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Visa for Belgium


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.



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.

As from 10/09/2020, the visa section will only be able to accept visa applications for the following categories of travellers:

1. Family members (spouse, partner, children younger than 21 or dependent parents) joining or accompanying an EU or Schengen citizen;

2. People travelling to Belgium for urgent family business, such as:

  • Visiting a partner or spouse
  • Family visits in the framework of co-parenthood
  • Attending a funeral of a first or second degree relative
  • Attending a marriage of a first or second degree relative

Tourist trips or family visits to persons currently residing in the Schengen Zone are not allowed.

3. Persons travelling to Belgium for their studies or with a host agreement for researchers;

4. Diplomats on duty, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the performance of their duties. Persons invited by an international organisation and whose presence is necessary for the proper functioning of these organisations also fall
under this category;

5. Professional athletes and their professional entourage;

6. Persons coming to Belgium to exercise an employed or self-employed activity, provided that they are authorized to do so by the competent Region (work permit, valid professional card or proof that the conditions for an exemption are met);

7. Transit passengers;

8. Seafarers in the exercise of their professional activities;

9. People travelling for humanitarian reasons such as urgent medical care;

10. Applications in the framework of family reunification.

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.



Since November 2018, the application procedure for visas to Belgium and Luxemburg has been outsourced to VFS Global Services.

  • All information on the new visa application procedure for Belgium and Luxemburg can be found on the following website: www.vfsglobal.com/belgium/ethiopia/index.html or telephone number +251 960437204.
  • Before you go to the VFS Application Center, do not forget to fill in the online visa application form: https://visaonweb.diplomatie.be/.
  • (NEW) Address of VFS Application Center: 1st Floor, Haimi Apartment Hotel Bole Sub City, 03 Woreda, Addis Ababa.
  • Working hours of VFS Application Center: Monday - Friday, 08:00 am - 03:00 pm (upon appointment).

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

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
  • 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: