Travel to Belgium
The information regarding travel to Belgium within the context of the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here : https://dofi.ibz.be/en/themes/covid-19/international-travels
For the information about the sanitary rules for these trips, see https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/
Implementation of visa biometrics starting 2 November 2015
Starting November 2nd , 2015, all applicants for a Schengen visa will need to personally present themselves in order to have their biometric date registered.
Visa applications will be processed faster thanks to the use of biometrics (finger prints and a digital photograph). It will allow visa holders to be identified faster and this way identity theft can be countered.
The procedure to take finger prints is easy, quick and discrete. The applicant will only have to place his or her fingers on the digital scanner. If he or she wants to reapply for a visa within five years, new finger printing will not be required: the previous data stored in the Visa Information System (VIS) will be re-used. After five years the finger print data will be deleted.
When a visa holder arrives at the border, Schengen border control officers will use the VIS to check the identity and verify if the visa is genuine. Quick, easy and reliable biometric checks will help to prevent visa fraud. Honest applicants, the clear majority, will therefore be able to go through a faster procedure.
For more information about the VIS, see http://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs.
Family members of EU citizens who fall under the 2004/38 Directive, can apply in person at the Belgian embassy in New Delhi or the Belgian consulate general in Mumbai. For this, they have first to book an appointment by email, and attach scanned proof of the family relationship with the EU citizen.
The European Commission has decided to launch a public consultation on the perspective of digitalisation of the visa procedure (E-visa) and on the creation of an EU online visa application portal, aimed at a target audience: the travel industry, European agencies directly or indirectly linked to the EU visa policy, visa applicants and the general public. Read more...