Visa for Belgium
COVID-19 update: We resume our visa services on Monday 15 June. Starting from this date we process applications and issue visas according to our normal procedure as described below. Processing times may be a few days longer than usual during the first few weeks until the situation normalises.
General information about the visa application process
The Embassy of Belgium in Helsinki handles all visa applications for residents in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. You need a valid residence permit in one of these countries to apply for a visa. If your residence permit has run out, you first need to apply for an extension with the local authorities. In general, the entire application process takes about 3 weeks. It is important to submit your application in time.
Most of the applications will be for a long term (VISA D) visa for Belgium, for which the application can be either done in person at the Embassy of Belgium in Helsinki or by registered mail. In either case, you will need to contact us on beforehand by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request a list of documents that need to be provided to submit your application. All required documents need to be sent first by e-mail (email@example.com) preferably in pdf format to ensure that your application contains the requested documents. Once you receive a confirmation by e-mail that your file is complete, you can either bring the file with you when you visit the Embassy of Belgium in Helsinki or send it to us by registered mail (Kalliolinnantie 5, 00140 Helsinki, Finland). When submitting your application in person, you will need to book an appointment at the Embassy of Belgium in Helsinki on beforehand so we can guarantee a smooth processing of your application.
All documents to be presented in a visa application must be originals, and if so requested legalized by means of an apostille according to the legal procedure between the issuing country and Belgium and translated by a sworn translator. As soon as we have handled your application, you will be informed of the decision.
Before applying for a short term (VISA C) visa please contact us by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Within the Schengen zone, a valid passport with a valid residence permit of a Schengen country allows a short-termtourist visit to Belgium (less than 90 days) and it is thus not necessary to apply for a short term visa (VISA C).
All the information concerning visa applications for Belgium is available on the website of the Immigration Office of the FPS Home Affairs, which is the competent Belgian authority for access to the territory, stay, residence and removal of foreigners in Belgium.
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