Are you Ghanaian national thinking of travelling or emigrating to Belgium? Then this post is for you. In this article, we provide information that could prove to be invaluable. We start from the basics, the location of the Belgium Embassy in Ghana and Visa Requirements.
Without any further time-wasting, let us start with the location of the Honorary Consulate of Belgium.
The Honorary Consulate of Belgium is located at:
Mile 4, Liberation Road, P.O. Box CT3890, Accra, Ghana.
You may also reach them via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would rather Fax: (+233) 302 764 384
And they are also available on Phone via (+233) 302 776 561
BELGIUM EMBASSY IN GHANA VISA REQUIREMENTS
What do you need to enter Belgium?
It’s mandatory for all passengers landing in Belgium through the air to undergo the arrival procedures. Upon arrival at the Belgian airport, you will be asked to present your travel and identification papers to the Belgian border/immigration officer. These travel documents are as follows:
1. A valid national passport or travel document to identify you as a bonafide citizen of your country. The passport should be valid for at least six more months beyond the date you plan to leave Belgium (and this rule is good for the whole Schengen Zone). The passport should be issued within the last 10 years.
Furthermore, all non-EU passengers need a Visa, which should be affixed to your passport.
While still there at the airport You may also be asked for other supporting documents such as an invitation letter written or issued by a Belgian host, as well as proof of lodging or a round-trip ticket. For more information in this regard, please contact the local consular office of Belgium in Ghana, at the address provided above.
These documents will then be checked by the Belgian border/immigration official, who may ask you a few polite but important questions about your trip to Belgium.
What Type of Visa Do I Need in Order to Enter Belgium?
There are two categories of visas you need to gain entry into Belgium
1. A short-stay visa such as business, visiting, vacationing, touring, conference or medical visas.
2. Long-term visas such as Student, employment, family reunion, relocating etc.
If you are planning to travel to Belgium for a short-term trip (less than a year), then you will have to apply for a Schengen Visa to Belgium. These Visas are issued According to the purpose of your visit to Belgium. That means you can get one of the following Schengen Now that we have seen the kinds of visas available, let us now look at another important question relating to your travelling to Belgium: What Documents are Required when Approaching the Visa office to Apply for a Belgium Schengen Visa?
As a matter of Law, According to Belgium visa requirements, the following documents must be presented at the visa office in the Belgium embassy/consulate when applying for any short-term visa to enter Belgium:
1. Belgium visa application form. This should be obtained at your first visit. You may then take it home, ensure that it is fully completed, printed and signed at the end. This form is free of charge.
2. Two recently taken passport-sized photographs with white background Not full photographs. We called them passport photos in Ghana. The photographs should be no older than three months and should be taken according to the Belgium visa photograph requirements & specifications. You will be given specific instructions at the visa office.
3. Your Ghanaian passport. The passport should have at least six months validity and should contain at least three unused pages where your Belgium visa sticker. (The rule is because sometimes a visit may be extended beyond a traveller’s original intention likewise, your passport must also be no older than 10 years.
4. Photocopies of your previous visas (if any). These will usually be on your passport, but you have not travelled before, and have a fresh passport, there is no problem. The visa office will move forward with considering your visa application.
5. Language Preference Form. Due to the fact that Belgium is a multicultural society, you have the freedom of selecting one of the three national languages of Belgium that you wish your application to be treated (French, German or Dutch). As a Ghanaian, you may not know any of those languages and so may choose to complete the application in English. To do so please choose “no preference”.
6. Schengen Travel Insurance: This is perhaps the most important factor on which rests your chances of being issued with a visa. You are required to submit a document, which confirms that you have purchased travel insurance which is good for Belgium and the whole territory known as the Schengen Area. The Travel Insurance should come with a minimum of €30,000 coverage for medical emergencies, and repatriation in case of death. This is a matter of law, and cannot be overlooked. We have previously treated the matter of Travel Insurance or the Schengen Zone on this site.
7. A written report, This is like a letter of introduction from you to the Belgian Consulate stating the reasons for your Belgian visit and also give further details about your trip.
8. Evidence of a round-trip Flight Itineraries, indicating the flight, arrival and the date of departure from Belgium
9. Evidence of hotel or accommodation reservation. This could be a hotel reservation for the entire period time you’re willing to stay in Belgium. In other cases, a letter of invitation can cover this since you will be staying with your host.
10. Evidence of civil status. This is something to show that you are a responsible person and that you have people you are responsible for here in Ghana. It could be a marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, national identity. You may not even be required to present this.
11. Evidence of basic travelling allowance sufficient to cover your entire stay in Belgium.
12. Original copy of a police report.
13. Your bank statement of account for the last 6 months duly endorsed by the Bank.
14. An employee travelling must obtain a duly signed letter of leave from his/her employer.
15. Photocopy of the data page of your passport.
16. An under-age person travelling unaccompanied or accompanied by parents or legal guardian must submit the following additional documents:
– the Child’s birth certificate.
– The letter of consent from both parents duly signed by them.
– The parent’s identity cards or residence cards or data page of their passport.
– The parent or guardian must sign the child’s form.
17. Additional requirements for a business traveller:
– An original letter of invitation from your business partner which must be on the company’s official letter headed paper, stating the duration and purpose of the invitation.
– Proof of your recent business dealings with the company in Belgium.
– If the company is to responsible for accommodation and other needs there must be a written proof.
– Photocopy of the company’s certificate of incorporation.
– Your personal income tax clearance certificate.
18. Additional requirements for applicant travelling on an invitation
– An invitation letter from your friend or relative in Belgium indicating your relationship and the reasons for inviting the person.
– Photocopy of your relative identity card or residence card.
– The letter must be sent by email before the date of appointment.
19. Additional requirements for anyone going for medical reasons
– Medical appointment from a Hospital in Belgium.
– An original letter stating that the Hospital is ready and capable of performing the medical treatment the person is travelling for.
– A written report from the applicant person doctor in Ghana explaining the reasons for urgent medical treatment.
– Submit additional insurance coverage for the period to stay in Belgium.
– Proof of financial capabilities to undergo medical treatment in Belgium including the advanced payment and receipt.
Additional requirements for anyone applying for a Student visa.
1. Original letter of admission or acceptance of an offer from a recognised College or University in Belgium.
2. Evidence of part or full payment of school fees or scholarship offer to study in Belgium.
3. Original and Photocopies of all the documents used in processing the University’s admission.
4. The applicant’s birth certificate.
5. If the applicant is under sponsorship, letter of sponsorship from the parents or guardian.
6. Bank account statement for the last 6 months (your own or your sponsor)
7. Evidence of financial capabilities (bank blocked account) for the entire period of your studies in Belgium.
7. Be prepared to submit any other documents as may be requested by the embassy.
Please note that if you’re travelling as a tourist or on vacation you’re not required to present a letter of invitation.
THE BOTTOM LINE ON BELGIUM EMBASSY IN GHANA AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
After the compilation of all the required documents, (those that are relevant to your needs), you’re to take them to the Belgium Embassy for submission.
Please note the following points before submission:
1. On your day of submission be sure you arrive the Visa Application Centre early, late arrival may disallow you from completing the submission once in a while.
2. You must pay the visa application processing fee and the biometric charges at the Belgian Visa Application Centre
3. Do the biometric fingerprint scans at the centre.
4. Ensure all the documents you’re submitting are genuine and complete.
5. Enquire if you require an interview and ask for the date and time (if any)
6. Finally, be sure you start the submission well ahead of your scheduled travel to allow time for the visa processing.
That’s all on the Belgium Embassy in Ghana and Visa Requirements.
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