If you are planning to visit Belgium from Kenya, whether for a short stay or long stay, you will need to go through the visa application process. This guide provides comprehensive information on how to apply for a Belgium visa in Kenya, including contact details and exceptions to the regular application process.
Visa Application Process
- Online Visa Application Form: Before initiating the visa application process, you must complete the online Kenya visa application form on VisaOnWeb. Make sure to note down your VOW reference number, as you will need it to schedule an appointment with TLS (the visa application center).
- TLS Appointment: To proceed with your visa application, you should contact TLS, the Belgium Visa Application Center, located in Nairobi, Kenya. You can make an appointment with TLS using your VOW reference number.
- TLS Website: For detailed information regarding your visa application, appointment scheduling, biometrics collection, the list of required documents, visa and service fees, and more, please visit the dedicated TLS website.
- TLS - Belgium Visa Application Center
- Address: Unit 2, 1st floor, 9 West, Ring Road Parklands, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya.
- TLS Contact Center Phone: +254 730 979 900
- TLS Contact Center Hours: Monday to Friday, 08:30-16:30
- Make sure to have your TLS contact reference number or passport number ready when speaking with a representative.
Visa Application Fees
- The visa application fee is to be paid to/via TLS.
- Note: Visa long stay administrative fees for the immigration office DVZ/OdE are an exception and should not be paid to TLS.
In some cases, travelers may apply for a visa directly at the Embassy of Belgium, located on Limuru Road, Muthaiga, Nairobi, Kenya, but this can only be done by online appointment. The exceptions include:
- Diplomats: Diplomats with diplomatic or service passports traveling for official purposes (with a verbal note). For private travel, diplomats and their family members should apply at TLS.
- Family Members of Belgians: Family members (spouses, children, and grandchildren) of Belgians registered at the Embassy of Belgium in Nairobi, but only for short stays (Schengen visa). The family members must be younger than 21 or financially dependent, with proof of financial dependence demonstrated through supporting documents like bank statements from the last 6 months.
- Family Members of EU Citizens: Family members of EU citizens, European Economic Area (EEA) citizens, Swiss citizens, or Belgian citizens returning to Belgium after more than 3 months of legal residence in another EU-member state. This also includes family members of non-EU citizens residing in the EU under Directive 2004/38/EC. Such beneficiaries must submit a visa C application, even for long stays in Belgium.
Travelers eligible for an Embassy application should use the following application forms:
- Schengen Visa Application Form
- Long Stay Visa Application Form (Not for Directive 2004/38 beneficiaries)
Ensure you use the appropriate form depending on your visa type and eligibility.
By following these guidelines and understanding the exceptions, you can successfully apply for a Belgium visa in Kenya and make your journey to Belgium a smooth and hassle-free experience.