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Schengen Visa for Philippine Passport Holders



Visa Application for Pinoys focus on Schengen Visa.

Filipinos who have experienced applying for visas to US, Europe, Japan, etc will relate to the agony and understand why Visa Application is one, if not the most major part of my RTW preparation. Here is a detailed account of how to apply for Schengen Visa for Philippine Passport Holders.
My focus will only be for tourist visa application. If you’re studying, working, marrying, or visiting family, I’m sure there’s a whole other bunch of stuff you need to prepare. I can’t help you with it, sorry.

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Schengen Region

Schengen VISA is the visa issued by the countries in the Schengen agreement that allows no border controls within the said regions. There are currently 26 countries in this agreement. All are countries in the European continent but not necessarily members of the European Union.

The following 26 countries are the members of the Schengen agreement.

- Austria
- Belgium
- Czech Republic
- Denmark
- Estonia
- Finland
- France
- Germany
- Greece
- Hungary
- Iceland (not a EU)
- Italy
- Latvia
- Liechtenstein (not a EU)
- Lithuania
- Luxembourg
- Malta
- Netherlands
- Norway (not a EU)
- Poland
- Portugal
- Slovakia
- Slovenia
- Spain
- Sweden
- Swiss (not a European Union Member State)

As of January, 2014, valid Schengen visa (type: double or multiple entry), who have already entered the Schengen area, may travel to the following without additional visa and may stay for period equal to the remainder of the time for which the Schengen visa is valid. The said 2 countries membership to Schengen region are in process.

- Croatia
- Cyprus

Philippine passport holders are required Schengen visa to visit one or more of these Member States. This visa is valid in all Schengen states for a stay of up to 90 days within a six-month period for a visit, tourism or business. It is not valid for employment.

 

When to apply for Schengen Visa?

Applications can be made earliest three (3) months before the planned entry.

 

Where to apply for Schengen Visa?

Visa applications must be lodged at the Embassy/Consulate of the country of intended visit. If your plan is to visit several countries, visa application must be made at the Embassy/Consulate of the main destination country—meaning the length of stay in this destination is the longest. If the length of stay in each country is almost the same, apply at the country of first entry.

FRENCH EMBASSY

Beginning April 20, 2012, appointments may be set by calling the Call Centre to book for an appointment to submit their completed visa applications and other supporting documents.

The Embassy Call Centre is available nationwide and may be contacted thru any of the following numbers:

For PLDT/Smart/Touchcard Subscribers 1 (909) 101- 3333
For Globe/Innove/Touchmobile Subscribers 1 (900) 101- 3333
For Bayantel Subscribers 1 (903) 101- 3333

This service is available thru a toll call charge costing Php 32.00 (pesos) per minute excluding VAT and applicable NDD charges for calls made outside Metro Manila.

Customer Service Agents will be available daily, Mondays thru Saturdays from 8am to 6pm except public holidays.

 

Which embassy would you have a better chance of getting a visa?

While I have only applied at the French Embassy before and is now reading the same embassy website, I believe that they all follow a very standard procedure in processing the visas. I initially planned to apply at the Belgian Embassy this time so have done a little bit of reading on their website, the requirements, although worded differently, are the same as it should be.  Some Embassy staff are friendlier than others, of this I’m sure.  They are not very friendly in the French embassy, especially the Filipino staff towards other Filipinos.  I even had an experience where this Filipina speaks English in a French accent. HA!!

 

How much is Schengen Visa? where to pay for Schengen Visa?

The visa-processing fee is EUR 60 (depending on the day’s exchange rate: approx Php 3,700).  Children ages between 6-11 years old pay EUR 35 (Php 2,150). Children under the age of 6 are free of charge. The fee is non-refundable even if application is unsuccessful. Payments are made at the Embassy/Consulate when submitting your application and you need to have exact change.  So I had to go down Starbucks to buy coffee because I had 4,000 with me and the fee that day was 3,730. Bring a 50 peso bill and several 20′s.

 

What are the requirements in applying Schengen Visas?

1. Signed and filled up Schengen Visa Application Form (click this) with photo attached, plus 1 additional photo.

Photo Specification

  • Color photo taken against white background;
  • Clear and of good quality;
  • Printed on normal photographic paper;
  • 45 mm high x 35 mm wide in size
  • Taken with nothing covering the face, without sunglasses or tinted spectacles, or a head covering
  • The subject should have their mouth closed (no grinning, frowning or raised eyebrows) and the applicant should be facing forwarding, looking straight ahead.

2. Valid passport with 3 months validity from the end of visa duration. Photo copy of valid and former visas, if any.

3. Cover letter explaining the purpose of your trip and detailed itinerary. If you don’t have this, you have to write one on the spot before they will accept your requirements. Here is the cover letter addressed to the Honorable Consul I made in 2007.

4. Details of your trip

  1. Round trip ticket reservation. Reservations only.
  2. Itinerary of the whole duration including departure and arrival dates.
  3. Accommodations – hotel vouchers, seriously. If you’re staying with a good friend who is a French resident/national, then you need them to provide you with something called Attestation d’accueil (Certificate of Board and Lodging) and your host’s national identity card or residence permit.

Why I said good friend?  Because it’s a lot of trouble for them to get this. If you have a French national host, just cut and paste below list for the document you needed from them.  These are basically records of their existence in France such as title of property or contract of lease, utility billing statement as address proof, bank statements, medical records, pay slip, and finally they have to go to the city hall to have all these certified. Like I said, lots of trouble. :)

The attestation d’accueil is a form needed to be presented to the City Hall with the following documents:

  • la carte nationale d’identité ou le passeport, ou la carte de résidence
  • livret de famille de l’hébergeant
  • justificatifs de domicile (EDF-GDF, facture Télécom, facture Eau)
  • titre de propriété (taxe foncière) ou de location (taxe d’habitation)
  • contrat de bail ou descriptif du logement
  • 2 derniers bulletins de salaires ou justificatifs divers de ressources mensuelles (retraite, CAF)
  • dernier avis d’imposition ou de non imposition
  • noms, prénoms de l’étranger, date et lieu de naissance, adresse exacte, n° du passeport et sa copie, copie du document justifiant le lien de parenté s’il y a lieu
  • attestation d’assurance médicale de l’hôte
  • un timbre spécifique dit « timbre OMI » d’un montant de 15 euros, il sera demandé à l’issue d’une réponse favorable. Disponible dans les perceptions et chez les buralistes.(Attention : il faut autant de timbres que de personnes accueillies sauf s’il s’agit de l’accueil d’une même famille avec des enfants mineurs).

5. Proof of employment

  • Certificate of employment stating monthly salary and approved leave of absence.
  • If self employed, official business registration for current and previous year.

6. Proof of Income

  • Income Tax Return
  • Recent Bank Certification
  • Photocopy of the last 3 months statement of Account of the same bank account.
  • If someone other than yourself is paying for the the trip, then submit financial document of the sponsor instead.

7. Identity / Marital Status:

  • Photocopy of First page of Passport and all relevant obtained visas
  • Authenticated birth certificate from NSO. If married, bring photocopy of your marriage contract.

8. Travel insurance that covers the entire duration of your intended stay with minimun coverage EUR 30,000. The medical policies must state the following points :

  1. Medical attention and treatment will be given in case of illness or accident
  2. The injured or ill traveller can be transported home for treatment + body repatriation in case of death
  3. The insurance coverage is a least 30 000 euros (50 000 US dollars)
  4. The insurance must be valid for all 25 Schengen member states which should be listed on the policy
  5. The insurance company must be re-insured, the name of the re-insurer and his TOLL FREE phone number must be listed on the policy
  6. The policy must allow CASHLESS SETTLEMENTS of claims. The name of the company in charge of such settlements and their toll free number must be clearly stated on the policy.

 

Where to Buy Travel Insurance in the Philippines

Travel Insurance is available from your insurance agents. I often get Malayan Insurance but other insurances are available like WorldsNomad and BlueCross.

How long does it take for Schengen Visa to be released? a.k.a. The Waiting Game.

Update: May 6, 2011 — So I had my appointment today and it went pretty painless. After receiving my documents, payment, and collecting my biometrics, I was issued a receipt to claim visa on May 17, 2011. So that is 10 days as they promised. I even lacked 2 items in the requirement and was told to just bring it upon claiming of visa. Oh, and they also gave back my passport. Great!

 

Maybe you have more questions but all that I know are already on this page. Sorry I can’t reply to all your followup questions.

 

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1,245 Responses to Schengen Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

  1. china 08/29/2014 at 4:51 pm #

    thank you wanderlass for your reply. im kinda worried thinking this might cause problem on our application,. thanks again

    • noel 08/29/2014 at 6:52 pm #

      anyone applied? or applyying for a tourist to spain? any tip.guys? i will appreciate it so much. thank.you. God bless.everyone.

  2. china 08/29/2014 at 1:39 pm #

    hi.. my mom and i are on the process of applying for a schengen visa. however my mom got a NEGATIVE CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH from nso. is it acceptable as requirement for visa? it was recently we knew of her neg nso.

    • wanderlass 08/29/2014 at 1:53 pm #

      certificate of no record is acceptable.

      • KOREEN 08/29/2014 at 1:59 pm #

        Hi Wanderlass,

        Is certificate of no record is acceptable too when applying for U.S visa?

        Thanks

        KOREEN

  3. junrey 08/27/2014 at 12:33 am #

    Do you think if i am going to apply for another visa to Germany for the second time because i was denied last time…is it possible that i can still use my other legal documents and i don’t have any job or business to support my other documents. my only chance is the invitation letter from my boy friend, health insurance for my obligation. hope you can help me here.. i really wanted to see my boyfriend in Germany

    • Sarah 08/27/2014 at 12:35 pm #

      Giving them the assurance that you will come back to the Philippines is very important. For example, if you have a job, you must secure an approved Leave of Absence letter from your company or if you’re a student, you need to secure a Leave of Absence letter from your school/university.

  4. Tin 08/22/2014 at 12:25 am #

    Hi wanderlass!im trying to call italian embassy’s hotline number to ask regarding insurance kaya lang laging busy. Is it ok ba na 2.5 million pesos yung nakalagay sa insurance policy or kailangan tlaga 30k euro?pls reply :(

    • wanderlass 08/27/2014 at 10:03 am #

      2.5m pesos is bigger than 30k euro so yes pwede

  5. sey78 08/21/2014 at 9:03 pm #

    anyone able to use Malayan’s travel master global insurance for schengen visa?

    • Francis Flores 08/21/2014 at 9:07 pm #

      Hi there Sey. Im not wanderlass though but for me the best insurance is malayan insurance. because its cheap and you can refund the money if ever you’ll get denied. a piece of advise get a full 1 month insurance so that they could give you a longer validity. God bless and good luck :)

      • sey78 08/21/2014 at 9:21 pm #

        thanks for responding Francis :)

        i’ll gonna be having a 90 days insurance as i will be staying in Sweden (praying for my visa to be approved) for around 84 days.

        do you have any idea if we still need have to have some account from the bank/money if we have a sponsor? or their documents (payslips, bank certificates) will suffice?

        • Francis Flores 08/21/2014 at 10:46 pm #

          Hi Sey I dont reply that often but I hope it would help. I think yes show ur credentials together with your sponsor’s proof of funds. Together with their passport copy and residence permit in sweden. If they are swedish a colored passport copy will do, also include a letter from your sponsor that she will take care all of your entire sweden expenses. Godbless 90 day coverage from malayan is not that expensive have your self insured for maybe 120 days for better longevity of the visa.

          • sey78 08/22/2014 at 8:53 am #

            thanks much Francis! :)

          • sey78 08/22/2014 at 8:53 am #

            God bless you too!

  6. sey78 08/21/2014 at 6:54 pm #

    hello everyone!

    do we still need have to have some account/money if we have a sponsor? or their documents will suffice?

    Anyone granted a visa to sweden? care to share your experiences?

    thanks much! :)

  7. Amie 08/21/2014 at 6:11 pm #

    If your Ate will sponsor your trip to Paris then you have to submit her financial documents like bank certificates, bank statements and proof of income like ITR. For a complete list of requirements for applying visa, just go to the website of the Embassy of France. Hope you’ll be granted a visa. Godbless

  8. Krystel 08/20/2014 at 6:58 pm #

    hi, i wonder how you do that ticket reservation, but don’t pay yet. am i just going to reserve in a travel agency or i can do it through online? i will to sweden to visit my mom. thanks po

    • wanderlass 08/27/2014 at 10:04 am #

      go to any agency and tell them about applying visa and need a reservations. i don’t know of how to do it online.

    • Amie 08/27/2014 at 5:02 pm #

      Hi Krystel. I called the airlines (singapore airlines) and requested for ticket reservation. We were given two weeks to pay for the reserved tickets. Once reserved, they will email you a copy of the reservation which you will use for your visa application.

  9. Lez 08/19/2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Hello Miss Lil, I need your advice po. My fiance from The Netherlands is going to sponsor everything from my trip hopefully this coming November, but the website of Netherlands stated there that the host should need to have atleast of proof of income for 12 month, but he has only 6 month income this month. So this what I did, I message the consular who helped with the questions regards the visa, and she did told me that I need to submit his 6 months contract but however she do advise me to submit my own income. But the thing is I will open a bank account this month and put a 1000 euros, do you think is that enough for me to be granted visa for a 60 days of visiting? Please do reply to me, I need your advice! Thank you Lil

  10. kimy 08/17/2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Hello! I’m wondering if I have a chance of getting a Schengen tourist visa. I’m still a college student in DLSU, have money in my bank account (but no ITR), have gotten a student visa in France from a student exchange program I did last year.

  11. Lez 08/17/2014 at 9:46 am #

    Hello wanderlass, my sponsor from Netherlands has only a 6 months contract from his work. But, we both want to visit me there for 3 months. Do you think I am possible to apply a visa with his 6 months of income? Please I need your help!

    • wanderlass 08/20/2014 at 5:03 pm #

      You can try to get additional sponsor, like his parents? If not, then you will just have to try submitting just 6 months worth, maybe they’ll consider.

      • Zel 08/20/2014 at 5:39 pm #

        But the general affairs in Netherlands consular told me that I can submit his 6 months contract and she advised me to have my own bank account with enough sufficient for myself. I am just a student and planning to open one, and putting a little enough money for that like 1000 euros for 2 months and my host will sponsor everything for my trip. Do you think, that is quiet enough to show to them? Thank you again Ms Lil, please hep me.

      • Renren 08/24/2014 at 3:37 pm #

        Hello everyone! i will have my appointment at the French Embassy on Aug. 26 @ 8am for 89 days vacation. these are the list of documents i will submit. i hope it’s a great help for everyone who wants to travel to France.

        • application form
        • passport copy
        • cover letter (itinerary)
        • roundtrip tickets
        • birth cert.-red ribbon
        • marriage cert.- red ribbon
        • travel insurance for 90 days (blue cross)
        • my bank certificate (264k)
        • statement of account (3 months)
        • my payslips (3 months)
        • certificate of employment
        • approved leave of absence (3 months approved)
        • my sponsor’s documents;
        • attestation d’accueil (approved by the city hall)
        • his national ID
        • apartment lease contract
        • proof of billing
        • his 2 major credit card contracts
        • statement of account
        • invitation letter
        • proof of friendship (convo on fb)
        • his work contract (internship)

        i hope i will be approved! GOD BLESS ME AND EVERYONE! BEST OF LUCK! i will update you once i get my visa. :)

        *i want to know your comments, advices and suggestions for people who travelled to France. thank you!

  12. rhavie 08/11/2014 at 12:27 am #

    is it really necessary to have an insurance even though probably ..ammm .. i’ll just stay in poland for about a week or so? i need your immediate compliance please thanks po =)

  13. Judy 08/10/2014 at 11:39 pm #

    Hello! I’m planning to apply for an Austrian tourist visa because my bf is living there. Also, he’ll apply for an electronic affidavit liability. Currently, I’m a working student. I work online so it’s not a full-time employment and I can’t obtain a Leave of Absence letter from the online company. Can my Leave of Absence form from my school suffice that?

  14. dzyre 08/09/2014 at 10:14 pm #

    May I know how many days was your itinerary? will we get higher chance of getting a visa if we told the embassy that we will just stay for a couple of days instead of 3 months?

  15. Shane 08/07/2014 at 7:01 am #

    Hello po. I do have a shengen visa already and my sponsor will shoulder all my expenses. Ask ko lang if the airport immigration will still ask a show money? Please do reply I will be leaving on Saturday. Thank you

  16. Bee 07/27/2014 at 5:42 am #

    How to apply if you’re a Philippine Passport holder living in the US? Thank you!

  17. Red 07/24/2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Hi! i just want to help you guys

    July 8 (Via PIASI appointment) i passed all the documents neccessary.

    July 24, i got my VISA :) No interview in Italy Embassy :) Just want to share because this blog helped me in my preparations!:)

  18. noel 07/23/2014 at 2:09 pm #

    Hi ms. wanda / all followers.

    i really gave time to read all the comments here. and it really helps alot though still early for me to say?. guys i need your help po. im planning to apply for a schengen visa for “spain” my family are actualy there. siblings and my mom. my sister who is an eu.citizen would like to invite me for a visit for 3 wks. reading almost all the msgs here. mixed thought. i am single. i worked as a nurse here for 2 yrs now. with this prng i already gave them the reason to be denied?.although looking with all the requirments na hinihingi nila. i can provide them all but still the fear to be denied dhl nga single ako at.nurse which in fact maliit lng ang sweldo d2 s pinas. should i realy.push through my application?.mahirap po b tlga pg sa spain embassy
    guus please.give some.details po. tips. subrng salamt po sainyong laht.

  19. mariel 07/23/2014 at 1:58 am #

    Hi!

    My sister and I got an invitation from my French National friend. So these are my queries:

    a. Is it fine if his parents will provide the attestation d accueil? Will there be an issue if my sis and I have the same sponsor? Will they ask personal questions regarding my relationship with his parents? I havent talked to them yet.

    b. My sis and I are in abroad but after our contract we will apply schengen visa in the Phil. So is it ok if we dont have proof of employment? But we have bank statement that can sustain our 7 day stay there.

    c. Our appointment in the Phil is on Aug 26. Is it ok if we return to Davao on 27th right after the appointment? Or should we stay longer in Manila?

    d. My sis and I are applying for student visa for Aus as well (after the trip, if granted!) Will they consider this as valid reason that we will not be overstaying in France?

    Thankyou so much. Im getting crazy for a month! Im not renewing my contract here because of this trip.

    God bless us all

  20. LaFemme 07/22/2014 at 6:00 pm #

    Hi wonderlass! My boyfriend & I are traveling to France this Sept for 12 days. Thank u for all the tips!…I managed to talk to an agent of Malaya Insurance & he told me that the insurance premium would only cost premium will be P1,100 for 15 days worldwide travel (including schengen and europe). Likewise, P1M is the benefit for accidental death, dismemberment and/or disablement cover (ok lang ba to since accdg sa requirement, dapat at least 30.000 Euros?) while P2.5M is the emergency medical treatment benefit in case of hospitalization due to accident/sickness. I haven’t purchased it yet as I had lots of inquiry from him like kung pwede nila indicate na for schengen/Europe siya & not just France. However, since I’ll be coming from Singapore & not the Philippines, I would only be covered once in Paris & not the whole duration of the trip, ok lng ba yun? Tapos, need pb talaga to indicate the ff sa certificate:

    > The insurance company must be re-insured, the name of the re-insurer and his TOLL FREE phone number must be listed on the policy.
    > The policy must allow CASHLESS SETTLEMENTS of claims. The name of the company in charge of such settlements and their toll free number must be clearly stated on the policy.

    Any advice would be very much appreciated!

  21. Amie 07/20/2014 at 6:45 am #

    Just an update. All four of us were given visa. Thank God

    • risingmoon 08/07/2014 at 1:17 am #

      congratulations to that.
      If allowed i would like to share my story (going on for nearly 2 years) hoping that someone maybe has a userful hint to me.
      Actually: Me is german, living in germany as well. My partner (I will call her “she” cause she is all femine for me, but by passport still man, as a transexual person) is philippina with philippines citizenship too.
      So last year we already applied for a visitors/tourist visa, as i did do the formal application form, even giving my income statements and all this, together with flight reservations, insurrance for her and simply every needed things. I even did put around 4.000 euro to her account as she was requested for bank statements too.
      She made that appointment in German Embassy, and did went there happyly. The shock came then. The “Interview” wasnt even an interview, the Lady there just asked her “Why you go there” and “How you know your sponsor”. That was all. 2 sentences. And she had a packet of prooves of our knowledge, that i visited there two times before and all this. No further comment that girl give.It was done after 1 minute. And the moment she left my GF could see her already stamping it. supposingly denied. Without even checking the whole papers.
      However, around a week later we got notice it was denied.
      I didnt accept it and requested a review, to at least know reason, and it was so very common reason:”no proove of rootyness in the philippines”. What a stupid and nonsense reason. I (just because of my nationality) can travel nearly any country in the world without any visa or “sponsor”, and noone asks me for my “rootyness” ever.
      I was trying to discuss it, beside that i did see it as a horrible discrimination, but its useless.
      The Problem now we were discussing over and over was: what to do now?
      The basic prooves they demand, we cant deliever. She is NOT doing a job actually (as she is taking care for the kids of her sister, which DO work), the money on the bank obviously doesnt count, property is not given (in meaning of owning house or land).
      So this seems to me a ridiculous dead end street?
      Long distance relationship will end up in frrustration sooner or later as it never leads to what both are looking for. If she were a girl (or same sex marriage- what it is by law defination- would be allowed in the philippines) it wouldnt be a prob as we could simply marrry over there and make her coming here with legally family visa after she did do her language tests. But as of her gender its not an option.
      So we are already at that point, that we even would do just anything to get a schengen visa in any country, to meet up and do an uncomplicated marriage in denmark. Which would be very unromantic, but at least helps us going forward.
      But even this: as i am german citizen i could just sponsor her towards german embassy. Not for a visa in any other schengen country. So this also seems to be a crazy point.
      So… i know thats probably the most asked and discussed question here, but does anyone just have any helpful hint?
      I am meanwhile at the point that costs no longer matter if we just get things moving.
      So, what only she could do to increase her chances is, that she will get a working offer/contract from a friend who is owning a business. I dont know if that really helps, but its the only thing.
      So… what are the options? I am not willing to give up, but i dont see what is the best way?
      Some told me she should just book a complete charter travel, like 10 days in prague over an agency, that would have good chances to be confirmed. But well… what if its declined again? a paid travel for nothing doesnt help much either.
      Other option is: i know that is also a well discussed point here: what country probably could offer best chances for a visa confirmation? What about denmark, as denmark is so well known for its marriage agencies and offer for real complication free european marriage… maybe there are also agencies with good contacts to the embassy who could help out a little? Do anyone have experiences with embassies of denmark, norway or finland?
      I am just thankful for any single hint, which could help us on our way. seriously. I would even go for a visadealer which promises to have contact to embassy and can guarantee (or paid on success) visa, but everything i heard about this is warning, cause most of it seems to be simple money rip off.
      So please, anyone with helpful experiences or hints, please contact me, as i am just about to collapse about this issue, cause i simply cant believe that this is possible in such a global world.
      Please… if you know something that could help out, dont hesitate.
      Thanks in regard and thanks for reading.

      Good luck to all here with the same problem.
      Marc

      • Ladyboy felicity 08/22/2014 at 5:23 am #

        Hi Marc

        I’m Felicity a ladyboy and I applied a schengen visa to France coz my bf was a french. I understand how it feels because it happened to me, they denied my application though I answered all their queries regarding my travel to france, if you would go back to my previous post, you would see my interview experience. My bf and I traveled for 9 months around asia namely; hongkong, macau, china, thailand, laos, vietnam, cambodia, myanmar and just recently indonesia. The stamps on my passports are not enough to prove that I am capable of returning back to my country philippines. I got chinese and myanmar visa, but still not sufficient. I’m a Registered nurse in the philippines, licensed caregiver and licensed massage therapist and got a stable job in a call center industry. I submitted all my documents needed, but they still failed me. We didn’t give up I asked people what to do, so what I did, I submitted one document from my bf in france aside from attestation , he consulted his lawyer and solicitor regarding the notarized document promising that after 89 days of stay in france he will be sending me back to philippines, though he paid more than 24k just for one document. Now, I am still waiting for the visa either this week or last week of the month, my flight would be on Sept. 5, 2014..it was really a stressful and disappointing experience, I hope philippine french embassy would eliminate discrimination..I hope you won’t give up..patience is a virtue.. good luck..submit an appeal or motion of reconsideration.

        felicity

    • enelyn maata 08/19/2014 at 8:28 am #

      miss amie.itatanung ko lang po.ung bank account or bank statement as part of requirements.kc sa ate ko.sya naman kc ung magshoshoulder ng lahat ng expenses ng tour ko to paris.. pwede po ba un?anu dapat ko dalhin?bank account ng ate ko

      paki bigyan neo rin po ako ng completeng requirements natatakot kc ako madeny visa ko dahil hindi komplete..
      eto po number ko +639996122059

  22. Catherine 07/15/2014 at 9:34 pm #

    Hello Wanderlass. I’m back again in this blog after two years. :) At that time, I was declined by the consular for my french tourist visa application. I know why even if they didn’t really specify. But this time, I have a different reason to apply. I will be learning French in France. This is of course in preparation for my pursuit to get my master’s degree in the country. Luckily, I do have a sponsor: my boss. Aside from the business documents and bank details, I would have to submit a letter of sponsorship letter right? Do i need to notarize the letter? And do you have any sample for the format? I thank you in advance for you response.

  23. lorelie wabe mungin 07/15/2014 at 10:35 am #

    Hi ask ko sana kung makaka apply ba ako ng schengen visa for Ireland,at saka how long it takes ang visa,my medical pa ba yan at interview?hopefully to hear u soon thanx!

    • carl maxin 07/16/2014 at 6:03 pm #

      HELLO wanderlass, Im a bisexual po. I have this boyfriend in sweden for almost 1 and half year, i did applied tourist visa to go on sweden last year august and unfortunately i was rejected now im reapplying again.. The reason why they reject my application is that because i have no strong bond in the country as well as im young, so i decided to enrol myself on a college school again but i am already graduated, i have a bank acc. Wich is 400k already and my bf will do sponsor me so i guess it will be lessen they required 450 kronor per day, is this enough? And then does going to school can strengthen your application? Please do reply.. im planning to apply again this month. Thanks :)

      • abc 07/25/2014 at 4:31 pm #

        hi carl maxin . im gay and i have boyfriend here also in sweden i just here recently since you will visit your bf let him send all of his document to you. as long as you met each otehr already you can easily get visa mine just take 3 days before i get my tourist visa here in sweden. ..

        • Sey78 07/28/2014 at 10:07 pm #

          hi ABC!

          how long will you be staying in Sweden? how’s the itinerary would look like?what travel insurance agency you did have?

        • sey78 08/11/2014 at 9:23 pm #

          hi ABC! i will be processing visa for Sweden. I would like to ask if the documents from your boyfriend was sent thru email or snail mail (courier)?

    • Lukas 08/18/2014 at 11:02 am #

      Sorry, ireland is not a schengen member.

      • wanderlass 08/20/2014 at 5:01 pm #

        Republic of Ireland is member of Schengen. It is Northern Ireland that is part of United Kingdom.

  24. lorelie wabe mungin 07/15/2014 at 10:29 am #

    Hi good morning,i just wanna ask,kung mkaka apply ba ako ng schengen visa to Ireland?at saka how long it takes ang visa? meron paba din yan medical at interview? hope to hear u soon.thanx!

  25. Devina Dewi 07/14/2014 at 5:01 pm #

    Hi everyone,
    Update on my friend’s schengen visa application dated 7th July. It has been a week as of today so my friend asked me to helped me to get the contact number of Consulate of Finland just in case (as the officer mentioned to us that her documents will be submitted to the Consulate of Finland in Manila and will take a month give and take) as she was out of town and away from the internet connection. As our friends in Finland are asking for updates of her visa because we were supposed to fly on 3rd August (I booked mine already), she would like to check the results / updates at least.
    So I went to look into the website and I read that it was mentioned the Consulate of Finland Manila is closed between 7th July – 18th Aug 2014! My friend went horrified and really worried that she went to contact the visa section in the Norwegian Embassy and they told her that there is no application update in the system and documents may be sendt to Embassy of Finland in Malaysia instead and asked her to contact there! As I’m in Malaysia, I helped to contact the Embassy (as it is too expensive to call for her) and asked about the documents submission as their Consulate in Manila is closed. However, the lady in the Embassy said there is no such thing as process of visa application is strictly done by the Norwegian Embassy of Manila and they only will receive documents that are rejected and request for appeal.
    This really saddens my friend as she heard that and she couldn’t contact the Norwegian Embassy because it is already closed (1pm-3pm opening hours) and now she is so confused if her documents got rejected and all that…however she didn’t even get any update stating her visa got rejected and she didn’t request for appeal? She is very confused and now thinking has the Embassy not been telling the truth?
    Hope you guys can give pointers.

  26. Emmarielle Candeza Hagedorn 07/14/2014 at 12:52 pm #

    I’m planning to travel to Norway for two weeks on September, coz that’s the only holiday I have from work. However, I do work and live in Thailand. Does the process and requirements are the the same to apply here in Bangkok?

  27. Amie 07/14/2014 at 9:42 am #

    Hi, reading blogs helped us a lot in preparing for our visa application that’s why I thought of sharing our experience, hoping this would benefit some readers. My two siblings and my mom will be my traveling companions. First we decided on where to go, then on the number of days to stay in each states. Each of us siblings has assigned task to do. I checked on airfares and accommodations, my youngest sister is in charge of the supporting documents needed, and my other sister drives us around. I read in some blogs that it may take weeks and even months before one is able to get an appointment that’s why I decided to call for an appointment thinking that we will still have much time to prepare. I called for an appointment last Tuesday and got a schedule on Friday. Actually, I can be scheduled as early as the following day. I just requested for Friday. Since our time to prepare was short, the two days that followed were so stressful. Wednesday, I inquired from travel agencies for our itinerary. I was able to get a low fare but was given only until July 15 to purchase to avail the low price. We don’t want to take the risk. I read in a blog that one may call the airline directly to reserve and hold a flight. I called Singapore Airlines to inquire about reservation. I was able to get a reservation and was given two weeks to pay. Then we went to banks to request for bank certificates. Some banks were able to give us the certificates right away while others asked us to return the following day. There were also those who asked us to come back after 3 to 5 days. After computing that we have certificates which totaled triple the amount that we need to cover our trip, we didn’t push through with the other request for bank certificates. The following day, Thursday, I found out that I gave the airline a wrong date for our side trip to Singapore. I called the airline office again and thank God, was able to correct the flight details at the same promo price. Next step is to get a travel insurance. All the while we thought we need to purchase this for the interview. We were so stressed because the travel agency where we wanted to get our travel insurance, asked us to secure medical certificate for my 76 year mom, as a requirement by blue cross for the insurance. To be able to get the travel insurance right away, we were advised to go straight to blue cross office in Makati. Since we still have to go back to the banks for the certificates, I inquired from another travel agency where we used to purchase our plane tickets. Upon seeing that all we have is a reservation and not plane tickets, the travel agent told us that we don’t need to purchase a travel insurance yet. She said she can give us a certification at P300/applicant. It really pays to have a trusted travel agency. Come Friday, we left early for our appointment with the Embassy of France. Our interview was at 8:30, we were asked to come 30 minutes before the schedule. We arrived at the embassy at 7:50. At the embassy, we were asked for our cellphones. Since we know that cell phones will not be allowed inside the room, only one of us brought a cell phone so can have something to use to call our companion to fetch us from the embassy once we’re done. When our no. was called, all four of us went to the first window. Since all of us have the same itinerary, we were asked to hand documents of just one of us. We gave our mom’s documents. The lady sifted through the documents and advised us to remove unnecessary documents. One has to stick to the embassy’s required documents. Past travels, old passports, land titles, stocks certificates, accountant’s note (as attachment to the ITR) were asked to be removed. We were asked to sit down and wait to be called again for the biometrics and interview. When we were called again, our biometrics were taken and photocopies of our documents were asked to be submitted. Though traveling as a group, each of us submitted our documents and prepared our own cover letter which basically contains the same message. Not much were asked during the interview. We were only asked about the nature of our work/ business, my mom’s monthly income, other visas given to us and if it’s our first time to go to Europe. We were asked to go back on July 17 for the result. Praying and hoping that we will be granted Schengen visa. I’ll update you of the result next week.

    • Grace 07/14/2014 at 5:39 pm #

      Hello. Did you get the travel insurance? And if so did you have to cover the whole trip? Because my mom will travel to uk for 6 months and while she is here we will go to paris. I initially thought she can get travel insurance for the 4 days Paris tour only but bluecross is charging me for the whole trip. The thing is she does not require an insurance while in the UK. Please let me know as she has her appointment soon as well. Thanks very much.

      • Francis Flores 07/15/2014 at 6:17 pm #

        Hi Grace Im not wanderlass but maybe this will help. You can get travel insurance from other provider. The cheapest insurance that I got was from Malayan Insurance from RCBC. Or Chartis? are you familiar with them? It doesnt matter if you are applying in london and the insurance is coming from philippines since I believe your mom holds a philippine passport. you can get covered for a month for only less than 2 thousand pesos if unlucky you can refund it hahaha! Goodluck

  28. abc 07/12/2014 at 4:24 am #

    hi there :) i just want to share my experience .
    i had my interview last thursday in norwegian embassy
    suggest ko lang guy kung magaaply kayu ng schngen visa norwegian embassy kayu magapply sobrang babait ng stuff dun even the guards .
    the girl who biometric me tinawanan nya pa ako kasi nagpapawis yung kamay ko sa sobrang kaba ko and then she said dont worry this is the last after this u can go home .
    and the girl who interview me shes trying to look strict even thu its obvious na mbait sya haha. just waiting for the final judgemtn . sana makakuha ako wish me luck haha :)

  29. iamkimyu 07/12/2014 at 12:16 am #

    Hi Wanderlass!

    We’re planning to apply for Schengen Visa thru Italian Embassy because, we will stay in Italy for the longest. Our travel date will be on November 1-10, 2014. My question is, is it much better if we call Italian VAC and set for an appointment now or should I wait for last week of July? and some says that you’ll only set an appointment then on the said date you’ll just have your biometrics and pass your documents (no interview) while some says that there is an interview, do you have any idea about it? Thank you :)

    • Amie 07/13/2014 at 11:15 pm #

      Hi iamkimyu, my friend with her family applied thru the Italian embassy two months ago. She told me they were interviewed. They were granted visas too.

  30. Lynuel Jane Aquino 07/10/2014 at 12:13 pm #

    Ugh! Unfortunately, I missed my first flight to Seoul last night, because of an accident ahead when I was on my way to Cebu city riding a bus, got stuck with a traffic jam cause if some huge accident, any suggestions please? I really need your help right now. Is it also possible to move my flight tomorrow?

  31. Devina Dewi 07/09/2014 at 11:42 pm #

    Hi,

    I hope some of you could help me understand better as I need to comfort my friend who is in Manila. I’m a Malaysian who is going to Finland on 3rd August and invited my friend, who needs to apply the Schengen Visa. I helped her to organize all documents so would be easier for her interview which was on 7th July in The Royal Norwegian Embassy.

    We reached there 5 minutes before the interview time and she was clearly very nervous so I managed to enter the ground level of the Embassy (at the side building) to calm her down and give my support (the security thought I was her sponsor hahaa) where she was then called and gave her documents. She was honestly puzzled and sad because they only asked her two questions about her documents and they stamped her original passport as:

    “C/D VISA No.
    july 7th, 2014
    Norwegian Embassy Manila”

    And then returned the passport to her and just said “the documents will be delivered to the Consulate of Finland and will take a month give and take” which we were shocked because the trip is between 3rd August – 24th August 2014. And they instructed her to go to the 21st Floor in the building but I was not allowed to follow. So I told my friend maybe the interview will be upstairs instead so I told her to be calm just to motivate her.

    I waited outside the building for 40 minutes and she came out looking very sad. She said there wasn’t any interview or questions at all and all they did was take her documents and fingerprints etc. She tried giving her original passport but they gave back and said the same thing to wait for the results within a month via text message or email. Until today she has been asking herself why the Embassy doesn’t want to take her passport and feels like she has a very slim chance to get a visa.

    I forgot to say that in Finland, I am visiting my friends who are also from the Philippines originally and introduced my friend in MAnila to them this year so they gave an invitation letter to my friend and I together to Finland to travel around in Europe as they won’t have time to return to Philippines and have a trip altogether due to work there. I even created a Proof of Relationship to connect all of us in pictures just so my friend could pass to the embassy (as she doesn’t have a direct friendship and picture with my friends in Finland “yet”) :)

    Has anyone experience this? My friend feels like she has been rejected already and was so sad on the 7th July until before my flight earlier that evening. Hope everyone can give their thoughts and similar experience and results.

    So could anyone give me their experience on how long they get their visa results? Was it by text or email? And how does the process goes from there? I’m trying to comfort my friend because she is still very devastated until today and like pretty much give up hope.

    Thanks!

  32. abc 07/09/2014 at 12:28 am #

    hi i will be on norwegien embassy on thursday , and i have all th document i needed my boyfriend will sponsor me for this trip i have all of his document from bank statement , pay slip, return tax , passport copy , invitation letter, plane ticket , passport stamp from our past trip in asia, lahat ng documents nya isinend nya sa akin now on my part aside from passport , and application form birthcertificate and some IDs. what more do i have to bring??
    kinakabahan ako hahaha.

  33. Lynuel Jane Aquino 07/08/2014 at 10:55 pm #

    Yay! Leaving tomorrow to sweden.. I just hope my flights on board will be fine.. thankie so much wanderlass.. and to those who are on their way to apply for a Visa.. goodluck. dont cha worry they dont ask much Q’s, they’re nice there and friendly,, just chill and you’ll pass the interview.

    • Grace 07/11/2014 at 8:58 pm #

      Hello everyone. Any idea how long visas are issued from french embassy nowadays? My mom will be applying next week and she will travel to Paris from here in London so i have to make bookings.

    • carl maxin 07/16/2014 at 5:46 pm #

      Hello, i have applied last year for sweden visa. But unfortunately i was rejected now im reapplying again. I just want to ask what requirements you hve submitted.. Please do reply.. Thanks

  34. Ladyboy felicity 07/08/2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Hello everyone, just want to let you all know that I’m a ladyboy(transgender) I got a french bf and had my visa interview just this monday July 7, 2014. He asked me a lot of questions and for all those who wants to apply for a french visa pls..download the application form on their site. I was told that I got an incorrect visa application form though my form was 3 pages and the french form was just 2 pages I totally started from the beginning from computerized to hand written. I was so nervous because its not legible so pls be careful. They asked me a lot of questions I was called at window 5 first and the very intimidating filipina interviewee asked me about one copy of the requirements and I asked which one the original or the photo copy, she said any of the two so I handed her the photo copied documents. She said just removed the unecessary things the first page of the passport and the visa I’ve got from my previous months or travel with my bf.,should only be included.She asked me how are you related to the person I would be visiting I said a friend. She keeps on scanning my papers and asked my passport and the exact amount of 3570 pesos. So she gave me the right form and extra paper with questionnaires regarding my host. So I went back to the chair and filled up the form and answer the questionnaires and was called at window 2. He was a guy with french nationality I guess because of his accent still you could recognize the french accent. He let me check if the receipt was correctly spelled with my name on it and the birthdate. I said yes. He asked for my documents and asked several question. I answered his questions withouth dead air i was excited and happy and proud of telling him a story about our travel. A lot of questions asked to me regarding what’s in it. Well, I just directly answered what was asked, we met last Nov 18, 2012 online through a dating site.
    How are you related with this guy? He’s my bf.
    Did you meet in real, I answered yes.
    When did he arrive in Philippines? He arrived last April 2013.
    How long you’ve been together since you’ve met? We’ve been together for9months traveling abroad.
    When was your last travel? That was on Feb 15, 2014 in Indonesia.
    Why you think he invited you? Since, I let him see how beauty my country is and upon seeing the beautiful places and sceneries and how I cared and love him and how happy he was, it is his way to say thank you for the wonderful time he spent with me during his stay, that’s why in return he wants me to see the beauty of his place and will do more with what I showed about the care and love to him when he was still in the Philippines..The guy who asked me was a little bit convinced. He asked me a follow up question.
    What did he do in France? He’s working in a known bank company in paris as a property manager..
    Are you currently on leave? No, I intend to leave on _________..
    The guy who asked me to return back on a specific date right after my birth day.. That was an amazing experience, though people could hear your answers and the questions thatwas asked to you..
    Oh, Lord I offer you my faith and I’ll respect it if what decision you’ll be given to me. Thank you for not leaving me despite of all hardships that I had before and now is a judgement day..!Please, help me oh Lord, you know how hard I tried and exerted efforts just for this thing to be possible. I want your approval. Amen..

    • Catherine 07/15/2014 at 8:17 pm #

      Hey there? any updates? I truly empathize with your story.

  35. Mac 07/08/2014 at 7:31 am #

    Good day! I am planning to visit Denmark next year February and will apply for a Schengen Visa. When should I need to apply and which consulate is better? I am in Cebu City. Thank you!

  36. mariel 07/05/2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Hi, im planning to visit Sweden. Need ko ba sa Denmark iapply yung schengen visa since sa Copenhagen ako papasok? My flight would be Mnl-Dubai Dubai-Copenhagen. Please help

    • KOREEN 07/07/2014 at 3:49 pm #

      Hi Mariel

      Based on my experience, you should still indicate Sweden on your ticket reservation since it is your destination. Also, I believe Norweigian Embassy is the one who accommodate Schengen visa for Sweden coz I applied mine there :)

      • mariel 07/08/2014 at 5:15 pm #

        Thanks dear! someone told me to apply for sa Denmark so naguguluhan ako. E I”ll be staying in Sweden lang naman tlga .. Im currently a freelancer (no reg job) so goodluck to me. I dont have any cert of employment or my own business reg. Do you think papasa ko?

        • KOREEN 07/08/2014 at 6:24 pm #

          If the person who told you were able to process her visa going to Sweden there, I guess you should try. But since what Im telling you was my personal experience, so I suggest, go to Norweigian Embassy instead and if you are just going to stay in Sweden, better submit plane ticket going to Sweden (Stockholm airport) itself Here’s what I have observed during my visa process. If you are going on a vacation with your loved ones, I’m telling you, it doesnt matter, if you dont have a job or anything that will prove that you are coming back. Im saying this because the fact that the Consul will understand that your “relationship” might end up there soon, you know what I mean. However, you should still prove your relationship with your loved ones. How genuine it is. Good luck!

  37. Amie 07/03/2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Hi, these are very informative, thanks. Me, my 77 yr. old mom and my two sisters plan to go to London and Europe on September 2014. We are currently filling up the application for UK Visa, after which we will proceed with Schengen visa application. Should we wait for the result of our UK visa application before we apply for a Schengen visa? Do you think we have enough time for this? Our friend will accommodate us in Paris, do we need to ask her for attestation d’accueil, if it’s only the accommodation that she’s giving us? All other expenses will be shouldered by us, actually by my mom. Thanks

    • zeg 07/05/2014 at 5:13 pm #

      Hi wanderlass, ask ko lang sana kasi yung school na pinapasukan ko eh wala naman daw leave of absence na binbgay. Eh kasi my fiance from Netherlands, wants me to have a tour there this coming november, pero and end ng sememster ko by otober. What will be the best to present na talagang babalik pa ako? I really need your help po :-)

      And para po sa mga nagaapplh sa netherlands embassy, pa share naman ng mga experience thank you! :*

  38. bernbarrion 07/02/2014 at 3:10 pm #

    hi.. ellow.. wanderlass..am bernard currently working po dito sa saudi arabia bilang autocad operator..
    magbabakasyun po ako sa pinas sa november.. dalawang buwan bakasyun ko..
    eh ung frend ko po nasa spain.. invite po nya ako dun kc may nakuha syang bagong bahay..
    pwede po bang pag uwi ko ng bakasyun ko sa pinas eh makapaunta ako ng spain..pwede ba un..
    ano po kaya ang mga kailangan ko ayusin..mga papel na dapat kung ayusin at ihanda..
    pwede po bang bigyan nyo ako ng mga dapat gawin..
    mga limang araw lng nmn un aking kailangan..
    dalawang buwan lng ung aking bakasyun pwede po bang maayus ung papel
    ko at makapunta agad ako ng spain bago matapos ung aking bakasyun..
    kailangan ko rin agad kc makabalik ng saudi.. sana po ay iyong mabigyan ako ng mga dapat gawin. salamat po.. more power po..

    • bernbarrion 07/06/2014 at 1:58 pm #

      wala po kyo idea? am just thinking that maybe u have some idea what to do.. any way thank po.. more power…

  39. joy hayes 07/02/2014 at 4:29 am #

    Hi, I am currently in the UK on a visit visa. Will I be able to apply for Schengen visa in while im in the UK?

    Thanks

  40. rubylyn 06/30/2014 at 1:52 pm #

    what kind of visa is needed if married to French National?

  41. kereschuper 06/29/2014 at 7:28 pm #

    hi wanderlass, is it really required to pass a 3 months bank statement as a proof of income, may bank account ako pero i just open it and di ko naman cya nilalagyan pero may maintaning balance lng cya, is it ok kung 3 months payslip lng ang ipasa ko as a proof of income with company stamp. one more question, if tlagang kailangan ng bank statement is it ok na bigla ko na lng lagyan ng pera yung account ko saka ko ipasa yung latest bank statement. i hope you can reply to my quiries, just worried kc magppasked na kame ng wife ko this week ng sched for interview. TY

    • wanderlass 07/02/2014 at 1:19 pm #

      Italian Embassy actually asked for 6mo history

      • Mems 07/04/2014 at 5:35 pm #

        Hi everyone , i just got my visa , very quick at norwegian embassy ill be going there on august and going back november coz i just get the tourist visa
        My question would be :
        In this situation i am pregnant and my husband is a nordic citizen he want me to deliver the child in norway , what should i do to reach it , i am going to deliver on march 2015 please give me advice guys :) thank u

        • Devina Dewi 07/09/2014 at 11:20 pm #

          Hi Mems, great to hear that you got your visa! I acocmpanied my friend to her appointment in Norwegian Embassy on 7th July but she was so sad coz there wasn’t any interview questions, just took her application and documents and fingerprints and gave back her original passport with Stamp cop of “C/D Visa 7th July 2014 in Norwegian Embassy”.
          Can I check with you how long did you have to wait for the visa results? And was it via text or email? How’s the process like? I’m trying to comfort my friend who is so sad as we are supposed to travel on the 3rd August – 24th August to Finland. :(
          Any advice? :) Thank you.

      • Renren 07/17/2014 at 12:54 pm #

        hi ms. i want to know what are the requirements i need to submit to my host for the attestation d’accueil? i will travel to France. thank you!

      • Renren 08/03/2014 at 12:19 pm #

        Do I still have to give my ITR from my previous job? because I have a new job already and i’ve been working there for 4 months so, I don’t have an ITR from my latest work. only in my previous, it was given in Feb. 2014, for the year 2013. it says on the requirements, • Income Tax Return “”if applicable”” though. I will have my appointment at the French Embassy on Aug. 26. I will update you. Godbless!

  42. Nelia Valenzuela 06/28/2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Hi my mom is 74yrs old, and would like us to spend xmas season in Italy. But at the moment I’m here in dubai, and she’s in the philippines. I believe she’s needs to apply her visa from the Philippines, any suggestion or tips would be convenient and easier for her to apply. Thank you so much in advance.

  43. marvy almeda 06/28/2014 at 1:43 pm #

    Hi, may i asked mga how much ang travel insurance and how much dapat ang makita sa ITR at sa bank? please help. thanks

  44. Mallows 06/19/2014 at 2:14 am #

    Hello my aunt plan to invite me as visitors visa in Germany i would like to ask if the embassy required me at lease I been already travel to Asian country? Or is it really required me? Or what if I don’t have? Do I still have the chance to get the visa? And how much money they required to see in my bank statement? Thank you very much

  45. cazhie 06/13/2014 at 10:03 pm #

    hi im student ask ko lng if need ko pa din ba ng Leave of absence i finish my 1st semester and i decided to continue again in june yung 2nd semester ko.. thank you ..

    • wanderlass 06/18/2014 at 5:51 pm #

      if you are traveling during school month, you need to present LOA.

      • Riz 06/18/2014 at 9:10 pm #

        Hi wanderlass and to all ,
        Just asking if what would be the best proof that i will be back to the philippines ,i am applying for Schengen visa my appointment is on june 30,2014 . I have no work , i am just 18 years old and i will visit a boyfriend from norway and also i have no bank account , what should i present for assurance that ill be back to the philippines ? All of my expenses are covered also

        • Zypheir 06/24/2014 at 3:47 am #

          Try to check the checklist provided at norway.ph dun din po ako nag apply. Pero if student ka provide ka po ng documents which is nasa checklist din. If wala talaga ask your bf’s papers. Dahil under sponsorship ka naman. You should prove that mag bf talaga kayo.
          Sa case ko po kasi pinadala sakin lahat ng papers ng swed gf ko. Gumawa din kami invitation letter aside from formal invitation letter. Nasa site po lahat ng norway embassy yun. I applied last june 4 and june 6 may visa na ako. Plane tickets and health insurance is the most important para alam nila babalik ka ng pinas. Goodluck po.

      • Renren 06/19/2014 at 12:48 am #

        hi Ms.
        my sponsor is a college student but he has two major credit cards. one of the requirements from him should have 2 months payslips. is it really necessary for him to provide the payslips? or bank certification is enough? he will have a summer job this July-August and I plan to travel in France on September 14. thanks for your attention.

        • wanderlass 06/19/2014 at 10:48 am #

          if he is still supported (living with) his parents, you should use that for better chance of approval.

          • Renren 06/19/2014 at 12:24 pm #

            he’s staying in an apartment near his university. what should he use as his requirements? he will only provide me accomodation. i will buy my own ticket and can provide my own show money. thank you.

  46. felicitynicolas 06/13/2014 at 1:48 pm #

    HI WANDERLASS, I got my appointment sched this july 7 at the french embassy, i already received all my bf’s documents. I’m just waiting for that judgement day to come. Wish me luck wanderlass..

    • mitch 06/14/2014 at 6:22 am #

      hi wanderlass..

      my boyfriend is a french nationale and i will pay him and his family a visit this coming november..i only got 100k on my account right now however my boyfriend will be my sponsor on this trip. do i need to present both our bank details? im planning to stay from november until after new year.. we want to maximize my stay.

      thanks! oh and your blog is very helpful to us..thanks again!

      • wanderlass 06/18/2014 at 5:53 pm #

        yes, you need to present both because 100,000 will not go vary far to support you for 3 months.

        • mitch 06/19/2014 at 11:13 am #

          hI,thanks for the reply,im quite surprised to get a reply because i know you got loads to reply to..but i appreciate your thoughts..

      • rhose 06/25/2014 at 11:46 pm #

        Hi Mitch,

        You must bring all the requirements..because one requirements that you cannot submit it can cause you problem..
        Bank details both is very important…
        I been in Switzerland Embassy, that Embassy is so strick: but my visa application is approved because I submit all the requirements and I pass the interviewed.. Not easy but be positive..

  47. Zypheir Roland Garcia 06/09/2014 at 7:20 pm #

    Thanks for this blog! Really a big help for those who are applying for a visa!
    I just wanna share my experience when i got my VISA from ROYAL NORWEGIAN EMBASSY:

    For almost 5mos of preparation nakuha ko rin ang 3mos tourist visa ko to SWEDEN. This blog helped me a lot to gather some ideas from other comments. Nagbabasa lang ako pero di ako nagpopost ng inquiry. Hehe.

    NORWEGIAN EMBASSY is one of the easiest embassy too to get a tourist visa. For some reasons na madami silang kasaling countries in just one embassy, like Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland etc. Also they have very concise steps and guides found on their website (norway.ph) on what kind of tourist visa na gusto mo iapply (for fiance, gf or bf, visiting friends, family etc). Online din ang booking and application so no need to call them. After applying your visa online pwede mo na i-print ang mismong application form mo. So no need to fill it out by hand.

    Pero may mga forms din na pwede mo i download at yun ang ginawa ko. Pero be sure lang na the same infos ang nilagay mo sa application online.

    I applied for a tourist visa to visit my Gf in SWEDEN. If sponsor ka mas madali at yun po ginawa namin. She sent me a lot of forms na required sa checklist. My appointment was last July 4, 2014.

    Sa embassy sobrang strict ang nasa desk na unang magchecheck ng papers mo. And be sure you should arrive 1HOUR before your appointment dahil di ka papapasukin ng guard pag late ka. After they call my name. I was so excited instead of being nervous. Haha. I thought madaming tanong pero i got all my papers so wala ng interview but rather she just checked all the papers.

    They also got my biometrics and they told me to wait for the result 2-5 working days.

    Thanks God after visiting QUIAPO church. In just 2days positive result, i git my visa last JULY 6, 2014. And i surprised my Gf after 3days. Hahaha. Masasabi mong yun na yun kadali!?

    If you want a positive result. BE SURE TO SUBMIT all the required docs on the checklist! Esp. your plane ticket and health insurance.

    Thanks wanderlass! More power!

    • rhose 06/26/2014 at 12:00 am #

      Yes your correct: Norwegian Embassy is one of the easiest embassy to get a tourist visa base in your Explanation..And I have friend apply also in that Embassy she received her visa. Compare in Switzerland Embassy-but I am one of the lucky applicants during my time because i received my tourist visa in Switzerland Embassy..

      All applicants complete all your requirements: be ready for interview and pray..
      Now the agony that I experiencing is my residence permit…11 months now this coming July..not easy to wait and feel nervous every time to time..

    • mariel 06/26/2014 at 12:08 pm #

      Hi. I’m planning to visit my boy friend in Sweden. I just graduated and didn’t have any jobs. I don’t have certificate of employment or income tax return, or even a bank account. Pero he’ll sponsor me. We are just worried na hindi ako maapprove because of that. :(

    • abc 07/07/2014 at 2:54 am #

      Hi magaaply rinako ng visa this week is my schedule.my boyfriend will be my sponsor for this trip and he send all the document i will need ask ko lang kung anung ipapasa ko aside from my passport?? Kasi halos ng documents ay galing sa boyfriend ko???

    • Devina Dewi 07/09/2014 at 11:25 pm #

      Hi Zypheir, great to hear that you got your visa! I accompanied my good friend to her appointment in Norwegian Embassy on 7th July but she was so sad coz there wasn’t any interview questions, just took her application and documents and fingerprints and gave back her original passport with Stamp cop of “C/D Visa 7th July 2014 in Norwegian Embassy”. They kept saying to her that she needs to wait for results within a month give and take.
      Can I check with you on how you got your results of the visa application? was it via text or email? How’s the process like? I’m trying to comfort my friend who is so sad as we are supposed to travel on the 3rd August – 24th August to Finland. :( I’m hoping she can really travel with me as she has been wanting to go to Europe and visit my friends there.
      Any advice? :) Thank you.

  48. Blue Knight 06/09/2014 at 4:43 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass

    I would like to say that your blog really helped me a lot and glad that I was granted a Schengen Visa. Unfortunately, I had an unexpected travel plans in the UK and the Schengen visa went expire so, I never have the chance to use them. I received an e-mail reply from French Embassy Manila that I still need to report in the embassy after the my trip or else being banned in any Schengen states.

    I’m just wondering if you or some of here did the same thing after your Schengen trip? or Do we still need to make an appointment in the French embassy just to report that your trip ended? Thanks Wandelass and guys for your comments

    • wanderlass 06/09/2014 at 5:52 pm #

      When I applied in 2011, someone who was granted visa were asked to do that, report back when they return. I was not asked to so I don’t know if you have to make and appointment. Why don’t you reply to their email. Did you tell them that you never got to France? Why do you need “to report after your trip” if you were never on a trip?

      • Roselyn pablico 07/06/2014 at 1:12 pm #

        Hi! Im a volunteer nurse from philippines. What are my requirements in applying schengen visa?? Ive been there 5years ago but my permit of stay has expired. Is it ok if i apply again for schengen visa for 90-day period??

  49. felicitynicolas 06/09/2014 at 2:19 pm #

    hi wanderlass,

    i just want to ask if do i have to procure the 2 proof of income which is bank certificate and 3 months bank statements.? or is it okay to get the bank certificate only? I’ll be applying for french visa this week and planning to go to france this september.. i’m so confused about it. and where i could find the cheapest travel insurance?
    thnx in advance

  50. zel 06/03/2014 at 10:34 pm #

    HI Ms. Lil and to all your followers and to everyone here in the helpful website.
    I just want to know kasi po first time ko magapply ng Schengen Visa through Dutch Embassy, my host will be my Fiance, and we did met last May 24, 2014 and he will support me 101% from all the fees and my stay there. We want to have a 90 days of stay, what do you think will be the best reason for me to tell them is it enough saying that “I am going to visit my fiance, and wanna know how is he doing on his everyday lives there. And as for me to celebrate My birthday on november, christmas and new years as well with him there” and we plan for me to go there this coming november, and do you think it is okay for me to apply now? I really need an answer, Ms. Lil or anyone else here. Thanks!!! :)

    • zel 06/05/2014 at 1:43 pm #

      Hi Ms. Lil, please enlighten me po. I am so nervous of this. Give me some advice. Thanks!

    • Sey78 07/28/2014 at 10:40 pm #

      hi Zel,

      were you able to process your visa? how did you construct your “daily” itinerary?

      • Zel 08/20/2014 at 5:36 pm #

        Hi Sey78, I haven’t applied for it yet, I am still waiting for my passport to be release on September 23, and planning to apply around october and the plan was to visit there this coming november for 2 months. I am not sure how to do the itinerary yet, because the plan for now is to stay and visit my fiance there and if he got only a vacation leave then we will go visit Paris. How about yours? Where are you going to apply? Thanks :)

  51. Silverio Torres 05/31/2014 at 8:34 pm #

    hi andito po ako sa afghanistan ngayon at gusto kung magbakasyon sa italy this coming october for 21 days panu po ako makakakuha ng schengen visa.

  52. Roku 05/29/2014 at 11:08 pm #

    Hello,
    My Filipino girlfriend is coming soon to Sweden with approved 90 days Schengen Visa.
    Is it enough to buy one way ticket Philippines-Sweden and have only a reservation for a comeback flight? Couldn’t find any answer for that question.
    Regards !

    • wanderlass 06/05/2014 at 1:44 pm #

      It is possible she will not be allowed to board airplane without actual return ticket. They ask for it before check in.

    • Jingky 07/11/2014 at 8:22 am #

      Hi. My name is Jingky. I Am here at norway right now and Saturday I go back to phil.. I got a schegen visa. If your GF same visa I have. You need to get ticket back and fort.. Because if you only had one way ticket you can not allowed to fly..It’s happened with me when I was at the airport in manila..they will not let me go in fly. Take care and god bless!

  53. stella 05/15/2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Hi, just applied for swiss visa being sponsored by my british boyfriend working in zurich. Compele requirements wete submitted but my application gor a fifteen day stay was denied. I had about 250k in the bank, emlpoyed in the govt, with cert of employment, ITR, authority yo travel, credit card photocopies, complete requirements from my bf, invitation letter though it did not indicate my entry and exit in the letter. He did not send me his financial statement though. Still, i was denied for reason that my purpose and conditions of my stay was not provided plus it is not shownthat i would stay in schengen member states within the expiry of my visa was not provided. What shall we do and need to submit to support my appeal of my application. Please help

  54. Luisa 05/10/2014 at 10:44 pm #

    HI just want to ask mas madali ba ma approve pag me multiple entry US visa na?

  55. cookie 05/10/2014 at 8:37 am #

    Hi Koreen,

    The answer is NO. They’re really strict about the details. . . . ..

  56. cookie 05/10/2014 at 8:25 am #

    Hi Rudy,

    Interview first (If visa is approved) they’ll ask for your confirmed Flight + Travel Insurance

  57. shazeeemie 05/09/2014 at 3:21 am #

    Hello there. I had my interview last Wednesday pero after my interview the lady did not gave my any stub when to claim my passport she only gave me a papaer stating that I have to submit the missing documents, I just sent the missing documents last night. Tanung ko lang po, do I have to call the embassy and ask about the claim stub or they will inform me about it? Nahihiya po kasi ako tumawag, kasi during my interview they verified my mailing address so I assume that they will send it through courier. Tama po ba? Please Help me to answer my question. Thanks a lot.

  58. Lou 05/03/2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Hi my husband is Polish,,we got married here in Phillippines, He works in Qatar, We plan to visit Poland this year, May I know what is the easiest for me to get my visa? cheers!!!!

  59. Lynaj Aquino 05/02/2014 at 3:01 pm #

    Hello Wanderlass,

    I want to ask some advice because I’m planning to get schengen visa to visit my boyfriend in Sweden. I don’t have any bank accounts and job yet. We tackled and agreed about these things and that he will cover all of my expenses during my stay there. He’s been here in Philippines last month to visit and see me and my family for a couple of weeks. And so we planned to get a visa for me so I could visit his place also and Im going to stay with him in his house in sweden when I get there.Do I have any other option to have Fiance visa. Cause we’re planning to get a fiance visa if possible. Isn’t it? I hope so. I was wondering If there are any rules getting fiance visa or any changes of the requirements to get schengen (fiance) visa? I only have my Passport and Authenticated Birth Certificate from NSO and he (my boyfriend) will just send his statement of bank account and the Invitation letter from sweden. What else should I prepare? Is it only me should make the cover letter for the purpose of my trip? and Is it possible to get a visa first before booking the trip? I am so confused coz it s gonna be my first time applying a visa..

    thank you and i am hoping that you can answer all of my question; I am in badly in need of your help with my situation.

    • sey 06/22/2014 at 12:10 pm #

      hi lynaj,

      were you able to process your visa? how was it?/ care to share it as i am also planning to visit sweden soon… hopefully.

  60. K 05/01/2014 at 1:46 am #

    Hi wanderlass! Can i still use my valid schengen visa which is currently in my old passport? I had to renew my passport since the cover was detached.

    • wanderlass 05/01/2014 at 12:15 pm #

      In theory yes, you should be able to use it. My US visa is in my old passport. But to be safe, I would call the embassy that issued your visa to ask.

      • joy 05/08/2014 at 12:09 pm #

        Hi wonderlass, i wanna ask if i still need to sumbit my bank statement/proof of funds even if the person who envited me to visit in shengen area will covered everything all the expenses? I got mostof the requirements but not this one, also im wondering what will be the questions normally ask during the interview? Just need to got some idea although i was told that it could be different depends on where im going.. im looking forward to hear from you soon.. joy

  61. iamkimyu 04/27/2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Hi! I’ve been to Paris once and it was our field trip back in college. This year we planned to go to Paris again but this time with my mom and little sis. I’m kinda having a dilemma here coz, I already graduated in college and I’m considered as dependant and I’m 21 years old. I dont have a problem with my bank cert, bank statement or anything but I just opened up my travel agency business this year. i still don’t have my ITR but i have my business registration.. I’ve heard also that if you have former canadian and australian visa, it’s much easier to get the visa? is it enough?

    • unsana 05/29/2014 at 11:52 am #

      Hi iamkimyu, :) I think your business reg is enough na :) just complete the requirements nalang, some are optional naman eh :)

  62. shivam 04/23/2014 at 9:37 pm #

    Hello,I am an Indian national staying in Philippines on a tourist visa. i am applying for long stay student visa for France. i applied once but they refused my visa without any reason. so i will apply again, can you please tell me what docs should i give. as i was checking for french embassy in other countries they all had the same docs but in Philippines its different. For eg. they don’t ask for OFII form, CV and Cover Letter for visa over here. As last time when i applied i didn’t gave these things because it wasn’t mention in the documents list. But do you think is should give it this time? because last time when i gave my doc it was all complete and i got denied for no reason. So should i give these docs this time, idk am really confused about this french embassy system over here. Any help would be highly appreciated.

    Kind regards

    • wanderlass 04/24/2014 at 1:46 pm #

      I only know about Filipino passport requirement. I don’t even know if you can apply outside of your country. Because we cannot do so if we’re just tourist of another country.

      • shivam 04/24/2014 at 2:42 pm #

        Yes you can apply from a different country if your staying more than 6 months in that place. what about the requirements for Filipino students applying for long stay visa to france?

      • anne 05/04/2014 at 10:16 am #

        Hi wanderlass good morning.
        I have a problem po kase nag apply ako ng schengen visa to visit my auntie sa sweden, tapos na ako for interview last april 16 2014. After 1week i got message from my auntie ang sabi niya pinasa na daw ang papers ko sa sweden then after 1week meron nareceive ang auntie ko email from swedish embassy ang nakalagay “STOP” . My auntie trying to contact there embassy but they think is close holiday kase yun. Worried po kamebaka hindi maapprove ang visa ko at hinde ako matutuloy. Meron ka na bang na encounter ng ganitong case ?

      • Dhei 07/13/2014 at 3:19 am #

        Hi wanderlass, my mom is in austria, pero plan ng amo nya na iinvite ako for 10-15 days vacation, kelangan ko pa ba ng bank statement tlga since na cash ang sahod ko sa dubai.. Or pwedeng cla magprovide nun since cla ang magsponsor ng trip ko to vienna austria plan nila this december.. Hope u can help me… Tnx dhei :)

  63. John 04/22/2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Hi i’m kinda confused on the Travel Insurance. if i have any of those insurance im good am i right? and one more thing. do they need a show money?

    • wanderlass 04/24/2014 at 1:46 pm #

      you need insurance specific for traveling.

  64. niel 04/20/2014 at 6:01 pm #

    Hello wanderlass, your blog is helpful but please check the specs of photo required for the visa, I counterchecked it with the French Embassy website it states that it should be taken against a white background not light grey or cream, in addition the head size should be 25mm, the rest of what you have written are all correct except to the photo background, I am opted to write this coz i am quite impressed with you and im sure others are too, they may rely on it and ended lacking requirement and may likely be denied. Thanks much

  65. joy 04/18/2014 at 11:14 pm #

    hello wanderlass,, :)
    tanung ko lng sana kung need pb ng sister ko (18 years old) ng proof of income for applyng tourist visa papunta dto sa france?
    salamt,, :)

  66. lisa 04/17/2014 at 5:55 pm #

    hi wanderlass,
    i would like to ask some information. i have a friend there in austria.he would like to invite me to go there as a tourist visa visiting friends. the problem we dont meet yet in person because he is in wheelchair he have a hard time traveling here in philippines. what are the possible requirements from my side and his side especially for the fact that he has a reason that he cant visit me here. and is it possible that i can passed the interview for the schengen visa?

  67. matt 04/08/2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Hi, I have a French visa which is valid until May 21 but the thing is I wasn’t able to leave for France for some reason and I actually decided to go on June, my question is can I ask for my visa’s validity to be extended or do I have to apply for a new one?

    • wanderlass 04/08/2014 at 2:30 pm #

      My guess is you have to apply again. But I would call or write them to ask to be sure.

      • matt 04/08/2014 at 2:34 pm #

        Thank you very much ^_^

  68. Pauline 04/07/2014 at 5:44 pm #

    Hi! I just got home from Austrian Embassy. Na interview po ako ng napakaraming tanong, pero okay naman po yung mga sagot ko kasi totoo naman po yung mga sinasabi ko. May hiningi lang po sakin na additional requirements. Kinuha po nila yung passport and biometrics ko, may pag asa po kaya ako magkaroon ng visa.

    • james 04/13/2014 at 10:05 pm #

      how was the austrian embassy?..

    • siz 07/05/2014 at 2:38 pm #

      Helo pauline- hows your application at the austrian embassy? ano mga requirements nila? puede mo bang e share sakin kc mag apply ako spon sponsored by my bf. wala pa naman akong work.

  69. mac 04/07/2014 at 2:31 pm #

    is it really possible that ill be granted a
    shengen visa in 7 days? or as early as 2 weeks?

  70. Mcknight 03/29/2014 at 2:18 pm #

    Hi wanderlass!

    How are you? I had my interview last Wednesday March 26, 2014 at the Dutch Embassy and when my lastname was called from counter 1, a filipino, I went to the counter ahead and handed her over all the original documents. She then checked all my docs 1 by 1 and attached my pic to like a 1/4 of a thick bondpaper it was like a postcard, and I saw there was like a visa number at the bottom part. She also stamped my passport and She then took my fingerprints and followed by asking questions.. The interview went fine and she was nice and kind. I was told that they will forward my documents to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for processing. I did not understand as to why they have to send my documents to Malaysia? For what she said processing, is it the visa already that they will process in Malaysia? I was told to wait within 2 weeks for my passport and it will be sent thru LBC/2GO. The waiting game is really stressful and Im not even sure yet if I was given a visa or not but Im positive I will be given a visa. What do you think wanderlass?

    Your quick response is highly appreciated.

    Thank you so much.

    • Ann 04/24/2014 at 6:48 pm #

      Hi mcknight. Have you received a reply from dutch embassy about your visa application. I am also planning to visit holland on August but then i am a bit hesitant with my sponsor letter kasi nakalagay dun 30 days stay sa holland but the truth is i will only stay for 3weeks kasi yun nakalagay sa approve vacation leave ko. Do you think makaka apekto yun para maapprove visa ko? Hope to hear a response. Thank you

    • zel 07/13/2014 at 8:24 am #

      Hi Mcknight, hope you can read this but i just want to ask kung ano naging result ng interview mo? And in how many days they process the result of your visa starting from passing application and all the documents. Mag aapply din kasi ako by next month, i just want to have an idea kung okay lang ba tlga and di mahirap magapply dun :-) thanks! Sana maishare mo skin experience mo hehehe!

  71. annaliza 03/22/2014 at 10:56 am #

    hi mam…mam pwede mo po akong bigyan nang format yong letter invitation for marry..

  72. Missruth 03/21/2014 at 1:30 pm #

    Hello Wanderlass,

    Anong Travel Agency po ba ang mag assist ng mga Airline Ticket Reservation…Makati area lang,and How much it cost?

  73. Katrina 03/14/2014 at 7:38 pm #

    Hello!
    I have a few questions I hope you can help me.

    1. What is the standard validity period of a Schengen tourist visa?
    2. Is it possible to get a tourist visa valid for 1 year (or more)?
    3. I don’t have plans of going to Europe anytime soon but I am hoping to do it this year. I read that you can only apply 3 months prior to the intended date of departure. What if my intended date is more that 3 months away?
    4. Can you get a refund on the travel insurance if you get denied?

    The reason why I am asking is because I have been traveling for 1 year and 2 months (S.E.A. and now in Africa). I work online and just bring my work wherever I go. I will only be home for 1 month in May so I need to have everything ready and even call to schedule an interview before coming home so I have everything set. I was planning to apply for the visa while I was in Kenya last month and go to Europe but unfortunately, I am only allowed to apply from Kenya if I am a resident.

    I am taking advantage of the one month stay in PH this coming May to get the Schengen Visa. But the problem is, we are going to Canada(waiting for visa results) in June and maybe Mexico after that. Which I need to apply for, too when I get home. No definite dates because we really don’t plan way ahead.

    Anyway, I’m hoping you have some information on my questions.

    All the best!

  74. pavel novotny 03/12/2014 at 5:34 pm #

    im wondering how much would be the minimum amount in your bank statement for them to know that you have enough money for your trip? is it a million? thanks pretty wanderlass for your untiring reply.

  75. Stewie 03/09/2014 at 11:45 pm #

    Hi had a 90 days visa, Dec 2012-Mar 2013. And this year my sister is planning to invite me again for the summer, is there a big chance that I can get a 90 visa again? I applied in Swiss Embassy.

  76. Alex 03/09/2014 at 2:45 am #

    Hi,
    I currently live in the UK and I wanted to go to Italy this June for a few days with my italian friend. My visa expires this August though. Is it still possible for me to apply?

  77. Emil 03/05/2014 at 2:40 pm #

    Hi, would you know if they allow mobile phones inside the French Embassy? If not, do they have lockers or should I just leave everything at home? Thanks! – Emil

    • wanderlass 03/07/2014 at 1:31 pm #

      you leave it with the guard when i applied 2 years ago.

      • Emil 03/07/2014 at 4:58 pm #

        Thanks!

      • Francis 03/08/2014 at 1:14 am #

        Hi there wanderlass!

        I was issued an austrian visa. but my port of entry is france. will just cross the border from france. then a domestic flight going to austria on the same day of arrival. do you think they will not allow me to enter the area? please answer I need ur opinion on this thanks

        • wanderlass 03/08/2014 at 2:02 am #

          of course! Schengen visa is valid to enter all member countries!

        • Charmaine 03/13/2014 at 6:33 am #

          Hi francis, may i ask you about austrian embassy?

        • MJ 03/20/2014 at 1:36 pm #

          Hi wanderlass,

          How are you? I just wanna ask a simple yet confusing question. Sa pinaka last na detail sa application form kasi parang terms and condition where in you have to sign, nakalagay dun Place and Date, ano ang ilalagay kong place dun? dapat ba yung date na ilagay is the date of appointment? katabi dun ay signature, dun ma ako mag signature kasi may open and close parenthesis na for minors legal/guardian? nakakalito.. Sa May 26 na yung appointment ko sa Dutch Embassy. Thank you so much.

          • cookie 05/10/2014 at 8:18 am #

            Hi MJ,

            isusulat mo kung saang Place mo sinulat yung application form mo at kung anong date mo sinulat to. At dun ka pipirma sa may nakalagay po na SIGNATURE, ang close and open parenthesis for minor .. ay isang paalala na kung ang applicante ay isang minor 17 below ang age, ang dapat pumirma ay magulang or legal guardian lang po .

      • Jhaztyn 03/20/2014 at 8:59 pm #

        Hi maam wanderless can i ask what are the requirements for me to go in sweden my friends will invite me.

        Thanks maam. Godbless

  78. Ann 02/28/2014 at 8:50 pm #

    Hi :) Good day! I will just ask if its possible to apply tourist visa in France while I’m waiting for my Reunification Visa in Belgium? And if its okay that I’ll just present my bank statement because I dont have work.. I’m planning to apply for 2-3 weeks vacation. nd may i know the travel agebcy that book hotels and flight for france? Thank you

    • wanderlass 03/01/2014 at 4:41 pm #

      I can’t say. You have to read the rules on this.

  79. Arlyn macapagal 02/26/2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Hi. I hve interview dis mrch 17. Pls need ko po ng advise. Sa application form po ksi my nakalagay na tanong na ” if fingerprints collected previuosly in any appliyng schengen visa? I dnt knw if im going to say yes…Yes bcoz i already apply to belgian embassy but the result is refuse…No bcoz bka yun ang mging dhilan at i refuse din kmi…bka pg ngcnungaling nmn ako marefuse din, possible b n sa biometric mtrace n my record n ko sa ibng embassy..pls advise me what i am going to do…

    • wanderlass 02/26/2014 at 1:54 pm #

      Did they get your finger prints even when visa is refused? Sorry I forgot. But regardless, if it was within the last 5 years, you have to say yes because this is in the whole EU system. The reason they asked is because they will not collect it again if so.

      • Arlyn macapagal 02/26/2014 at 10:28 pm #

        Thank you miss wanderlass for the reply….
        Biometric procedure 1yir ago at belgian embassy. May nkpgsbi ksi skin i dnt nid to say yes dhil bka maraming itanong bkit kmi n refuse. Pg ng pabiometric ba ko ulit even mgkaibang embassy nmn matrace ba nila na my record pla ako refuse sa ibng embassy? By d way french embassy ako maiinterview dis march 17 .. Nattkot kc ako mg No en pg yes bka marefuse ulit..

      • Arlyn macapagal 02/27/2014 at 4:06 pm #

        Hi wanderlas…
        I have a major problem kanina lng ako ng pa set ng appointment sa embassy akala ko ganun lng kdalli mgpaset dhil kinumpleto ko muna mga papers. Akala ko pg tatawag ako dun sa date na gusto ko “march 17″ masusunod dhil feb plng nmn. My god april 22 pa ang availble appointment how is that my invitation departure date is april 24 ksi ung ksal na attenand ko is may 3….plssssss help me naiyak ako dhil feeling ko now plng sayang ung pagod ng fiancee ng mom kong frenchnational…xa ksi host ko…

  80. Malou Meneses Castaneda 02/23/2014 at 4:00 pm #

    we plan to go this april, 1st week , do we still have enough time for our visa, thanks much

  81. Malou Meneses Castaneda 02/23/2014 at 3:57 pm #

    thanks very much for the valuable assistance. Am just concerned about sending all the ORIGINAL docs required including passports and visas via the courier. How safe is it and what is our guaranty that they won’t get lost. Also, do we senior citizens still need to submit our birth certificate or our nso married certificate will do. we are traveling together as couple. Thank you

    • wanderlass 02/24/2014 at 10:01 am #

      i was concerned as well, but then i thought, if they required it, and other people were sending them, and i’ve never heard that anyone got a problem not getting them back, then i don’t see why i would be a special case. it would be like winning a lotto!

  82. wurenfire 02/16/2014 at 8:56 am #

    hi! question about the u visa… we plan to go to london the go to paris, etc then back to london… how does the uk visa work? they say that we can only enter london once using the single etry visa… so how do we go back? can we get 2 visas? thanks

  83. jhaezelle 02/03/2014 at 10:12 pm #

    hi.. help me please, first time ko mag visit ng country that requires visa. possible po kaya na ma approve ako together with my 3year old son. ?graduating ako this march at plano ng mom ko na pa raduation gift niya yung 1week tour sa italy, wala kami kakilala sa italy. kami lang ng son ko ang mag travel. sana matulungan niyo ako. thankyou!:(

  84. WishfulThinking 02/03/2014 at 3:40 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass,

    Much thanks that i saw your blog, very informative and you patiently reply to the comments :D I want to travel to Italy this coming August (medyo matagal pa) but i want to be prepared since its my first time applying for a tourist visa (ive travelled to other countries which didnt require any visas) i hope that it wont be a big factor to them. Italian visa doesn’t allow bookings from travel agencies so i really have to do things on my own. Wish me luck :)

    My bf is italian but ill be the one paying for my trip and we will travel to some parts of italy so i dont need sponsorship documents/proof of residency. But do you think i still need to mention anything about him? since we will be together and the hotel reservations will show that its for two persons? Also do you think 65-100 euros per day is also applicable to italy?

    Thanks again and looking forward to your response :)

    • wanderlass 02/08/2014 at 7:31 pm #

      I think it is no problem if you have proof of financial capability.

  85. Princess 02/03/2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Hi everyone, I want to ask advice because I’m planning to get schengen visa to visit my boyfriend in Lithuania. I’m only graduating on march and I don’t have any bank accounts and job yet. I will go there on May to July. What can I bring as a proof that I am going back here in Philippines? He will shoulder all expenses during my stay. And where can I find reservation for tickets? :)
    I’m thanking you guys in advance for the help! God Bless! :)

  86. Cza 02/02/2014 at 8:08 pm #

    I work from home, meaning, my client is based in the US. since I don’t have an ITR, will this affect my application? a cert of employment “maybe” requested, but the thing is, since I work from home & I can literally work anywhere, I’m worried that this might hinder me from acquiring one. although back then, I was granted with a Schengen visa but I was still office-based.

    your thoughts on this matter is highly appreciated!

  87. nicotrinidad 02/01/2014 at 5:26 pm #

    I’m going to apply for visa through the Italian Embassy and what if I get denied is it possible to apply to another embassy nalang like french embassy rather than to appeal sa Italian embassy? :) Thank you. And Hm, what embassy kaya mas nag aapprove? hehe thank you :)

  88. Marse 01/29/2014 at 7:54 pm #

    Hello wanderlass and to all followers

    I had my schengen visa before but with the help of my french boss, now I want to apply by myself though I would want to try going to Barcelona this time, but I don’t have any idea how is it applying the Spanish embassy.

    Does anyone here has experience applying at Spanish embassy?

    If I won’t be able to get any info from filipinos about the embassy then I think I will just end up planning to go back to France and apply at the French embassy.

    WANDERLASS, you think my previous schengen visa will help me being approved?

    What I’ve learned from previous experience, it’s 50-50.. 50% completeness of papers, 50% convincing the visa officer that you have a strong reason coming back to Philippines and without any intention to illegally overstay.

    Though I already had my visa, I am still very hesitant, my last interview was like life & death questions.. and before I just had to refer everything to my french boss, but now I will be applying by myself.

    Any advice?

    I have a very good job (not boost but to give info) You think that would be enough proof for them that I intend to come back to Philippines no matter what?

    Thanks. This blog is a big help.

    Hopefully, I’ll get some responses.

    • wanderlass 01/31/2014 at 3:45 am #

      if u have complete document, there’s no reason you will not be given visa. check the spanish embassy visa for the exact procedure. good luck

      • Koreen 02/03/2014 at 11:51 am #

        Hi Wanderlass,

        Thank you very much for your informative blog! I am also apply for Schengen Visa to visit my cousin who will shoulder all of my expenses, my main problem is that, It’s impossible for me to get a 90-day leave from my current employer. Thus, is it okay if I just submit, lets say, 30-day approved leave but my itinerary and schengen visa is for 90-day? Does the Consul really strict about the approved leave thing?

        • Koreen 02/03/2014 at 11:53 am #

          Hi Wanderlass,

          Thank you very much for your informative blog! I am also applying for Schengen Visa to visit my cousin who will shoulder all of my expenses, my main problem is that, It’s impossible for me to get a 90-day leave from my current employer. Thus, is it okay if I just submit, lets say, 30-day approved leave but my itinerary and schengen visa is for 90-day? Does the Consul really strict about the approved leave thing?

  89. Jenna 01/28/2014 at 10:30 am #

    hi po. ask ko lang, will people from the airport/ anyone from France will ask my proof of accomodation ? or a proof of financial means ?

  90. MJ 01/27/2014 at 9:05 pm #

    Hi! I got a question. I’ve never travel outside the country before but I’m planning to apply a Schengen Visa. I am employed and got enough money on my bank. I want a Schengen Visa as tourist …is there a requirements that I need to travel to other country (such as Thailand, Singapore, Hongkong…)before applying a Schengen Visa? I really need your opinion. :)

    • wanderlass 01/31/2014 at 3:46 am #

      no such requirement. if u have complete document that supports your travel and reason for coming back, u should be fine.

  91. Marjorie 01/27/2014 at 4:09 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass,

    Do you know if I’ll get a Schengen visa if I can’t show proof of employment and leave of absence? I’m a freelance writer and this has been a perennial problem for me. I’m hoping France will be easy on that.

    Thanks!

    • wanderlass 01/31/2014 at 3:47 am #

      You can try, but I don’t think the French embassy is lenient. I heard Greece is pretty easy.

  92. Kristine 01/27/2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Hi, I am applying for both UK and Schengen visa. If I am not sure when my Schengen visa will be released, can I already set a schedule for my UK visa? I believe they will get my passport or can I tell them I am applying for UK visa as well and need my passport to bring to the embassy? Please enlighten. Thanks so much for all your valuable help!

    • wanderlass 01/31/2014 at 3:49 am #

      you will need to show your passport on both application. so you have to make estimate or wait.

      • Kena 03/04/2014 at 12:22 pm #

        Hi! I would just like to ask about the UK visa application, because I’m planning to visit my sister who is studying in England and then I’m planning to go to Italy from there, what kind of UK visa should I get? And would they honor my Shenzhen visa if I was to depart from UK? Thank u!

  93. mark 01/24/2014 at 9:04 pm #

    Gusto po ng anty ko na mag travel sa sweden for a year..ang visitors visa po ay good for 3 months only pero pwede ba akong mag apply ng visitors residence permit?at ano po ang visitors requirements ng residence permit?

  94. Schatzi 01/24/2014 at 5:26 pm #

    hello po admins.. just kindly hide my id nlng po uli.thank you.. I just wanna ask regarding Schengen visa.kelan start counting ng schengen visa? is it from your arrival to schengen area,or the departure from manila is also counted? halimbawa sa april 30, yung departure ko from naia,may 1 arrival ko sa frankfurt (germany)..then my return deparute from germany is on july 29..arrival ko sa manila july 30. kasama din ba sa bilang yung departue and arrival ko sa manila? kasi po sa pinag pagawaan ko po ng itineray,counted sa 90 days yung dep and arrvl sa manila. ano po ba tama? sana hindi din kau naguguluhan sa calculation,hehhe thanks po sa mga sis..
    and dun po sa visa application ko po pala naka-indicate po yung may 01-july 29 as my intended stay.magkakaproblema po ba dun kung my pagkakaiba sa itineray ticket and dun sa application form ko regarding sa intended date of stay?

  95. Schatzi 01/24/2014 at 12:09 pm #

    pwede po ba pa-post nito.. need some comments,advise and help.”Hi ,i just wanna ask regarding to some documents to apply for schengen visa.I have a german bf,he is inviting me to visit him in germany this coming may-aug 2014.he was visited me here in the philippines twice.i already have my requirements but i dont know yet if thats all na.. please give me some advise. here are my requirements:
    Passport
    passport photo
    Formal obligation (from my bf’s city hall)
    Health and Accident Insurance
    Invitation letter from my bf
    Passport photo of my bf with phil’s stamps
    Itinerary ticket
    proof of relationships (printed of conversations (fb,ym),pictures together and money remitance)
    i have no any bank account,i have no work,i have no any property here in the philippines.i only have my 6 years old son.is it possible to approve my visa? And i will stay in my bf’s own apartment.i was him for his tittle of his apartment and i was asked him to give me some copy of his 3 months previous salary (payslip) he said,he already showed it to his city hall to get the formal obligation.He is 29 years sales man in laboratory equipment and he is also a private pilot. do u think my visa application will be grant? what else i need?? thank you so much.. pls help me,, by the way my appointment in german embassy will be this coming feb.12 na..

  96. Dexie Yram 01/23/2014 at 9:07 pm #

    Hello po ms wander :)

    Ask lang sana ako, bale im planning to get schengen visa for April- July, sponsored by my fiancee, bale meron narin ako Attestation from him, ang problem is wala ako work. meron naman ako bank account pero di gnon kalaki ung laman, mostly around 70k lang then sa joint account nmin ng mom ko is nasa 300k. Meron kaya possiblity na maaproved ung visa? and ano kaya ung pde ko ireason para maprove saknila na babalik ako ng pinas. I really need help.

    Thank you in advance sa help :)

    • wanderlass 01/23/2014 at 11:52 pm #

      not having work will be a bit of problem, but you should try anyway.

      • Dexie Yram 01/26/2014 at 12:10 am #

        OO nga eh sa tuesday na ung appointment ko :) nakakakaba na. :| hopefully makalusot.

        • Vanna Ara Times 01/31/2014 at 7:36 pm #

          HI. just wanna ask po if na.approved po yung visa mo? kasi same situation tayo eh. ininvite ako ng family ng bf ko sa france, they will sponsor everything, yung problem lang is volunteer nurse lang ako and i dont have proof of income. though may schengen visa na ako before dahil pumunta ako ng Denmark last year August.

          • Roselyn pablico 07/11/2014 at 11:14 pm #

            Hi. Just wanna ask if naapprove na visa mo. Kasi father ku ng.invite sakin eh wala ako leave of absence e volunteer nurse lang din ako

        • Cza 02/02/2014 at 8:11 pm #

          hi Dexie Yram,

          how was your application? did it go well?

        • Luisa 02/08/2014 at 9:22 pm #

          Hi Dexie

          were you granted a visa? thanks

        • Luisa 03/06/2014 at 6:10 pm #

          hi just want to ask if you were granted a visa?

          • MaryJ 08/03/2014 at 8:58 pm #

            hi sa lahat :) sorry late reply anyway yep na approved naman po visa ko, Maybe nakahelp din na ung mom and stepdad ko live in Germany hiningi din kasi nila ung copy ng visa ng mom ko then ngput kami ng 400K sa account ko.. Anyway goodluck sa lahat. –dexie here

      • sharz 01/27/2014 at 2:03 pm #

        Hi Ms Wanderlass! :) Ask ko lang po.. May chance po kaya akong maka kuha ng schengen visa? I have no work yet since, May 2014 pa po graduation ko. Aattend po ako ng wedding ng pinsan (June 2014) ko sa Germany , and isa po ako sa mga abay. Ano po kayang requirements yung dapat kong ipasa? Ang mag fifinance po sakin is my mom na kasama ko din po sa pag alis. Thank you so much!

      • Angel bodestyne 06/04/2014 at 12:06 pm #

        Wanderlass i dont have a job recently but i am an independent distributors of beauty and wellness products. Called royale business club. At the same time i am a corporate secretary of the u.s. Global company. Got all the proof. And travelling every month to singapore. Bsngkok. Indonesia. Hongkong. Vietnam. Bf sponsors Meaning i only stay in philippines max. 2 weeks then 3weeks sa mga country na nabanggit ko. For such small period of time. And im doing it more than 1yr. Now as my bf provide me all the travel tickets and accomodation. His from holland and working in singapore. I am married but been separated for 12 yrs to be exact. Sa filipino since we have no divorce eh di pa ako anull I dunno where my husband now. .my bank account have some fund not more than 500k and i have been in u.k. 10yrs ago. 180days m. Visa and only went 4days. I have my car and house and lot in ph. And 3 kids Is that anything i can get a visa going to ea. thank you

    • lito 03/08/2014 at 4:03 am #

      U better look for the checklist first.. un kc ung mahalaga u need to complete lht ng req’t kung wala nmn ung work at bank accnt. ok lng un bcuz me wala rin pero naka alis me.. ung invitation kc dalawang klase un, 1st ung formal Letter ng taong nginvite sau then second ung form na ifill up nya at patatatakan sa politi and ung half un is ikaw ung mgcomplete na tatatakan nmn embassy if ma approve ka (which is un ung ipapakita mo sa immigration pgdating mo sa amsterdam) then indicate nyo rin kung sponsoran ka ng ngInvite sau at sya lht gagastos…

  97. Amony 01/23/2014 at 6:38 pm #

    .. need some comments,advise and help.”Hi ,i just wanna ask regarding to some documents to apply for schengen visa.I have a german bf,he is inviting me to visit him in germany this coming may-aug 2014.he was visited me here in the philippines twice.i already have my requirements but i dont know yet if thats all na.. please give me some advise. here are my requirements:
    Passport
    passport photo
    Formal obligation (from my bf’s city hall)
    Health and Accident Insurance
    Invitation letter from my bf
    Passport photo of my bf with phil’s stamps
    Itinerary ticket
    proof of relationships (printed of conversations (fb,ym),pictures together and money remitance)
    i have no any bank account,i have no work,i have no any property here in the philippines.i only have my 6 years old son.is it possible to approve my visa? And i will stay in my bf’s own apartment.i was him for his tittle of his apartment and i was asked him to give me some copy of his 3 months previous salary (payslip) he said,he already showed it to his city hall to get the formal obligation.He is 29 years sales man in laboratory equipment and he is also a private pilot. do u think my visa application will be grant? what else i need?? thank you so much.. pls help me,, by the way my appointment in german embassy will be this coming feb.12 na..

    • mcknight 03/31/2014 at 11:11 am #

      hi Amony kumusta? were you able to get the visa? we almost have the same story, no work and i was told they will send my documents to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for processing.. Nagtataka ako as to what she meant with processing.. I applied in Netherlands Embassy. Nakakuha po ba kau ng visa? Thanks!

      • Ann 05/01/2014 at 10:31 pm #

        Hi Mcknight, kumsta visa application mo with dutch embassy? Sobrang dami bang question?

  98. Joyce Muyot 01/22/2014 at 12:01 am #

    Hi Wanderlass, I am planning to travel to 10 countries in europe with my colleagues this coming March 28 – April 10 and lately, I noticed that my passport is about to expire on April 29, 2014. I am going to extend my passport validity for 1 year by first week of February. Is it possible to enter europe even for a passport extension of 1 year?

    • wanderlass 01/23/2014 at 11:53 pm #

      I think it’s better to renew your passport.

      • Amony 01/24/2014 at 11:04 am #

        NOT REPLY FOR MY CONCERNS :(

        • Bee 01/24/2014 at 12:05 pm #

          Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months when you apply for most visas.

  99. Princes 01/18/2014 at 11:24 pm #

    Hi everyone, I want to ask advice because I’m planning to get schengen visa to visit my boyfriend in Lithuania. I’m only graduating on march and I don’t have any bank accounts and job yet. I will go there on May to July. What can I bring as a proof that I am going back here in Philippines? He will shoulder all expenses during my stay. And where can I find reservation for tickets? :)
    I’m thanking you guys in advance for the help! God Bless! :)

  100. K 01/16/2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Just want to know if I can proceed without an ITR?

    • wanderlass 01/17/2014 at 10:37 am #

      If you have other form of financial document. Bank certificate. ITR of the person supporting your trip (parents, sibling, boyfriend, etc)

      • Marie 01/20/2014 at 9:13 pm #

        I will resign soon on my current company, though my family has its own company, or may use my friend’s company to pretend I work there. I wonder how can I do without ITR? Does the ITR reveal which company you are working for? I have my own bank account, you think 400k is enough to sponsor myself? I will stay for 1-2 months with free stay c/o my boyfriend.

        • wanderlass 01/23/2014 at 11:54 pm #

          if you have previous work, you should have last year’s itr.

      • Val 01/21/2014 at 6:42 pm #

        Good pm po.. Does the biometrics have to do about skin allery.? I was worried about my right thumb..

      • Em 01/21/2014 at 9:50 pm #

        Hi wanderlass..Im Em,i just wanna ask regarding to some documents to apply for schengen visa.I have a german bf,he is inviting me to visit him in germany this coming may-aug 2014.he was visited me here in the philippines twice.i already have my requirements but i dont know yet if thats all na.. please give me some advise. here are my requirements:
        Passport
        passport photo
        Formal obligation (from my bf’s city hall)
        Health and Accident Insurance
        Invitation letter from my bf
        Passport photo of my bf with phil’s stamps
        Itinerary ticket
        proof of relationships (printed of conversations (fb,ym),pictures together and money remitance)
        i have no any bank account,i have no work,i have no any property here in the philippines.i only have my 6 years old son.is it possible to approve my visa? And i will stay in my bf’s own apartment.i was him for his tittle of his apartment and i was asked him to give me some copy of his 3 months previous salary (payslip) he said,he already showed it to his city hall to get the formal obligation.He is 29 years sales man in laboratory equipment and he is also a private pilot. do u think my visa application will be grant? what else i need?? thank you so much.. pls help me,, by the way my appointment in german embassy will be this coming feb.12 na..

  101. aris 01/15/2014 at 6:56 pm #

    i had a very bad experience at the french embassy today. i was at the 8:30AM appointment and there are a lot of people who were scheduled at that time. The waiting part was okay. When my name was called at window 2, it was a Filipino case officer who was there. He asked basic questions and finally asked me for the visa fee. He then asked me to wait for my name to be called again.

    After a few minutes, my name was called at window 5 (or 6? I can’t really remember which window it is but it is the rightmost window. The case officer was a middle-aged woman, maybe in her mid-40s, a Filipina, wearing spectacles, who looked very stern. She asked me certain details about the trip like who am I going with, how long my stay is, and who’s sponsoring the trip. As she scanned the documents, she removed some which she said was irrelevant. That’s fine with me, I just thought it would be useful to include other pages of your passports with stamps, return tickets and other documents relevant to my sponsor. You see, the trip will be sponsored by my aunt who are Australian citizens. We are actually traveling to UK and will just spend two days in Paris. I provided all supporting financial documents of my aunt since she will be paying for all expenses. In addition to this, I have also included my own financial documents like ITR, payslips, Certificates of Employment and Compensation, and bank certificate with 200k available balance. The only document that I failed to submit is a bank statement showing transactions for the past 2 months. This, I admit, is my remiss, as I was not able to request this from the bank. However, these are the same set of documents I submitted to VFS and a visa was issued to me successfully so I thought yeah maybe this will run smoothly. So when she asked me why did I not include a bank statement, I said, “I’m sorry ma’am but these are all I got at the moment. I thought this would suffice since my travel and living expenses will be fully sponsored by my aunt.” She then retorted, “But you do know that you are being evaluated based on your credentials and not your aunt, right? You read that on the requirements checklist, right?” I was really speechless when she said that. At the back of my mind, I already imagined her marking my application “Denied” without even considering the other attachments and documents I included in the application. She really sounded very condescending. It’s as if she’s judging me behind those rimmed spectacles. She proceeded with taking my biometrics then after a few seconds, she said, “I’m going to keep your passport for a while and you’ll return on this date to claim your result”, while motioning to the piece of paper where she wrote “January 21, 2014, 11:00 AM”. Then I responded, “Ok ma’am thanks for your time.” I feigned a weak smile and exited the half-open cubicle.

    I felt really bad after my interview with that case officer. For a Pinay who handles visa applications, she is very condescending. I don’t know if that’s really how case officers act, maybe they were supposed to be that way, I don’t know, but that experience is really horrible. Plus the fact that she was talking to me via the mini-PA system. I assume everyone is listening coz I can hear the others she interviewed. It seems to me that she’s so full of herself, and since she’s in that position, she is aimed at humiliating everyone who begs for her mercy. I was able to say that because that was how she was handling the other applicants- plus maybe she enjoys speaking on that PA system for all the world to hear. I was able to compare my experience with those who were called in other windows with other case officers and mine was way below the mark specifically with the way she treated me. Mind you, one of the other case officers was not a Filipino-national, maybe French? Point is, I thought Filipinos would be more accommodating when dealing with fellow Filipinos especially those with genuine intent in applying for their visas.

    I don’t know what the result will be. I am really trying to be positive about this because God knows I executed everything in good faith. But then there’s this case officer and perhaps my dreams of visiting Paris were easily ushered down the drain.

    • wanderlass 01/17/2014 at 10:45 am #

      I think you will be given visa. I experienced the same before, not the condescending part, but I did not bring insurance. I propose that you bring the document on the day your return to claim your visa. I agree with you that sometimes there are Filipino consular assistants who feel like they’re above the applicants–as if they’re the visa granter.

      • Cza 02/02/2014 at 8:20 pm #

        in which insurance company did you acquire your travel insurance & how much did you pay for it?

      • Sweetme 08/03/2014 at 8:23 pm #

        Hello wanderlass,
        I am a filipina living in japan.i want to go France for vacation for 2weeks.whats my requirements for this?

    • enrique marin 01/23/2014 at 5:54 pm #

      Aris had you got the visa ??

      • Luisa 01/28/2014 at 12:29 am #

        Aris what happen to your application?

  102. Marie Y 01/15/2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Hi! I appreciate you writing this very informative blog, it’s a huge help, believe me! :)

    I wanted to ask you about my requirements since I will be filing my visa application the 31st of January, this year. I’m wondering if adding my son’s birth certificate to my application would boost my “rootedness to my home country” or will this just prove otherwise that I would certainly would want to go on “TNT” since I have a son to look after to?

    Thank you!!

    • wanderlass 01/17/2014 at 10:48 am #

      I don’t know if it will be relevant. But if you have it, just bring it with you. On my first application, they asked for a copy of my travel companion’s passport.

      • Em 01/21/2014 at 10:02 pm #

        Jan 20 at 10:24 PM

        hi..i just wanna ask regarding visit visa requirements.about bank account,is it applicant’s bank account or my sponor’s bank account? I have nO any bank account but all my expenses would be shoulder by my sponsor. (german) thank you very much,god bless..

        • wanderlass 01/23/2014 at 11:54 pm #

          if you have sponsor then it is about their bank account

  103. wanderlass 01/13/2014 at 2:25 pm #

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    • Luisa 01/13/2014 at 11:08 pm #

      i just did wishing you good luck and i would like to thank you for helping us through the information you gave and all the advice keep up the good work

    • marie 01/15/2014 at 3:13 am #

      Hi, Im trying to travel to norway to visit my bestfriend in Norway.. kelangan ko po ng schengen visa para makapunta ako doon.. hndi na po ako magbook ng hotel kasi sa bahay nya po ako magstay sa buong durating ng stay ko doon which is one month.
      mga documents po na meron n ako are:
      1. schengen visa application form
      2. passport size photo
      3. original passport
      4. application fee
      5. proof of employment
      – certificate of employment(length of service, salary)
      – leave if absence certificate
      -company id
      -payslip for the last 6months
      -atm/bank payroll transactions
      -itr for the last months
      6. certificate/least contract ng residence ng bestfriend ko doon kung saan ako magsstay

      Questions:
      1. sa proof of suffiecient funds, i just opened a bank account amounting to 10k last january 3. and ung mama ko maglalagay ng 350k additional sa bank account ko na yun tomorrow(january 15). ang plan po sana n punta ako ng norway is this february.. ok lng po b un within a month lng ung bank transaction? and ung amount po ba enough na para sa show money..

      2. roundtrip ticket reservation, pano and saan po ako pwede kumuha noon? saan po ung murang agency n pwede magprocess ng ticket reservation ko?

      Thanks po sa assistance. :D

      • Luisa 01/16/2014 at 5:36 pm #

        HI Marie

        ask ko lng sino ang mag shoulder ng travel expenses mo? aside from the titirahan mo? at least you need 50 euros a day to survive there it might be a red flag kung kakaopen lng ng account mo if someone else will be paying for you then you need to present their financial capability

        • marie 05/18/2014 at 3:13 pm #

          Hi Luisa,
          sorry now ko lng ulit navisitu ung site.. ako din po magshoulder ng expenses ko.. i have 400k on the bank for the show money.. it has been almost 5month ung open ung bank account n un..

          thanks for replying po..

        • marie 06/19/2014 at 11:02 am #

          HI wanderlass,
          Nainterview po ako s norway embassy last monday.. im not really sure kung pasado ako or not. what happened was that i got to the embassy prepared all the documents based on what i read dito sa blog sa baba ung unang step document checking and appoinmtnet checking, but what happened last monday was diffferent. sa baba pa lang andun na din ung interview. yung naginterview sakin is masungit doesnt smile and really strict. Her questions was
          how much did i pay for my ticket- i said 2000$, she wanted me to say it in peso im not away of us currency
          what is my airline- i wasnt aware about the airline that was in my booking reservation but i remembered the travel agency who booked my flight said it was ethad airways but when i check it it was klm royal airlines (hayz)
          what was my bestfriend salary -
          why isnt she paying for my travel i said that i dont ask information like that because its confidential unless she discloses the information to me and regarding the travel expenses i had enough saving for my travel thats why im paying for my travel.
          my bestfriends address in norway but didnt memorize her address all i know was she is in oslo norway. after those question tinatakan nya yung passport and papers ko ng c/d visa no, and asked me to go to 21st floor for biometrics. Its been 3days and im not sure what my status is, im afraid to check on my email because i might get a denied result.
          ;(

    • shay 04/13/2014 at 11:15 am #

      Hi. Can you please give me an idea How much should be in the bank cert to get the high approval?
      Another thing is the hotel booking a must to present when you are applying a visa or it can be done later on once granted?

      • wanderlass 04/14/2014 at 10:58 am #

        When my mom applied her for her visa thru a travel agency (she did group tour), they proposed at least 500k. But when I applied in 2007, my certificate was only for 200K.

  104. mark 01/11/2014 at 5:58 pm #

    ako po ay isang 18 taong gulang at gusto po ng tita ko na mag tour sa sweden for 3 months..papayagan ba ako ng embassy?

    • felicitynicolas 01/14/2014 at 7:39 am #

      It depends upon your documents, if you got the complete requirements and attestation regarding the residency of your Aunt.. My friend got her visa that’s a Schengen Visa she coming back and forth to Sweden without hassle.

  105. Luisa 01/07/2014 at 11:46 pm #

    asko ko lng if anyone here tried applying in Norway embassy? is the schengen visa valid there as well?

  106. jonathan 01/06/2014 at 3:01 pm #

    hi po sa lahat,magtatanng lang po.interview ko na po kasi sa feb 5 sa italian embassy for tourist isa,bibisitahin ko po ang aking girlfriend,ang problema ko po wala po akong sariling bank account,pero balak ko magbukas ng account at magdedeposit ng 195k at kukuha ako ng letter of support mula sa lola ko with her bank statement.ang tanong ko po ok lang po ba yung gagawin ko?hindi po kaya madedeny?maraming salamat po sa lahat ng sasagot

    • Joseph 01/07/2014 at 6:21 pm #

      Hi Jonathan, I remember in UK visa application they required the applicants to sign an authorization to allow UK embassy to inquire for your Bank account movement thru your Bank. I am not sure if the Italian embassy has the same policy. It might raise suspicion if you just opened your account days before your visa filling.

    • Luisa 01/13/2014 at 11:17 pm #

      Sino mag shoulder ng travel expenses me? your lola? then you need all her financial documents to show them they will check kase when you open the account red flag yan kung kakaopen lng

      • jonathancappal2224 01/20/2014 at 4:24 pm #

        ako po magpprovide ng travel expenses ko kaso lang bago lang ako nag-open ng account ko.alanganin po ba talaga pag ganun?kahit verifiable naman yung account mo?kukuha sana ako ng affidavit of support sa lola ko,same sa ginawa ng gf ko dati,pero sa kanya land title ang ipprinesenta nya,ako naman bank statement ng lola ko sana kasi alam kong malaki ang nakadeposit sa kanya.

  107. Marie 11/04/2013 at 5:05 pm #

    I’m so thrilled to be able to land on this thread. I just wanted to ask a bit of advice from you, guys, as this would be my first time to go abroad and apply a visa. My questions are stated below:

    1. I have all the necessary requirements I need. (solvency from my sponsor, letters and other documents) I am a student on leave (i just took this leave after last semester SY 2013-2014 and i’m planning to come back by June of 2014). It’s just that I’m worried, is it really necessary that I should be enrolled or a certificate will do coming from my university stating that I’m on leave and that I intend to finish my studies by next year? Will this justify that I would be coming and wouldn’t overstay there?

    2. I am a single mom. If i include my son’s birth certificate on my application, will it justify that I am not planning to go beyond the date of my stay in the Schengen territory?

    I am looking forward to all your responses! I’m in dire need of help, i’m very clueless about this

  108. akosichadkulot 10/24/2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Will be travelling to London early next year and we have plan to go to Paris. Since the flight details are required for visa, can we just use our roundtrip reservation for the UK flight? Or we really need to reserve a ticket from UK to Paris? We plan to go to Paris via train…

    • asianflip 10/29/2013 at 10:33 pm #

      You need to show a detailed itinerary of your trip to the consul flight/train hotel reservations only

  109. yuki 10/21/2013 at 4:14 pm #

    i’m a filipina currently working in thailand.. can i apply for schengen visa here in BKK? or do i need to go back home to the phil.? thanks!

  110. ilovemyself 10/18/2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Hi wanderlass I love your Blog. :))

  111. ilovemyself 10/18/2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Hi Everyone,

    I just applied for my schengen visa and received it after 5 days. I think you just need to have a complete set of requirements and you need to assure the consul that you will be back to the philippines, this is why certificate of employment is very important indicating the approved leave of absence from employer. For Hotel Bookings, you can try bookings.com for a reserve now pay later. For flight details you can ask a travel agency for flight reservation, I got mine without any payment. haha. My suggestion is research first. Learn from the experience of others, learn from their mistakes.

  112. jezz 10/18/2013 at 9:47 am #

    hi mam… when you say If someone other than yourself is paying for the the trip, then submit financial document of the sponsor instead. yung company po ba dito sa ph ang magsusubmit, travel incentive ko po kasi na na hit sa company yung europe trip na nakuha ko, bale mga 10 person po kaming aalis, some of us konti lang po ang laman ng bank account, ano po ang kailangan naming ipaprovide sa company. thank you po

    • jezz 10/18/2013 at 9:58 am #

      pa help naman po

  113. jezz 10/08/2013 at 11:00 am #

    Question lang po, ang company po namin dito sa philippines ang magshoushoulder ng expenses like airplane, hotel etc, all expense paid trip ng company, incentive ko po ito kasi na hit ko ang quota nila last year and this year, 2 tikets po for 15 days 14 nights trip to europe, ,ano ano po ang hihingin kong documents sa company, sabi po kasi nila yung visa kami ang kukuha

  114. celline 08/30/2013 at 2:43 am #

    Hi Miss wanderlass I would like to ask where i can get reservation ticket for free? And i just got my invitation and i have my sponsor what should i bring to prove to embassy that my sponspor will pay everything except the flight and what should i do to not get denied? because i have stop my school i’m really scared to be denied please help me.

    • Francis Flores 10/03/2013 at 4:26 am #

      Hi guys just wanna share my experience in applying for a Schengen Visa going to France, this will just be a brief but I think It will help you a lot on how you can get your visa approved, I started browsing the blogs of other people’s experiences regarding applying schengen visa at the French Embassy, first is you should have an appointment for your visa interview, collect all the documents needed which is at the website of French Embassy, Get a travel insurance for the coverage of the trip, it’s really important that all the dates are aligned to specific start date, for example your insurance will start from October 3, 2013 to November 3, 2013 your Confirmed itinerary ticket should also be starting on the same day which is October 3, 2013, because those are also the dates that you will put on your application form which will be the basis of the start date of your visa if your visa will be approved!  it is also important to have a Cover letter addressed to the consulate officer there is a format that I found from one of the bloggers which I just edited to fit my application, and it is also important that if you have still or been given visas from other countries you should have a photocopy of them together with your application, I really do feel that if you are a frequent traveler you will be given a visa, here’s the summary of my application, collected all the documents needed:
      • Application Form
      • Cover Letter (Your Cover Letter will explain your day to day itinerary while you are in the Schengen Area, but in my Case I just wrote there that we will just be staying in France, and the People I’ll be with for the duration of the visit, my Mom is in UK and a UK resident, and together with my Step Father which is a British, In my case I’m travelling with my Family but they are based in UK so I provided the embassy a Copy of their Passports. To justify that I’m really travelling with them. (It is really important that I you think a document will help you convince the consular officer that is not written in the website feel free to bring it. Where in my case I just have 6000 pesos on my bank account when my visa was approved it is because I submitted a copy of 6mos Bank Statement of my Step Father in UK, and just a Letter of Invitation.)
      • Employment Certificate
      • Copy of my Visas ( Multiple Entry Visa From UK and a previous Residence Visa from Kuwait) I have previously travelled from UK prior from applying for my Schengen visa, So it’s really a big factor If you have travelled outside of Philippines
      • Approved Leave of Absence if you are employed, in the event that you’re not its fine.
      • Bank Certification – The Bank Cert that I got is my Payroll Account so the embassy will know if you are really employed, (but if they will see that you’ve previously travelled having a stable job here in Philippines is no longer a turning point for your visa to get approved especially if you have a valid US visa. Coz they would know you will still come back here in your mother country.)
      • Letter of Invitation – This is if there will be someone who will sponsor your trip it doesn’t matter if the person who will sponsor you is in France for as long the Residency of that person falls under the EU countries or EEA, (My letter of invitation is from my step father which is in UK it was written in my invitation letter that he will pay everything for my trip including airfare, and attached to it is the Copy of his Passport and Bank Statement to prove that he/she really has the funds or means of supporting you.
      • Copy of Marriage Contract – Of my Step Father and Mother to show my relationship from the person who will sponsor my trip.
      • Hotel Voucher – Guys!! This is just a Confirmed Reservation, My agency didn’t charge me or this one, you just have to have a Credit Card to have it reserved, after the visa was approved if you don’t wanna go to that hotel its fine, cancel it and find a cheaper hotel.
      • Plane Ticket – This is also just a itinerary no need to purchase it, coz even the embassy is not requiring you to get the ticket prior to visa approval, you can get this from a travel agency, they call it ticket booking. its as if it’s the real ticket but its not.
      • Travel Insurance – My travel insurance is from Chartis Manila, cost me 3000+ pesos, but there is a cheaper one, the girl applicant in the embassy said that her insurance is from Malayan Bank? Or RCBC, I’m not just so sure, but there is a cheaper one which will just cost you 1500 pesos,
      –guys have all of your documents photocopied, coz they will just get the photocopied ones. So 1 set Original and 1 Set Photocopies
      -Just have your documents complete and you’ll have it!!!
      -at the day of the interview I arrived and Embassy, 30mins before the scheduled time, I went to the basement parking to get the ID going to the 16th flr, then get a number from the guard as you surrender your phone, then your number will be called, you will go to that window and that person will check if you have the complete set of documents needed. And pay for the Application Fee which is 3,490 pesos. Then your number will be called again for the interview, they will ask you the 1 set of photocopies and you’ll be left with the originals then they will just verify the things you’ve written on the application form. And then they will give you a quittance slip, it’s like a claim stub to claim your passport, Applying or a Schengen Visa is running around how your papers will be presented in the eyes of the consulate officer, and documentation of every detail is really needed. When I came back to claim my Passport I was so Happy to Find the Visa Stamped on it 
      The name of the travel agency who gave me the itinerary, hotel and Insurance is ASIA INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL, they are located in Salcedo Village Makati 8124464

      • crissy guilas 10/09/2013 at 5:33 am #

        Hi Francis, thank you for sharing your experience in applying for your Shengen visa. I’ve learned a lot from you and you inspired me to travel to France. May i ask how much did you pay to your travel agency for their assistance?

        • Francis Flores 10/09/2013 at 4:25 pm #

          Hi Crissy, they just ask me like 400 pesos or my itinerary (ticket) and Hotel Voucher, its from Hilton Hotel CDG, then I got my travel insurance from them, they are affiliated from Chartis, its 3100 pesos, but there is a cheaper one I got the idea from the student I met at the embassy applying or her visa to visit her exchanged students friends who are going there for sem break, its from Malayan Bank its just 1500 she said. Crissy it is better to read and don’t ask an assistance from the agency, but you can get the required documents from the agency, coz they will just do the same to gather your documents and ask you to submit them on your interview, whenever you process a visa its better if you do it yourself coz by the next time you will apply for another visa going to another country you will know what to submit and how to do it, message me when your decided I can guide you and send you the format of the cover letter and etc on your email. I wish you the best crissy. I can also teach you on how to get the cheapest ticket once your visa is Approved! :)

          • joy papina 10/13/2013 at 9:40 pm #

            hi francis. this is joy. thanks for what u shared. can i ask where did you get ur ticket? or format of letters you submitted… i plan to go to netherlands soon. but i have a sponsor. thanks u so much.

          • randy 10/15/2013 at 3:14 am #

            hi crissy,

            my friends and i are planning to go in Switzerland next year, her mom will fix us a birthday invitation letter, ive been in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. pls advice on what to do to get said visa thanks po!

            randy

          • syangi 11/02/2013 at 5:34 am #

            francis, pls. email to me the format of the cover letter and how to get the cheapest ticket..i am planning to apply a schengen visa last week of this month. i hope you can help me..thanks and godbless!!

          • quuency 11/09/2013 at 8:17 am #

            francis i am queency applying visit visa for germany….
            i was scared coz its my first time i have no idea what will do i just read and read…then i got prepared all my paper i have boy in germany and we planing that i will visit him at germany on january but i have lots of question can i ask you?

          • Jandy 11/10/2013 at 11:00 pm #

            Hi Francis, your information is really helpful. I was just browsing some info on how to process schengen visa to poland when I bumped into this forum..Any idea if I still have to provide my own bank statement if my sponsor will pay everything?

          • Grazie 11/26/2013 at 10:45 am #

            Hi, Francis.Thanks for sharing ur experience…I am planning to apply for a spanish visa. I was invited by a good firend and will shoulder all the expenses.. I want to have it by this december.

            My problem is, i am currently employed and my contract will end on dec..My travel will be on jan- march….What will i fill on the form (*Current position)?…Do i have to tell that i am currently employed?..I am sure that i couldn’t have my leave of absence because my contract already ends…Would there be a chance that my application get approved without the approved leave of absence and bank certificate?

          • felicitynicolasfelicity 12/27/2013 at 7:04 pm #

            Hi Francis, could you please send me the cover letter for schengen visa to France, and may I know where I could get the cheapest airlines after I received an approval for my visa.

          • thedarkerlemon 01/05/2014 at 7:33 pm #

            Hi Francis!

            Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m planning to visit Santorini in September so as early as now, i’m researching. Do you have any idea how much should be your money in the bank when you apply for the Visa?

            Thanks,
            TheDarkerLemon

          • Tash 01/16/2014 at 12:04 pm #

            Hi Francis and everyone,
            Thanks for sharing your experience. I was granted 3 Schengen visas already.( 2 from Netherlands and 1 from France). My latest trip was sponsored. Duringthe interview at the French embassy, the lady asked a few questions while carefully looking at all the photocopied documents I submittted page by page. Then she asked me if I have a bank account on my own. Fortunately, I brought my original BPI and BDO passbooks, handed it to her who again, looked at the transactions in every page and requested photocopies of it. I hurriedly went to a convenience store downstairs and submitted it in a few minutes…. I plan to go to Scandinavian countries and again will apply for Schengen visa via Denmark embassy. Will prepare required similar documents ….

          • Vanna Ara Times 01/31/2014 at 7:50 pm #

            Hi, just wanna ask lang po if how long did you stay in France? sa travel insurance, if 90 days ba, mga 3k ba yun or more than 3k? and i already have a schengen visa before, kasi i went to dk last year. punta ako ng france this august. my bf’s parents invited me. they will sponsor everything. the problem is i dont have proof of income since i am just a volunteer nurse. is there any possibilities na ma.approve visa ko? i’ll wait for your reply. thank you

          • Angel bodestyne 06/04/2014 at 12:32 pm #

            Hello francis. Pls drop me an email and i want to discuss about how difficult to get a visa and also those travel insurance. Pls reply on my gmail acount angelbodestyne@gmail.com

      • rocel 10/14/2013 at 5:39 pm #

        does this means you get help from a visa travel agency? i was considering it to

        • wanderlass 10/17/2013 at 10:09 pm #

          both times i applied for myself.

          • rocel 10/29/2013 at 9:20 pm #

            wanderlass.. thank you i feel like i can do it by myself too..

      • march2773 11/06/2013 at 7:08 am #

        Hello Francis, i read all your messages and um happy that i have some idea about how can i have a Schengen visa… I was married to Hungarian nationality and working in Cyprus hotel.. But next week he will go to Malta because his having work contract there… I want to ask , only 400 pesos you give to them for processing of your papers, you submitted all?This is ASIA INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL, where you give all your documents? pls reply me thanks…

      • quuency 11/09/2013 at 8:12 am #

        francis is theres posibility that you cant get a visa?and can i ask something can i have sample of invitation letter and lastly i dont have account i have work stable work but we dont have salary in bank hand on hand was our salary should i need realy bank account?

      • Jandy 11/10/2013 at 11:27 pm #

        Hi Francis and wanderlass, I was also wondering about dun sa cover letter if meron ba nun format sa web nila?

      • aileen 12/09/2013 at 10:14 pm #

        Hi Francis, your shared experience gave me such a relief coz I’m planning to get a Schengen Visa by next year. I already looked into the requirements and they are doable, but I have 2 items that I’m concerned about. (1) Do they have a certain bracket in the salary to get approved? I make a little over the minimum wage, and I have enough to support my trip, but still this worries me.
        (2) I’m visiting my boyfriend, and won’t require him to sponsor me, but I will be living with him for the duration of my stay. Do I still need to get his financial documents?

        I do have a U.S Visa, and have travelled there twice, and have travelled to other asian countries before. Does having all this really give me a big chance on getting approved? I guess I just needed more certianty on this matter.

        I would appreciate any additional information you can give me regarding my concerns. Thanks a lot, and enjoy your future travels.

      • felicitynicolasfelicity 12/27/2013 at 6:57 pm #

        I will be traveling to France this coming year and I’ll apply a Schengen visa. I just want to know how much did you pay for your agency?
        Thanx a lot..By the way I’m a Ladyboy and my boyfriend is french, we traveled a lot, we’ve been to Hongkong,Macau,China, Laos,Vietnam,Cambodia, Myanmar and Bangkok. I got 2 visas applied China and Myanmar, this coming January we’ll visit Indonesia. I learned a lot from your experience.

      • glenda 01/05/2014 at 10:25 am #

        hi…francis…thank you for sharing your experience.i want to visit my boyfriend in france can you teach me how the format of the cover letter.

  115. jen 08/26/2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Hi po. Ask ko lang po. Kc ilang beses na ko tumawag sa Dutch Embassy Manila. Hindi pa rin nila ako mabigyan ng appointment. Kung kani-kanino ako pinapatawag. Nauubos na ang load ko. Single entry visa ang inaapply ko. Pwede bang pumunta directly sa dutch embassy for appointment? Anung araw at oras po tumatanggap? Thank po!

    • MJ 03/20/2014 at 2:08 pm #

      Hi jen, musta? How was your interview at Dutch Embassy? I have an appointment to the Dutch Embassy on March 26, Ive booked it thru VFS Global and got the appointment letter. Just wanna ask questions how was the interview like? I have a sponsor, a dutch BF. Ive travelled asian countries and this is my first time to apply a schengen visa, im currently unemployed but I have all the requirements. Do U think I will be given a visa? Your quick response is highly appreciated.

  116. Erlyn 08/25/2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Hi, my name is Erlyn…. ask ko lang po if you can help me to find a way to have a Schengen visa. My fiance wants me to find a agency who can assists me on traveling to Hungary. Thank you po :)

  117. j19 08/18/2013 at 4:01 am #

    does anybody here know someone na posibleng may pinaka konti ang laman ng account,with no sponsors or help from travel agencies but got approved?i’m trying to gauge kasi my chances.i’m planning to travel on my own and nagkaroon na ako ng visa sa japan.i dont have properties pero i have savings ang i’m working.hindi ko lang sure if convincing yung savings ko.

  118. Ayan 08/18/2013 at 3:42 am #

    hi jd i’m planning to apply on my own lang no sponsors,tourism din ang reason nung sa akin,if you wouldnt mind magkano ba dapat ang laman ng account?and have you been issued other visas before.ang meron lang ako china and japan .what do you think are my chances

  119. Chel 08/07/2013 at 10:45 pm #

    hello wanderlass. I badly need your help :( ..I want to ask your opinion my question. I am wondering if I would have immigration problem if my attestation is different from my purchased ticket. The attestation would cover oct 13-nov 2, 2013. I have been granted 25 days stay in france. The duration is oct 13-nov 22, 2013. The ticket is very expensive if we stick to the dates mentioned in attestation (oct 13-nov 2). So we decided to take the cheaper ticket which is oct 13-nov 6 and would give me more time to stay in France. Nov 3-nov 6 is not stated in the attestation. Do you think it would be a problem when I am at the airport? They would ask my proof of accomodation?I am really anxious to know if it would be a problem when I leave Philippines. We are not sure if we have to get another attestation for nov 3-nov 6. Or is it better if I would have booking confirmation in a hotel covering nov 3-nov 6? Do you think immigration will not question that if we just book a ticket in a hotel? I’m looking forward to your response to shed light on this mind boggling situation of mine. Thank you in advance. :)

  120. A 08/06/2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Hello all! I’m a 19 year old student and I’m planning to fly to Paris alone to visit a friend and stay with her in her place there for 2 weeks. Is this feasible? Do I actually have a chance of getting my visa approved? :(

    • wanderlass 08/07/2013 at 4:49 pm #

      it’s not impossible if your requirement is complete.

    • kimy 08/17/2014 at 3:47 pm #

      did you get a visa?

  121. jocanabe21 08/06/2013 at 10:27 am #

    Hello there Wanderlass,

    I am Jho 24y/o living here in Philippines I am married here in Phil with a dutch national from Netherlands,we are planning to have our first vacation in there place the Netherlands. I really dont know what would be the first thing to do since it is my first time to travel also. Please some help here. I would really appreciate it Thank you so much..

  122. AvidTraveler 07/02/2013 at 10:23 am #

    Hi! Would like to inquire how you were able to present accommodation confirmation if you dont have a fixed itinerary? Many thanks!!!

  123. Kitten Kat 06/23/2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Hello Wanderlass!

    Your blog is informative thank you very much. But there’s a point I missed. My bf will be my sponsor, regarding the “Invitation letter addressed to embassy”. Is this an original document or can it be printed from email? Also with proof of identity (passport) and his bank statements, should he send me originals or can it be scanned and I’ll just print it?

    Thank you for your response.

    • wanderlass 06/28/2013 at 9:58 am #

      For the bank statement and other legal document (passport etc), you can just print copies. Invitation letter to embassy I have never encountered this. Attestation d’accueil is something he should apply from the city hall.

      • cora 12/26/2013 at 10:54 pm #

        Hi wanderlass!
        I am 28 yrs old woman and married to a norwegian citizen I am here in norway now working and not a norwegian citizin yet.I have a plan to bring actually to met my brothers and sisters in Paris They are IN Phil. 6 persons all, one of them have travelled here in norway this year. I will pay all the travel expencess as a gift.I am so confuse how to start and how much it cost.Thanx

  124. Don 06/14/2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Hello, I’m Don, a 28 yr old guy who studied and working in France at the moment. Me and my girl friend, recently applied for a Schengen Visa from the French Embassy which was rejected. And like most of them here, it was reason 9. We provided all the documents necessary, attestation d’acceuil(this was provided by my friend since i’m living in a colocation), my ids, and i was the sponsor for my girl friend and i provided my salary statement, ITR, recent bank certification of around 13000€, and my last three months of transaction too. And on per part, just as a backup, she submitted a bank certification(120k PHP) and also the assesment of her property, she had a round trip ticket, an insurance that we took from AXA and also a well written cover letter, and sponsorship letter in french explaining why she wanted to come here.
    The interview went fairly well except one question the name of the school i studied here in France for the interviewer replied my gf did not know me well. Come on, the name of the school is not a creteria to check if we are really a couple:( we never talked about the name of my school as the name never really came into our topics:(
    But my girl friend says the rejection may be due to the fact that the invitation and sponsor letter are different. I’m planning to write a letter to the embassy asking them the reason for rejection clearly. We assured them my gf’s return since she has kids already and she will return to take care of them. I’m so so disappointed the way they evaluate the applications and im really really sad.
    Will my letter to the embassy change anything? I do not want to contact Nantes since it takes 2 months. Some please advice me:(

  125. sahlee 06/11/2013 at 10:45 am #

    …ask ko lang pag nadenied k sa isang schengen embassy, is there a chance to apply it again to others schengen embassy? I mean if denied k sa belgian then gusto mo ulit mag apply to switzerland..thx

    • Joseph 06/22/2013 at 2:26 pm #

      Hi Sahlee, likely they will also denied. What you can do is to ask the embassy the reason for rejection, I think you are entitled to appeal. You can apply to Switzerland since its non member of EU, but I believe it will not entitle you to enter EU states.

  126. jhed 06/08/2013 at 8:25 am #

    hello! can i ask what all the papers do i need for applying a SCHENGEN visa, im a filipino and my boyfriend is a german national he’s going to sponsor all my papers and financial he like to invite me to go in germany only for 3 months stay with him!! plssss anyone can tell me!? do really need help!!!

    • mary 06/17/2013 at 8:08 pm #

      check the website of the embassy and requirements, then provide all the requirements they ask on the site..if u meet the requirements, and if u think u have no problem with ur requirements, it will be approved.

  127. tin 06/06/2013 at 2:38 pm #

    hi! Im Tin, I just want to ask pag nag pa schedule ka ng interview mga gano ka katagal mag hihintay sa interview? thanks!

  128. AvidTraveler 05/30/2013 at 10:26 am #

    re: bank certificates — do we still need to provide bank certificates or could we just show our time deposit certificates? thank you in advance!

    • therese 06/04/2013 at 11:11 pm #

      hello again!

      with our experience, we submitted bank certificates and credit card statement of account. however, if you have time deposit certificates and bank certificates, maybe it’ll be better.enjoy!

      • mary 06/17/2013 at 8:05 pm #

        u better present a bank cert..(all your savings, time deposit, and any account will reflect on bank cert.)

  129. Edu 05/26/2013 at 7:22 am #

    First of all, thanks so much, Wanderlass. Despite the fact that I no longer live in the Philippines and have been living in Brazil for quite so long, your input was quite helpful when I applied for the Schengen visa. I’d prepared everything that was listed, yet on the day of the interview the only things they asked were the passport, a picture, birth certificate, proof of income, paid round trip ticket, hotel reservations, and travel insurance (a must). Perhaps it depends on where you’re gonna apply. So come July I’ll be going the rounds in Europe for a month for a much needed vacation. Again, my deepest gratitude.

  130. JOANN 05/24/2013 at 4:41 pm #

    Hi,

    im applying for Schengen visa also, planning of staying in Germany this Aug 2013. Do i need to complete first all the requirments before setting an appointment to German Embassy? My German bf will be shouldering all the expenses, does Formal Obligation is enough or we still need to provide his bank statement, ITR, COE or anything more is needed from him? We only have June – July preparation, is ist still possible to have it approved for AUg travel? thanks much!

    • stupid_cutie 05/31/2013 at 5:45 pm #

      hello.. i would also like to ask some help and opinion, i read the thread but all of the applicants for the visa will have the Philippines as point of origin. We are planning a trip for our mom, however she will be staying first in UK then after several months she will go to Italy, Rome and Paris to visit some relatives. if this is the case, we still need to apply the visa here in the Philippines? but the schengen visa is only for 90days right? what should we do best if she will go to UK by January or February then go to Italy by June?

  131. Camie / Wild-Spirit (@camiejuan1) 05/22/2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Hi! I went to get my tourist VISA interview done at the German Embassy this morning. Everything went great, my documents were complete and they told me to expect my passport back in 3-5 days.

    My only concern now is, I have a host (Hostelling International Germany) for my 10 day trip to Germany, but I extended 7 days to visit Amsterdam and Paris, I included this in my itinerary for the application. I have a hostel booking for Amsterdam but for Paris, I asked if I could stay with my tito (family friend working and living in Paris) and he said yes, so I just put down all his contact details and address in Paris. Would this be sufficient? Or do I actually need a letter of invitation from him? I have a notarized letter of support from my parents anyway stating they will cover all travel funds from Amsterdam to Paris (Having finished my studies in April and graduating this July, I am unemployed. Dont worry, I gave them a 6 month bank statement of my parents, plus my own bank statement with the sum of at least 100k, showing that as my funds for the trip)

    I’m nervous that this little detail (no invitation from my Tito) will jeopardize my chances! Any thoughts/opinions? I need a peace of mind…

    Thanks :)

  132. Andrew Whitmoore 05/22/2013 at 12:01 am #

    Hi, I just want to ask about obtaining Schengen visa? I have a friend kase na nag-invite sakin and I already have the invitation with me together with the travel insurance that he bought for me. Ano na next step na dapat gawin? Do i need to make an appoinment with the embassy first or pwede mag-walk-in? Please sana matulungan niyo ako. Your honest opinion would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • therese 05/28/2013 at 10:35 am #

      hi andrew!

      just an advice, it is best to ask help from a reliable travel agency. you can try travel warehouse and kindly look to ms. andrea. she was the one who helped us in processing our schengen visa. thanks!happy trip!

      • mary 06/17/2013 at 8:13 pm #

        yes, make an appointment with the embassy, and be sure you have all the requirements on hand on ur appointment date and have it all photocopied.. it is good to apply directly yourself ,,no need for travel agency,,they always have very high mark-up price..

      • Sahlee Sotto Tiamzon 08/10/2013 at 1:56 pm #

        hi therese,

        where can i find the travel warehouse the one who helped you, or maybe do u have a cp number to ms. Andrea..thanks GODBLESS!!

      • Erlyn 08/25/2013 at 5:48 pm #

        hi therese, my name is Erlyn…i just want to ask if you can help me by giving some info on how to get a Schengen Visa. My fiance is a Hungarian national and he will be my sponsor from accomodation and other expenses. may i know if what are the papers that would be needed for the application. Thank you and God Bless :)

  133. French_inlove 05/20/2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Hello Wanderlass,
    Your blog give me hope to obtain a tourist Visa for my boyfriend. He is Filipino and me french. I want to sponsor his travel. easy anyone knew same experience ?
    I don’t know if i have chance for his visa.
    I’m not rich. I have a job and apartment, easy for me to obtain documents.
    but my boyfriend doesn’t work yet. he is student and he will be graduated in October.
    If someone can share experience.
    Thanks a lot

  134. French_inlove 05/18/2013 at 2:16 am #

    Hi Wanderlass,
    Thank you for all information you give here.
    I’m french, I desire sponsor my boyfriend to obtain tourist Visa for France.
    My boyfriend doesn’t have yet a job. he is student. he’ll be graduated in October.
    Me i have a job, apartment but i’m not to rich, i can pay for his travel. I gone to Philippines in October to meet him for 1st time. I’ll meet him again in july but in Vietnam.
    I desire too much he can see France.
    Do you think he have a chance to obtain it ?

    • Aia 05/30/2013 at 5:20 am #

      Bonjour :) your boyfriend is like my situation I was a student that went to France to visit my French boyfrien. He needs to have certificate from his school and his parents’ consent and have it notarized :) that’s what I did And I got my visa to visit my boyfriend although the relation that I put in the attestation was “friend” ONLY so they won’t think I’d stay for marriage or whatever

  135. Czarina 05/16/2013 at 11:38 am #

    Hello Wanderlass, great information source.

    I am planning to travel to Germany in September as a tourist; however I do not have a job to present to the embassy. My husband who works in an international manufacturing company is paying for my trip. We are supposed to travel together but his work is keeping him from the trip. What are my chances of getting a Shengen visa? Can I use his credentials to support my “rootedness here in the Phils.”?

  136. Angela Dizon 05/15/2013 at 2:59 am #

    Is employment in the philippines required to get the visa?

    • therese 05/28/2013 at 10:32 am #

      hi angela!

      yes, it is required and part of the requirement since financial capacity plays a major role in applying the schengen visa.enjoy your vacation!

      • Grace 06/06/2013 at 2:44 pm #

        But my parents are retired and I want to sponsor for their trip to the Netherlands. Is there any chance they can get a visa without employment?

  137. Angela Dizon 05/13/2013 at 11:23 am #

    Hello miss wanderlass, I’m currently a student now and I am about to graduate next year. My friends and I wanted to go to france after graduation. But of course none of us have jobs yet. Is it really important to have employment to get the visa?

    • Camie / Wild-Spirit (@camiejuan1) 05/22/2013 at 3:03 pm #

      If your parents are funding your trip, get a letter of support from your parents stating that they will cover all travel costs and then have this letter notarized, you will also need your parents bank statements, as proof that they can afford it.

      also maybe you could try applying for a job and if you have a job waiting for you here when you get back, that also gives them the notion that you have no plans of staying in their country… :)

      I just finished college this April and will graduate in July. I won a competition that will send me to Germany for 10 days this June (and extending 7 days for Amsterdam and Paris) and in my application, what I stated above is what I did. I’m hopeful I’ll be granted a VISA! I’ll let you know if I am successful in 3-5 days :)

  138. bobbie 04/25/2013 at 2:38 pm #

    Hi wanderlass! This may be a bit off topic, since most queries here are regarding visa app. My sis & I are planning on a trip to Europe, hopefully, mid next year. We’re thinking of Italy, France & Germany. Basing from your own experience, what is the ideal no. of days to stay per country for us to enjoy & see lots of attractions? We want to savor each moment & not have the time chasing after us. Do you think 2-3 wks would do it? Thanks & hope to hear from you.
    Glad to have stumbled upon your blog, very informative… :)

    Cheers!

    • wanderlass 04/26/2013 at 4:37 pm #

      I use 4d/3n per city as average, then adjust when finalizing my itinerary; longer for major cities like paris or berlin, then shorter, day trip, or stopover for smaller but must go towns. Thank you for visiting my blog. :)

  139. Alexis Gonzales 04/22/2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Good day, Is it really necessary to have a 30,000 euros travel insurance?
    And how much is the minimum show money?
    i hope someone here will answer my question because I’m planning on going to Paris and I’m currently budgeting everything that I might spend there..

    • Edu 05/26/2013 at 7:31 am #

      Travel insurance is a must. You have to have it; otherwise they’ll turn you down.
      With regards to money, from 65 to 100 euros per day is good enough.

    • therese 05/28/2013 at 10:18 am #

      hi alexis!

      from our experience, the insurance will be based on the number of days of your entire trip. as per paris, it is quite expensive there so it would be safe to allocate $150/day and best to have a 500k php in your bank statement. enjoy city of lights!

  140. Princess 04/18/2013 at 5:14 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass, :))))
    I have an invitation for Poland. I am going to apply a Schegen visa para sakin, at sa Anak ko. My bf will cover all our expenses. I just want to asked, if what is the requirements for my child? My son is 7mons only. Kailangan ba ng Anak ko ang passport, or okay na ang birth certificate? I wish I can get visa para sa Amin ng Anak ko…first time ko po kasi kaya mejo nervous talaga ako. Please, I need your help…I hope to hear from you soooon.. Thank you soooo much!

    • sandy 06/05/2013 at 12:26 pm #

      Hello.. do they approved your schengen visa since your purpose is visiting bf? I plan to travel too to visit my bf but I worried because I heard that mostly denied if the purpose of travel is visiting bf,, please give some advice..

    • Bee Cee 06/09/2013 at 3:03 pm #

      Hi Princess,

      Anyone traveling outside of the country needs a passport. The requirements for a visa is listed on top. If your bf is covering the expenses, you need a letter from him stating that and 2 months of his bank statement. He should have enough money there to provide for the 2 of you. He also needs to get the Attestation or whatever is equivalent in Poland.

      Good luck and happy travels!

      BC

  141. lory 04/17/2013 at 1:54 am #

    Do i need to attach credit card copy and billings? though its not included on the list of requirements? some travel agencies recommended it.

    • therese 05/28/2013 at 10:30 am #

      hi lory!

      you can attach your credit card statement. happy trip!

  142. Carla de Ramos 04/11/2013 at 6:59 pm #

    Hello po, I am dating a french for 1 year and 4 months. He’s always planning to come to the Philippines however it is always been postponed due to his working load. So now he told me that since he’s always postponing his visits to the Philippines. We haven’t had the chance to meet in person yet and I know it is indeed scary to go to France on that aspect. So now he told me that since he’s always having a fully loaded work load then he’s asking me to visit him instead. My friend told me na something’s fishy daw kasi french people loves to travel despite being busy. Now he is asking me if I give a copy of my passport. I know it is I who needs to submit such requirement so I am wondering why he is asking such document. What do you guys think??? my email is icdrico@gmail.com

    • Angelque 04/16/2013 at 9:46 pm #

      My bf is french and he visited me here in phil and we went to some parts of asia, never give your passport or other documents to stranger especially when you never meet hime in person, they might use your passport or blackmail you, sad reality but i think je is a fraud, if he is interested with you then let him come here, french governement grants 6 weeks holidays every year , so its impossible that he cannot have that, so he cannot make excuses about having loads of jobs because its obligatory to have the vacation, please dont trust easily!

    • piero 06/03/2013 at 2:33 pm #

      Dont do it… Especially since you never met him… be very aware of internet sites .
      good luck

  143. Golda 04/08/2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass ! Me and my brother-in-law will be going to Paris on July to attend a convention.Do we go together as group during interview or separately ? we have the same sponsor and accomodation.

  144. Golda 04/02/2013 at 12:49 pm #

    Hi Christian ! how do u apply for a schengen visa via the Spanish Consulate? what are the requirements and how did it went during your interview? Im also going to apply for a schengen visa tru the French Embassy.My brother is going to Spain and is going to get one. From there, we will meet in Spain after my convention. Thanks for any additional info

  145. Golda 04/02/2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Good day ! thanks for all the info. Would like to ask since im palnning to get a schengen visa this coming April. Im going to attend a convention in Paris , France on July 18-25,2013. My in-laws in the US will sponsor for my accomodation & convention fee. I will be the one to pay for my airfare.They asked my bro-in-law to accompany me to this trip since they will be bringing along their 2 kids and he will be the one to baby sit the kids while were attending the lectures. Do we have to get the visa separately or as a group ? since will be having the same sponsor, hotel accomodations, etc….Thanks

  146. AvidTraveler 03/31/2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Hi! Would anyone happen to know which insurance company offers the best (aka cheapest) rate for schengen visa? Thanks!

    • therese 05/28/2013 at 10:22 am #

      hi avid traveler!

      you can try bluecross.happy trip!

      • therese 06/04/2013 at 11:05 pm #

        hello avid traveler!

        re: bank certificate..with our experience we submitted bank certificates instead of certificate of time deposit. but if you happen to have both, maybe it’ll be better to present all together to the embassy.enjoy!

    • Bee Cee 06/09/2013 at 3:07 pm #

      Hi,

      I always use AXA Schengen as they are quite affordable and you can get the insurance certificate almost instantaneously. Its easy to adjust the travel dates to just by sending them emails.

      https://www.axa-schengen.com/

      Happy travels!

  147. flor 03/31/2013 at 6:23 pm #

    hi im florebel i just want to ask if what are the exact documents do i need to submit in applying for schengen visa going to sweden for tourism,i have a sponsor my swedish boyfriend..pls reply me,thanks for it…

  148. christian ramos 03/28/2013 at 12:14 am #

    Hi,
    I have just applied for a schengen visa via the spanish consulate. I have just received an email that ” your visa application has been processed and ready for pick up” does it mean I got the visa? of do they have a special message for approved or declines application?

    thank you. Im a fan.

    • quel 06/09/2013 at 10:55 pm #

      I applied schengen visa last may 29 and I didn’t received any email from the embassy but my visa was approved after 1 day.

  149. jerico 03/25/2013 at 12:44 pm #

    hello pretty lass! I justbookmarked your blog! I love it!

    • wanderlass 03/27/2013 at 9:42 am #

      thanks dear. u can follow me on facebook, twitter, instagram too. :)

      • therese 05/28/2013 at 10:20 am #

        thanks ms.wanderlass!more fabulous travels for you!cheers!♥

      • Luisa 01/07/2014 at 12:23 am #

        I just did your post are very useful keep up the good works :)

  150. Macky 03/25/2013 at 6:56 am #

    Hi AGAIN, since this would be my first time to apply for a schengen visa, for those whoa have an idea please do help me on this, how much money do they need to see on my bank account? second do they required personal interview? third is it easy to granted a schengen visa?

    thank you and more power to this blog, a very much helpful blog for a filipino like us

    • therese 05/28/2013 at 10:27 am #

      hi macky!

      it’s me again, hope all is well. from our experience, it is safe to have a 500k in the bank statement, very detailed itinerary trip. yes, they require personal appearance to present the document except for the italian embassy (i think..). i guess, financial document plays a big role in the approval of the schengen visa. ms. wanderlass enumerated all the necessary document to be presented at the french embassy, kindly follow them and you’ll do great. goodluck!enjoy europe!

  151. Macky 03/25/2013 at 6:44 am #

    Hi, who can help me on this, is it advisable to book first my flight before applying a schengen visa unlike in applying for a tourist visa going to U.S they didnt advise to have your flight first unless you have given an approved visa..
    .

    • therese 05/28/2013 at 10:09 am #

      hi macky!

      it is necessary to have your document re: flight details to apply for a schengen visa. you can ask help from a travel agency so they can do a pencil booking just for the purpose of presentation of document to the embassy.happy trip!

      • mary 06/17/2013 at 8:26 pm #

        yes, they will ask for ur itinerary, but dont pay it yet…try thai airways, u book online, and call their landline for confirmation…even if the booking had already expired, and u have not received any confirmation from the embassy if denied or approved , its ok.. u can book again, if ur application is approved..:)

  152. nysah 03/22/2013 at 5:30 am #

    I have a question, and I hope anyone out there has an idea if my idea is possible ^_^ so im planning to go to Bosnia & Herzegovina, another Euro country but isn’t listed on the countries listed above that comprises the Schengen visa territories.. So, I was thinkin of goin to either Austria, Germany, or Hungary (preferrably Austria) where there is a Bosnia embassy in the said countries.. I’ll first apply for a Schengen visa to go to any of those countries then go to a Bosnian embassy in that country to get a Bosnian visa to enter Bosnia.. My boyfriend lives and is from Bosnia and has a relative in Austria.. he can go there to come see me in Austria first, then we’ll go to Bosnia together after I apply a Bosnia visa there, if possible.. (** our 1st option was to go to Malaysia where there is a Bosnian embassy there so i can apply for just a Bosnian visa alone, but I dont know anyone in Malaysia and its an added expense for the hotel stay there and all that stuff, so we’re finding other possible means.. **) sooo yea, is it possible to get a Schengen visa first to enter Austria, then go to a Bosnian embassy to get a Bosnian visa? MANY THANKS :)

  153. patteypie 03/22/2013 at 12:14 am #

    Hi! Is the invitation letter required to be original? Straight from Czech republic via MAIL? I t says it needs to be notarized…

  154. sahlee 03/21/2013 at 12:35 am #

    Hi, my mother wants to go with me to belgium, what is category visa will we apply? And is it good na group tour or family trip ung iaapply ko? Tnxs

    • wanderlass 03/21/2013 at 12:52 am #

      Are you both Filipino passport holder? If same then family trip I guess, but where in the application form is that? If you are Belgian passport holder, then for your mother it should be visiting relatives-has different requirements that are not found in this blog post.

  155. nova 03/19/2013 at 8:50 am #

    Hi wanderlass!
    Your blog helps a lot when I applied my first out of the country trip and thats to sweden. I followed your blogs and read it almost everyday before I brought my application at swiss embassy. After 5 days it was approved and now ill start my 2nd visit to sweden and hoping they will grant my 3 months visit this summer.
    Having a complete requirements and honest answers is the key to have an approval…in my case yes, because my marital status is so complicated.
    Good luck to all of us who wishes to have an approved schengen visa and thank you for this very helpfull blog.
    More power Wanderlass!

    • wanderlass 03/21/2013 at 12:46 am #

      Happy to know. Cheers!

    • Lynuel Jane Aquino 05/17/2014 at 9:48 pm #

      I want to ask some advice because I’m planning to get schengen visa to visit my boyfriend in Sweden. I don’t have any bank accounts and job yet. We tackled and agreed about these things and that he will cover all of my expenses during my stay there. He’s been here in Philippines last month to visit and see me and my family for a couple of weeks. And so we planned to get a visa for me so I could visit his place also and Im going to stay with him in his house in sweden when I get there.Do I have any other option to have Fiance visa. Cause we’re planning to get a fiance visa if possible. Isn’t it? I hope so. I was wondering If there are any rules getting fiance visa or any changes of the requirements to get schengen (fiance) visa? I only have my Passport and Authenticated Birth Certificate from NSO and he (my boyfriend) will just send his statement of bank account and the Invitation letter from sweden. What else should I prepare? Is it only me should make the cover letter for the purpose of my trip? and Is it possible to get a visa first before booking the trip? I am so confused coz it s gonna be my first time applying a visa..

      thank you and i am hoping that you can answer all of my question; I am in badly in need of your help with my situation.

  156. aryanliddell 03/19/2013 at 2:36 am #

    By the way, I ended up applying for a Schengen at the French Consulate in Frankfurt. It was so easy. Basically, the same requirements, but all I did was show up and they asked me how long I wanted the Schengen to be valid.
    They released the visa in 20 minutes.
    So, I’m glad I didn’t travel illegally if it’s this easy to get a Schengen visa here.
    I hope that information helps your readers!

    • wanderlass 03/21/2013 at 12:45 am #

      Nice. So what is the length of your visa validity? I bet nobody even checked your visa while you’re in France ya? :)

      • aryanliddell 03/21/2013 at 8:40 pm #

        I was allowed up to a five-year validity. But since I’ll be getting my US citizenship next year, it wouldn’t be necessary. I meekly asked for a one year visa. And even if immigration will take longer to process my citizenship, it’s really not that hard to get another Schengen anyway.
        My trip to France wouldn’t be until June, when it’s warmer. It would be no use travelling when it’s too cold, ja?

        Thanks for your advise! I have referred your blog to my family who wish to travel here to visit. It’s very informational. Thanks alot.

  157. Angelque 03/15/2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Hello wanderlass,its a very helpful info,please help me,i want to know how much is the required money in the bank account?i want to make sure that its enough and i will not be denied for my tourist application,please help me thank you

    • wanderlass 03/19/2013 at 12:06 am #

      I don’t know for sure, but if I am to make a guess, I’d say about 100euro (Php5,000) per day of stay applying for. Again, this is just a guess. I DO NOT KNOW FOR SURE. Take advice at your own risk. Thanks.

  158. Janica 03/15/2013 at 2:02 am #

    Hi! Thanks for a very informative post. May I ask a question? Before we head on to a Schengen state, we’ll be touring Dubai for 3 days. Do I need to present my visa for UAE during my Schengen visa application? I already have the appointment next week and I’m afraid my UAE visa won’t be ready yet before that date. Do you know if it is required, or is it okay to have it still in process when I apply? Thanks!

  159. Rosie 03/14/2013 at 10:03 am #

    I got my Visa !!!after first rejection and 2nd time approved my application..thanks for all this site is really big help..Good luck to all and God bless! :) more power for you wanderlass your such a big help with all your information.

  160. Rudy 03/09/2013 at 8:37 am #

    Hi Wanderlass

    My wife is a Flight Attendant and she just want to ask if she could get her passport back asap if ever we pass the interview for Schengen visa. Our interview is on March 25, 2013 but she actually have a flight on 29 of March. Is it possible to have her passport on 28?
    Is there a case like this before?

    Thanks

    Rudy

    • wanderlass 03/09/2013 at 10:36 am #

      yes it ia possible to get back your pp as i mentioned on the post.

      • mari 03/11/2013 at 7:11 pm #

        hi wanderlass,ask ko lng po kc worried ako masyado this morning po they picked-up my requirments.problem ko kc ung date ng invitation letter at travel insurance ko ay april 6 but yung confirm booking ko po ay april 7 kc fully booked po yung april 6.pwede po ba yun or mgkakaproblema po ako sa application ko?tsaka isang photo lng po binigay ko maliban sa photo na nilagay ko sa form..tnx po

  161. mary 03/07/2013 at 8:26 pm #

    hi wanderlass,
    I am Filipina living in Philippines. Do u have any idea where to make Airline reservation for my Tourist Visa Application to Sweden?
    I was trying it many times online but no avail,,it’s a book and buy process.
    Thanks & God bless! aidie..

    • aih 12/06/2013 at 11:38 am #

      hi marry,i have a plan to get visa also for sweden,can you please give me some advice
      if what documents that i need.i have invitation letter ,copy of passport and b’certifacate of my friend who’s living there and all my expenses shoulder of my friend, you think i will
      have a chance to get visa from?please help me ..thank you or else what i need to do or
      what another documents that i need to provide thank you so much

  162. AirportCharmer 03/05/2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Hello good citizens. first off, thanks for sharing your knowledge. such unconditional generosity is rare nowadays, kudos. :) i am dying to see Europe as everybody is. it will be my first time, and i will be alone. im thinking of netherlands as port of entry. my only problem is that i am a graduating law student, and i might consider going there after taking the Bar Exams. i do not know what to do with the income and employment requirements, etc. but i have money at the bank. and then, will it be helpful that i have a 10-year multiple entry US visa? i have actually been there last Halloween. and also some Asian travel destinations stamped on my passport to expirse 2015. Thank you so much for taking time reading this. :)

    • therese 03/07/2013 at 10:10 am #

      hi!hope all is well.i think it’ll be easy for you to get a schengen visa since you have an existing US visa.happy travel!

  163. Cherry 03/05/2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Hello Ms. Wanderlass!
    I don’t know if this has been asked already but i just have this situation and i’m really at loss. The date stated in the guaranty is from April 1-21. However, when i tried to book for an appointment at the embassy’s website, the only available date is from march 19 onwards. If i’ll be submitting my docs on that date, then maybe i’ll be running out of time since it takes atleast 7 to 10 days to process visa and considering the upcoming holidays (holyweek). My question is that, can i apply for a different period (ex. April 20-may 11) the dates of which are beyond the dates as provided in the guaranty?

    I hope you can share with me ur ideas on this. Thanks in advance.

    • wanderlass 03/09/2013 at 10:50 am #

      my date of my guarantee and application didnt match either. The consul actually asked me when I want my visa’s beginning date be, as he knew I will be going in from UK.

      To be safe, create an email conversation with your guarantor about the situation and have him/her say that it is fine to arrive anytime later than the invite. And then print this letter for just in case; She/he doesnt need to reapply the guarantee papers naturally. G’luck

  164. Alma Cacacho 03/04/2013 at 6:01 pm #

    thank you very much for the info…God bless you.

  165. mari 02/22/2013 at 1:50 pm #

    hi wanderlass,really need your advice.my bf want me to visit him for tourist in italy and he will provide everything i need for the tour.my big problem is i dont have a work right now, what requirments should i get and for my bf as well.hope you can help me,
    thank you and god bless!

    • Cherry 02/25/2013 at 6:40 pm #

      Hi Mari! I have the same situation as yours except that i have my own business and i am planning to apply for schengen visa to italy this march. My bf will also provide almost everything but im also planning to submit my own financial documents as back up. When are you gonna apply for visa? In case you were able to apply ahead of me, can you share with me the process and the requirements included in the guaranty. Hope we can make it.

      • mari 03/03/2013 at 10:50 am #

        hi cherry!well im planning to apply this month and hopefully well work out. goodluck to us.

        • Cherry 03/05/2013 at 9:36 pm #

          Hi Mari! When is your appointment with the Italian embassy?and when is your intended departure? Did u book an appointment thru their website? How many days before they approved your request for appointment? In case, can u share with me your experience with the embassy? I am really at a loss now. Thanks

  166. Jelly 02/20/2013 at 11:30 pm #

    Hello All.. I stumbled upon this blog and it gave mixed emotion regarding Schgengen Visa application. How do you prove your rootedness? Do I really need 200k on my bank account? I’ve been employed on the same company for 5 years and have been saving for 2 years for this trip. Any advice you can give? I’ll be travelling September pf this year. Thanks!

    • therese 02/25/2013 at 10:07 pm #

      hi jelly! hope all is well. based from our experience, financial capability plays a major role in achieving a schengen visa. to be safe, 500k/pax should be on the bank but still, i’m not really expert on this since i’ve been to europe just once. let’s wait for ms. wanderlass reply for more accurate details. enjoy europe!

    • asianflip 02/26/2013 at 1:16 am #

      when i applied for my schengen visa i only had 150k on my bank account but i included other assets plus 2 credit cards.. btw im 28yo and single but when i applied for schengen visa i have a valid US visa and canadian visa i dunno if those other visas helped me in getting a schengen visa

  167. aryanliddell 02/15/2013 at 11:35 pm #

    Hello! Thank you for posting very useful information! I’m in Germany under the Status of Armed Forces Agreement (Military stuff)–unfortunately, it’s not valid for travel around Europe (so close yet so far!). Applying for a Schengen has been my other option, but I found out that Filipinos don’t need visas to enter Liechtenstein (Woot!). I read somewhere that you can also get a Schengen upon arrival at one of the Schengen countries–is this true? My plan now, if that’s true, is to just fly to Liechtenstein and get a Schengen (multiple trip) upon arrival there. It would be easier that way, don’t you think? I’m not really up to spending the extra euros for other EU visas.
    I do hope you have information on my queries. The web does not have a lot of answers to my Schengen questions.
    Best regards

    • wanderlass 02/19/2013 at 11:58 am #

      I can’t give you a very valid reply because I have no idea about your Armed Forces status. Are you confined in a military base and not able to walk around Germany? If this is not the case, I don’t see why you cannot go to other schengen region because there is absolutely no border check between these countries. None. Not in the airport, train, bus station, or highway.

      As for the schengen on arrival, I doubt it is possible anywhere. But if you did find which frontier it is, please send me a message to let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.

      It is not possible to apply schengen visa while in Germany?

      • aryanliddell 02/19/2013 at 6:57 pm #

        No. We are not confined. We can travel around Germany and can easily cross borders, but I just want to be safe than sorry, you know. Don’t want to ruin this vacation by ending up in jail. Haha.
        I’ve called their immigration office and I guess I’d have to apply for a Schengen here in one of the EU embassies in Germany. Do you know anything about Schengens that are valid for a year? That’s what I want to get.

        • joe 02/20/2013 at 9:09 am #

          Hi aryanliddell,

          I think you can compare your status with most of the Latin American Citizens ( Mexico, Chile etc.) They are visa free entry to Spain, because of their historical ties with Spain, but they need a visa to other Schengen countries. In theory they can crossboard since no boarder checking, but need caution once they are caught entering other country without the visa. . I remember when I asked some pinoys if I don’t need to bring my passport, so it will be safe in my hotel vault, they caution me that there are some policemen, specially in train that do random checking of identity. This is true specially in Italy. I know that we don’t need a visa to Liechtenstein, but you can’t go through it without passing other schengen country.

        • wanderlass 02/25/2013 at 6:20 pm #

          My Filipina friend working in the Spanish Embassy holds a one-year visa. I doubt you’ll be able to get one.

  168. Aki 02/15/2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Need help po!me auntie ako sa u.s na nagyayayang pumunta sa france nka booked n cya ng hotel n gusto nya mgkita nlng kme sa france ok lng po b na kmuha nkme ng airplane ticket bgo mainterview or bgo kmiha ng shengen visa?

  169. Cydtheresa 02/15/2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Wandelass, is a bank account statement really necessary in applying for a Schengen Visa even if you have a sponsor?

  170. Aivan 02/12/2013 at 9:04 pm #

    Hi! Can you recommend online hotel reservation companies like Agoda and Booking.com where we can reserve without cancellation fees/changing dates fees? Thank you!

    • wanderlass 02/13/2013 at 1:20 pm #

      It’s better to make reservation directly at the hotels. There are those that allow free cancellation 24-48hours before.

      • cherry 03/14/2013 at 2:08 am #

        Hello Ms. Wanderlass!

        I just want to ask something regarding personal submission of requirements. I requested/booked for an appointment through the website of the Italian embassy, date of which is on the 19th since it was the earliest available date. My question is, is there still a necessity for the embassy to confirm/approve my request for appointment, or should i just come to the embassy on the date stated on my request? I’ve been calling their call centers but the representative told me to ask the embassy about it. I emailed the embassy to know the status of my request, but got no response. pls enlighten me for i am really bothered about this considering that it’s nearly 3 days before the date of appointment. Thanks in advance

  171. gc 02/10/2013 at 8:09 am #

    hi therese! very informative blog post, thank you!
    Question, roughly around how much do Travel insurance companies charge you for Travel insurance for less than a week’s (say 3-5 days) travel? thanks!

    • wanderlass 02/13/2013 at 1:38 pm #

      maybe less than 1000

    • therese 02/25/2013 at 9:56 pm #

      hi gc! thanks for taking time reading my post and you’re most welcome! we got bluecross as our travel insurance,however, i’m not familiar with 3-5 days coverage but i guess it should be less than 3k php. and it depends on the age also. happy travel!

      • therese 02/25/2013 at 9:57 pm #

        hi!yes, ms.wanderlass is right..it should be less than 1000.thanks!

  172. jo 02/08/2013 at 1:59 am #

    hello po miss wanderlass. i have an invitation from france.gusto nila kukuha ako ng tourist visa to france.my problem are the medical insurance,bank statement for the past 6 months.pwde ba ako kukuha dito sa pinas ng medical insurance for certificate purposes only? thank you po

  173. Rudy 02/07/2013 at 9:28 am #

    Hi Wanderlass

    I just want to know if the date that we should apply in the insurance should be from the time we depart from manila or the time we arrive europe until the date we leave europe or until we arrive manila? coz one day additional in insurance application is already big amount of money since we are four travelling..hoping for your reply..thank you very much.

    Rudy

    • therese 02/07/2013 at 10:21 am #

      hi rudy! to be sure, the insurance coverage should be from the time you depart manila until the time you get back in manila. travel insurance must be presented on your interview in french embassy and it’s part of the requirement. other travel agencies like where we got our (st. raphael travel & tours) offered to issue insurance just for “interview” purposes and if we get our visa’s that’s the only time to pay.they have specific time coverage and i don’t think it’s a per day basis.hope this will help.thanks and enjoy your travel!

  174. Rudy 02/06/2013 at 9:19 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass

    I just want to ask if we need to have an insurance first before the interview for schengen visa? Or schengen visa first then the insurance?

    Thanks

    Rudy

    • wanderlass 02/13/2013 at 1:41 pm #

      you need to present it in your interview

      • Cherry 02/13/2013 at 3:48 pm #

        Hi! Do you still need an insurance if someone will give you financial guaranty? Thanks

        • asianflip 02/13/2013 at 10:08 pm #

          travel insurance is mandatory. it is one of the requirements on your visa application. if somebody is sponsoring you i guess they can purchase your travel insurance but make sure to bring proof on the day of the interview because they will look for it!

  175. rudy 02/06/2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass

    I just want to ask if we need to have insurance first before the interview? Is it possible to get schengen visa first before the insurance?

    • rhod 05/09/2013 at 10:48 am #

      Travel insurance first because you need to present that in your interview.

  176. Andre 02/05/2013 at 6:35 pm #

    What if ticket is already booked? :s I made a mistake of buying ahead last year :s

    • asianflip 02/06/2013 at 3:58 am #

      hi andre, it happened to me.. i paid for everything.. plane ticket, hotels, trains etc. and i have expalined an honest mistake.. luckily they have given me a mult entry visa 3 business days after! goodluck!

      • Andre 02/06/2013 at 11:49 am #

        Hello asianflip, thank you for replying. Im just applying for the visa il prolly do the same and say that i bought it out of confusion. Thanks!

        • asianflip 02/06/2013 at 8:05 pm #

          just make sure to have all the required documents.. coz when the lady took my stuffs.. she just said.. ‘oh you already paid everything’ then i replied.. honestly that i shouldnt, i should have reserved it first and i should have known better and said im sorry.. after a few minutes she called me back then told me ‘ i talked to the cosul at the back and it should be fine then she scheduled me to pick my passport up after 3 biz days.. and i got it on that day!

  177. Taka 02/04/2013 at 12:01 pm #

    First time I applied schengen visa (Manila) outside the UK and I guess they’re less strict and generous givin a 1 year visa ;)

  178. kath 02/02/2013 at 3:02 pm #

    hi to all concerns… i just want to know if is it okay to travel with Schengen visa even if it is my very first time to travel?…im hoping for successful trip..please give me advice…

    • therese 02/07/2013 at 10:28 am #

      hi kath! i think it’s best to seek help from travel agencies who are professionals in assisting schengen visas like travel warehouse inc. they can assess if your credentials are good enough to have a schengen visa even without prior travels. however, i have a friend who got his schengen visa even if it’s his first time to travel. i guess, it’s all about presentation of document. financial stability and organized travel details are the keys in in getting a schengen visa, as far i’m concerned.thanks! have fun traveling!

  179. kath 02/02/2013 at 2:36 pm #

    hi wanderlass nag apply ako for schengen visa ang expected to release it this end of february.. im afraid that i will deny on philippine or in france embassy.. mind me if i ask you on how could i not deny..sayang kasi ang gastos..i just want to travel and explore..nothing more…

  180. Maam 02/01/2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Thanks! got our visa today! TGIF!

  181. Maam 01/28/2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Hi, I just wanted to ask, for those who received their visas, what time were you asked to come back to the French Embassy? Is there any connection between the time that you are asked to go back and the result of the application? :)

    • Joe 01/29/2013 at 6:23 pm #

      @ Hi Maan. Mine is 12:30. I think when they put the time to pickup your passport, the embassy haven’t decided who will have, who will be rejected and who will be asked for additional document.. May mga kasabay ako during passport pickup na na reject.

    • asianflip 02/01/2013 at 8:03 am #

      i was scheduled 12:30 pm too and it was approved!

  182. marizcantalejo 01/26/2013 at 1:05 pm #

    hi im planning to go to france to visit the family of my fiance and mayvbe getting married my june im curretly working here in canada with my french fiancé, what are the requirements needed for me as a philippines passport? becaiuse we will going to visit italy and spain after the marraige, is it possible to have my itenary visa then after i received my french visa then thats the time i will confirm my ticket going to france? we will stay on their house in france so do i need a hotel reservation? im wondering where can i apply my visa since im here in canada? is it his family in france will going to apply for my visa? where can i get a travel insurance in canada and is it ok kya if i will tell them n mgppkasal kami in morocco not in france? kz iniisp ko baka madenied ako pay sinabi ko mgppkasal kmi kz baka isipin nila d nko babalik dto sa canada sa working permit. but its true na sa morocco kmi ppaksal not in france and wla kmi plano mag stay in france kz dito nmin both manirahan s canda thanks

    • asianflip 01/30/2013 at 11:38 pm #

      you can apply at french embassy in ottawa or french consulates in toronto, montreal, vancouver ot calgary.. where you located btw if u dont mind me asking?

  183. aLLuRedz 01/16/2013 at 6:27 pm #

    hello ask ko po if mag ka prob ako sa embassy if un invitation ko is for 10 days pero ang na apporved ng company ko for leave is 5 days.

  184. Rudy 01/15/2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass

    Thank you for the information though we still have some queries. My wife, daughter 19 and my son 7 years old and I is planning to travel this April 13 to 23 to Milan, Italy wherein we actually have relatives there. We are also planning to go to Paris from Milan to meet a friend who is a Flight Attendant. She has a free accommodation. My question is the Certificate of Board and Logging from Milan is enough proof even if we go around Paris? About the Medical Insurance isn’t really necessary if we are just going to stay there for 10 days?

    Thank you very mush and waiting for your reply

    Rudy

    • wanderlass 01/16/2013 at 11:57 am #

      1 visa is enough. U can apply Italian visa and use the same to Paris. Insurance is a must to be granted visa even if you’re only staying for 1 day.

  185. Therese Andal-Cruz 01/10/2013 at 6:35 pm #

    happy new year everyone!this blog had been very useful to me and i’m sure also to many. wanderlass is very right and accurate on how to present your pieces of document to the french embassy. with our experience, we just followed everything writtten by wanderlass and made sure all is in order. Details of the trip is very important. also, be cautious with your financial document, work-related document because they ask most questions from these 2 topics. Goodluck and GOD bless. enjoy europe!

  186. donmarlo 01/10/2013 at 2:42 am #

    Thank you Joe! Now, I can schedule my appointment before leaving. Saves me a lot of time!

  187. limei 01/08/2013 at 3:42 am #

    Hello there! I would like to ask assistance as this is my first try in applying for a Schengen visa. I am working overseas and have asked a friend who owns a travel agency in Cebu to help me out. She sent me the documents I needed which I also read in your blog. However, I was wondering if a show money is needed in the visa application because she told me that I need to have this. She told me that the computation will be based on the duration of my stay…3 months = 250,000 php and 6 months= 500,000 php up. Another concern is that, I will be staying with my boyfriend in France for the duration of my stay and might plan on travelling to Italy and Belgium. Regarding the itinerary, do I just try to write a dummy and just put names of hotel for this? Please help me..I plan to lodge my application when I go home this February. Hope to hear from you!

    Thanks,
    Limei

  188. Lynne-Enroute.com 01/03/2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Just stumbled on your blog when searching for how to apply. This is really great and detailed! Will be heading on our very own honeymoon in Europe by this year (Been to Europe in April several years ago and I must say that April the best time! Now it’s time to bring the wife :D )

    Will let you know how our application goes. Wish us luck!

    - Ray
    for
    Lynne-Enroute.com

  189. Julia 01/03/2013 at 8:08 pm #

    Hello Wanderlass,

    maybe you can help me and give me more information for a long stay visa, i got denied twice and after my sponsor wrote a letter to the ambassador and spoke to the consul i got the visa the next day. although the consul mentioned that the reason why i was denied due to my income..provincial rate kasi ako kaya sobrang baba ng sahod.medyo frustrating talaga nung sunod sunod na na deny ako 1 week lang ang interval apply ulit, pero sulit lahat ng efforts i was able to stay in france for 2months since 2 months lang approval ko from my boss. Now i will apply again this month pero i resigned last november 19, same sponsor naman ulit ang mag proprovide ng requirements kaso natatakot lang ako madeny ulit kasi ngayon wla na akong work..pero yung sponsor ko she’s willing to provide all the land title etc and will clearly indicate that she will be responsible and liable for my whole stay kasi gusto nila mag 1 year ako.. masmahihirapan kaya ako mag apply? or kahit paano masmapapadali na lang..
    hope to hear from you soon. Big thanks!

    • mela 01/05/2013 at 2:25 pm #

      HI JULLIA,

      did you apply again after the refusal, how long your interval of your application? did you made an appeal at embassy? what’s the procees you’ve done. Appreciate if you could help me, im losing hope.. as i was refused in only one reason (pragrph9 = no intention of leaving schegen state) w/c i forwarded proof that stated on my Cert of employment allow my Leave of Absence of 2wks and return to philippines, together w/ my round trip ticket & insurance.. my sponsor will pay everthing. pls help me as my leave of absence effectivity on the 18thjan. My letter has been at Commission on appeal (CEDEX) last Dec.21 as confirm rcpt but still no response on me yet. I wanna let them know the sincerity and honesty of my visit there and i had a clear mind set to return here in the philippines as it was just a vacation, a gift of my friend to me, a post christmas gift to me.. wish they will grant my appeal and had my visa approved for a short stay.. how i love to see France, explore in 2wks as no intention of staying long and live there..
      Please help me to figure out this matter, as whatelse move i’ll gonna do? My sponsor was already inform by the French embassy that he had no Hold on follow-up only me doing such part.
      Please is anyone read this letter of mine and help me to work out, as my time running.
      Thanks julia, thanks to all of you..

    • NARSINTOWN 01/15/2013 at 8:22 am #

      Hello Julia! I have a question too regarding this sponsorship to work in France.. Please.. Can I talk to you regarding this? PLEASE… thanks a lot :) can I have your email or skype please? :))

  190. donmarlo 01/02/2013 at 9:38 am #

    Do you have to leave the passport with the embassy while waiting for the VISA approval? I need my passport to travel to Dubai for 1 week.

    • joe 01/09/2013 at 1:08 am #

      You have an option to collect back or leave your passport. The interviewer will ask you.

      • asianflip 01/17/2013 at 12:54 am #

        how was cote d’ azur joe?

        • Joe 01/17/2013 at 8:34 pm #

          It was a wonderful place, but it would be better if I been there on summer. I visited Nice and Cannes, EZe, and Bord d’ Mer. Daming pinoy. The good thing with that part of France is the transport is not that expensive. Are you going or you been there?

        • asianflip 01/17/2013 at 11:45 pm #

          no but i want to go to cannes.. ive only been to paris versailles and reims in france. i just love europe its different there.. im planning to go back this fall

  191. Aimee 01/01/2013 at 10:34 am #

    hi … just wanted to ask how to “reserve” for a plane ticket…. coz when we give our credit card information to book for an airplane seat, doesnt it mean that we already purchased for it?…. thank you for your kind assistance

    • Mac 01/10/2013 at 3:37 am #

      Yes aimee, try to call ur desire airline for reservation, marereceive mo rin kagad yung reservation mo tru eail, try cathay pacific

  192. lea_san 12/30/2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Hi Liliane, I’m sorry if this question has been asked earlier. I promise I will read them all later. :)

    You got a multiple entry visa from your last trip di ba? Any tips on being able to get one? I was granted a visa last 2010 but was only given single entry. The thing is 2 of my companions who were having the same itinerary as me, were given multiple entries. We were on a tour then, but I’m planning to go free and easy this time. Thanks in advanced!

    • asianflip 01/02/2013 at 9:14 pm #

      hi there, they usually ask it on the application. multiple or single, i remember i applied for multiple and they have given it to me

  193. solomon g. salon 12/26/2012 at 10:29 pm #

    hello po puwede po bang agency ang maglakad ng schengen visa para sakin? fist time ko lang po makapagtour ng european counties pero nakapagtour na po ako ng 3 countries sa asia gusto ko po sana pasyalan ang spain if ever kahit 2weeks lang

  194. abccroc 12/21/2012 at 11:05 am #

    HI,
    I just want to ask what are all the requirements that i need to apply for Multiple tourist visa in Spain or any other countries in Europe?
    I have a BF and he is from USA and he is the one who will sponsor all the expenses needed from our trip. We traveled before but only here in some of our Asian countries. Since its not really easy to get a SCHENGEN VISA i just want some opinion from you guys.

  195. maxi 12/18/2012 at 8:16 pm #

    helo..denied po ako sa french embassy para sa schengen visa..pede po ba mg-apply ulit agad agad..o after a month or week pede ulit mag-apply..

    • wanderlass 12/18/2012 at 11:15 pm #

      u can request for reconsideration if you have more solid document to present after you are denied. otherwise i think you need 6 months to reapply.

      • maxi 12/19/2012 at 1:57 pm #

        “If your Schengen visa application got rejected, you would have to reapply for your visa and pay the embassy fee again. Though you can reapply for a Schengen visa any time after the refusal, the first thing to do is to find out why the visa was not approved. Otherwise your Schengen visa application will be rejected again..” nakita ko lng itong articlce na ito pede nmn daw apply anytime after refusal…

  196. ela 12/17/2012 at 9:15 pm #

    Hello wanderlass,

    I was refused as stated X marked on paragraph

    “9: Your intention to leave the territory of the member states before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained””

    My cover letter stated 15 days stay at France from Jan.18-Feb 03, 2013. And my sponsor invitation letter stated the assurance of my return in the philippines after 15 days vist. But why refused?

    Please help me and give me some advise, what to do, where to make an appeal? what documents to file, to where and when? as written recevied on refusal form , that may appeal against the decision to refuse at Nantes Cedex within 2months from the date of the present notification, should i start and do it afterwards? Am i the one to make an appeal or my sponsor?

    My christmas was so sad :( for what i received today.

    Hope you enlighten me about this matter.

    Appreciate your help on above matter.

    Thanks and best rgds,
    ELA

    • Rosie 12/22/2012 at 12:44 am #

      Hi Ella, Sorry to heard about the result of your visa we had the same situation…
      I had the same result of my visa Application and both situation actually my sponsor is my BF and he even has a company business and has a house where i am going to visit for 16days for holidays and I even got my title of my property and with his attestation de accueil and the rest of his documents and the invitation and guarantee letter, but still my visa application it’s been refused. I asked kindly questions with the lady french nationality i asked her why my visa have been refused and if she can tell me what is wrong with my visa application if she can tell me the right thing to do and if i can re apply again for my visa application she answered me kindly some information, she can not tell me why my visa been refused because she said she just checking the documents but she is not the one who makes the decision. about if the visa if will be granted or refused. but she told me I can re apply again or if we want to know why my visa had been refused we need to make an appeal. she also advised me if i will going to used the same documents like i was had submitted it will be the same rejection again and again… i think they do not like too much documents but to follow what it’s on their site or satisfied it. i admitted that i made some mistakes as well but right now we will going to re apply again after 1 month of my visa had been refused. i just refresh all my documents again. we are sad as well my bf and his parents wanted me to spend holidays with them but so sad for my xmas dreams to have a white xmas :( it’s alright we will give another shots for 2nd time i just made an appointment today…wish me luck my bf he is with me anyway for holidays was hoping also that he can go and he’ll be with me through all the embassy but there’s no schedules for the days he is here so Sad. but i am positve if it meant to be it meant to be. may be there is the reasons why we can not make the trips..:( cheers and Merry xmas to all and God bless may we got the wishes we wanted this xmas…
      Good luchk to all of us…

      • yeah 12/24/2012 at 12:23 am #

        Dafuq did I just read? O_O

        • shisha 12/26/2012 at 10:19 am #

          touche :D

        • bobbie 04/25/2013 at 2:21 pm #

          Probably the reason behind the refusal

  197. Alles 12/09/2012 at 6:05 pm #

    hello to you
    I want to ask if it’s possible to travel with a friend? Me and my friend are planning to go to Paris for 10 days. She have a work and I have a small printing business. What cover letter we have to make? Can you give me some sample of how we will make one stating our point of destinations? Where can I make a flight reservation
    Thank you so much.

    • mary 03/07/2013 at 7:45 pm #

      hi Alles, i just want to know if u did able to make a flight reservation? if u did, how did u able to make it?
      thanks & God bless!..mary

      • wanderlass 03/09/2013 at 11:13 am #

        For a fee 350pesos, she asked a travel agency to issue her a booking.

  198. mandy 12/08/2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Hello there Wanderlass, this site is just like the wikipedia for schengen entry!… i still have a question though. We are a family of three travelling to Italy this February 2013 for 10 days – when I talked to our potential travel insurance provider, they told me to check with the embassy if an additional 15 days is required on top of the traval period (which is 10 days) … I wonder if you have any idea on that regard. Many thanks.

    • Bridget Jones 01/24/2013 at 1:30 pm #

      Hi ALL,

      You may get your travel insurance here. It’s fast, easy and online. All you need is a credit card. I just came back from France and used the travel insurance from this website when I applied for my Schengen visa.

      http://www.axa-schengen.com/

  199. mandy 12/08/2012 at 9:42 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass, super help itong site mo. I still have a question though … we are applying for a visit visa to Italy this February 2013 for 10 days – for how many days ba should we get the travel insurance (for for 15 days ba or 30 days?)…. mandy thanks

  200. Alles 12/07/2012 at 7:52 pm #

    hello to you

    I want to ask if it’s possible to travel with a friend? Me and my friend are planning to go to Paris for 10 days. She have a work and I have a small printing business. What cover letter we have to make? Can you give me some sample of how we will make one stating our point of destinations? Where can I make a flight reservation

    Thank you so much.

  201. reese 12/07/2012 at 6:46 pm #

    wanderlass, thanks for this information. I had my interview just last dec.4 and i was interviewed by the filipina from window one. she looks like the korean chubby girl with bangs. there were only 2 consuls, im just wondering, why didnt they get my strong proofs of coming back? i have supporting documents from my parents such as bank statements and business. school certificate since i am a student but she didnt even take the insurance certificate, the school certificate, the land titles and even proof that i have my internship next year in the US :| Im just worried that if the consul himself is the one that sees it, maybe he wont think ill come back. Im 20 years old studying in an international school, i provided good records from school and i also have someone to sponsor me there.

    Im just a bit puzzled that she didnt take the other things i have brought. even the itinerary! :| she only asked me for the business, affidavit of support, bank certificate and attestation of my sponsor. Do you think that would be enough? kahit hindi niya knuha ung ibang papers na malakas ung proof na talagang babalik ako?

    • ela 12/10/2012 at 1:52 pm #

      Hi reese,

      Where is your passport then? did they get your passport? do you pay visa fee? how much? how many person you talk at the embassy? tnx

      • reese 12/10/2012 at 11:57 pm #

        they took my passport :) i paid about 3160 pesos for a short term visa
        i talked 2 people inside the embassy :) the one that collects the money and the interviewer :)

        • ela 12/11/2012 at 12:04 am #

          Did they advise you when to get your passport back? hope they gave you a reciept stated a date to claim your passport… tnx..

        • reese 12/11/2012 at 4:52 pm #

          hi ela :) yeah they told me to come back on the 13th and also they stated a date to claim it. does that mean anything?
          i was told that whether u get ur visa or not… you’ll only find out on the same day you’ll claim your passport back

        • ela 12/11/2012 at 5:17 pm #

          Hi Reese,

          Wait ’til Dec 13 and good luck!!! we are on the same boat, iam just waiting for their final judgement too.

          Hope you’ll let me know your status as i feel nervous at my status as well.

          Goodluck!!

        • reese 12/12/2012 at 7:03 pm #

          im nervous for the both of us!!! hahaha! :D i hope we both get it,
          do you have a sponsor also in france? or you’re booking a hotel?

        • asianflip 12/12/2012 at 10:26 pm #

          goodluck!! which embassy did u apply got schengen visa? i went to french embassy it was painless and quick and i got my visa after 5 business days

        • ela 12/13/2012 at 9:58 am #

          Hi Reese,

          Yes, my french friend sponsor me in everything, and will stay at their house in brittany. Im nervouis too, my only wish for christmas is this VISA.. Goodluck for both of us.

          Hi Asiaflip,

          Thanks for your message, and giving us hopes. Hope and wish they will grant the VISA, as we all complete all documents in need.
          Please pray for us to have this very special gift and best ever in my entire life.

          Thanks

        • reese 12/13/2012 at 2:01 pm #

          Hi ela and asianflip! :D I claimed it today. The 9 days of waiting was worth it :) i was scared cuz the lady that was ahead of me got denied and they said it out loud :( But im happy i got my visa :D

          ela, keep being positive, we have the same reason. to celebrate christmas! Im sure you’ll get this :D i also have a sponsor there. Hope you get it and have a great xmas holiday! :D

          Franceeeee here i goooo! woooot ^_^

        • asianflip 12/14/2012 at 4:16 am #

          congrats reese!! dont forget to go to chateau des versailles its my favorite place in paris and the area :) and sucre ceour for the best view of paris!!! eat lots of crepes and macarons!! lol goodluck ella ;) hope youll get yours too!! ;)

        • ela 12/14/2012 at 9:18 am #

          Happy to know you got yours Reese, Wish i will too. Looking forward to see the beautiful scenery of FRANCE & great food, asianflip.

          Thanks

        • asianflip 12/14/2012 at 10:10 pm #

          hi ela when will you know the result? im planning to go back to paris fall-ish next year and im curious to see brittany and monaco..:)

        • reese 12/16/2012 at 11:45 am #

          Asianflip

          i have a question! since uve been there, did u get a single entry visa or (2) or the multiple?

        • asianflipsurfboi 12/17/2012 at 10:16 am #

          i applied for multiple visa and they have given me that

        • ela 12/17/2012 at 2:02 pm #

          Hi Asiaflip/Resse and Wanderlass,

          I was refused, they gave me a notification de refus d’un visa/refusal of a visa form and they let me signed it as : stated X marked on paragraph

          “9: Your intention to leave the territory of the member states before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained””

          How it happens i dont have my visa approved yet? my leave of absence schedule at my ofc is Jan 18-Feb 3, 2013 and my round trip confirmation ticket is Jan 18, 2013 – Feb 03, 2013, same with my travel insurancel, stated also in my cover letter as my sponsor stated on his invitation that he will assure of my return here in the philippines.

          Please help me and give me some advise, what to do, where to make an appeal? what documents to file, to where and when? as written in recevied refusal form “within 2months of notification”, should i start and do it afterwards?

          My christmas was so sad :( for what i received today.

          Hope you enlighten me about this matter.

          Appreciate your help on above matter.

          Thanks and best rgds,
          ELA

        • asianflip 12/17/2012 at 9:47 pm #

          hi ela, im so sorry to hear about that.. did you ask the consul why did they refuse the visa approval? the consul can somewhat answer it no? and im pretty sure you can appeal i just dont know what are the procedure.. i hope somebody can help you with it. btw were your documents complete especially from your host’s end??

        • asianflip 12/18/2012 at 4:03 am #

          hi reese i got the multiple visa

        • Reese 12/18/2012 at 1:17 pm #

          Asianflip

          Well I was issued a single entry visa. I know that if I go out the schengen meaning example I go to UK my visa will be invalid. But can I still come back to the previous schengen country I’ve been to? Besides I didn’t leave the schengen territory. Like France – Prague – France.

          Ela,

          Oh I’m so sorry to hear about your refusal, you should’ve asked for an advise with the one who interviewed you why was your visa refused.
          It’s very strange you got refused. You have your complete documents that shouldn’t be a problem, the itinerary that I presented was even just a dummy and yours were confirmed :-/ who interviewed you? I think it’s best to ask. And also tell your friend about your refusal that maybe he or she can contact the embassy here in Manila.

        • asianflip 12/19/2012 at 3:40 am #

          hi reese, if you have single entry visa you can only use the visa once. if youll go to UK(not a schengen state) you cannot go back to any schengen states unless youll get a new visa. but if you leave france and travel to other schengen states such as germany, italy, netherlands spain etc (check the countries that belong to schengen states) they wont check your passport coz theres no border checks anymore. hope this helps :)

        • asianflip 01/09/2013 at 11:46 pm #

          hi ella did u appeal yet? how was your france trip reese?

      • joe 12/18/2012 at 3:57 pm #

        Hi Ela,

        Sad Christmas nga para sa yo. yan. If you can supply additional documents to prove that you will return on the end of your trip, then make an appeal. Visiting France is worth the hassle. Im here in Cote D’Azur part of France-sobrang dami ng pinoy, and the french embassy has every reason to restrict our entry because of many pinoy illegals here. Sabi ng ibang pinoy, the embassy is even lax in giving the visa, maybe because they need more tourist because of the economic crisis in EU. I even get my visa in just 3 days.

        • joe 12/18/2012 at 4:05 pm #

          Next week I will be in Paris, This will be the end of my trip. Sayang 1 month lang ang validity of each stay ko although its a multiple entry visa. Next time na lang ulet, sana makatapak man lang sa Barcelona :-). Good luck. Direct all your query to the embassy, Reese is correct, ask your sponsor to contact the embassy what are needed to make an appeal. Good luck ulet

  202. kt 12/07/2012 at 8:23 am #

    hi wonderlass,

    first thank you for this very informative blog that you made. anyways, i am one of those who are not lucky to get visa. i apply last november 6 and received my refusal letter november 26 stating;

    1. You have not provided proof of sufficient means of subsistence, for the duration of the intended stay or for the return to the country origin or residence, or for the transit to a third country into which you are certain to be admitted, or you are not in a position to acquire such means lawfully;

    2. The information submitted regarding the justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not reliable;

    3. Your intension to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained.

    i email the embassy november 28 asking for appeal. december 3, i received a call from italian embassy (filipina voice) saying they received my email and i can send my new document thru email BUT she said “if you refuse again there is a consequence you will be BAN in all schengen countries” when i hear it my whole body was shaking and totally blank. WHY do they ban me? i did not done any wrong and i have good intension. now i have completed all my papers (invitation letter, new forms, new COE and flight details) but i am so so scared to submit because of the consequences. please enlighten me i need your advise i know your the expert on this matter. thank you very much and i appreciate your inputs. God Bless!

    • wanderlass 12/07/2012 at 9:59 am #

      I think the girl was just power tripping. I don’t think you will be banned just because you failed to submit sufficient documents. However you will need to wait 6 months to apply again if your appeal is not successful.

      Basically the refusal letter states that they believe your intension to go to Italy is not to be a tourist but to find work and illegally stay there. So produce evidences that would prove otherwise.

      • ela 12/17/2012 at 9:10 pm #

        Hi Wanderlass,

        I was refused as stated X marked on paragraph

        “9: Your intention to leave the territory of the member states before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained””

        Please help me and give me some advise, what to do, where to make an appeal? what documents to file, to where and when? as written recevied on refusal form , that may appeal against the decision to refuse at Nantex Cedex within 2months from the date of the present notification”, should i start and do it afterwards? Am i the one will make an appeal or my sponsor?

        My christmas was so sad :( for what i received today.

        Hope you enlighten me about this matter.

        Appreciate your help on above matter.

        Thanks and best rgds,
        ELA

        • Scar 12/24/2012 at 2:03 pm #

          Same with me..i got denied on my visa to germany, same reason u have…..i pass my appeal letter of my fiance with my authorization last dec,18 but still now waiting for german embassy call or whatever about our appeal…. where country u will go supposedly Ella?

        • ela 01/02/2013 at 4:11 pm #

          Hi Scar,

          Any result on your letter of appeal at germany? Iam visiting my friend at france.

    • Joe 12/07/2012 at 5:14 pm #

      I think Wanderlass is correct, just re-submit your application if you are certain that you have a document/s that will clear the doubt on the reasons why your first application was rejected. Tinatakot ka lang nun. I think that pinay is just an outbound call center agent and doesn’t know any laws on Italian immigration laws. It happened to me. I have to ask a travel agency to reschedule my appointment to French Embassy because I was in overseas, and the hotline number is not accessible from overseas. On first rescheduling, they allow. On the second rescheduling, di na pumayag. After, so many calls wasted and pleading, they allow to move the date of my appointment, after the ttravel agent almost spent more than a thousand on telephone calls. Good luck on your application.

      • kt 12/10/2012 at 7:39 am #

        hi wanderlass and joe,
        thank you for your advices, at least i am relieve now. i have other question? what if i will not continue my appeal and just apply for new visa. because my italian boyfriend will just sponsor me.. is that possible? i hope to hear from you again. God bless!

  203. Joe 12/06/2012 at 11:52 pm #

    I filled my visa application on Nov. 26. My papers was submitted to window 2 to to a pinoy guy. He just checked my papers, then after 1 or 2 minutes called in Window 4, I was Interviewed by the French lady in window 4, asking me the purpose of the trip, who will finance me and what are my job etc. Then collected my finger prints and snap my photo. The interview was very quick, finished in less than 5 minutes and the lady was very cordial. She asked me when I will be leaving, I said it will be on Dec. 2, then she handed me a paper with Nov. 29 date and 12:30 as time on window 4. The application process was finished in less than 15- 20 minutes. On Nov. 29, I collected my visa, queue in Window 2, then pinagalitan pa ako ng pinoy guy and telling me to look on my claim stub. Waited my seat, then after 5 mins. hear my name on Window 4, the French lady is the ussual very cordial ask me if there is an error on my visa- I said none, then she wished me a “happy trip”. It was surreal, I got my visa in 3 days, multiple entry in First application., fly to France by Cote d’ Azur airport. The immigration clearance was very simple, no custom declaration, no immigration card to fill up. When I presented my visa, the immigration officer asked me to put my right thumb on the scanner, then confirmed that my visa and I was the same person, stamped my passport then allow me to enter. Bienvenue France…… It was Sunday, I ask the lady in the Bus station if there is a trip to Monaco. Then tell me to board to bus 110, then transfer to another bus once when I am in Monaco, since my Hotel was book in French side. Once alighted in Bus in Monaco bus stop, in front of Monte Carlo Casino (Golden Eye movie was film here), I was shocked to see many fellow pinoys. Kahit saan ka tumingin pulos pinoy ang makikita mo. In the malls, in the bus, in the station in the street. Whoa, I feel I am in Singapore. And the common question asked by the filipinos here are — ” San bahay ka ba or sa yate?” Nagsisi ako, I bought Victorinox Watch in Dubai and shocked to find out that swiss watch is much cheaper in Monaco. Anyway, I am enjoying my stay in Monaco. Nice to be in France. Goodluck to all Schengen Visa applicants. I hope, our immigration people will try to visit outside our country, so they can gauge how sucks they are.

  204. Kim 12/05/2012 at 4:43 am #

    Terve Wanderglass,

    Kim needs help here.

    Just want to ask if it’s possible to apply another schengen tourist visa again after having one and is there days or months waiting for d next tourist visa application? ..I got a schengen tourist visa last October but it will be until January 13 only, I don’t want to overstay and wanted to spend more time with my husband…

    Thanks in advance and Godbless.

    • wanderlass 12/05/2012 at 10:19 am #

      For tourist visa, you are only allowed to stay total of 90days (not necessarily consecutive) within 180days period. So counting back 180days, if you already have 90days, I believe you can only apply again after 90days. Please verify this with the embassy.

      • kim 12/07/2012 at 7:34 pm #

        thanks a lot….

      • sandrine 12/12/2012 at 4:53 am #

        Hello Wanderlass,

        Thank you so much for sharing your “wanders”. I am just curious, what is the minimum visa stay for Schengen visa.

        I just got back from Australia and when I applied for Aus Visa, I attached on the letter that I would stay there for 3 weeks as a tourist. They provided me with a 3-month tourist visa, that means I could stay not just 3weeks but up to 3months.

        My question is, does Schengen also have the same format? Like if I say I would stay in any EU country for a month travel, would I be provided, if fortunate enough, with a minimum 3-month visa despite my advise of a month travel only?

        Thank you,

        Sandrine

        • wanderlass 12/13/2012 at 10:38 am #

          if approved, you will be provided with the number of days applied for. 1 week kung 1 week. 3 days kung 3 days. Maximum is 3 months stay.

  205. Karen Tan 11/26/2012 at 8:40 pm #

    hi wonderlass, i need your help/advise… i recieved this morning the result of my visa and it was denied :-( i want to re-appeal please help me what is the right thing to do. appreciate your advise..

    • eleonor 11/28/2012 at 4:08 pm #

      hi wonderclass,we had an interview almost 3 mos ago Aug 20 2012 with my friend at french embassy ..it was denied and we made an appeal it took 3 wks after we got the result from france and it ses that they need it in french so we translate it in french last oct 12 2012..were just wondering why it took so long or do we still need to expect result from France Embassy??Pls give us some advised or tips,or can we reapply to other schegen state..well it would be nice if we could hear any single word from you..thank you so very much..Have a nice day ahead of you..:)

  206. angela 11/20/2012 at 4:04 am #

    hi..
    magkapareho lng po ba ung attestation d’accuel at ung Annexe 3bis/Verbintenis Tot Tenlasteneming.. yan po kasi pinadala ng mama ko.. thanks po