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Varied validity. All visa issuance is subject to consular discretion. 

Generally it is advisable to make a 6 month multiple entry visa request. Please also note that all Schengen visas allow a stay of up to 90 days in every 180 day period. 


Please note that the Belgium (TLScontact) Visa Application Centre only accepts visa applications via an appointment system. YOU MUST ATTEND THE APPOINTMENT IN-PERSON YOURSELF TO FILE THE APPLICATION (see also below biometric enrolment requirement). 

To make an appointment, you must create a TLScontact account ( You may also re-schedule / cancel the appointment using the same web link. 

It is mandatory to complete the online visa application form prior to booking an appointment on TLScontact website, as you will be required to insert your VOW (Visa On Web) reference number. 


All Schengen visa applicants (apart from Minors under 12 years old) are required to enrol their biometric data when submitting a Schengen visa application.  These biometric data will be collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a facial image with a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital fingerprint scanner.


You must also make payment of the consular fees yourself (see processing times section below for full pricing structure)

All fees can be paid by debit or credit card; see below for full list of acceptable cards (American Express cards are not accepted).  Cash is not accepted.

  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • Visa
  • Visa electron
  • Solo
  • VCB

When you are unable to collect in person yourself, you may designate a representative to pick up your passport on your behalf. The following documents must be provided:

  • your ID copy
  • your checklist (provided to you on submission)
  • an authorization letter signed by you
  • your representative’s original ID and a copy

Your passport can also be sent to your designated home address directly by courier service. If you would like to benefit from this optional and paid service, please make this request when you submit your application documents at the TLScontact centre. The fee for this additional service is £14.95 (see further information on this service at the following web link: 

However given the sensitive nature of the documents, we advise where possible, that an in-person collection is made. 


Belgium (TLScontact) Visa Application Centre
Suite 18
Exhibition House, Ground Floor
Addison Bridge Place, London
W14 8XP

See map: 

Tel: 0207 605 6744 (Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 16.30)

Opening times (via appointment only): 8:30 to 13:00 (Monday to Friday)
Passport collection time:
8:30 to 16:30 (Monday to Friday)



Global Visaz can assist with arranging the appointment, reviewing your documents and provide guidance on what to expect, before the scheduled date / time. This will ensure upon presentation of your documents to the visa officer at the Austria Visa Application Centre, there are no errors (which can lead to additional complications / further requests and ultimately, delays in processing). UNFORTUNATELY, GIVEN THE APPLICANT IS REQUESTED TO ATTEND IN-PERSON, SUCH APPLICATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO HIGHER SCRUTINY THEREFORE WE HIGHLY ADVISE TO USE THE GLOBAL VISAZ REVIEW ONLY SERVICE.


Original passport. This must:

  • be valid for more than 3 months beyond the validity of the requested visa
  • be signed and issued less than 10 years ago
  • have at least two blank visa pages

Clear colour photocopy of passport (bio/photo page only).

Two original recent 45mm x 35mm colour photographs. These must:

  • be taken within the last month
  • be taken against a plain light background and printed on photographic paper
  • show full frontal face, have a neutral expression and your mouth closed
  • have eyes open and free from reflection or glare from glasses
  • not have hair in front of face or have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)


Signed, fully completed and submitted original VisaOnWeb application form. Please complete online at:

1. For employees: a letter from your employer (see below)

Signed and completed original proof of employment letter from your home employer. This must be signed by a member of your HR, or a member of your management team. If the latter, this person must be at least a manager grade and/or at least the same grade as yourself, and must be aware of your trip.

Please see template attached: Afghanistan – Proof of Employment letter. Alternatively, the letter must include the following information:

  • Addressed to the ”The Embassy of Afghanistan, London”
  • Letter needs to be on home employer headed paper
  • Letter need to be signed by authorised signatory of the home employer
  • Purpose of visit
  • Confirm the applicant is an employee of the company
  • Applicant’s name and nationality
  • Start date of employment and job title 
  • Passport number and DOB
  • Start & Expiry date of the passport
  • Dates of travel to Afghanistan and scheduled return date to work

2. For students: a letter from your educational establishment 


3. For independents: a letter from your account.

Signed and completed original invitation from the host in Belgium. Please use the following template: Belgium – Invite letter.

This must be completed by host in Belgium along with a copy of his/her Belgian ID card or residence permit.

Proof of valid travel insurance. It must:

  • cover any costs of repatriation for medical reasons, emergency medical care and/or emergency hospital care or death during your stay in the Schengen territory.
  • be valid for the whole of the Schengen territory and the whole of the stay.
  • have a minimum cover is 30,000 EUR (EHIC cards are not accepted as proof of valid travel health insurance).

A clear colour copy is acceptable.

Clear colour copy of confirmed travel itinerary: mentioning applicant’s name and travel dates.

Clear colour copy of confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, camping, etc) booking mentioning applicant’s name, travel dates and accommodation address details.

In the case of accommodation with a private individual, an invitation from the person hosting you.

Proof of sufficient funds in the form of the below. Clear colour copies are accepted

  • Three most recent months’ bank statements (including name and address). These must show a positive balance / sufficient amount to cover the expenses during the intended stay in the Schengen Area and for the return to the UK. Bank statements which are downloaded from the internet should be stamped/certified by the bank.


  • Three most recent payslips.


  • Copy of credit card with most recent credit card statement.


  • Travellers’ cheques for an equivalent of €95 per day of stay.


If you have a Guarantor in Belgium. See below:

– A letter of guarantee (in the prescribed form “Annexe 3bis”). See attached:  
– Copy of the guarantor’s 3 most recent salary sheets
– A photocopy of the identity card or residence permit of the guarantor 
– Certificate of family composition of the guarantor, issued by his/her municipality in Belgium 

Valid proof of UK residence. This must be presented as your valid UK residency visa in your passport / in the form of a valid UK Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card. A clear colour copy is acceptable.

 This must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area.


All consular fees are non-refundable once the application has been submitted.

Please click here to see our pricing structure for cancelled cases. Furthermore, the below quoted Global visaz service fees are for REVIEW ONLY.

15 business days service:

Varied validity

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£80.00 excl. VAT
60.00 EUR + £26.58 incl. VAT*

*this fee includes the EUR Belgium Embassy fee (GBP amount confirmed at time of submission / payment) and the GBP TLScontact service fee. 




The Gravensteen is a castle in Ghent originating from the Middle Ages. The name means "castle of the count" in Dutch. The Gravensteen is situated at an altitude of 9 meters. The present castle was built in 1180 by count Philip of Alsace and was modeled after the crusaders castles that Philip of Alsace encountered while he participated in the second crusade. Before its construction, there stood a wooden castle on the same location, presumably built in the ninth century. The castle served as the seat of the Counts of Flanders until they abandoned it in the 14th century. The castle was then used as a courthouse, a prison and eventually decayed. Houses were built against the walls and even on the courtyard and the stones of the walls were used to erect other buildings. At one time it even served as a factory. At the end of the 19th century, the castle was scheduled to be demolished. In 1885 the city of Ghent bought the castle and started a renovation project. The castle was restored initially in 1893. The newly built houses were removed and the walls and keep were restored to their original condition. The castle has been repaired enough to allow people to travel through it and climb on top. It is still partly surrounded by the moat. Inside is a museum with various torture devices (and a guillotine) that were historically used in Ghent.


All consular fees are non-refundable once the application has been submitted. Please click here to see our pricing structure for cancelled cases.

Furthermore, the below quoted Global visaz service fees are for REVIEW ONLY.

10 business days service:

Varied validity

Global visaz service fees:
£70.00 excl. VAT

Consular fees:
£76.55 incl. VAT




The Hofburg is the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and today serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. It is located in the center of Vienna and was built in the 13th century and expanded several times afterwards. It also served as the imperial winter residence, as Schönbrunn Palace was the summer residence. Since 1279 the Hofburg area has been the documented seat of government. The Hofburg has been expanded over the centuries to include various residences, the imperial chapel, the imperial library, the treasury, the Burgtheater, the Spanish Riding School, the imperial mews. The palace faces the Heldenplatz (Heroes Square) ordered under the reign of Emperor Francis Joseph I, as part of what was planned to become the Kaiserforum (de) but which was never completed. Numerous architects have executed work at the Hofburg as it expanded, notably the Italian architect-engineer Filiberto Luchese, Lodovico Burnacini and Martino and Domenico Carlone, the Baroque architects Lukas von Hildebrandt and Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach, Johann Fischer von Erlach, and the architects of the Neue Burg built between 1881 and 1913.