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Mandatory form for travel to Belgium

From August, 1st, all persons returning to Belgium and all persons travelling through Belgium and who are staying at least 48 hours must fill out an identification form (Passenger Locator Form). You can find this form here.

Public consultation

The European Commission has decided to launch a public consultation on the perspective of digitalisation of the visa procedure (E-visa) and on the creation of an EU online visa application portal, aimed at a target audience: the travel industry, European agencies directly or indirectly linked to the EU visa policy, visa applicants and the general public. Read more...



In line with the European Recommendations, the decision of the Belgian authorities and local sanitary measures, the Embassy in Addis Ababa will remain closed to all visa applications relating to non-essential journeys.

The Embassy and VFS will only be able to accept visa applications for essential travel. You can find the list of all essential types of travel here.

All other categories of travellers cannot submit visa applications until further notice.

Depending on the course of the COVID epidemic in Belgium, Europe, but also elsewhere in the world, these categories of admitted travellers may be reviewed. 

Please bear in mind that the possession of a valid visa does not mean that you are automatically allowed to enter Belgian territory. The ultimate decision in this matter lies with the border control and will depend on the measures in force at that time.

Third country (non-EU) nationals not subject to the visa requirement or persons traveling with a visa issued before March 18, 2020, must travel with an essential travel document. This certificate is issued by the Embassy.

To submit your visa application, you must make an appointment with the visa reception center VFS (www.vfsglobal.com/belgium/ethiopia/index.html or +251 960437204). New address: 1st Floor, Haimi Apartment Hotel Bole Sub City, 03 Woreda.

Before you go to the VFS Application Center, do not forget to fill in the online visa application form: https://visaonweb.diplomatie.be/.

Due to sanitary measures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, VFS offices are currently only open on Monday and Wednesday, after appointment .

Holders of Diplomatic or Service passports travelling for an official purpose and family members of EU citizens remain welcome to file their application at the Belgian Embassy. Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 09:00 am - 12:00 am, after appointment.

Who can apply in Addis Ababa to travel to Belgium or Luxemburg:

  • Ethiopian nationals
  • Foreign nationals with residence in Ethiopia
  • Djibouti nationals who apply for a visa D
  • Eritrean refugees registered in Ethiopia. Please note that in order to apply for a visa, they must present an Eritrean passport or an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) issued by the Ethiopian Agency for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) to refugees registered with UNHCR.
  • Eritreans residing in Sudan

Other categories should introduce their request in the respective competent embassy or consulate. More specifically, among others:

  • Djibouti nationals applying for a visa C should introduce their visa request at the French Embassy in Djibouti
  • Family members of a Somali national who has been granted the status of refugee or the subsidiary protection in Belgium, should introduce their visa request to the outsourced service provider TLS in Nairobi (Kenya).

Applicants applying for a long stay visa (D Visa) are requested among others to bring a medical certificate. The Embassy of Belgium recognises certificates from the following medical centres: