How to Apply for a Schengen Visa to Belgium

Belgium, often dubbed as the heart of Europe, beckons travelers with its charming blend of history, culture, and culinary delights. Nestled between France, Germany, and the Netherlands, this compact country boasts a wealth of attractions that exceeds expectations for its size.

Planning a trip to Belgium from the Philippines? Navigating the Schengen visa application process is the first step towards your European adventure. In this guide, we break down the process into simple steps, helping you understand what to expect and how to prepare. From gathering documents to scheduling appointments, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get started on turning your Belgian travel dreams into reality.

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Disclaimer: The information posted here is based on the personal experiences shared by the OFW in the video below. Please let this post serve as a guide only. If you have specific questions, you may ask the OFW by commenting on their video on their accounts.

Guide to Applying for a Schengen Visa to Belgium

The following article is based off a YouTube video from the OFW vlogger “Miss Raine Travels.” In this video, the vlogger shares the steps she took to successfully apply for a Schengen Visa to Belgium from the Philippines. If you want to watch the full video, then click on the link below:

Step 1. Know Your Visa Type

  • Identify whether it’s for tourism, a private visit, business, or cultural visits
  • Visit the Embassy website or the visa application center’s website to determine the exact Visa type

Gather the Documents that You Need

  • Each Visa type will have general requirements as well as specific requirements depending on the purpose
  • Ensure to check the general and specific requirements for your Visa type on the Embassy website or the visa application center’s website

Two Main Types of Documents

  • General documentary requirements: Basic documents necessary for all types of visa applications.
  • Specific supporting documents for your travel: Additional documents tailored to your visa type or purpose of travel, such as proof of accommodation, travel itinerary, or invitation letters.

General Documentary Requirements

  • Application form:
    • The application form can be completed in English or German and must be printed and signed.
    • For minor applicants, the form must be signed by their parents or legal guardian.
    • If you are from Manila, you can scan a QR code to access the application form online.
  • Passport:
    • Must be valid for at least two months beyond the requested exit from the Schengen area.
    • Should have at least two blank pages.
    • Note: Filipino travelers must ensure their passport is valid for at least six months to be allowed to travel.
  • Copy of your passport:
    • Include a copy of the data page, bio page, signature page, and back page with emergency details.
    • Include all pages of your passport with visas and entry/exit stamps.
  • Passport photo:
    • Ensure the photo follows the ICAO guidelines.
    • If needed, glue the photo onto the application form.
  • Non-refundable visa fee:
    • €80 for adults, €40 for minors aged 6 to 12.
    • Free for minors below six and spouses or minor children of EU Nationals.
  • Proof of Ties (General documentary requirements):
    • Documents indicating ties to your home country, ensuring you have reasons to return.
    • Proof of social security contributions (e.g., SSS, Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth).
    • Proof of real estate properties, if relevant (must be in your name).
    • Proof of family ties, such as marriage certificate and birth certificates of children.

Migration Risk Assessment

  • The Belgian Embassy assesses your migration risk and evaluates whether you are likely to return to your home country.
    • Applicants are requested to provide documents or information regarding:
    • Family background:
      • Marriage certificate if married.
      • Birth certificates of children, if applicable.
    • Professional and socioeconomic status:
      • Proof of regular and stable income from employment or other sources.
      • Evidence of stable income sources, including employment or rental income from real estate properties.
    • Ownership of land or real estate:
      • Ownership of real estate properties can serve as a guarantee for your return.

Supporting Requirements

  • Supporting Requirements:
    • Proof of travel:
      • Copy of the travel itinerary or flight reservation (Note: Purchasing a ticket is not required until your visa is granted; a reservation is sufficient).
    • Proof of travel medical insurance:
      • Insurance coverage of at least €30,000.
      • Covers all Schengen countries and the duration of the entire trip.
      • Includes coverage for COVID-19 during the pandemic.
    • Proof of financial means:
      • Financial statements, bank certifications, bank books showing regular income for the last six months.
      • Credit card statements covering the last six months.
      • For minors traveling with parents, proof of parents’ financial means.
    • Proof of occupation (for employed individuals):
      • Certificate of employment.
      • Approved leave of absence for the duration of the stay in the Schengen area.
      • Latest income tax return.
    • Proof of occupation (for self-employed or freelancers):
      • Proof of company or business registration (if applicable).
      • Business financial statements.
      • Latest income tax return.
    • If not registered as a freelancer:
      • Compile income statements from freelancing platforms or other sources.
      • Register with the tax authority if necessary.

For Students

  • Approval of enrollment and certificate of leave of absence if traveling during the school year.
  • If traveling with children or spouse:
  • Birth certificate of children.
  • Marriage certificate.
  • For minors:
  • Affidavit of Support and consent from parents or legal guardian.
  • Copy of parents’ or legal guardian’s passport.
  • Birth certificate of the minor.
  • If the minor is traveling alone, a DSWD clearance is required.

Documents for Tourism Purposes

  • Proof of accommodation:
    • Confirmation of hotel booking, hotel reservation, or hotel voucher.
    • If staying with someone, a letter of promise from the host.
  • Detailed day-to-day itinerary.
  • Specific Documents for Friend or Family Visit or Private Invitation:
  • Proof of relationship to the person being visited:
    • For family members: Birth certificate or marriage certificate.
    • Photocopy of sponsor’s passport or residence card.
  • Proof of sponsorship:
    • Original Affidavit of Support legalized by the Belgian municipality where the sponsor is registered.
    • Copy of sponsor’s Belgian ID card/passport or residence ID card.
    • Family composition of the sponsor.
    • Proof of sponsor’s income for the last three months or the last income tax assessment from the finance department in Belgium.

Additional Documents

  • Travel history:
    • Include previous passports with visas and entry/exit stamps, along with the bio page of the previous passport.
    • Why include travel history?
      • Shows a lower likelihood of overstaying.
      • Indicates a history of returning home after traveling abroad.
  • Cover letter:
    • Not mandatory for the Belgian Schengen visa, but highly recommended.
    • Use the cover letter to explain the purpose of your travel (e.g., tourism, private visit) and why you chose Belgium.
    • Provide details such as the duration of your visit and the reason for visiting specific individuals.
    • The cover letter offers the Visa officer a clearer understanding of your application.

As you embark on this journey, keep in mind that patience and thoroughness are key. While the application process may seem daunting, the rewards of exploring Belgium‘s picturesque landscapes, historic cities, and delectable cuisine are well worth the effort.