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Competent authority for visa applications
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.
Travelling to Belgium
A valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate and an identification form (Passenger Locator Form) are no longer required for Belgium. For countries in representation please contact the Ministry of Health in question.
Change in the visa application procedure
TLScontact has been appointed as the partner of the Belgian Embassy to facilitate the submission of your visa application.
You will find all the necessary information on the new procedure for your visa application on the TLScontact website. It will be possible to make an appointment on their website from September 1.
Information on the GDPR
The Embassy has started a collaboration with the company TLScontact, in order to serve you even better. The introduction of visa applications for travel to Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands (short stay), Austria (short stay) will from now on be done at TLScontact. You can find more information on the TLScontact website
(For more information on schengen representation agreements see point 6 below.)
In accordance with the Visa Code, all visa applicants must submit their visa application to TLScontact. Only holders of official passports, family members of EU nationals covered by the Directive 2004/38/CE, motivated humanitarian requests or emergencies are allowed to submit their visa application directly to the Belgian Embassy or Consulate, competent for their place of residence. To this end, the applicant is requested to schedule an appointment by email with the mission concerned.
The handling fee is paid in cash, in FCFA, at the Embassy.
As of 01/02/2020, the handling fee for a short term stay visa (C) is the equivalent of 80 euro to be paid in FCFA. Click here for the current consular fees in euro and in FCFA.
For a long term stay visa (D) the handling fee is the equivalent of 180 euro to be paid in FCFA. Click here for the current consular fees in euro and in FCFA.
An 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.
There are certain exceptions to the standard fee of 80 euro for a C visa and 180 euro for a D visa. You can find all relevant information with this regard on the website of the Immigration Office
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 stay visa (= max. 90 days)
All general information regarding visa applications for short stays and the supporting documents can be found on the website of the Immigration Office
The list of supporting documents to be presented by visa applicants in Cameroon can by found on this website
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 (= more than 90 days)
All general information regarding visa applications for long stays and the supporting documents can be found on the website of the Immigration Office
The registration of biometric data (fingerprints and photo) is compulsory for all student visa applications.
There are 2 categories of students that are exempt from the registration of biometric data:
- Students with a scholarship from the Belgian State
- Students that participate in an exchange programme or that avail of inter-university mobility
You can get a medical certificate through one of the doctors certified by the Embassy.
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.
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 (Boulevard Pacheco, 44, 1000 Brussels, T: +32.2.793.80.00, email@example.com). 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 will inform you personally.
In Cameroon, Belgium represents Luxemburg, Netherlands and Austria for handling short stay visa applications (max. 90 days).
In Cameroon, Belgium represents Luxembourg for handling long stay visa applications (more than 90 days).
In Gabon, Belgium is represented by France for handling short stay visa applications (max. 90 days).
In Equatorial Guinea, Belgium is represented by Spain for handling short stay visa applications (max. 90 days).
In Central-Africa, Belgium is represented by France for handling short stay visa applications (max. 90 days).
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