VISA & TRAVEL INFO
Belgium is part of the Schengen Zone, which is the area covering most Western and Central European nations in which it is possible to travel freely between countries. Visitors may arrive in any recognized point of entry in the zone, travel passport-free between Schengen member states, and leave from any recognized point of departure. Not all EU countries are members of the Schengen Zone, and not all Schengen Zone countries are members of the EU.
The 26 countries of the Schengen Zone are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
Nationals of all EU-members countries, as well as non-EU member countries that have a visa-liberalization agreement with the Schengen member states, do not require a visa prior to their arrival in Europe. At their point of entry into the Schengen Zone, they are required to show a valid passport, issued within the previous ten years and valid for at least three months after the date they intend to leave the area.
Nationals of countries that do not have a visa-liberalization agreement with the Schengen member states, need to obtain a visa prior of their arrival in Europe.
Citizens of the following countries will require a Schengen Visa prior to their arrival in Belgium: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China (with the exception of citizens of the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau), Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Dem. Rep. Of Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Northern Mariana’s, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Visa-free regimes applies to citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia if they are holders of biometric passports. Visa-free regime applies to holders of passports issued by Taiwan only if their passport contains an identity card number.
You should apply for your visa in person at the Belgian embassy or consulate which is competent for your country of residence. You will be requested to communicate your travel destination as well as the circumstances of it. To find out which Belgian embassy or consulate is competent for you visa application, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
If you apply for a short-stay visa (up to 90 days), some countries offer the possibility of having your visa application treated by another Schengen country Belgium has concluded a representation agreement with. In order to verify which embassy is competent for your country of residence and whether Belgium is represented by a Schengen partner for short stay visa, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
TRAVELING TO ANTWERP
Brussels International Airport (Zaventem) is about 40 kilometers from Antwerp and it is served my multiple international airlines. There are several public transport options to travel from the airport into Antwerp. The Antwerp Express Coach leaves for Antwerp every hour, on the hour. This coach’s final stop is De Keyserlei Boulevard. Trains to Antwerp Central Station from Brussels International Airport leave from the station in the basement level (-1) below the terminal.
Antwerp-Deurne Airport is only 7 kilometres from downtown Antwerp. Daily flights are available from London Heathrow Airport (SN Brussels Airlines), London Gatwick Airport (City Flyer) and London City Airport (VLM).
Belgium is home to a sophisticated railway network, connecting the Antwerp to other Belgian cities and towns, and other railway networks across Europe.
InterCity (IC), Eurostar (EST), Fyra Benelux (FY), InterCity Benelux (IC B), InterRegio (IR), THALYS (THY) and EuroCity (EC) trains all make stops in Antwerp, either at the at Antwerp’ Central Station which is 1.5 kilometers from the city center and Berchem, a station in the southeast of the city.
OCTOBER WEATHER AVERAGES FOR ANTWERP
- Temperature: 12°C / 53°F
- High Temperature: 15°C / 59°F
- Low Temperature: 8°C / 46°F
- Hours of Sunshine: 5
- Rainfall: 70 mm
- Rainy Days: 18
- European Emergency Number: 112 (accident or any other emergency)
- Ambulance / Fire: 100
- Police: 101
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