In order to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) the Belgian authorities have decided to introduce a ban on travel for non-essential purposes (recreational, tourism, etc.) to and from Belgium.
The different measures which apply on the Belgian territory can be found on https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/
Article 21 §1 of the ministerial decree of 28.10.2020 on emergency measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) states that:
- Non-essential travel abroad is prohibited for persons whose main residence is in Belgium;
- Non-essential travel to Belgium is prohibited for persons whose main residence is outside of Belgium.
The various measures taken since March 2020 to limit the spread of the coronavirus are published on the website of the Crisis Centre: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/
Exceptions to the travel restrictions
List of essential travels applicable to persons having the nationality of an EU*/Schengen Member State or having their main residence in an EU/Schengen Member State, or having their main residence in a third country considered safe by Belgium**
* For the purposes of the ministerial decree of 28.10.2020, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City are considered to be countries of the European Union.
** Australia, South Korea, Rwanda, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand
The following travels are considered essential:
- a trip for purely professional reasons, including a trip by professional sportsmen and sportswomen with elite sport status, cultural sector professionals and journalists travelling for work;
- a trip undertaken by diplomats, ministers, Heads of State and Government; a trip undertaken by staff of international organizations and institutions and by people invited by international organizations and institutions whose physical presence is required for the proper functioning of those organizations and institutions; a trip undertaken by staff of diplomatic and consular posts and by people invited by these posts whose physical presence is required for the proper functioning of those posts; a trip undertaken by members of the European Parliament when performing their duties;
a trip for compelling family reasons, i.e.:
- a trip justified by family reunification, as defined in the Law of 15 December 1980 on entry, stay, settlement and removal of foreign nationals;
- a visit to a spouse or partner who does not live under the same roof, insofar as the stable and long-term character of the relationship can be proven;
- a trip in the context of co-parenting;
- a trip in the context of a funeral or cremation of first- and second-degree relatives or next of kin, insofar as plausible evidence can be provided of the stable and long-term character of the relationship with the next of kin;
- a trip in the context of a civil or religious marriage of first- and second-degree relatives or next of kin;
a trip for humanitarian reasons, in particular:
- a trip for medical reasons or to continue urgent medical treatment;
- a trip to provide assistance or care to an elderly, minor, disabled or vulnerable person;
- palliative care visit;
- a study-related trip, in particular a trip by pupils, students and trainees who are undergoing training as part of their studies and researchers with a hosting agreement;
- a trip to a neighboring country by a resident of a border municipality and the adjacent neighboring municipalities as part of their everyday activities that are also allowed and necessary in the country of their primary residence; a trip to a neighboring country by a resident of a border area as part of their everyday activities that are also allowed and necessary in the country of their primary residence, insofar as plausible evidence can be provided;
- a trip to take care of animals;
- a trip in the context of a legal obligation, insofar as it is necessary and cannot be done online;
- a trip to have urgent repairs carried out in the context of vehicle safety;
- a trip in the context of moving house;
- a trip for the purpose of transiting;
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Please note that the VFS service fee for Belgium visa application is set to change from 01 January 2021. The fee will be increased by Euro 5.5 per application (charged in local currency).
- With immediate effect the Visa Application Center is available from 08:30 until 12:00 pm and call center until 02:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday until further notice. For enquiries, you may send us an email and we will respond to you in the next business day or you may call us back on the given days. Please check our website for any updates.
Belgium Visa Application Centre in Bangkok, Thailand re-opens
Effective 13 July 2020, customers can submit visa applications at Belgium Visa Application Centre in Bangkok, Thailand in Chamchuri Square. We will only accept visa application for the following essential travel purposes:
Your safety is our priority. As part of precautionary measures, customers visiting our Visa Application Centres may be subjected to body temperature checks to assess their health conditions and required to wear face mask and gloves. Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including fever (higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius), cough and difficulty breathing will be allowed to reschedule their application submission for another day and will be advised to seek medical attention at the nearest healthcare facility of their choice.
Apart from the safety procedures conducted, please note that
- Belgium Visa Application Centre will open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
- Limited number of customers will be allowed inside the VAC at any given time, hence customers are mandated to book an appointment
Thank you for your understanding.
Belgium Visa Application Center will be operational in the following address from 13 July 2020 onwards:
Unit 404, The Plaza 4th Floor, Chamchuri Square Building
Phayathai Road, Wang Mai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
We are open at the following business hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday only
Submission by Appointment: 08:30 - 12:00/ 13:00-16:00
Passport Collection: 13:00- 16:00
Call Center- 08:30 - 12:00/ 13:00-16:00
- Fee changes effective February 2020 – please view the complete information here
VFS Global (Visa Application Center for Belgium in Thailand) on 04th Floor of Chamchuri Square Building is the only authorized Visa servicing facility by the Embassy of Belgium in Thailand.
VFS Global shall not be responsible/liable for any transactions that the applicant/ customer has with any Travel Agents or any other third party either in the building or outside who might claim to be authorized agents for Visa servicing or for VFS Global. Any applicant shall do such transaction/s at his/her/their own risk, cost and expenses.
Requesting you to kindly contact the VFS Service/ Helpdesk by write to us in details at email@example.com for further information or queries if any.
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