Schengen Visas - Belgium

Embassy address
17 Grosvenor Crescent
London SW1X 7EE

Telephone: 0871 3760023 (Monday – Friday 8.30-17.30)

Online: Embassy website


Do I need a visa to visit Belgium?
Some countries have special relationships with other countries which enables their residents to travel freely between the two without a visa. Check if you definitely need a visa to travel by checking Belgium’s embassy website.

How can I apply?

For easy and fast processing of your visa application, the application needs to be submitted at the 'Visa Application Centre’ (VAC) and not at the embassy. The address, as well as all other information, can be found on the TLS website

You can start the application process on the TLS website. During this process you will need to make an appointment at the TLScontact Visa application centre:

Suite 18
Exhibition House, Ground Floor,
Addison Bridge Place
London W14 8XP

It is possible to submit your visa application at the embassy itself, provided you first make an appointment. Please note that waiting times are longer than at the VAC. Appointments may only be made via email on

What documents do I need?

The University has a checklist to assist you in collecting the required documents, however for a full list of documentation required, you should check the Belgian Immigration Office website as requirements may change.

How can I find out more?
If you have any further questions regarding the Schengen visa you can access the FAQ section on the TLS website.

You can find information on how to contact the TLScontact centre on their Contact Page.

How long will it take?

Information on processing times is found on the TLS website here.

Please note that the Belgian Embassy aims to process applications within a maximum period of 15 days of receipt of the application. Provided that a complete file is submitted, a decision can usually be expected much sooner.

We recommend that you make your applications at least 15 days prior to the intended departure date. Applications can be made up to 90 days in advance of travel.

When you have had your documents checked, the embassy official will retain your passport (and the copies of your documents) for a decision to be made. Your passport will then be posted back to you.

How can the Immigration & International Student Advice Team help me with my Schengen visa?
The IISA Team does not offer a service whereby they make your Schengen visa application or appointment for you. This is because generally travelling outside of the UK during your studies is for your personal pleasure. They can however check through your documents before sending your appointment.

If you would like an adviser to check your documents for you, you should email stating which country you are applying to and the date you will be travelling to London or when you will be posting your application. Please note that this service is not guaranteed and is subject to staff availability and IISA commitments.

You should start making your Schengen visa application at least 8-12 weeks before your proposed travel date.