For more information on working in Belgium, see our guide to working in Belgium.
To get a long-term visa to come to Belgium to study in higher education or to spend a preparatory year of study ahead of this, you will first need to be able to prove that you: For more information, see our guide to studying in Belgium.
Read more about the conditions on who has to pay a contribution and how much.
Your local authority, embassy or consulate can advise you.
EU, EEA and Swiss nationals do not require a visa to travel to Belgium nor a work permit to engage in economic activities.
However, under certain circumstances, EU/EEA/Swiss citizens need to register at the local town hall () when they arrive in Belgium.
When you arrive in Belgium you have three days to register your arrival at the municipal administration offices.
This essential guide will help you find out which Belgian visa or permit you need depending on your nationality and situation.
For a list of countries whose nationals do – and don’t – need a Schengen visa, see here.
If the transit is via a single airport in Belgium than you should apply for a transit visa from the Belgian embassy in your home country.
For more information, see our guide for moving to Belgium to join a relative or spouse and getting married in Belgium.
If you’re outside Belgium then you should apply at the Belgian embassy in your home country. If you’re already in Belgium – perhaps because you don't need an entry visa for less than three months, or you have a residence card for another purpose – you should apply at the local Belgian municipal administration offices/town hall ( The visa takes the form of a sticker in your passport/travel ID.