Belgium

Sent: Tuesday, 27 September 2016 3:27 PM
To: canberra@diplobel.fed.be
Subject: FW: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Belgium

Hello

Can you please confirm if the below bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Belgium is current, for Australian citizens and passport holders

 

Australian Treaty Series 1951 No 6

 

DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRSCANBERRA

Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Belgium concerning Visas and Visa Fees

If this agreement attatched is still valid, please explain the rules and regulations for Australian citizens.
Please confirm if this can be used as additional time to the Schengen 90 out of 180 days visa.
Thank you
Kind regards
From: Embassy of Belgium in Canberra <Canberra@diplobel.fed.be>
Sent: Wednesday, 28 September 2016 3:43 PM
Subject: C4.2-Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Belgium-Maric,Tanja

*** The Visa Section no longer answers visa questions over the phone. Please email the Embassy instead.***

C4.2

Dear

Referring to your email below I can inform you that an Australian passport holder does not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days in any 180 days period in the Schengen area.

The notion of “any”, implies the application of a “moving” 180-day reference period, looking backwards at each day of the stay (be it at the entry or at the day of an actual check), into the last 180-day period, in order to verify if the 90 days/180-day requirement continues to be fulfilled.

Please find the link to the calculator for your reference http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/border-crossing/index_en.htm

ec.europa.eu
The Schengen Borders Code provides EU States with a single set of common rules that govern external border checks on persons, entry requirements and duration of stays …

In addition the Embassy can inform you that, according to the SPF Foreign Affairs of Belgium, the actual bilateral agreement formally confirmed through an exchange of Notes on 25 July 1951 between the two countries, entitles Australian citizens to stay for two more months without a visa in Belgium after 90 days spent in any other Schengen country. When entering Belgium you will need to be able to prove you have not stayed in the Schengen area for more than 90 days. At the end of the 2 month period you will need to leave from Belgium and cannot visit another Schengen country.

Countries belonging to the Schengen area are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

I trust I have informed you sufficiently.

Yours sincerely,

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Australian Treaty Series 1951 No 6

DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

CANBERRA

Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Belgium concerning Visas and Visa Fees

(Canberra, 25 July 1951)

Entry into force: 25 August 1951

AUSTRALIAN TREATY SERIES

1951 No. 6

Australian Government Publishing Service

Canberra

(c) Commonwealth of Australia 1997

[Note from the Australian Minister for External Affairs to the Belgian Minister, Sydney]

I

Canberra

25 July 1951

His Excellency M. Félix F A Jansen

Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Belgium

11C Castlereagh Street

SYDNEY

Sir

I have the honour to refer to previous correspondence regarding visas and visa fees, and to inform you that the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia is prepared to conclude with the Government of Belgium, an agreement in the following terms:

1. Belgian nationals possessing valid Belgian passports, who desire to enter Australia whether temporarily or permanently, and whose entry to Australia has been approved, will receive visas for Australia, free of charge, from the appropriate visa-issuing authority; such visas, in the case of Belgian nationals proceeding to Australia for purposes other than permanent residence, will be made valid for a period of twelve months and good for an unlimited number of journeys to Australia within that period.

2. Australian citizens, possessing valid Australian passports, who desire to enter Belgium as bona fide non-immigrants may enter Belgium for periods of less than two months without obtaining a visa.

3. The present agreement shall take effect one month from the date hereof.[1]

4. Either of the parties may denounce the present agreement by means of giving one month’s notice to the other party. Notwithstanding the foregoing, it is understood:

(a) that the abovementioned provisions do not exempt Australian citizens from the necessity of obtaining visas for Belgian Congo or Ruanda-Urundi, whether entering in transit or otherwise;

(b) that the abovementioned provisions do not exempt Belgian nationals entering Australia, and Australian citizens entering Belgium from the necessity of complying with the Australian and Belgian laws and regulations concerning the entry, residence whether temporary or permanent, and employment of aliens; and

(c) that travellers who are unable to satisfy the respective immigration authorities that they comply with the laws and regulations referred to in the immediately preceding subparagraph are liable to be refused permission to enter or land.

If the foregoing provisions are acceptable to your Government, I have the honour to suggest that the present Note, and your confirmatory reply thereto be deemed to constitute and evidence the agreement reached between our two Governments.

I have the honour to be, with the highest consideration, Sir, your most obedient servant,

[Signed:]

R G CASEY

Minister of State for External Affairs

[Note from the Belgian Minister, Canberra, to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs]

II

LÉGATION DE BELGIQUE

Canberra

25 July 1951

The Rt Hon R G Casey CH, DSO, MC, MP

Minister of External Affairs

CANBERRA

Sir

I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your Note of today’s date regarding visas and visa fees in which you inform me that the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia is prepared to conclude an Agreement with the Government of Belgium in the following terms:

[Here follows paragraphs 1-4 as printed under I.]

I am authorized by the Belgian Government to state that the Belgian Government agrees to the foregoing provisions and to the suggestion that your Note and this reply should be regarded as constituting and evidencing the Agreement reached between our two Governments.

I have the honour to be, with the highest consideration, Sir, your most obedient servant,

[Signed:]

FÉLIX JANSEN

Minister of Belgium

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