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Visa for Belgium if you live in Sri Lanka

  1. Where, when and how can you submit a 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. Medical certificate - Certified doctors
  6. Contact

NEW PROCEDURE WORK PERMIT : Since 01/01/2019 the double procedure of an application for a work permit and for a residence permit has been replaced by a single procedure for a unique permit.

NEW PROCEDURE LONG STAY VISA TYPE D (more than 90 days) : The applicant has to appear in person in a Visa Application Center (VAC) of VFS in India since 01/12/2018.  We invite you to read the legal framework of this new procedure here.  To organise your visit in a VAC of VFS in India click here.  In accordance with this new procedure the visa fee is payable to the Visa Application Center (VAC) and not to the Embassy.

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

Belgium does not have a visa department in Sri Lanka. For short stay visa (up to 90 days) C type - Schengen, Belgium is represented by the Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo. All information regarding address, opening hours, and other practical modalities are available on the visa page of their website.

The representation regarding visa matters in Sri Lanka by Switzerland applies only to C visa needed for the followings reasons:

  • Tourist visits
  • Visits to family or friends
  • Cultural or sports manifestations
  • Business trips
  • Short traineeships
  • Transit through the Schengen area

Short stay visa applications aiming to return to Belgium (e.g. when applicant’s Belgian residence card is lost or expired) or at a longer stay in Belgium (e.g. in view of marriage in Belgium) are not covered by the representation agreement and must therefore be lodged with the Embassy of Belgium through the Honorary Consulate. 

In those cases or if you need a long stay visa (more than 90 days) D type - Belgian :

NEW PROCEDURE WORK PERMIT : Since 01/01/2019 the double procedure of an application for a work permit and for a residence permit has been replaced by a single procedure for a unique permit.

NEW PROCEDURE LONG STAY VISA TYPE D (more than 90 days) : The applicant has to appear in person in a Visa Application Center (VAC) of VFS in India since 01/12/2018.  We invite you to read the legal framework of this new procedure here.  To organise your visit in a VAC of VFS in India click here.  In accordance with this new procedure the visa fee is payable to the Visa Application Center (VAC) and not to the Embassy.

 
2. How much is the handling fee (cost for processing your visa application)?

The handling fee for a short term stay visa (C) is 60 euro.

For a long term stay visa (D) the handling fee is 180 euro.

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. For more information about this, we refer you to the Immigration Office website.

PLEASE CONTACT either the Embassy of Switzerland or the Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Colombo for modalities of payment.

 
3. Required documents

For a short stay visa (up to 90 days) C type - Schengen, please consult the website of the Embassy mentioned under the first paragraph of point 1 above. 

For a long stay visa (more than 90 days) D type - Belgian, please click on the type of visa you need in the list below. This list replaces the English language pages of the website of the FPS Home Affairs Immigration Office, which is under construction; we thank you for your understanding. 

According to the type of long stay visa (D visa) you require, you might have to present a medical certificate you can obtain via one of the doctors certified by the Embassy of Belgium. See below point 5 for details.

Official documents issued by public authorities (marriage, birth, and death certificates, or diplomas, police clearance certificates and affidavits) have to be legalised before the submission in a visa file. Click here for all details on legalisations.

If those documents are not directly written in English, they have to be translated by a sworn translator in one of the Belgian national language. Click here for all details on translations.  

 
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 Embassy or Honorary Consulate of Belgium will inform you personally.

 
5. Medical certificate - Certified doctors

If you need a medical certificate we invite you to contact as from January the 1rst 2016 one of the doctors of the new medical team :

Name :    DR. A.M. SEBASTIAMPILLAI                                     
Address : Medical Clinic & Surgery
               166/12, Kirulapone Avenue
               Colombo 05, SRI LANKA
Tel :         +94112514104,+94112582190
Mobile :   +94777845674 (0777845674)
Email :     sam.anton@ymail.com

Name :    DR. A.D.P.A. WIJEGOONEWARDENE
Office :   742A, Maradana Road
              Colombo 10, SRI LANKA
Tel :        +940112699120
Mobile :   +940777771369
Residence : 7, Borella Cross Road
                   Colombo 08, Sri Lanka
Tel :            +940112695776
Email :    drpreethiw@gmail.com              

 
6. Contact

Should you still have questions on visa procedures after reading carefully this entire website, please contact the Embassy of Belgium via newdelhi.visa@diplobel.fed.be.