Short Stay Trip for citizens exempt from a Short Stay (Schengen) Visa (C type)
- Japanese citizens (among others, see below) do not need a Short Stay Schengen visa when they travel to Belgium for a short visit (no more than 90 days per period of 180 days).
- For a list of all nationalities exempt from a short stay visa for Belgium, go to the website of the Border Control Office: FR – NL
EXEMPTION FROM A SHORT STAY VISA DOES NOT EQUAL EXEMPTION FROM THE SCHENGEN ENTRY CONDITIONS. Even if you are exempted from a C visa, you still need to fulfill the following conditions (among others) to be granted entry to the Schengen area:
- To be in possession of a valid travel document (e.g. passport or other), valid until at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member State; issued within the previous 10 years.
- To justify the purpose and conditions of the intended stay, and to have sufficient means of subsistence, both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to their country of origin or transit to a third country into which they are certain to be admitted, or are in a position to acquire such means lawfully.
- To not be considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security, public health, or the international relations of any of the Member States.
- For more information: Schengen entry conditions
More info on the website of the European Commission (short-stay calculator, refusal at the border, 90 days in any 180 period, FAQ)