUR - €), or in the currency of the third country, or in the currency commonly used in the third country where the application is made. You will find the practical modalities and the exchange rate applicable on the site of the competent Belgian diplomatic or consular post and/or on the site of the external service provider with which the post cooperates

The amount is set at 45 euros for travellers aged between six and 12, and 90 euros for those aged 12 and above.

A receipt will be issued to the applicant.

The visa fee will not be refunded if the visa application is refused, or if the applicant withdraws their application or does not travel.

The following applicants are exempt from visa fees:

  • children under six years of age;
  • pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers if the purpose of their stay is educational or vocational;
  • researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of conducting scientific research within the meaning of Recommendation No. 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005 for facilitating the issuance by the Member States of uniform short stay visas to researchers who are citizens of a third country travelling within the Community for the purpose of conducting scientific research;
  • representatives of non-profit organisations who are twenty-five years old or younger and who participate in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations;
  • participants in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations who are twenty-five years old or younger;

In certain cases, holders of diplomatic passports or service passports are also exempt.

[Consular Code]

The visa fee is generally charged in euros (EUR - €), or in the currency of the third country, or in the currency commonly used in the third country where the application is made. You will find the practical modalities and the exchange rate applicable on the site of the competent Belgian diplomatic or consular post and/or on the site of the external service provider with which the post cooperates (VFS Global, TLS Contact).

The amount is set at 180 euros.

A receipt will be issued to the applicant.

The visa fee will not be refunded if the visa application is refused, or if the applicant withdraws their application or does not travel.

The gratuity is granted by operation of law :

  • to the spouse and children under the age of eighteen of a citizen of the European Union;
  • to any other member of the family of a citizen of the European Union or of his or her spouse, who is dependent on or living with him or her;
  • To nationals of Morocco, Israel, Turkey, Japan and San Marino applying for provisional residence permits*;
  • to scholarship students from the Belgian State, Belgian administrations in the broad sense (e.g. DGD, Cooperation, Communities and Regions), international bodies (e.g. scholarship students from a European Union programme) and Belgian universities.

* Visa applications for the purpose of family reunification submitted by nationals of these countries are subject to a fee, unless they are submitted by a person referred to in the first and second bullet points.