The ETIAS is coming soon. We can assist in processing this document once it’s available.
Travel Document Type
Byevisa Processing Fee
All About the ETIAS Authorisation Belgium
Please note that the ETIAS is a new system that is due to enter into force in late 2022, and becomes obligatory from 2023. Byevisa has compiled all of the current information to explain what it is, how it will work and how you can apply for one once the system is up and running.
Planning to visit the home of the European Union? With its stunning architecture and its reputation for creating the world’s best chocolate, you are in for a treat.
Until recently, American, British, Australian, Canadian and Japanese tourists, as well as those from around 60 other countries, didn’t require a travel pass to visit this country and other places in Europe.
However, as of late 2022 these citizens are eligible, and as of 2023 are obliged, to present a visa waiver. This new electronic system, which is speeding up processing times across the globe, is known as the ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System).
How Does This Work?
You need to apply for this if you are planning to travel to Belgium, or indeed any of the 26 Member States that form the Schengen zone, for business, medical treatment, tourism or transit purposes.
Applications can be processed online and if you do it via Byevisa’s user-friendly portal, it only takes around 10 minutes.
Once your application has been approved, the pass will be valid for up to 3 years. During this time, you can not only visit beautiful Belgium, you can also enter any Schengen Area member state multiple times for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
Please note that this pass will not allow you to enter the UK and Ireland, for example, as although they are part of Europe, these countries aren’t in the Schengen zone.
Planning to be in the country for longer? There are some circumstances where you need another type of visa. These include:
- If you are immigrating.
- If you are going there to study.
- If you are going to move there permanently for work.
If this is the case, please seek advice from your nearest consulate or embassy.
Difference Between the ETIAS Belgium and a Belgium Visa
So what is the difference between a traditional Belgium visa and this new system?
The ETIAS authorisation is for visits to countries in the Schengen zone, which includes Belgium and 25 others, for a duration of up to 90 days during any 180-day period.
This means, for example, that you can’t explore the ‘flat country’ for 90 days, pop over to London to soak in the sights (the UK isn’t in the Schengen Area) and then return to Belgium for a further 90 days during the same 180-day period.
What type of trip is this documentation for? Well, the Belgium ETIAS is for short-term trips including:
- Business trips.
- Tourist visits.
- Medical treatment.
Do You Need a Visa to Go to Belgium?
If you are a citizen of a country that up until recently was exempt from requiring a visa to travel to Europe (such as the USA, UK, Canada or Australia), you need to apply for this pass if you want to visit the continent.
Unsure if this applies to you? Use our eligibility checker tool to find out.
Citizens of countries that either aren’t eligible for the ETIAS authorisation, or aren’t nationals of EU or Schengen Area Member States, need to apply for a Schengen Visa.
If this applies to you, then the type of document you need to apply for depends on the purpose of your trip. More information about the process for applying for a Belgium Schengen Visa can be found here.
ETIAS Application Process for Belgium
Getting your hands on your Belgium visa is a simple process. All you need to do is provide us with the following information:
- Your personal details – name, gender, date of birth etc.
- Your passport information – including the issue date and expiry date. Please note, your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your entry date.
- A current email address.
You also need to:
- Answer a few simple health and security questions. This is nothing to worry about; it is just to check your details against the EU’s secure databases (Europol, Interpol, SIS and VIS).
- Have a credit or debit card or the login for a PayPal account. You will be charged an X USD fee per applicant, as well as a handling charge depending on the processing speed you select.
You can do all of this in approximately 10 minutes from any electronic device, saving yourself a trip to the embassy to fill out a load of forms. Once complete, you receive your valid travel authorisation by email in the processing time you selected. Your visa waiver is valid for 3 years or until your passport expires.
The ETIAS is automatically linked to your passport, so when it is scanned by airline staff or at border control they’ll know right away that you’re authorised to travel. Want to be extra certain? Print a copy too from the email we send you!
Belgium Visa Requirements for Eligible Countries
To apply for the ETIAS, all you need is a valid passport from an eligible country. Remember, the passport should be valid for at least 6 months following your intended arrival date.
Below are further details regarding eligibility for this travel pass.
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Belgium?
Here is a full list of the countries whose citizens require ETIAS authorisation in order to enter Belgium:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Federated States of Micronesia
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
ETIAS – Form and Documents to Visit Belgium
Applying for your visa waiver with Byevisa couldn’t be simpler. It takes the weight off your mind and saves you a trip to the Belgian embassy or consulate. Just follow the steps below:
1. Select your nationality and your destination country and then press ‘Apply Now’.
2. Provide us with the following information:
- Your email address to send the travel pass to.
- Your entry date into the country.
- Your first name, last name and any middle names.
- Your contact number.
- Your sex (male or female).
- Your nationality.
- Your birth date and birth country.
- Your country of residence.
- Your passport number.
- The issue date and expiry date for this document.
- Which travel pass you are applying for (in this case the ETIAS).
- Your current address.
- Your medical and security background (e.g, details of medical history).
Travelling as a group? Please make sure that all members of your party who require the documentation have applied for the authorisation too. If you have your friends’ details, you can do the application on their behalf. They can thank you with a craft beer once you’ve landed in Brussels.
Children under the age of 18 must obtain their own authorisation document; however, you can apply for them.
Remember to triple check all the information before hitting the ‘Submit’ button. Once submitted, we may not be able to amend your application if any errors are made. This means that you will have to pay the Belgian visa fees again if you need to reapply.
3. Decide how quickly you need your documentation.
Byevisa speeds up the process to get your document to you as fast as possible. We offer 3 options:
- Standard for X USD per person. You get your travel authorisation in X days.
- Rapid for X USD per person. It’s with you in X days.
- Highly Rapid for X USD per person. You receive your pass in just X days.
4. Pay for your application by card or PayPal.
You need to enter:
- Your full name, as it appears on your debit/credit card.
- Your debit/credit card number.
- The expiry month and year listed.
- Your 3-digit CVV security code (you will find this on the back of your debit/credit card).
If you prefer to use PayPal then simply click the ‘PayPal’ button, log in to the site and follow the instructions.
Once you’ve done all this, press ‘Submit’ et voilá! Your travel documentation will be with you in no time. Now all you need to do is decide which chocolate shop to visit first.
ETIAS Belgium – Status Check
Want to check the status of your application with Byevisa? Access our portal by clicking the ‘Status’ button in our main menu, then entering your contact details and enquiry. Among other things, you can find out if your travel pass is:
- Still pending (if your application is still in process)
You can also find out when it was issued, how many days are remaining and the date it will expire.
In the unlikely event that you have not received your documentation within the specified time frame, please feel free to get in touch. Our customer support team is always happy to help.
If you realise that you’ve made a mistake in your application, please contact us right away. If possible, we’ll amend your application before processing, so that you won’t have to apply again. However, if you contact us after we’ve already processed your application, you’ll have to reapply.
How Much is the ETIAS Belgium Authorisation?
The cost per document for this travel pass is X USD.
We also charge a processing fee for managing your paperwork for you. This is a small price to pay when you consider the time you save, which can be better spent researching the best waffle spots!
The service charge varies depending on how quickly you need your documentation. Byevisa offers 3 options for your convenience:
- Our standard service. X per person. Your travel pass is with you in X days.
- Rapid service. X per person. You receive it in X days.
- Highly Rapid service. You obtain it in just X days.
If you select our Standard option, for example, you will pay X USD for the Belgian visa + X USD processing fee for a total of X USD.
ETIAS Belgium FAQs
Still unsure about some of the details of your travel pass? The information below should answer any lingering questions about Belgium visa requirements ahead of your trip.
Please note, this authorisation is not valid for every European country. For example, you cannot use it to visit the United Kingdom or Ireland. To see the full list of countries you can enter with this pass, please click here.
- People under 18 years of age.
- People over 70.