Schengen Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

Visa Application for Pinoys with 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 application of tourist schengen visa for Philippine Passport holders. 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.

Schengen Visa

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.


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!



I applied for Schengen Visa again, this time with the Italian Embassy through a partner agency VIA. Check out my post on applying Schengen Visa with the Italian Embassy.


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How to Apply Tongan Visa in the Philippines
How to Apply Korean Visa in the Philippines
How to Apply South African Visa in the Philippines

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2,016 Responses to Schengen Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

  1. Roy 06/24/2016 at 12:40 am #

    Hi. I have another question.
    Sa aking itinerary.. I put nigh train from Portugal to Barcelona. Do I really need to show and reservation of the train ticket or no need na?
    Thanks in advance po your reply.

    • Analyn 06/24/2016 at 8:06 am #

      Ilagay mo na rin the more proof the higher chances to get approve.. Ung sa akin nga nilagay ko rin booked train ticket from Paris to Nice France. Pati groul tour voucher nilagay ko na rin to prove na legit tourist talaga..

      • Roy 06/24/2016 at 10:44 am #

        Hi Analyn..
        Salamr for always replying to my queries.
        That means to say to po ba na i need to buy train tickets in advance?

        • Analyn 06/24/2016 at 11:00 am #

          Hi Roy if may reservation ka Ipasa mo u dont need to buy the ticket. Reservation is good enough.. In my case binili lng namin kasi limited seats kasi ung murang seats . And were confident na ma approve ako hehehe..

    • Zel 06/24/2016 at 7:31 pm #

      Hi Roy, since you will submit itenerary, you have to submit dummy reservation train ticket and possibly that embassy will ask you why will you go there and how many days? Just incase please do prepare a reservation voucher from hotel you will be staying or if someone from that place will accommodate please include their name address and even photocopy of their valid ID as a proof. When will be your interview?

    • Julie 06/24/2016 at 7:59 pm #

      Roy,di na need ng train tickets.

  2. itsmeangeleyes 06/23/2016 at 6:54 pm #

    I am very thankful to this blog. Just got my schengen visa approved yesterday! I’ll leave the Philippines on the 11th of July. God bless you, Wanderlass. <3

    • Diyosa 06/24/2016 at 8:47 pm #

      Hello ms.angel..may i know please kung anung mga docs.sinubmit mo? Actualy gusto ko mg apply ulit kasi the first time refuse ako….so 2nd apply ko gusto ko one month nlang,But the problem wla na ako work ngayon
      pwde ko kaya ipa state sa notarize letter ko na wla na ako work tsaka babalik nman tlga ako ng pinas.,worid ako baka irefuse na nman nila kasi wla na work…thanks ms.angel hoping for ur reply..God bless and happy trip advance..

  3. Joselle 06/23/2016 at 2:58 am #

    Hi, ask ko lang po, pwede ba ipasa sa embassy kahit scan copy lang ng notarized invitation letter or need talaga original, nag aapply kasi kami ng Romanian visa, but the thing is sa 30 last acceptance of applications nila since the consul will go on a holiday. Sending the notarized invit to Philippines will tak 3-5 days i think? anyone alam if its ok?

    • Zel 06/24/2016 at 7:37 pm #

      Most embassies or actually all of them needs the original copy of invitation letter but since the consul will take their break you better submit scanned invitation but just incase panotarized mo n din sya. Explain to the consul why you are submmiting scanned instead of original one.

  4. Sheng 06/18/2016 at 11:42 am #

    Hi, may i ask how much money should be in the bank account to get a higher chance of visa approval?

    • Diyosa 06/18/2016 at 1:47 pm #

      Hello ms.sheng wla naman sila nirequired na amount call me so we can talk.09128001949.thanks

      • janang 06/20/2016 at 6:06 pm #

        i had my interview last friday june 17 for tourist visa application sa spain .. incomplete ung requirements ko..walang reservation ng ticket at walang travel insurance (1st timer eh) mga documents lng na binigay ng hubby ko ang pinasa ko.. tapos “for release daw on june 23” malaki po ba chance na madeny? kc ung barkada ko na ng try mag apply nun eh nadeny :(

        • Analyn 06/20/2016 at 10:37 pm #

          Incomplete requirements will cause denial. Flight reservation and travel insurance ay required. Goodluck

  5. mibiyaheRoy 06/17/2016 at 5:38 pm #

    Hi. I would just like to know if this is Ok… I have denied 2 times already by the Spanish consulate.. and now I am planning to apply again for a schengen visa.. but this time I want to apply in Portugal.. because I am planning to stay more days there. but Spain is still included in my itinerary but just lesser days than Portugal… Is it ok?

    Thank you.

    • Roy 06/17/2016 at 5:45 pm #

      By the way my second denial was last July 2015.. and I am applying again for a Schengen visa this July 2016.. Pa help nman po..
      Thank you.

      • Roy 06/18/2016 at 4:45 pm #

        Hi po.. pa answer po naman nga query sa taas :)
        Thank you po

        • itsmeangeleyes 06/18/2016 at 5:10 pm #

          Hello Roy! How many days are you going to stay in Portugal? Is Portugal your first entry point? If yes, you will apply your visa application at the Embassy of the Republic of Portugal on this address: 17th Floor, Unit C and D, Trafalgar Plaza, 105 H. V. Dela Costa Street, Makati, 1200 Metro Manila
          It’s okay if Spain is still in your itinerary :)

          • Roy 06/18/2016 at 5:19 pm #

            hi angeleyes..
            Thanks for the reply.

            I will be staying 6 days in Portugal and yes.. Portugal is my entry point..
            Ok lang po na mag apply me sa Portugal embassy this time? kasi it’s quite depressing yung 2 times denial sa Spain embassy.. my last denial as July 2015..and all my intention is just really to travel see Europe.

          • itsmeangeleyes 06/18/2016 at 6:50 pm #

            That’s better Roy. :-) Mas okay na magtry ka sa ibang embassy. Try mo sa Embassy of Portugal. Ano daw ba ang dahilan ng pagkakadenied ng visa mo?

        • Analyn 06/19/2016 at 7:18 pm #

          Nabasa ko post mo ROY be aware na alam din ng Portugal na nadeny ka sa Spain. Remember Schegen Zone ay isang standard of visa application lang.. But if u have a strong ties naman na babalik ka then theres no reason na madeny ka. Just show them your evidence na u can affort to travel at uuwi ka ng pinas after yout trip. Btw kakaapprove lng din French visa ko

          • Roy 06/20/2016 at 12:03 am #

            Hi Analyn.
            Thanks for your reply. But you think is not a bad thing on my side that I apply this time in Portugal? considering that I have been denied in Spain?
            Also, for my itinerary I will be staying in Portugal 6 days 3 days in Spain 2 days in France.. can I exit in France going back to Philippines? or I really need to go back to Portugal and fly there going back to Philippines.

            Thank you in advance.

          • Analyn 06/20/2016 at 7:47 am #

            Hi ROY as u said u applied sa Spain last year? Thats a good time gap to reapply again. Yes u can exit sa France as it is part ng Shengen Zone. Last year bakasyon kami sa Italy ang port entry ko at sa Netherlands ang exit entry Ko wala namang problema. Goodluck sa application mo be positive na lng for the results. Ganda talaga ng Europe its all worth it kahit stressful mag apply 😊

          • Roy 06/20/2016 at 9:49 am #

            Hi Analyn..
            Thanks a bunch for your reply. Yes po last July 2015 me nag apply.
            Ayun nga po e.. nakaka stress mag apply.. But I’m not giving up :)

            Thanks again Analyn and congrats sa newly approved visa mo.

          • Julie 06/20/2016 at 5:39 pm #

            Roy,mag apply din ako as tourist.sabay kna samin.solo kba?

          • Roy 06/20/2016 at 6:20 pm #

            Hi Juile.
            Uu solo ako.. Anu port of first entry nyo na country?

  6. itsmeangeleyes 06/15/2016 at 4:23 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass,
    Kakatapos lang ng interview ko kanina. Akala ko malalaman ko na this day kung approve o rejected. Pinag-aral ako ng isang foundation sa Germany tapos nagkaroon ako ng mentor/sponsor, yung founder mismo. Ininvite nya ako. So I have passed all the possible requirements naman na like the screenshot of our conversation sa e-mail, the screenshot of my posts sa websites nila and all. Kinakabahan lang talaga ako. Sana maapprove.

    • Diyosa 06/16/2016 at 11:26 am #

      Just pray lang dear and goodluck for you.
      Text me please 09128001949..thanks

  7. elem 06/13/2016 at 11:52 pm #

    Hi lass, ask ko lang po.. for example ang point of entry is Portugal, is there a really need for to exit in Portugal? this for presenting my itinerary in the embassy

    • elem 06/14/2016 at 9:35 pm #

      Hi Po… Pa Help nman sa query ko sa taas :D thank you.

      • Lil minion 06/15/2016 at 5:40 pm #

        no naman if its multiple entry nakuha mo u can exit anywhere naman as long part ng schegen area.

        • elem 06/15/2016 at 6:21 pm #

          single entry lang po e- request ko..
          bali yung plan of is portugal > spain > france (exit here.. fly back to Philippines) ok lang ba yun?

          thank you po.

          • Lil minion 06/15/2016 at 6:35 pm #

            kung single entry well portugal ang entry then exit will be portugal pero di natin masasabi malay mo matatakan visa mo for multiple entry at naaprove you can finally change ur itinerary dun pwede ang exit mo anywhere…as long part ng schengen area =D

          • elem 06/15/2016 at 6:44 pm #

            Ah ok po.. but if single entry lang..
            then ok lang po yung presented itinerary ko?

            Portugal > Spain > France > Portugal

            Ok lang po ba to for Single Entry?

          • Lil minion 06/15/2016 at 7:07 pm #

            yes ..it’s fine, your trip should work.

          • elem 06/15/2016 at 8:28 pm #

            Thanks po.
            D pa pwede talaga Single Entry then Portugal > Spain > France(exit in france)?

    • Analyn 06/20/2016 at 7:52 am #

      Kahit single entry ang visa mo pwede ka mag exit kahit anong bansa na part ng Schengen zone ELEM unless u will leave the country ng part ng schengen zone and entry again then u need multiple

  8. Gloria Mosquera 06/09/2016 at 1:42 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass, Is United Kingdom a European member country? Can I get one travel insurance both for France and United Kingdom? I understand travel insurance is needed for my french visa application. Thanks for your reply.

  9. otakupon 06/06/2016 at 5:20 pm #


    Thank you for the helpful tips and instructions.
    Ask ko lang rin po. I am planning to travel around Europe including countries na hnd kasali sa Schengen Area. Do I need to provide all flight tickets going to other countries as well?

    Thank you

    • Lil minion 06/15/2016 at 5:45 pm #

      hindi na dun lng sa port of entry mo.

  10. JNFtwelvethirteenfourteen 05/24/2016 at 2:47 pm #

    My husband and I are planning to have a vacation in Paris. What would be the safe amount in our bank certificates to get a good chance of being approved? Does having Japan and Korean visas give us good chance for a Schengen visa? Thanks!

    • Analyn 06/03/2016 at 4:58 pm #

      I think theres no significant amount on the bank para ma approve ang visa. Your strong economic ties here in Pinas is good enough. Another visas from other countries or travel history is big factor to get approve

  11. May 05/23/2016 at 11:47 am #


    I want to ask how long it take the result from embassy.I applied last may 11 2016 visiting visa and i pass all documents that i have specially proof of relationship of my sponsor and Just i have not yet flight reservation .
    Can i follow up the result ..,officer from embassy give me a tracking number by 2go by i can’t trace it instead said invalid.Before i leave in embassy officer said takes 3 to 4 days .can you please help me .

    Thank you po!!

    • Diyosa 05/29/2016 at 8:18 pm #

      Hi May,the processing are 3 to 5 days..
      Pero sakin natanggap ko after 7 days but its refusal of visa.. my appoinment last May 12.

    • Lucia 05/31/2016 at 1:56 am #

      Hi May!

      We applied at TLS contact for a Schengen visa in Switzerland on May 17, 2016. Got the visas May 27, 2016 including the processing of Declaration of Sponsorship in Switzerland.

      Maybe each and every case is different.

      Good luck!

      • Rose 05/31/2016 at 3:29 pm #

        Hi lucia, i applied to TLS as well,unfortunately got denied due to the reason that leaving the member state cannot be ascertained.i applied for 88 days vacation sponsored by my bf. im planning to reapply.if you dont mind me asking,ilang days nirequest mo for vacation?also what proof did you provide as ties to ph to ensure that you are really coming back? kc my issue was i did not declare any employment as im doing homebase work,so by that time,wala ako maipakita as ties as i dnt have a propery either.i just bought a small farmland weeks ago,im not sure if this is really enough?any idea po what requirement ng swiss embassy can be satisfied by providing land title,k c im afraid that they will not accept requirements that are not part of the list,unless cguro kung i will declare as self employed ako than unemployed,then i can show the landtitle as proof of my self employment,thanks in advance for the response : )

        • Lucia 06/02/2016 at 11:10 am #

          Hi Rose! I only applied for 34 days vacation. I will be bringing my 2 kids with me. I did not submit any land titles or property documents as i have none. Maybe my permanent employment here in the Philippines and my children’s schooling were considered ties. Didn’t they give you a declaration of sponsorship to be filled up by your boyfriend?
          I cannot really tell whether they need to look at your land title but there’s no harm in trying.
          Good luck!

          • Rose 06/02/2016 at 11:34 am #

            Hi Lucia, thanks for responding. The embassy did not give me anything like declaration of sponsorship, i only got my passport mailed to me with the bad news of refusal, oh well… why is it so difficult :) .. my bf was here when I applied, so I let him write a letter of sponsorship. Yeah Im not really sure though what to prove that Im coming back, i guess I have to shorten my stay as this is my first visit, maybe it sounded suspicious on their end since I requested 88 days for my first visit. I will reapply and will crossed fingers again , thanks again.. enjoy your vacation with the kids! :)

      • adyl 06/22/2016 at 2:31 pm #

        hi lucia!
        what reply you recieved from tls while they said you can pick up your passport? coz they sent me a mail that i can pick up my pssport now and there is red thing about my document says that document is missing or not compliant with mission requirement

        hoping for your reply lucia


    • Analyn 06/03/2016 at 4:51 pm #

      I applied on may 27 and i got my passport today with visa approve. Check there website and enter your reference no. U can track your application online. Goodluck

      • Diyosa 06/03/2016 at 5:15 pm #

        Hello May..congrats sau approved visa ka.
        Saang bansa ka? Message me pls i have somthing to ask if its okay…09128001949.
        Thank you.

  12. Nin 05/18/2016 at 3:22 pm #

    Hi! I’m planning to have my first trip in Europe, specifically Paris this November. I’m from Cebu and asking some suggestions from you guys if saan mas mabuti mag submit ng schengen requirements, should I go to Manila? :(

    • Ladysweet 05/31/2016 at 10:41 pm #

      Sa Via centre allegro makati magallanes girl 15 working days

  13. Diyosa 05/18/2016 at 1:17 pm #

    hello wanderlass..hello guys..im so worried for waiting the result of my visa sabi nila after 3 to 5 days i cant wait its 4 days already..pwde ko ba sya follow up? how? or pwde ko puntahan sa embassy? this june 2 2016 na departure ko so gusto ko malaman kung anu status ng visa ko.
    and pwede ko po ba rebook ticket ko while waiting po sa resulta ng visa ko? please anyone here can advise me…Thank you so much and God bless us….

    • lireky 05/21/2016 at 11:12 pm #

      Madali lng yan.. saan country b punta mo.. ako nga june 8 2016 flight ko pero rejected visa ko

      • Ladysweet 05/28/2016 at 7:21 pm #

        Hello lireky! why daw rejected visa mo ano reason nila ?

  14. Ladysweet 05/14/2016 at 6:37 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass! hello Guys!

    Help naman please! nasubmit ko na lahat ng docs. ko may 11 2016 ask ko lang irereview ba nila yung last na sinubmit ko before? refused kasi first apply ko and now lahat ng pinasa ko original copy from italy by my bf, worried ako kasi nakalimutan ko yung COE ko what exact date and month na nag start ako sa work ko and pag check ko sa ITR ko married ang nalagay single pa ako haistss grabe nakaka stress kumuha ng visa :(

    • Diyosa 05/17/2016 at 4:56 pm #

      Hello ladysweet Hindi na nila irereview yung una mong application. Ilang araw mo bago nalaman yung una na narefused ka? Bakit ka narefused? Nakakastress talaga mg apply ng visa. Ako wait nlang Sa result. Last May 12,2016 yung appointment ko tapos submit narin lahat ng docs…hopefully igrant nila….

      • Ladysweet 05/28/2016 at 7:18 pm #

        Hello Diyosa! before after 13days lang nakuha ko na ang result.. ikaw nakuha mo na ba result mo? interview ko last tuesday may 24 2016 dalawa lang ang questions nila kung saan galing ang pera ko ang kung Boyfriend or fiancee ko ang sponsor ko..

        • Diyosa 05/29/2016 at 10:26 pm #

          Hi lady sweet refusal of visa ako.

          • Maam 05/29/2016 at 11:42 pm #

            Hello dyosa, bakit ka narefuse? May notarized letter ka ba from ur host family? And still refuse ka? Im so sorry for u, nakakanerbyus at nakakawalang pag-asa talga ang france ngayon.

          • Diyosa 05/31/2016 at 3:43 pm #

            Hello maam..ok lang po pero gumawa na ako ng remonstrance letter to appeal,wala ako notarized letter ei only hand written letter from my bf.for everyone out there you can contact me so we can talk about the visa application

          • Diyosa 05/31/2016 at 3:50 pm #

            Hi maam wala ako notarized letter hand written letter lang with with my bf sign.
            Pero gumawa na ako remonstrabce letter to appeal. Eveyone txt me so we can talk about the visa application 09128001949.
            God bless…

          • Maam 05/31/2016 at 7:24 pm #

            may facebook ka? we can connect there. thank you:) add kta agad dyosa

          • Ladysweet 05/31/2016 at 10:37 pm #

            Diyosa wag ka na mag appeal hindi nakakabuti yun apply ka na lang ulit kasi iisipin nila hindi ka sang ayon sa desisyon nila. matagal pa processing nyan. ako first attemp ko hindi na ako nag appeal nag try na lang ulit kami ng bf ko.

          • Ladysweet 05/31/2016 at 10:53 pm #

            Diyosa what reason nila why refused ka nila? pang ilan beses mo na ma refused? sorry ahh wag ka na appeal apply ka na lang ulit.

          • Diyosa 05/31/2016 at 11:20 pm #

            Hello lady sweet,the reason of my refusal of visa is numbr 9.your intension to leave the member state teritory before the expiry could be ascertained…first apply ko pa yan.

    • Nova 05/17/2016 at 6:42 pm #

      Dear na refuse din ako sa first attempt ko reason is explained at number 8. Pero di ko maintindihan kasi lahat ng requirements na alam kong required nila e na submit ko naman. Dont know what to think and do right now. Di naman ako sinungaling, di ko intend na mamalagi don, dahil we made a decision na ang bf ko nalang ang titira dito sa pilipinas, he just invited me to meet his families and friends in france. Maybe di nila type na makilala ko pa masyado bf ko. Hayyyyyssssttttt

      • Mitch 05/28/2016 at 12:13 am #

        Hi nova, how long have you guys been together? Nagkita na ba kayo before? May work ka ba dito and bank account? I got denied the first time akong nag’apply for a trip to france. I re-applied ans have them exacr set of documents but i added a notatized letter assuring my return to the philippines and he also sent me a notarized letter indicating he will be he one to personally send me home before the visa expires.. And of course ung lettee of invitation from your boyfriend.

        • G 05/28/2016 at 4:50 pm #

          Hello mitch, when did you submit your documents? Are you granted! Hirap talaga ngayon sa france, if you got the visa, can you share us your experience :) im planning also to go there to my bf. Merci

          • Mitch 05/31/2016 at 10:17 pm #

            Hi G… Yes i was granted a visa twice… Laat 2014 and 2015… We are married now and just waiting for the family book from the embassy… In order to get the get an approved visa (at least from my experience) you have to complete the requirements strictly.. My first application was denied and then i re’applied and got granted.. When i re’applied i gave them the exact set of documents i submitted the when i got denied with the addition of a notarized letter from your sponsor explaining that he will take care of you while you are in france and that he will make.sure you will come home and i also wrote my own notarized letter explaining that i will come home to philippines. And trust me this magic paper does the trick… I got approved and never got a refusal again. Feel free to email me for any question, i know the frustrating process and i would be happy to help out…

          • Maam 06/01/2016 at 9:10 pm #

            HI Mitch, san kayo nagpakasal? do you have viber or facebook :) para iadd kita. mas madali kasi doon mag-usap eh. french din ang boyfriend ko and we want to get marry.

          • Mitch 06/02/2016 at 9:15 pm #

            Mitch alcantara rudloff is my fb name…

        • Nova 05/29/2016 at 8:57 pm #

          Hi mitch, 3 yrs na kami, then 5 times na sya pabalik balik dito sa Pilipinas, yup, tour guide ako dito sa boracay, complete set of doc from my work yung pinasa ko. Sa tagal kung pinag isipan if ano ang missing, tinanong pala ako non ng babae sa vfs if meron syan notarized letter(something like what you attached) siguro di ko secured yun and don siguro ako ngkulang. Ok lang ba if mag apply ako ulit next month(june) using the same attestation na pinasa ko dati? Nagpass din kami ng appeal pero parang malabo din, then if di talaga mag work, sya nalang siguro ulit ang pupunta dito sa august, then i will try for the next year(di nya ako papuntahin don pag di summer), dalhin ko sya don sa vfs para pag may hiningi pa ulit pwedi sya mag perma agad. Kaka stress talaga, naka reserve pa naman yung ticket for 2 sa music festival nila, hehe, yun lang sana gusto ko ma experience… Haiiissssttt..

          • Mitch 05/31/2016 at 10:06 pm #

            My first visa application was denied and got the suggestion na magpa’notarized ako…a hand written letter from your sponsor isn’t enough,it should be notarized and believe me that did the trick.. With regards to re’applying you can apply the soonest kahit the following week pede.. Much better ang re’apply rather than appeal… Useless ang appeal matagal pa!

          • Mitch 05/31/2016 at 10:08 pm #

            And by the way get another attestaion.. The first one is invalid already, at least basing from my experience..

          • Analyn 06/03/2016 at 5:10 pm #

            Hi sis i read all your scenario nkakastress talaga mag apply ng visa anyway, approve ako sa france visa ko today lng, kong mag apply ka ulit just forwad same docs mo before at same reason ng trip mo wag pa iba iba. And make sure na sa tingin mo missing docs movsa dating application ay meron na. Goodluck

        • Ladysweet 05/31/2016 at 10:59 pm #

          Hello mitch! pano ba malalaman kung i-grant nila yung visa may nabasa kasi ako na hindi sila nagbibigay ng letter. Thank you!

          • Diyosa 05/31/2016 at 11:50 pm #

            Hello lady sweet and mitch add me on fb Diyosa Origeness profile pic archer..thanks

        • Diyosa 05/31/2016 at 11:36 pm #

          Hello mitch,this is dyosa,refusal of visa ako,ok lang ba mag appeal ako or reapply tlaga?

          • Ladysweet 06/01/2016 at 12:19 am #

            re-apply ka lang diyosa wag ka mag appeal promise hindi nakakatulong yun matagal na proseso pa yun

          • Migs 06/03/2016 at 11:28 pm #

            Hi dyosa before reapplying palakasin mo muna depensa momeaning travel ka sa korea or japan para magkaroon ka ng ibang stamp for visa.

          • Diyosa 06/03/2016 at 11:38 pm #

            Hello migs,thank you for your advice..

    • lirely 05/21/2016 at 11:15 pm #

      Thats really stressing po tlga.. pahirapan ang pgkuha ng visa.. dami narereject..

    • May 05/23/2016 at 5:30 pm #

      Hi ladysweet!
      Pareho tayo last may 11 ang appoinment .did u get the result?.i was waitimg for my result too until..tnx

      • Ladysweet 05/28/2016 at 9:38 pm #

        hello May im still waiting :) sayo nakuha mo na result mo? message mo naman ako ito search mo nels sheng. thanks!

  15. klara 05/10/2016 at 10:10 pm #


    I’m planning to go to Eastern Europe from Egypt for internship purposes.
    Any advise how to go about this please? Should I get a Shengen Visa here in Manila ? (Even if my travel to Europe will be by Feb next year)

    Much Appreciated!


  16. Abi C. 04/22/2016 at 9:45 pm #

    HI! Awesome blog!

    My mom and I are planning to go to Paris and UK this June. I understand that we need to apply for two visas, the Schengen and the UK visa. Our plan is to enter in Paris and exit in London. Since we will be entering Paris first we are applying for the Schengen visa next week. Will it be a problem since we don’t have the UK visa yet? What are your suggestions in going about this?

  17. sweetie_d 04/20/2016 at 11:20 pm #

    hi wanderlass,

    hello!,i just want to seek some advices of getting schengen visa.. im a philippine passport holder and currently working here in singapore for almost 7 yrs.. My boyfriend and his family invited me to visit them and go holiday as well for like 2 weeks longest time.. they will shoulder my expenses and accommodation.. i want to know the visa requirements pls and do i hve the chance to visit them?. im planning to go for holiday this year,hopefully dec.. Hope to hear frm u soon wanderlass:-) thanks and godbless!..

    • Pepi 04/23/2016 at 4:44 am #

      Hi. Hindi ko po kasi alam san magcomment. Anyway, just wanted to ask po if Anyone here from the govt have applied ng schengen visa before, ano po yung sinubmit nyo na cert of leave of absence? Is it just the usual leave app form natin or iba pa. Hope somebody answers pls. Thanks in advance. Godbless

      • Sey78 04/25/2016 at 3:21 pm #

        hi Pepi, as per experience,i just submitted the leave application form and certification for the grant of my leave.

      • Ressa 05/23/2016 at 9:41 pm #

        Hi, im working in a government hospital. Yes part of the requirements is an approved leave from your boss. And for me i pass also an approved travel authority since under ako ng DOH, i got it in Manila central office

  18. Ana 04/18/2016 at 1:25 pm #

    Hi! Just wanted to ask..if ever issued a Schengen visa, is it okay to change your departure date for just the next day? For example, I indicated in my application a stay of May 1-14, but opted to depart on May15 instead (primarily due to promo airfares released recently). Is that going to invalidate my visa or will we be denied entry in France at immigration? I already have my ALL documents ready and appointment for submission in 2days, our trip is scheduled in less than a month from now. Or should I just change all my documents and rebook everything (its tedious but possible)? Any advise helps! Thanks!

    • queenie 04/20/2016 at 12:31 pm #

      Yes! Definitely! As long as it is in between the dates of the consul has given you to use your visa and you are totally fine :)

      • Racquel Caballa 04/29/2016 at 10:33 pm #

        hi ,,,queenie…did you heared about CFO?

        • Queeniezel 05/06/2016 at 12:34 pm #

          Hi Racquel, yes I’ve heard that before I leave to Holland, few days before my flight I was so confused kung kukuha ba ako or hindi kasi nagsearch ako mostly hinahanap yung CFO doc then people failed to show the immigration people so they got offloaded but in my turn they didnt really ask for it but just incase it doesnt cost much and not so hassle to get it, do it.. It will be a seminar about things in Europe and they have interviews also. Pls bring copies of your pictures together 10-20 is you can then bring all the documents they asked for and if your age is below 25 pls get a waiver signed by parents that they are allowing you to travel and ipanotary mo.. :)

        • Yan 05/11/2016 at 8:21 pm #

          Tourist no need magundergo cfo para yan sa working abroad,spousal at fiance visa but meron kasi immigration officer naghahanap eh for sure kuha ka nalang. Halfday lang naman yan photocopy mo lahat docs mo,at yun visa mo. P400 fees ng cfo?

          • Diyosa 05/14/2016 at 2:17 pm #

            Hello guys I just lodge my visa application to Germany last Thursday May 12,2016, I have the documents except the LETTER OF OBLIGATION,they got my docs. and they said this is 3 to 5 days( is this processing days?) After 3 to 5 days should I come back to the embassy or wait for their 2GO courier coz I fill up the 2GO OR name,address and phone number. Do you think guys I’ll be granted? It makes me worried and nervous coz my depature will be next month June 2,2016…God bless you guys…and to those who are still Applying…GOODLUCK guys.
            Thank you so much…

          • Jem 05/14/2016 at 2:22 pm #

            If you signed for a courier then you just have to wait for it to be delivered. You can call them for a follow up of your application.

          • j 05/27/2016 at 12:46 am #

            hi. Are you a boyfriend-sponsored who has a tourist visa? if yes, did you secure a certificate from cfo and did the IO ask for it? Thanks.

        • Analyn 06/03/2016 at 5:15 pm #

          It only requires if u stay longer in a foreign country been traveling to Europe last year and any countries di naman ako hinanapan ng CFO

  19. Diyosa 04/14/2016 at 7:06 pm #

    Hello there everyone can help me please,I’m applying a schengen visa for Germany and I have appointment on May 12,2016 do I still have enough time for my application because my departure will be on June 2,2016,I have my documents like PASSPORT, HEALTH INSURANCE,ITINERARY,HAND WRITTEN INVITATION LETTER coming from my boyfriend do you think guys I still need a bank statement account because I don’t have this my boyfriend only support all my documents and expenses ….please help me and thank you…God bless…

    • queenie 04/20/2016 at 12:38 pm #

      When you fill up your application form it will ask you if your host or you will provide the expenses before and during your vacation. If you have checked your sponsor will pay for you expenses in whole, you dont need your bank statements only your host will provide for that. Your host’s bank statements or 3 months pay slip will be fine. Although if you have bank statements please do prepare that too just in case. On your interview just be you and stay calm. You can do it girl!

      • Diyosa 05/10/2016 at 11:45 pm #

        Thank you queenie for your responce,do you have idea if there is express visa? Thank you and God bless…

      • sheilamaezing 05/25/2016 at 9:35 pm #

        Great help mam queen. Ito pinaka concern ko e. Bank account and show money. Thanks.

  20. gab 04/08/2016 at 3:59 pm #


    I am just wondering I want to do visit visa to Germany but unfortunately the host cannot give me informal invitation due to some circumstances. I am self-supported traveler. What do you think do i have to change my application from visit visa to tourist visa so the consul might approve my application??? but my problem is if the consul ask me if I know someone in Germany and why I am using a tourist visa instead of visit visa.. please advise

    thank you

    • G 05/11/2016 at 7:18 pm #

      Hello guys, does anyone here knows about the process of au pair in france? Is it hundrend percent they will grant it if you pass completely the papers and your 21 years old? Any tips pls

  21. Joan 03/28/2016 at 7:56 pm #

    hello,wanderlass or anybody can enlighten me please,
    i am applying for a tourist visa for Norway, i have Bank Certification and all the other documents needed except for the ITR. will it be ok if i don’t have an ITR?
    please your thoughts is so much counted..

    thank you,

    • Ai 04/28/2016 at 12:07 am #

      Hello Joan.naaprobahan kaba ng visa?

    • Ai 04/28/2016 at 12:11 am #

      Hello Wanderlass ano po ba kailangan pag late registred for apply Schegen Visa Norway?

      • Yan 05/11/2016 at 8:26 pm #

        What you mean girl? Andito ako oslo holding tourist visa. Maybe i can help you?

        • j 05/26/2016 at 7:45 pm #

          Are you boyfriend-sponsored on a tourist visa, Yan? If yes, hinanapan ka ba ng cfo certificate sa NAIA nong umalis ka?

  22. bella 03/18/2016 at 12:57 pm #

    Hi Wandewrlass

    Nag aaply po ako ng Shengen Visa (Lithuania)hindi ko po alam kung saan ako mag start my bf is from Lithuania when he come to Philipiines he decide to properties he buy 2 condo here in Philippines 1 condo is under my name and 2 condo is under his name he invite me to come in Lithuania for this summer and i have online business here with business name permit i have also bank of statement lahat po ng gastos ay under niya lahat po ba ng proof kailangan kung i submit to proof that im returning in Phil? ano po yong 1st step na gagawin ko ?????
    hope i get response quick

    Thank you

    • Rosa 05/23/2016 at 5:58 pm #

      Hi Bella,did you already apply?i also have the same problem,proof of returning to ph is my issue as i got my visa rejected from swiss embassy due to that reason, though i really dnt have plans of working there nor staying beyond what was approved by embassy, putting up a business was really my plan even before,my bf also planned to buy a lot,i am not sure if its wise to just pursue my plan of having a business so i can show proof of return or buying a lot under my name will be enough. I cannot present COE as well since im only doing homebase work (even COE though sometimes does not satisfy them ugh ), i just want to know if you have applied and got approved with only a business permit presented? TIA for you response

    • Analyn 06/03/2016 at 5:20 pm #

      Maki chance mo ma approve as u said bf mo may property na condo at cya ang sponsor mo so it means babalik ka talaga ng pinas. Start the application my step by step na guide si wanderlass. I was approve today email me kong me questions ka aqsaniel@yahoo.com

      • Zetz 06/04/2016 at 4:38 am #

        Hi ask ko lang dito ako nakatira sa france and ininvite ko brothee ko for 6mons visa nag apply sya sa france embassy and nakuha nya result after 2weeks and refuse visa sya,we don’t know baket sya narefuse all documents naman kumpleto ang pinasa.please advice kung ano dapat gawin namin reapply or umappeal.Thanks

        • Analyn 06/07/2016 at 6:50 pm #

          Sis zetz 6 months toursit visa is too long to stay in france as as a tourist kaya siguro may doubt sila na di na babalik ang brother mo.. If ang officer have a little doubt they wont take a risk refuse talaga nila.. U should apply for a short stay baka maapprove pa! Reapply na lng and try to shorten his stay

  23. Dawn 03/09/2016 at 4:20 pm #

    hello! Did you get my message?

  24. Dawn 03/09/2016 at 4:17 pm #

    hi wanderlass! I am supposed to travel to Europe this march, but something came up, I would have to cancel this trip, for another trip (to the US).. I have both my visas approved , both for Schengen and UK. Would there be any repercussion, should I plan to get these visas again, (should I not use these)? My UK visa is valid for 6 months, however, my Schengen is only valid for a month..

    • wanderlass 03/16/2016 at 3:27 pm #

      I honestly can’t say what is the repercussion of not using the visas. But I imagine if you need to apply the visas in the future and you submit complete requirement, there should not be a problem. I don’t think they will held this against you. You paid for your visas regardless of you end up using it or not, so it means that whatever trouble they went through processing your visa, it has been paid for already.

      • G 03/16/2016 at 11:39 pm #

        Goo evening wanderlas, my situation is different. I just wanna suggestion from anyone here, i have a relationship with a french guy for almost 1 and half year. It will be our first time to meet this end of the month and his family wants me to come in their country on june for almost 80 days so they decided to gather all the docs, his mama will be my sponsor and out appointment in vfs is on 2nd week of his stay here. Its my first time to apply for any visas, do you think i’ll be granted or will get refused? Thanks pls help me

        • Will 03/23/2016 at 12:38 am #

          A first visit of 80 days will probably be considered suspicious. You will have better luck if you apply for 2 or 3 weeks. Remember this little rule : in the embassy, if they have any little doubt, they will refuse it.

      • Jona 03/27/2016 at 5:46 pm #

        Hi Wanderlass. Can I used scan copy of my documents when applying schengen visa, because my fiance sent me the documents through post mail but still not yet coming.. I have to apply next month..

      • Jona 04/27/2016 at 9:45 am #

        Hi wanderlass have you tried to apply visa to denmark. How long it will take after to get an approved visa? Pls reply thank you.

        • Zhena 06/09/2016 at 10:06 am #

          Hi jona I aply visa in Denmark 5x and its all approved..now they give me multi. Visa..

      • Ressa 05/23/2016 at 9:48 pm #

        Hi wanderlass, i hopd you can help me
        My visa is valid june 19-july2.
        My concern is it possible that the immigration in Phil will hold me since i will start my way or my ticket starts june 18 and have a layover in dubai which i arrrive there june 19 already. Pls reply! Thanks

    • Jona 03/25/2016 at 11:39 am #

      Hi Dawn. Can I used scan copy of my documents when applying schengen visa, because my fiance sent me the documents through post mail but still not yet coming.. I have to apply next month..

      • Racquel Caballa 04/29/2016 at 10:41 pm #

        hi jona….opo pede mong gamitin scan copy..ako nga galing lahat sa email ko ang docs ko sinend ng bf ko….basta make sure na malinaw ang print lalo na yung mga papers na may sign nia o ng goverment nia.

        • j 05/26/2016 at 7:52 pm #

          Hi Racquel. Nakaalis ka na ba? If yes, hInanapan ka ba ng cfo certificate sa NAIA? How was the experience with the IO? Thanks.

  25. Karen 02/28/2016 at 9:31 am #

    i have a uk visa that will expire on Aug 8 2016, i was planning to get Schenegen visa to go to France,Germany and Spain. is it ok to get visa when i am at uk? and what is travel insurance bdw? where can i get it?

    • Will 03/23/2016 at 12:41 am #

      Visa can only be applied from the country you reside in (need prood of residency). If You are just a visitor in UK and go to the French embassy to apply a visa, they will just refuse your application

      • mynameisnykhol 05/04/2016 at 3:59 pm #

        I am applying for UK spouse visa. Can I still apply for Schengen visa in the Philippines before flying to UK?

  26. Samishane 02/27/2016 at 6:11 pm #

    Hi ms wanderlass!

    Do we really need to book a flight before going to the embassy? Because it requires immediate payment. What if the embassy denied the visa application?
    Is it ok if we apply to french embassy? I mean. Mas strict ba sila? Or dapat sa italian embassy dapat?
    We have a french friend. Is it ok to get an invite from him?
    We are also having a little problem with the insurance? What do embassy need to show the proof of insurance? Is it really 30k euros? That was so expensive and we cannot afford that?
    By the way we are 5 pax.

    • Will 03/23/2016 at 12:46 am #

      Only a reservation is needed (no full payment necessary usually).

      For the insurance, 30K euros is the amount you are covered, not the amount you need to pay. Usually you pay like 100 euros for 2 weeks (i dont remember the exact amount), and if something happens to you (like you need to go to hospital), they will cover the charges.
      You need to have proof of insurance, the same way you need to prove you are able to sustain a living while you are in France, and if anything happens to you, god forbids.

    • NAG 04/09/2016 at 3:15 am #

      -there are sites that will let you reserve a flight without payment
      -It’s the country that you’re spending the most time according to your filed itinerary. Your first port of entry doesn’t need to be the country which issued you a Schengen visa.
      -Attestation d’Accueil from your friend ( You need an Attestation d’Accueil if you plan to lodge at a family member or friend’s home in France. This certificate must be obtained by the person you are visiting at the City Hall of their home city in France. Be advised that you must provide the original certificate as it needs to be officially stamped and may requested at the border by French custom authorities.)
      -30k Euros is the coverage which you can get from Malayan Insurance, like mine, i paid P5000+ for 90days.

  27. kathryn joy 02/17/2016 at 6:15 pm #

    hi… thanks for the info… however I was wondering kung pede kaya hindi 3 months before ang pag apply ko ng visa? hinihintay ko pa kasi ang documents ko mula sa nag invite sa akin yung formal invitation, and after 20 days pa bago ko makuha eh ang plan kong pag alis eh April 15 this year??

    thanks in advance

    • jenny 04/14/2016 at 7:55 am #

      same tayo.. pwede kaya kahit di 3 months before?

  28. Kay 02/10/2016 at 2:18 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass! Regarding flight reservations — where can i have flights reserved? I hope you can help me on this. Thank you for your reply!

    • Der 02/28/2016 at 7:52 am #


      Okay lang to apply kahit hindi three months before.

      I applied thru agency and they charged me Php 150.00
      for my airline ticket reservation. Good luck!

      • Helene 04/02/2016 at 3:44 pm #

        Hi Der which travel agency did u approach for the ticket reservation?thanks

  29. Jovert 01/28/2016 at 9:28 pm #

    Hi I am based here in UAE and I wanna apply for Schengen Visa going to Germany. One of the requirement is a bank account. unfortunately I do not a UAE bank account yet. Is it okay to apply here and will it be valid to present my Philippine Bank Account? Thank you so much. hope you can help me on this.

    • G 02/08/2016 at 11:22 pm #

      Hello! I will set an appointment in vfs global on april going france, may I ask if how is it since applicants are being advised to apply in vfs and not in french embassy anymore. Any applicants here who can share there experiences about this? Merci!

      • Der 02/28/2016 at 7:55 am #

        It’s the same process like in the French Embassy, kukunan ka din nila ng biometrics dun.
        Kakabalik ko lang galing Europe..

  30. D 01/19/2016 at 2:59 am #

    Hi. I just saw your blog from researching about schengen visa. I’m planning to go to Norway July this year. Based on what I’ve read here and there, the letter that is from the guarantor (my cousin and my aunt), must be sent to me 3 months before the expected time. I am planning to buy a ticket in mid-April or May but as you’ve said, most airlines only have 42 hours of reservation time. How am I supposed to apply for a visa in April if I don’t have a reservation for the ticket. It’ll be of great help if you answered this. Thanks!

    • Bea 01/19/2016 at 12:20 pm #

      Hi, you should get a reservation ticket from any travel agency, you will only buy ticket once they approved your visa. I’ve been 3 times to Finland and they have the same requirements

      • Sid 01/19/2016 at 12:23 pm #

        Hi Bea. I’ll be applying my Schengen visa for Finland this April. It would be my first time to apply. Can you give me some tips on how you did it? Your response is highly appreciated.

        • Bea 01/19/2016 at 12:54 pm #

          Hi, you just have to provide all the requirements. It should be easy if you have a sponsor, like if you have a boyfriend from Finland.

          • Sid 01/19/2016 at 12:58 pm #

            Oh. Are the requirements stipulated in Norway embassy website for visiting Finland are just the ones you followed or you submitted other requirements apart from the ones not stated there. Sorry for lots of questions. I’m actually agitated about this. I want to know your experience about applying the said visa since I’ll be going to the same Schengen area. Can we exchange emails for easier conversation? Thank you Bea.

          • Remy 04/08/2016 at 9:41 am #

            Hi Bea, while scanning some of the worries here in this blog i saw your comment quite related to mine.. I am planning to get visa within this year to visit my Danish boyfriend and we are only waiting for his situation to get settled down regarding to house issue.. He is planning to buy a new house for us because right now he’s still living with his ex in their house because of kids issues but they will sell the house very soon and divide the money. He told me he will provide everything for me to get the visa, is it really a little bit easy if someone especially your boyfriend will sponsor you? We are together for 4 months (but being friends) for almost a year before we become together. Also, he’s been here last Feb. for 10 days holiday and planning to come back next month or June again. Do you think i have a big chance?
            Thank you.


        • hershe mendoza 04/11/2016 at 12:59 pm #

          hello sid, may i know whats the status of your visa application so far? :) I am also about to apply for a schengen visa but i dont know what to do first so i am gathering infos and reading comments like yours :)

          thanks for your any response :)

      • maria 01/22/2016 at 6:42 am #

        hi there .. my friend and i applied for visa yjan 20, 2016 at vfs in wafi (french consulate) here in dubai.. next day my friend received a call from french embassy and she was asked about our itinerary for 15days and does she have a relative in europe.. of course she said no.. its her first time to travel and she got 8k aed (around 90,000pesos) on her account.. im just wondering why i didnt receive a call.. i have already some travel history from other countries like India, Singapore and Japan.. i hope this will help.. waiting for visa approval makes me really nervous.. I also checked on visa status tracker online and it says INTERVIEW SCHEDULED when in fact we weren’t asked for interview at all to appear at the French Embassy. I hope someone can enlighten me on this..

      • Toteyen 01/31/2016 at 2:48 am #

        Hi bea im domestic helper here in hongkong for 9 years. And planning to visit my friend for 3 weeks as my annual leave . Where i can apply in manila italian embassy or in hongkong italian embassy? It is possible my application will be approved even i cnt give certificate of emlployement or letters from my boss? thnx po in advance.

      • Sid 02/28/2016 at 9:34 am #

        Hi Bea. How many days did it take for you to have the result of your approved visa application to Finland? I’ll lodge my application on Tuesday next week.

        • Bea 02/28/2016 at 10:53 am #

          3-4 days for me

          • Sid 02/29/2016 at 11:38 am #

            Wow. That fast? Amazing! How many days ang inapproved nila for you to stay there? Biometrics lang naman sa VFS diba? No interview na? Thanks Bea.

          • Bea 02/29/2016 at 11:51 am #

            No interview. They gave me 3 months to stay in schengen area

          • Sid 02/29/2016 at 12:00 pm #

            Do you have a sponsor ( Finnish boyfriend/fiance) when you applied for the first time Bea? Do you think that meeting my Suomi partner here in the Philippines twice would be a strong evident for my application? Okay lang ba straight to the point ang letter of invitation and not that long as others have stated as long as the important points are mentioned? Quite anxious about my application tomorrow but I’m very hopeful about it.

          • Lalaeyn 03/30/2016 at 6:12 pm #

            Hi bea, ilang beses ba ang reappeal ng study visa s ireland?.. Pwede pb ako mgreappeal for the 2nd time?. Ng-apply ako tru online at ipinasa ko ng sept. 01, 2015. Dumating ang first refusal ko oct. 15. Nkalagay ang mga additional docs na kailangan nila from nso bc, prc,, bank statement, finance letter, at iba pang papers ko na kailangan. Naipasa ko un dec. 07 tru dhl. Tpos lumabas ang reappeal decision lastweek wed. Ganun p rn ang kinalabasa although ncomply ako lahat. Refused. Copy paste lang ung nsa decision kaya lang hindi detailed unlike ung una visa dexision na nreceive ko. At wl akong nrereceive na email from them na refused ulit. Ang sponsor ko ung sister ko n nasa uk. Advise po dyan. Thank you.

          • Helene 04/02/2016 at 3:39 pm #

            HI bea and sid update on ur visa to finland??

        • juvz 03/17/2016 at 3:35 pm #

          Hi Sid! hows your application? i’ll be applying my schengen visa for finland also…this coming may…

          • hershe mendoza 04/11/2016 at 12:51 pm #

            hello juvs, im also planning to apply for a schengen visa maybe on may also. Do you already have a complete sets of requirements? Right now i am gathering information on how and where to start. hehe. Anyway, goodluck on you application :)

          • juvz 04/14/2016 at 7:50 pm #

            hi hershe! do you have boyfriend from finland? right now i am still gathering information also..☺

          • Sid 04/25/2016 at 11:07 am #

            Hi Juvz. My apology for a very delayed response. My application went well. I followed the checklist of requirements and made it sure that it’s complete and the information provided were coherent. I think the sponsorship letter made the application process easy and quick. What type of visa will you be applying in Finland? I applied for a visiting BF/fiance visa. I got the approval result after 4 days.

          • juvz 04/26/2016 at 8:16 am #

            wow! congratz sid! .ang problema ko sid,wala akong work…no asset also…i have a boyfriend from finland sid, siya lahat ga gastos…no interview na?

          • juvz 04/26/2016 at 1:38 pm #

            hello sid! the invitation letter from your boyfriend,pina pa notary ba nya in finland? sa letter sinulat ba nya na friend or girlfriend ka nya? thank you!

        • Jona 04/25/2016 at 12:34 pm #

          Hi Sid, i apply last last tuesday for my visa to denmark and until now they didnt email me or anything.. how long will it take.. it almost 1week and that would be tomorrow..

        • Jona 04/25/2016 at 3:45 pm #

          Hi Sid, i apply last last tuesday for my visa to denmark and until now they didnt email me or anything.. how long will it take.. it almost 1week and that would be tomorrow

          • Remy 04/26/2016 at 8:35 am #

            Hi juvz, i also plan to get a visit visa to denmark later this year. I have a boyfriend there and he will sponsor everything.. may i know what are the requirements you have passed sa embassy? i’m collecting infos pa lng now.. bka pwede mo rin ako ma bigyan ng tips and update your visa application here.. thanks

          • juvz 04/26/2016 at 1:45 pm #

            hi remy! im still gathering information :) my problem is i have no work here in the phils…how about you?

      • Grave 03/01/2016 at 7:23 pm #

        Hi nag apply po ako visa sa denmark kaso po nagkaroon ako nag refusal result na Your intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertain. Ano po ba ang dapat q gawin para sa appeal na i approve nila ako. Need your help as soon as possible thank u kasi my application of visa is on march 12 departure

        • Rose 04/27/2016 at 4:07 pm #

          hello po, I had the same result days ago, they refused my visa with the reason : Your intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained. ask ko lang po if you reapplied or ng appeal ka lang? my case kc is I did not declare my homebase work, so unemployed ako, I have no property, or even school records kc d na namn ako ng aaral… ask ko lang po what you did?thanks po

          • Jmchuter 04/29/2016 at 1:00 am #

            Have the same situation. Im planning to reapply coz appealing i think will taake long time. Mag aad lng ako supporting documents. What about you po.

      • Neneng 04/09/2016 at 12:20 am #

        Hi there, tanong lng po. Nag apply pamangkin ko ng visa to visit me up here sa finland. Ang sabi sa kanya maghintay daw ng 10-15days. How about you, how long did you wait for the decision of you visa?
        Best Regards,

    • jemuel del valle 01/19/2016 at 10:56 pm #

      HI, I just came back from Norway and I applied for my visa last week of October 2015 and I left Philippines last week of November. I only applied for 45 days. And about the guarantor letter, uhmm i don’t think it need to be sent 3 mos. before you leave the country. My parents sent me the guarantor letter on the last week of October and I submitted it to VFS global together with the other requirements first week of November.

      For the reservation ticket, just get a reservation ticket on the day you will submit your papers to VFS, i think they just need to see if the date of departure and arrival is the same on the online application that you have submitted as well.

      I got my Visa approved after two days. :)

    • Yan 02/08/2016 at 9:23 pm #

      Your family dont need to wait for 3 mos to send the guarantee form to you. My partner send the guarantee form and the invitation paper Jan. 15 and i received Jan 27 and i had my appointment to vfs Feb 3. And about the round trip ticket you can get it free in online, i get mine to qatar airways site you can download the apps. Anyway, they dont care about the expiration only matter is the date of your journey cause if your application approved they will issued your visa according to your roundtrip ticket.

  31. Lexie 01/10/2016 at 6:29 am #

    Thanks so much for your blog! Helped me a lot! Although now I think ALL french embassy applications are coursed through VFS so that’s an additional service fee. All good though. Got the passports delivered after 2 days from application :)

    • Maan 01/10/2016 at 10:10 am #

      Hello lexie, how was you interview? Did you get a visa? Did you have a sponsor there? And if so, can you give me some tips I’m planning to get an appointment on april hopefully. Are they so strict?

      • D 01/19/2016 at 2:48 am #

        Hi. I just saw your blog from researching all about schengen visa and learned quite a lot. I’m planning to visit Norway in July. From what we’ve researched, the letter of the guarantor/s (my cousin and aunt) must be sent 3 months before the said date of departure (it’s for the visa as well). I am planning to buy a ticket in late April or May so how can I apply for a visa in April if most airlines only have 42 hours of reservation time, and the time for my trip will be in July? It would be such a big help if you answered. Thanks! ^^

    • Ryan 01/13/2016 at 3:10 am #

      True! Just had my appointment for my visa application today via VFS and the procedure seems very different now. No more consul to do the interview. Just some people to accept and check your requirements. Afterwards they will just get your biometrics and will advise to wait for the result…. you can check the status via their website using the a given reference number….

      • Lizzy 01/21/2016 at 11:19 am #

        Hi Ryan,

        I’m currently preparing my papers to apply schengen visa for France, I just have one concern regarding the proof of income I am a minimum wage earner but I have savings in my bank and my Boyfriend will be sponsoring, do I still need to provide the ITR? As far as I know minimum wage earner is exempted from it. This is the only item that I’m very concerned with. Do you have any idea? Please advice? Thank you

        Your help is much appreciated!

        • lair 02/18/2016 at 11:35 pm #

          There is an updated list in the via website. ITR is required for self-employed only.

          • Lizzy 03/24/2016 at 7:32 am #

            Thank you so muchhhhhhhhhh @Lair ^_^

      • maria 01/22/2016 at 6:07 am #

        hi there .. my friend and i applied for visa yesterday at vfs in wafi (french consulate) here in dubai.. today my friend received a call and she was asked about our itinerary for 15days and does she have a relative in europe.. of course she said no.. its her first time to travel and she got 8k aed (around 90,000pesos) on her account.. im just wondering why i didnt receive a call.. i have already some travel history from other countries like India, Singapore and Japan.. i hope this will help.. waiting for visa approval makes me really nervous.. I also checked on visa status tracker online and it says INTERVIEW SCHEDULED when in fact we weren’t asked for interview at all to appear at the French Embassy. I hope someone can enlighten me on this

    • Lizzy 01/21/2016 at 11:17 am #

      Hi Ms Lexie,

      I’m currently preparing my papers to apply schengen visa for France, I just have one concern regarding the proof of income I am a minimum wage earner but I have savings in my bank and my Boyfriend will be sponsoring, do I still need to provide the ITR? As far as I know minimum wage earner is exempted from it. This is the only item that I’m very concerned with. Do you have any idea? Please advice? Thank you

      Your help is much appreciated!

  32. Mari 01/07/2016 at 1:20 pm #

    Good day po, my boyfriend’s mom will be my sponsors for going to France where they live, French national na po ang bf pero originally Portuguese po talaga sila. Isa po kasi sa mga requirements is residence ID ng sponsor kaso po Portuguese residence ID ang hawak Nya at Hindi French , ok Lang po ba nga say parin ang sponsor ko? And Malaki na ang chance na madedeny ako Dahil nga Hindi French national ang sponsor ko. They live there for almost 20 years na… Lahat ng Anak Nya is French citizen , mama and papa Lang talag Nya ang Portuguese in papers

  33. andray faraon 01/07/2016 at 1:00 am #

    Hi Wanderlass!

    I’m planning of applying for a Schengen visa to visit Paris & Italy either November or December.
    1.) Can you recommend a reputable travel agency that can provide/offer “reserved airline tickets & hotel accommodations”?
    2.) Can you recommend the cheapest medical insurance provider for Schengen visa application?

    And lastly, do I need to get a separate visa if I want to enter Italy?

    Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks much!!!

    • Lexie 01/10/2016 at 6:27 am #

      You can reserve airline tickets yourself with QATAR airways. They have a book now pay later option but it’s only valid for 48 hours so just have it reserved and printed the day before your application. As for hotel accommodations, book through booking.com as they have the pay later option as well. You can cancel within 2 weeks before your intended date of arrival at the hotel (but make sure there’s a badge that says you can cancel for free in the selected hotel).

    • Cheska 01/15/2016 at 1:56 pm #

      Hi! My family and I applied through Ultraman Travel (located in Pasig). Mark – the travel agent, helped us with everything and he even accompanied us in the consul!

      • dottiettie 01/21/2016 at 7:34 pm #

        Hi! How much did you pay for your family? Visa, airfare, hotel accommodation and all?

    • Der 02/28/2016 at 8:03 am #

      I applied thru a ARC TICKETING CENTER in Taguig. Small travel agency pero ang specialized
      talaga nila ay mga visa, professional service. Good luck!!

  34. Mj 01/06/2016 at 4:13 pm #

    Hi. Can anyone help me about travel insurance? I need to have a 60 days travel insurance for my trip. which insurance company is the cheapest and refundable in case the visa is denied? Thanks for those who will answer.

    • Yan 02/08/2016 at 9:50 pm #

      I recommend Bluecross Insurance for you guys. It is refundable it cost P6,267 for 90days. You can get it online and can be printed the policies after you paid it.

  35. Mags 01/04/2016 at 9:39 pm #

    You are freakin’ awesome, thanks for this guide, my friend and I are hoping to visit the UK, Switzerland and Austria this August. Thanks again!

  36. Lexie 12/30/2015 at 7:55 am #

    Hi would you know how much the average exchange rate would be? So that I’ll know how much pesos I’ll bring tomorrow to my appointment. I don’t have euros yet.

  37. Lia 12/27/2015 at 6:51 pm #

    hi wanderlass,
    just wanna ask, i have a dutch boyfriend and i wanna go and visit him one day there and who knows what happens next. he told me that he wanted to sponsor my trip there…i just wanna know what is the easiest and quickiest when getting a visa, sponsoring or me financing my own trip? and can you suggest some good travel agents? thanks

    • Lil minion 12/29/2015 at 8:44 pm #

      for me sponsoring a trip when it comes to business is the easiest but for your BF will sponsor ur trip is 50/50 i guess you should go to financing ur trip or you should get tourist visa try Escapemode Travel and Tours =)

    • Der 02/28/2016 at 8:17 am #

      Hi Lia,

      Did you get your visa na? If not, I know a good travel agent and visa consultant that also
      helped me. Just paying it forward :) Just email me at rubydegu@gmail.com

      Good luck!

  38. Jenny Fajardo 12/14/2015 at 12:34 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass. May I ask how and where can one get a Confirmed Airline Booking Reservation and Confirmed Hotel accommodation booking without having to pay for the actual amount? Thank You

    • migs 12/18/2015 at 8:09 am #

      just go to the nearest travel agency but not all travel agency allowed it anyways mine got it from escapemode travel and tours

    • Der 02/28/2016 at 8:20 am #

      I got mine sa ARC TICKETING center sa taguig po, php 150.00
      pero hindi nako pumunta sa travel agency, sa phone lang tas deposit.
      good luck po

      • Julie 05/02/2016 at 10:17 am #

        wow ayos ah. cge dyan din ako kukuha RT for airfare

  39. Lexie 12/12/2015 at 7:04 am #

    I need advise. I was checking out AXA’s travel insurance. They have AXA Schengen and AXA Schengen Low Cost. Was wondering if the Low Cost option is enough?

    • migs 12/18/2015 at 8:17 am #

      Well based on my experience mine at least 2.5m medical expense coverage

    • Janet 12/18/2015 at 8:08 pm #

      Hello Lexie,

      I think AXA Schengen is not in the list of accredited travel insurance. You can visit there site for more info. Just FYI :D


    • migs 12/19/2015 at 2:20 pm #

      yeap try AIG travel insurance

  40. Happiness 11/21/2015 at 12:54 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass,

    Firstly, I just want to say thank you! I have used your blog as my guide and it indeed helped a lot!

    I just got my Schengen Visa today. Will be spending holidays in Europe.

    Guys, just complete all documents listed in the requirements and you’ll definitely get granted.

    As for me, I applied alone. Young, no sponsor whatsoever and a first time traveller.

    Consul just asked what my profession is and if it is my first time in Europe. Yep, just two questions (I was expecting much grilling since it’s my first time and all) but I guess the documents presented spoke for me.

    Follow your European dreams and get the Visa now!

    Thanks Wanderlass and Congrats in advance for future applicants.

    • Justice 11/27/2015 at 10:55 pm #

      Hi I’m not financially stable but my boyfriend wants to sponsor me a trip going to France, is it possible for me to get one? Coz he likes me to visit his country but of course I need a visa to he is very willing to sponsor me a trip
      Thank u

      • Der 02/28/2016 at 8:23 am #

        It depends how long you’ve been together with your boyfriend, it will be hard to sponsor you if you met him only once

    • Marz 12/01/2015 at 10:30 am #

      Hi everyone, any body have the format for the invitation letter? Pls can you reply me?? Thank you so much! I just really need it.

    • J.E. 12/02/2015 at 9:50 pm #

      Hi! What if I am going to UK for a business trip and I want to go to France or other nearby countries on weekends. Do I have a good chance on getting approved? Since I saw that I need to present itinerary and hotel vouchers etc etc.

      • Lil minion 12/19/2015 at 2:45 pm #

        Uk is not a part of schengen visa u shud apply both visa Uk and Schengen visa fro france Cheers!

    • mrs. n 12/08/2015 at 11:13 pm #

      Which embassy did you apply at? Congratulations!

    • Storm 12/09/2015 at 6:50 pm #

      What is your profession?

    • fe mutia sergio 12/12/2015 at 2:18 pm #

      hello pwede maka pagtanong dito mirron akong friend we never meet yet but we talk on skype eeryday two times he one me to come to netherland since he dont have time to visit me bcoz of his fram and he live alone. He send a document and his willing to sponsor me but i dont have much money to show or bank statement or certificate of bank im currently ofw in singapore mow. Pls teach me how to do all my document thanks.

      • queenie 04/20/2016 at 12:59 pm #

        Hello, I applied visit visa thru Dutch Embassy in Manila. My Boyfriend sponsor all my expenses so the consul asked to provide his 3 months pay slip and his invitation letter plus a copy of his passport and a european identification cad too. You only need to provide is travel insurance stating the days you will be in Europe or Netherlands, reservation ticket a roundtrip ticket not more than 90 days..

    • Janet 12/18/2015 at 8:04 pm #

      That’s great Happiness!

      I’d like to ask you how you get a travel insurance? Is it included when you buy a ticket or you get it separately? Could you also give me an idea where do i get a good travel insurance company.

      I hope you read this or Wanderlass…

      Thanks !


      • Lil minion 12/19/2015 at 2:24 pm #

        Hi Janet,
        you cud get it seperately
        I used AIG travel insurance
        mine i get it from escapemode travel and tours

    • Irene 01/31/2016 at 9:20 am #

      Hello! Maybe you can help me answer my problem.I’m Irene from Philippines.I applied Schengen Visa to Germany.and went to personal appearance this January 20,2016.i submitted all the requirements personally,and did the biometrics,paid also for the visa.nd they issued me my receipt.only that.She didn’t even told me when will my passport be release and if i will be granted for a visa.by the way,she also asked me to write in a courier receipt about my details where will they send my passport.
      I’am so worried,because i only not just submit an iterinary of my flight and hotel accomodation.I submitted all true and booked flight to them,and my 1 month hotel accomodation.because i will be staying for one month.
      And my flight is dated February 12,2016.That is why i’m so worried.My Passport still not deliver at the moment.and I’m afraid to receive them without visa.
      How much days will I have to wait?and If i receive my passport,is it a 100%chance they granted me my visa to Germany?
      Thank you!

      • Dan 02/08/2016 at 5:57 am #

        Complete requirements ka nmn db.. Check mo email mo kung may update na sa visa mo

    • Mary 04/14/2016 at 2:15 pm #

      Hi i am just wandering which embassy did you apply. And why they returned to me my travel insurance? I did not even submit photocopies. Please advise thanks

  41. kaisserstuff 11/21/2015 at 1:11 am #

    Hi! I have a question, I want to go back to France… is there any chance that i could get a ticket from France to Scotland? like with only having a Schengen Visa!! BTW, Thanks for your blog,, i was able to got a VISA granted by following your tips and steps! Thanks.. Hope you Reply!

    • wanderlass 11/21/2015 at 1:51 pm #

      You need different visas for UK and Schengen.

      • Donna 11/23/2015 at 9:32 am #

        I just had my visa interview last 12th of November,for a 20day trip. they said I will have my passport back with the result within 7-10 business days. Upon reading the other blogs about the people who got their visas approved, it only took them 2-3days and they had the result. I am just still waiting and quite nervous about it. Any idea why it’s taking longer? Thank you!

        • Scarlet Ramos 12/12/2015 at 6:13 am #

          It depends on the embassy where you applied at. I applied in Czech embassy and by Tuesday it is already 14 working days. Still on process according to them.

      • Mickee 11/26/2015 at 11:50 pm #

        Hi. How much did you pay for that 30,000 euro coverage?

      • Bea 12/09/2015 at 12:06 pm #

        Hi, i got my 2nd visa going to Finland for 1 entry, im planning to go to Sweden after staying a couple of days in Finland. Can i go back to Finland again after spending some days in Sweden? Thank you.

        • Lil minion 12/19/2015 at 2:48 pm #

          uhmm since single entry u shud stay an just visit finland only no more other countries

      • Bea 12/12/2015 at 7:15 am #

        Hi, I have a question. I got my second visa going to Finland for 1 entry, im planning to go to Sweden after staying couple of days in Finland. Can i go back to Finland again after spending some days in Sweden since my return ticket is from Finland?
        Thank you.

  42. Bro 11/12/2015 at 11:41 pm #

    Goodday i just want to ask about my denial in German Embassy last year ago i would like to apply again for schengen visa in Switzerland should be better to put on my application that i already got denied in german embassy for applying schengen visa or No? Thank you and have a nice day
    They can trace if i already got denied in different embassy?

    • Jem 11/16/2015 at 4:43 pm #

      Yes. Be honest on your application because they will find out anyways. Good luck

  43. Juffer 11/11/2015 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi ! I would like to ask about your Malayan insurance. Is it the travel master have you purchased with them? I’m not sure about this thing. sorry

    Thank you for your response !! :D :D :D

    • Scarlet Ramos 11/17/2015 at 12:05 pm #

      I canvassed travel medical insurance and found it Malayan does not provide refund of the premium in case your visa application is denied. Other companies do.

  44. Mr_dbv 11/11/2015 at 3:24 pm #

    Guys. Good day. How much is the French Visa fee in Peso now? Please help. Thank you. :-)

  45. Rody 11/10/2015 at 9:45 pm #

    Hello Wanderlass, I am planning to go to Germany 1st quarter next year. I work for my cousin’s company (headquarters in UK) but I am physically in the Philippines (home-based job). I received salary and incentives however; since the company is not registered Philippines, I do not have ITR. The company does not have certificate of employment nor ID. The only proof I got is my contract which was just sent through email.

    I thought I have money to finance my trip however; the employment requirement scares me. I don’t own any lands here, too. Do you have anything to suggest for my situation?

    Thank you!

  46. mary juguiad 11/02/2015 at 10:19 pm #

    Can my German sponsor submit also the certificate of board and lodging to support me of my stay?

    • ehrz 11/04/2015 at 6:35 pm #

      Hello. I am planning to apply schengen visa and my sponsor is living in Spain but he is Pakistan. He live over 10yrs already in Spain he hsa business there. Does he allow as my sponsor and take some of the responsible in somenschengen requirements like financial capacity and others? I am recently working here in KSA and I’m going in Phil’s.this coming April my planned is making my visa re entry. But the problem can I still apply for schengen visa even my passport is 3months re entry for a vacation? Just in case my sponsor not sure of this so I have to comeback in KSA. Thanks

    • Maru 11/09/2015 at 9:04 am #

      Hello everyone! Im maru. Hope somebody could help me what is the best thing to do. Im planning to go to sweden by july 2016. Im married but separated since 2012. I have one kid living in the philippines with my mom. Now im in japan working. I meet my swedish boyfriend online this summer. Our first meeting was in the phils when i have my 1week vacation in the philippines and we went together in japan last july. He visited me again this october for 5days and he will go back again on dec. he wants me to go to sweden just for a tour, and i also love the idea but im only planning for about 7days since im working here in japan. He will be sponsoring me and actually trying to use the fiancee or gilfriend visa but i said we cant use it since im not yet annulled, might just complicate things. So now my questions is should i apply for a tourist visa or visiting friend visa since he will covers all the expenses and will submit all the supporting documents needed. If visiting friend, will i be questioned since the matter of the fact that we are not just friend. Also he email me the gf/bf/fiancee visa application and there is the precise question (were you married before? If yes, is the married annulled? If not annulled, what is the reason?) so if i take this type of visa application and just be honest with all the answers like its not yet annulled, will it be a ground to deny my application? Thanks and GOdbless everyone. My apology for my long letter. ?

      • migs 12/18/2015 at 8:34 am #

        go for tourist visa, its complicated if ya go for Visitors visa/GF/Friend Visa.

      • Mary 04/10/2016 at 10:56 am #

        Hi maru,

        Just wanna ask if what kind of visa did you applied?? Visit visa or tourist visa. Thanks

  47. Mj 11/02/2015 at 8:29 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass!

    Regarding documents from the guarantor, okay lang ba na i-scan ng guarantor ko and send it to me by email or need pa ipa-courier? Thank you :)

    • M&K01 11/10/2015 at 10:49 pm #

      As far as i know scanning is not allowed.. the embassy strictly want the original copy of the documents of the guarantor,, Kase they will really asked the original with his signature..

      Goodluck :)

  48. Vin 11/02/2015 at 2:08 am #

    Hi. I’m planning to have a solo European trip in 2016 but I just graduated college and passed the board exam (so currently unemployed) so my parents will pay for my trip. Will it be possible for me to get a visa if I would submit an affidavit letter stating that my parents will sponsor my trip so I could just submit their ITR, Business Permits, Bank Certs? Or is this a hopeless case? Thanks in advance!

  49. Miehle Vel 10/25/2015 at 12:44 am #


    I have a question. I was invited for a vacation in switzerland for 4-5 days. I want to know if how much money possibly do u think I should need?? I will stay at my friend place in Siwtzerland (for visa to get approve)


    • wanderlass 10/28/2015 at 10:54 am #

      Switzerland is one of the more expensive cities in Europe. Depends on what you will be doing, but to give you and idea, a simple (not fancy restaurant) pasta dinner with coke is about 30USD. Tram ride is about 2USD. Museum and such about 10-20USD. Their currency CHF is same as USD.

      • maria 01/22/2016 at 6:13 am #

        ms wanderlass i need your thought on this please..
        my friend and i applied for visa yesterday at vfs in wafi (french consulate) here in dubai.. today my friend received a call and she was asked about our itinerary for 15days and does she have a relative in europe.. of course she said no.. its her first time to travel and she got 8k aed (around 90,000pesos) on her account.. im just wondering why i didnt receive a call.. i have already some travel history from other countries like India, Singapore and Japan.. i hope this will help.. waiting for visa approval makes me really nervous.. I also checked on visa status tracker online and it says INTERVIEW SCHEDULED when in fact we weren’t asked for interview at all to appear at the French Embassy. I hope someone can enlighten me on this

  50. Shin 10/21/2015 at 3:40 pm #

    I am planning to apply a tourist visa to the Czech Embassy. My planned visit would be from July 1, 2016 until September 28, 2016. My friend whom I have known for more than a year will sponsor the expenses of the trip. I will be staying in his apartment. I don’t have job yet, no kids, no properties. I don’t have any proof that I will still come back here in the Philippines. What are the necessary documents I need to submit and how can I guarantee that my visa application will be approved? And about the travel insurance, how much is it?
    Thanks in advance for your response.

    • Suannie 10/26/2015 at 10:16 pm #

      Hi everyone! Can someone help me with my question? My married brother and I plan to join a group tour to Europe in March 2016. I have no problem with getting Schengen visa since I’m a holder of an Australian passport and also I have a dual citizenship (Fil/Aus). My brother, on the other hand, only has a Philippine passport and will need to apply. What worries me is although he owns an internet cafe, the business is in his wife’s name. They have two kids, one has finished school while the other is still in university. He basically runs the business by himself and been doing it for over 10 years. Because he does not get paid like an employee, he cannot produce an ITR. He does not have much money in the bank in his name. The trip we are taking together will be paid by me since I have a good job and money in the bank. He is an amateur photographer and wants to go to Europe to capture its beauty. What are the chances of him in successfully securing Schengen visa? Thanks for your responses in advance.

    • Scarlet Ramos 12/12/2015 at 6:31 am #

      Applications are always subject for approval hence no guarantee that you will be approved. I applied in Czech embassy and waiting for the result now. Since I have a formal invitation which states my bf will shoulder all my expenses they never asked for too many documents. Though not required I made a cover letter stating my intentions in visiting Prague. Just a tip make sure you check their website and have all the documents listed on the category you are applying for. I have seen people there wasted their time and were not able to file their applications due to incomplete documents. The cheapest insurance I found was Malayan but not refundable once your application is denied. They are the fastest to process though. Just walk in to their office and pay 4500 plus the stamp. I believe I paid 4550 in total if I am not mistaken.


      • Samantha 12/17/2015 at 1:00 pm #

        Update : I made it to Europe. French immigration are super nice and the Czech immigration as well. Good luck everyone!

  51. aimmie 10/16/2015 at 9:55 am #

    hello..im aimmie,,i just want to ask if i still need to present a bank certificate if my french brother in law will shoulder all my expenses,attestation,ticket,and insurance,.thank you so much.

    • M&K01 10/16/2015 at 1:58 pm #

      No u dont need your bank certificate but u need your sponsor bank certificate or statement to prove that they can support your stay.

      • Aimmie 10/18/2015 at 12:32 pm #

        Thank you..
        and another question,, is it OK that I have a schedule interview on Nov.5 but my travel date is on Dec.2 2015?

        • M&K01 10/18/2015 at 8:30 pm #

          That should be fine i guess.. if ur case is same as mine it would be easier for them to make a decision.. the only reason i apply for my visa earlier so i can fixed something up if my visa get denied. Normally the embassy wil give the result for 15 working days.. so i guess thats totally fine..

          • Aimmie 11/05/2015 at 4:03 pm #

            Thank u very much..ur a big help for me. @m&k01.
            @dax ..I just finish my interview today.all good.for me embassy is good.I was late but still they accept my application..I think it’s also normal they have lot of question about the documents I have..
            I just pray a good result.

          • M&K01 11/10/2015 at 10:51 pm #

            Hahah we have the same experience aimmie.. i was late too on my interview thought that will give me a bad shot :D
            But im glad we can share our experience,, I hope u get ur visa approved same as mine.. Goodluck :)

        • Dax 11/05/2015 at 11:50 am #

          Hello Aimmie! How’s your intetview with thw french embassy?

          • Dax 11/05/2015 at 8:33 pm #

            Hi Aimmie, I hope you’ll get your visa soon. How many days your application to be process? God bless :)

          • Aimmie 11/05/2015 at 9:40 pm #

            Ohh thank U dax ..just 5 days..next week I have the result.

          • Dax 11/05/2015 at 9:54 pm #

            So you will be back on 11th or 12th? I wish you goodluck…

        • Dax 11/16/2015 at 9:59 pm #

          Hello Aimme did you get your visa? Can you share your experienced with us, thanks.

    • Jennifer 10/20/2015 at 7:23 am #

      Hi! Wanderlass,

      Im Jennifer, I would like to ask if how long it takes to get the visa for a tourist to go to France if I apply in Philippines? Im currently here in Qatar. And 2weeks ago I tried to apply a schengen visa.We provided what consulate needed but in the end they did not grant my application because they said Im staying almost 3mons in france.
      My boyfriend is french citizen.And his working in Paris currently.He requested me to have my holiday there for 3mons because he cannot always be with me on our trip because of his job.We were quite dissapointed because were been travelling in other countries and and we managed to get the visa easily.
      And now that I have 3mons holiday we want to try it again to apply in Philippines.Maybe will be grant because Im filipino citizen.
      I just want to ask also, can we use the Attestation D accueil if my address is stated here in qatar or we need to change it to my address in the philippines?
      Thanks alot..

      • Gwenneth 10/21/2015 at 7:29 pm #

        Hi Jennifer what is your email? ng a apply din ako ng tourist visa for 3 months sa November 2nd week na appointment ko presently im working in Abu Dhabi UAE. nung june nasa Paris din ako bumalik ako ng July 2015 its my 2 nd time if ever makapasa ako. Naka punta ka na ba before sa France?

      • Gwenneth 11/19/2015 at 4:24 am #

        Im currently living in Abu Dhabi, I got my visa in just 2 days,mabilis mg proceso dito sa uae. for the 2nd time, they grant my 3 months vacation

  52. Jhane 10/15/2015 at 3:15 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass,

    I’m Jhane,I had a German bf his visiting me here in the Philippines this coming Nov. We’ve met on a dating site and know each other for 4 months now his family wants me to visit them in their country. My question is that it is possible that the German Embassy grant me a visa if the father of my boy friend will sponsor me? Coz my bf has not enough money to support me if he will be my sponsor. And also i want to ask if the appearance of the father of my bf is needed here in the embassy? Looking forward for ur reply…

    • wanderlass 10/16/2015 at 9:18 am #

      yes the father can be your sponsor. he only needs to send you document of support.

      • Zel 10/16/2015 at 9:47 am #

        Hi wanderlass, I am quite nervous as I will have my appointment at Netherlands Embassy for the second time as I will be applying again a visit visa to visit my fiance again. I am afraid that they might think negative as this time i will apply for 90 days not unlike before which is only 25 days but I got granted before. But the purpose this time is to spend christmas, anniversary, new year and valentines day. Do you think my application this time will be okay as well? I am a student and i will give them a certificate that I was enrolled to my school because right now is the end of semester. Please enlighten me wanderlass. Thank you!

      • Guadaline 10/16/2015 at 5:23 pm #

        Hi Wanderlass.
        Im planning to apply a schengen visa in Belgium embassy but my destination will be in Bulgaria. I am aware that the country i will visit is not part of Schengen but EU member. Is it possible not to get denied as im married to a Bulgarian and i was in Bulgaria last july using a tourist visa but now that my husband is onboard the ship he couldn’t send me documents i need to apply a tourist visa once again. The reason why im coming back there is to process my residence visa. I must stay in Bulgaria for 3 months just to get this id from the police station. Do you think they will grant me a multiple visa?
        Thank you in advance and i hope for your quick response.

        • wanderlass 10/17/2015 at 12:00 pm #

          I’m not sure of the answer but if you have the right requirement there is no reason to deny you visa esp if you’ve got one before.

          • Jho 10/17/2015 at 8:09 pm #

            Hi wanderlass,

            I just want to ask if I can get a schengen visa if my bf is an American? Because he want to meet me in Italy for me to meet his family there, and he will support all the expenses for our stay there. Do I still need a bank certificate? Hope u can help me with this things, I really need to know so I can apply immediately.

            Thank u so much :-)


          • Will 03/23/2016 at 12:56 am #

            Actually, it is not always that simple. Having the right documents is not enough. They also need to be sure you will come back to your home and not just stay there. So if you travel alone and don’t have a steady job, they can refuse you, as long as it looks suspicious enough.

  53. AA 10/14/2015 at 11:37 pm #

    Hi all! Just want to share with you my experience with the French embassy. I applied for Schengen tourist visa for 16 days for Christmas vacation with my brother and dad. My french boyfriend invited us to tour France and spend the holidays with their family. But since we will not stay in their house, we didn’t need the attestasion. The only document we asked from them was an invitation letter addressed to the embassy stating that their family is inviting us over for the holidays but we will still finance our whole trip and they assured that we will come back on January 3. I think it was a really big help. My dad is a gov’t retiree (just last March) so he submitted his retirement documents and ITR. My brother and I are very new to our jobs as we just both graduated. Me – 7monts, him – just 2 weeks!!!. He was not able to provide leave of absence certificates because of course he’s just new. This maybe the one part that made us so nervous about our application. During the interview, the lady on window 5 just asked questions about my dad’s previous employment and as expected, she questioned my brother if his company will allow him to file leaves already. He just responded that his company has a temporary shutdown during Christmas season and thus it will be easy. The lady was rude and really snob. She tossed out papers she didn’t need – my dad’s OCR and land title (as proof assets) and said it’s not on the list. She could have said it politely.

    Anyway, we were asked to come back two days after. We were really tensed and nervous during this short period of waiting!!! I even researched already what to do if we get denied. Yes, so paranoid haha.

    But good news, we got our visas this morning!!! :) We are so so so happy!!! :D

    One question though… we weren’t asked to report back to the embassy after we return back to the Phils. Did she just forget to mention it or is just selective? Thanks :)

    Goodluck to all! :D

    • wanderlass 10/15/2015 at 12:16 am #

      congratulations. i’ve never been asked to do that either so it must be selective.

      • Anna 10/15/2015 at 3:27 pm #

        Hi! Wanna ask something if may magbabayad pa ba ng travel fee dito sa pilipinas? Thank you :)

      • rjan 10/21/2015 at 7:34 am #

        while waiting for my visa, i overheard a couple of applicants being asked to sign a contract to report back at the french embassy upon their return from their trip. i guess they put an annotation at the visa as precondition for issuance. btw, i would like to thank you for posting this blog. it helped a lot in preparing my application for the Schengen visa.

    • Anna 10/15/2015 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi AA! I was passed my austrian visa and fly this coming november. They asked me to report back to the embassy after I returned back to the philippines. But I think they will asked the “REPORT” thing if you are going to visit europe for 90 days. :)

    • april 11/11/2015 at 12:45 pm #

      Hi AA,
      What was the time given to you for the release of your passports?

      I was also asked to come back after two days.



  54. Braveheartmhylz 89 10/06/2015 at 12:37 pm #

    Hi, I need help. How to apply for a schengen-visa for Germany?my friend’s team will compete for big tournament in Germany. I hope you can help me. They will leave two weeks from now.

  55. M&K01 10/05/2015 at 11:27 pm #

    I had my interview today.. it went pretty smooth and fast,, i was late 45mins tho but staff at the VFS were pretty friendly. They said it take 15 working days to get my result. Interview is not bad as i expected they just ask/confirmed about your documents. Now waiting game is on..
    Goodluck to us guys..

    • M&K01 10/07/2015 at 1:13 pm #

      Thank you to these blog it helped me get thru my visa… I Already get email that says my visa is GRANTED! yehey! it took only 2 days thats pretty fast… EUROPE here i comeeeeee…

      • Karina 10/08/2015 at 1:42 pm #

        Hi there? Which embassy did you apply? Thanks

        • M&K01 10/16/2015 at 2:01 pm #

          I apply at the norweigan embassy in VFS GLOBAL CENTER.

          • Sid 10/16/2015 at 4:48 pm #

            Wow. Nice.I’m planning to apply at the Norwegian embassy too. What type of visa you applied for?

    • james 10/09/2015 at 7:04 am #

      hi did they require confirmed roundtrip ticket?

      • M&K01 10/16/2015 at 2:04 pm #

        Hmmm i had a confirmed reservation ticket.. I got in in a travel agency and paid 500 for it.. the travel agency will require or suggest u to get it the day before u submitting your visa applications.. goodluck :)

        • andray faraon 01/07/2016 at 3:52 am #

          which travel agency is this?

  56. Kam 09/25/2015 at 2:25 am #

    I was wondering, is anyone familiar with applying for a Swiss visa while in Europe? I am an Au pair in France and I found a university in Switzerland which im very much interested for my study plans. Rather than going home. I’d like to apply while im here.

    • Susu 09/25/2015 at 5:10 pm #

      Hello sis, im looking for informations about au pair in france and finally i found your comment here. Thanks God! May i ask you about au pair? Coz i really badly need it. My boyfriend which is a french guy with his family want to invite me in france using au pair visa but unfortunately they still dont know where to start to process my paper there. Can you help me please. Thanks

    • Susu 09/25/2015 at 6:34 pm #

      g_lebaste02@yahoo.com this is my yahoomaill address. Baka po may awa ka sakin sis at matulongan mo ko. Thanks a lot

  57. Xyza 09/24/2015 at 8:11 pm #

    I had my interview today for my family visit tourist visa. I was given the claim slip dated September 29, 2015. So, that is a total of 5 days. I know it is not yet a reassurance that my interview went well, but I do hope so much for it to be positive. Much thanks to this post! It was my bible for 3 months. Crossing fingers!

  58. Irynne 09/20/2015 at 10:38 pm #

    Hi, just want to k now how money is need in the bank account for the schengen visa? And also, my sister in Canada will cover all the expenses like the accommodation, transportation. Do I need her Tax Assessment? Do I need to apply for a separate tourist visa going to UK, as it is part of our itinerary?

  59. Hearty 09/12/2015 at 2:38 am #

    Hi Wanderlass

    I wonder if you could help me. I am a filipino passport holder currently living in the UK on a spouse visa for 6months now. My husband and I are planning to go to Paris for good few days, do I need a Schengen Visa? What are the docs I need to get?
    I have 5months payslips if that helps.

    • Cassin 09/16/2015 at 10:00 pm #

      Hi,UK is not part of the EU,so yes you will have to apply for your schengen visa,just visit the embassy website, good luck!

      • Angel 09/26/2015 at 6:37 am #

        Hi, we applied for a schengen visa and was only given 4 days :( Can we still ask them to have it extended? Thanks!

      • mirek 09/28/2015 at 2:24 am #

        Since when?

  60. teenabels 09/11/2015 at 6:39 am #

    Hi there Rob, I just need some help. I got denied schengen visa last jan 2013 and i applied thru swiss embassy, that time i was sponsored by a family friend and i dont have enought money on my bank account and i was only 5 months here working in Dubai. Now I am planning to apply thru french embassy as a tourist. Im still in the same company where im working and Ive saved money for this travel to europe.. Do u think this time I’ll have a good chance to get the visa? Im planning to visit paris and switzerland. Hope youl reply! Tnx.

    • jose angara 09/20/2015 at 4:18 pm #

      Hi Tennabels. apply thru VFS in Wafi City Dubai . just prepare all the documents needed. Book an appointment thru website. Prepare your NOC letter,Salary Certificate, Passport,Visa/Bank statement.

  61. Chesca 09/04/2015 at 8:45 am #

    Hello there, AXA Travel Insurance is accredited po ba ng embassy for my visit in Paris sana. thanks

  62. HeyLey 08/27/2015 at 2:28 am #

    Hello Wanderlass.

    I’m 19 years old, first year university student (taking up BA-International Studies). Last August 10, 2015 I had my appointment for my tourist visa app (Denmark) and submitted my requirements at the (VFS)visa application center.

    Here are the requirements I submitted;
    1. Schengen Visa Application Form –
    2. One Passport sized photo with white background and not older than 6 months
     3. Original Passport –
     4. Photocopy of Original Passport –
     5. Proof of Sufficient Funds – bank cert & bank statements-past 6 months (above 500k)
     6. Full Itinerary or Detailed Day to Day Activities of the Trip
     7. Proof of Accommodation/Hotel Bookings
     8. Photocopy of Roundtrip Airline Ticket Reservation –
     9. Photocopy of Travel Medical Insurance –
     6. If currently a Student –
    a)certification of enrolment from the school and school ID
    b)certification of reservation (I will be traveling at the end of our 1st semester, if visa will be granted. So I asked our Department’s Dean for a seat-reservation certificate for the next sem)
     7. Hotel Bookings
     8. Photocopies of own means and properties (I have deed of sales of properties under my name-no title yet, I also have my car’s OR/CR-newly renewed & also under my name)
    9. Cover letter

    Most of my documents were notarized. My first schengen visa application was denied(for Germany). This time, I will be travelling alone and will be staying in a hotel. Denmark is my first port of entry, I will also visit Hamburg, then back to Denmark as my exit. I don’t have any sponsor. They only asked me 2 questions, first, schengen countries I will be visiting & the duration of my stay. They checked my documents one by one, and did not ask further questions, then they took my biometric and also my original passport. It’s my first time going outside the Philippines, btw.

    Now I am waiting for the result/update of my application. I am really worried about it. Do you think I have submitted all the necessary requirements? is my chance of getting a visa high enough? :(

    More power & God bless!

    • Rea 08/29/2015 at 12:40 pm #


      Do let me know how your application resulted. Im applying for Schengen visa (Denmark) soon, and would take your submitted documents as a guide :)


      • joeyampi 09/13/2015 at 1:32 pm #

        Helo all,
        Just done w/ my interview and sumission of documents last sept 10, 2015 at the german embassy and they said after i week ill get my passport including the details if i was approved to get a visa or not. Ito naghihintay ng result pa rin , i am applying for a schengen visa for visit to a german friend of mine.
        Lahat ng question ng consul nagfocus sa documents na dala, hopefully nasubmit ko naman lahat ng documents na kailangan kasi hindi na ako hiningan ng kulang, except dun sa ITR ko income tax return kasi 2011 na papers lang meron ako,sabi ko kasi talent oa ako nun sa previous work ko and after na regular ako manila base na ngprocess BIR namin kaya ganun.
        Ibang question tinanong sakin, pano ko nakilala ang host/sponsor ko, tapos tinanong din nila ako sa details ng leave of absence ko sa company that im currently working with, kung bat ako pinayagan mag leave ng ganun kahaba,and flight details ko,i think its important na alam mo yung dates na nakalagay sa mga documents mula sa visa application, flight reservation, certificate of employment, leave of absence kasi nalula ako sa question sa dates.
        Goodluck sa atin lahat, GOd is good
        Sabi nga nila kung para sa atin tong visa na ito ibibigay talaga mag hindi naman hindi talaga :)

    • krystn 09/26/2015 at 5:21 pm #

      how was it? was the application approved? do let us know. thanks

  63. Ivan Zales 08/20/2015 at 9:01 am #

    Hi Wanderlass,

    Good day! The contents of your blog are really helpful, especially to people who also wants to visit different nations and destinations. I just wanted to ask how much is the Travel Insurance that you have purchased? Do I need to pay it at once? Thanks and Cheers.


    • Rebecca 09/12/2015 at 3:11 pm #

      Travel Insurance should be minimum €30,000 for Schengen visa compliance

    • Xyza 09/24/2015 at 8:18 pm #

      Hi Ivan! Yes you really need to have a travel insurance as it is an application requirement. It should cover €30,000. For my 90 day application, I paid around 3k php for the insurance.

      • zel 09/25/2015 at 1:40 am #

        Hi Xyza, would you mind if I ask which travel insurance yung kinuha mo? I just read you only paid like 3k for a duration of 90 days long. I saw in malayan which is around 4,900, i used malayan before but if in case i could find cheaper then why not. Thanks

        • Xyza 09/25/2015 at 10:37 am #

          Hi Zel! It was my mom’s husband (who is my sponsor) who got it for me. Pero I have the website here and you can check it out: http://www.assurance-voyage-schengen.com . This was the insurance also used by my mom and sister when they applied for their long stay visa 2 months ago. They are now in Bretagne for nearly 2 months now.

          • Zel 09/28/2015 at 1:46 pm #

            Hi xyza, matanong ko lang. France kb nagapply before using that insurance? Do you will this work sa dutch embassy? Kasi ang cheap nya compare sa travel insurance dito satin eh. Thank you!

          • Gen 03/13/2016 at 9:26 pm #

            Hi Xyza, I have the same sponsoring as you to the Netherlands. My mother’s bf will be my sponsor. My question is how or in what context would I be able to declare this in the documents for my visa application?

            Thank you.

        • Xyza 09/28/2015 at 4:13 pm #

          Hi! Yes sa French embassy sya namin ginamit. I think pwede sya kasi Schengen area din naman yung Denmark e. I am not a hundred percent sure pero, I think so. Malaki nga talaga yung difference nya. Sorry dito na ko nag reply kasi sa last comment mo wala yung reply tab.

          • Zel 09/28/2015 at 7:00 pm #

            Uhmm sa Dutch embassy ako magaapply ulit. Second time ko to, first time ko approved naman. Pero my main concern is yung travel insurance kasi 5k na halos sa malayan eh, dto sa schengen assurance i checked around 3k lng. Well siguro pwede na din to :)

        • Makoli 10/04/2015 at 10:32 pm #

          how many days na hohold an passport when.applying schengen visa?

  64. Rea 08/19/2015 at 1:22 pm #


    First of all, just wanna say thank you for taking the time to blog everything in detail. It’s really very helpful.

    As for my case, I will be applying for a Schengen visa (Denmark) next month. I have a question regarding the hotel booking. My Danish friend got his friend to let us stay at his apartment since his friend would be in Austria. That being said, this friend of his isn’t a very good friend so I didn’t want to bother him with all the visa related documents.

    My question is, once I submit the hotel reservations (hotel vouchers and such), is it okay if I don’t stay at the hotel?

    Aprreciate your help on this. And once again, thank you :D

    • Rebecca 09/06/2015 at 2:36 am #

      It doesn’t matter where are you staying. As long as you have a proof of your confirmed hotel booking.

      • RM 10/08/2015 at 6:56 pm #


        Will the airport immigration ask for proof of hotel bookings? My visa has been approved, and I submitted all hotel bookings. However, a friend invited me to stay at her place instead while I am there, so I am cancelling the hotel bookings I’ve made.

  65. IANNE 08/18/2015 at 12:40 am #

    Good day everyone, for all of you who will apply for a tourist visa in the Schengen region, one of the reasons that will guarantee your visa is a letter of leave of absence from your current employer, this will give them the proof that you are just visiting the Schengen area for a period of time without the intention of staying their for good. This will also tell them that you have a job to go back to and will not look for a job when you get to your destination. One more very important thing, I just went to the French embassy last week and didn’t prepare exact amount of P2970.00, this was rather a very big mistake. Why?, because they will not take any excess cash or keep it, you need to have the exact amount or at least that’s what the man by the entrance of the embassy told me, so I had to change a P100.00 bill so I can make P70.00 change to give to the cashier, the next thing I know, the man gave me P70.00 out of my P100.00 and said he will give me the rest later,very wrong, as soon as I finish my interview and walked out of the building, the man didn’t give me my P30.00 change, yes I know it’s just P30.00 but regardless of the the amount, he doesn’t have the right to just pocket my money, he is part of the security team of the embassy, short, fat, dark skinned man above 50yrs old maybe, he is accompanied with what seemed to me is a police officer in a blue polo shirt, imagine is this security will manage to get P30.00 each from all the visa applicants…I know life is hard, and it’s my hard earned P30.00, he stole in my face and did not even bother to give it back even when I came back to get the result of my visa application. THIS SHOULD BE STOPPED, I HOPE THE MANAGEMENT OF THE FRENCH EMBASSY IN MAKATI GET RID OF THIS SYSTEM THAT THE SECURITY MADE UP. IT JUST RUINS THE IMAGE OF US FILIPINOS, THIS IS ALSO ONE OF THE REASONS WHY MOST FOREIGNERS WOULD LOOK DOWN ON US. THIS HAS TO STOP.NOW.

    • roxy 08/24/2015 at 8:53 pm #

      hi, how long before you get the result of your visa? i applied today and they said be back on august 26 — its too soon

      • NJ2015 08/28/2015 at 8:59 pm #

        I think that’s their standard turn around time. My friend and I applied last Aug. 19. We got our visas on Aug. 24, Aug. 21 being a holiday.

      • Majoe 09/09/2015 at 11:56 am #

        Hi roxy,, i just want to ask lang po nung nag apply ka ng schengen visa sa french embassy after 2 days ay na issuehan k po ba ng visa? Iniwan mo ba sis ang passport mo dun at kinuhanan ka din ng biometrics? Kc smin po is friday ang release, 2 days lang din sis.thanks

        • JP 09/28/2015 at 3:20 pm #

          Hi.. kakatapos lang ng appointment ko knina, and they told me to comeback on wednesday. Ambilis masyado. Though business trip ung application ko and ishoshoulder ng company yung lahat ng expenses., wala akong kulang na requirements. Im worried na bka madeny pa. Nabigyan ba kayo?

          • Mitch 10/06/2015 at 12:47 am #

            Nothing to worry about..mabilis na talaga ang processing time,2 days ready na..less na ang agony sa waiting time..be positive and keep praying.

    • Aimmie 09/24/2015 at 8:48 pm #

      Good day… yes,leave of absence in work is really need for this visa..and it’s a big problem for me now because my boss don’t want to give me even the one month leave..Ohh somebody please help me..?. I’m in a deep problem..

  66. karen 08/10/2015 at 5:52 pm #

    Hi po. I saw your blog regarding sa pag apply ng schengen visa. I am planning to apply for a visa sa Germany and I already booked an appointment sa German Embassy on 26th of August. My boyfriend is the one who will sponsor me to get there because he was been assigned there for a new job. His an American and I am a filipina. We have all the requirements that they are asking. A letter from him and notarized from there and my cover letter notarized from here. Also insurance and some bank statements from him as a proof. My concern lang po right now I am unemployed I just came back from Bahrain and I worked there for almost 3 years. My boyfriend also came back with me here last June and he spent 6 weeks here sa pinas for vication. I want to ask advise po kung masisita ako kung unemployed ako right now. But I will come back po here sa pinas if I will be grant for 3 months visa. I would like to know what is the proper way or how to answer them so they I will convince them that I will come back kasi mostly ung roothedness ang problema diba? I hope I will here a reply from you. Thank you in advance.

    • Abey 08/20/2015 at 11:12 am #

      Hi! Please update us soon, once nainterview ka na and what happened, kung ano mga tinanong at sinagot m about sa unemployed ka thanks

  67. Maryjaneeeee 07/20/2015 at 8:44 pm #

    Good day everyone! I have a french boyfriend for about 1 year right now and he is planning to come here in the Philippines on May and wants to bring me in France, his family will be the one who’ll pay for all my expenses. My question is, what would be the suitable visa for me to apply because they want me to come there and live but for sure it would be so hard, right? So maybe the the tourist visa will be the best option then? What do you think? Any suggestion? And can I process this all alone or I need to go in an agency to help me out? I really need help. Thanks!

  68. M&K01 07/15/2015 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi i am reading alot on how to get a big chance getting my tourist visa to sweden,, Me and my bf is in a relationship for 2 and half yrs and i am planning to visit him this year.My bf ofc will shoulder everything tickets,accommodation etc. But i am not a student nor employed and i dont own anything yet here in Philippines. We travel together few months ago in Thailand and Malaysia for 3 weeks.I dont know if thats good enough reason that i am comming back in ph.I do rent my own place tho.Question.. If ill tell that my bf is supporting me and sending me allowance every month would they ask for all the documents proving that his supporting me?

    • jhes78 07/20/2015 at 1:42 pm #

      Hi M&K01! I have been granted a Schengen visa last year (90 days) and was able to visit my fiancé in Sweden.
      You really need to have something that will prove your rootedness here in Philippines – job, school, kids, etc.

      • Mia 08/15/2015 at 8:28 pm #

        Hi. how many months i can apply again for Schengen visa after my departure from Schengen area or after the validity of my visa? thank you

      • M&K01 08/16/2015 at 12:01 am #

        Hi Jhes.. good to hear that ur able to get ur visa.. i am worried about it but i am going to sweden for good.. but it is easier to get tourist visa than fiance visa.. our plan is me going to sweden for couple of months and process sambo.. He is comming to get me.. so we going at the same time..

      • Joy Ferrer 08/17/2015 at 9:49 am #

        Hi I’m joy, I got my visa interview last July 9 2015, its already more than a month, my departure willbe this coming aug. 26 ,now I don’t know yet what was the result ,they didn’t sent me email or anything, what will I do?

        • M&K01 09/10/2015 at 5:46 pm #

          hey girl.. any hints what they will ask on the interview.. im pretty bad with interviews.. a little hint can help please… ty

          • Sahlee Camposano 09/12/2015 at 6:13 pm #

            I was asked details about the trip – how long will it be, if I availed the services of a travel agency to prepare the travel itinerary, about my travel history, if I have relatives in the Schengen area, and if there were any previous visa application denials at other embassies. Just be honest and make sure that you know the details of the documents that you submitted for the interview and that all your answers are consistent with the documents that you submitted.

            Good luck! ?

          • Maxen Kay 09/18/2015 at 2:46 am #

            Thanks a bunch.. so i just booked an appointment on norweigan portal and made a little mistake.. my bf wants to put 86 days instead of 90 but i did 91.. can i correct this somewhere? or i can tell correct it to the embassy? i already pay for it so,, help!!!

      • Mj 11/04/2015 at 2:04 pm #

        Hi jhes78! i just want to ask if the documents from my guarantor need ipa-courier or pwede na ang scan and send na lang sakin through email? Thanks!

    • Stars 07/27/2015 at 9:38 am #

      Hi. Me and my mom just applied last friday (july 24,2015)for 61 days of visa. Her long time friend for 35 years invited us for her and her partner 50th birthday. I am just worried because they might rufuse to give us visa because the processing time would be not enough. Our departure date would be on august 6, 2015. G

    • Sheila 08/03/2015 at 1:58 pm #

      No problem yan sis if wala kang properties,di ka student o wala ka trabaho..advice ko sau enroll k sa isang training school like sakin kumuha ako ng baking course for 10 days lng taz sinabihan ko registrar papasok ako sa pag.uwi ko galing vacation then request ka certificate of enrollment ngbibigay yan sila..

      • M&K01 08/16/2015 at 12:04 am #

        Oh talaga? Im considering that thoughts too.. Na magenroll since sa december pa lang plano namen..

        • Sheila 08/16/2015 at 10:31 pm #

          Yes ofcourse i do that also on my first visit.. i have the second visit now.. i have a friend now in sweden same situation as you.. follow nya advices ko and enrolled to a training school and theres no difficulties in granting her a visa she got approved 2days..and about staying good?. you can get married in sweden but still you need to go back to phils to process papers and get spousal/family immig visa but anyway in tourist you can extend your stay.. my friend had an extension shes staying sweden more than 90days,shes still there now..but if its up to you.. if its your first apply and you want to go sweden right away maybe mgtourist ka muna kasi if fiance matagalan pa if di ka pa nkavisit ng sweden mga 9mos visa mo pagnaka visit kna approve within 1-2mos lang :)

          • Mia 08/17/2015 at 12:17 am #

            hi, ask ko lang how many months pwede mag apply ulit for tourists visa after the expiration of my visa. Thank you

          • M&K01 08/17/2015 at 4:24 am #

            Cool.. oo first time ako magapply for sweden.. oo kaya nga tourist muna apply ko.. kase mas mabilis yun kesa fiance.. Pero i will consider your advice and hopefully magrant.. Thank you shiela :)

          • cathy gerona 08/20/2015 at 1:20 am #

            hi tanung po pano po yan pag wala akung work my bf support me only,ano pong kailangan kung gawin para may ma prove ko na babalik ako ng pinas..i will apply next month and my flight will be on october sana?

          • Last Minute Talent 08/23/2015 at 3:05 am #

            hi Shiela im Roselyn ask qlng sana an bama kailangan para makapag tour sa sweden pero wala kc aq friend dun please help thank you

          • M&K01 08/27/2015 at 12:02 am #

            Hello girl.. Kinailangan mo ba ng NBI processing your visa?

          • ROsie 09/25/2015 at 11:19 am #

            Hello Sheila! I read your comment. I am planning to go in hungary this year. My boyfriend will shoulder all tge expenses and i will be staying in his flat. Kaso wala kaming picture togther. So, I am thinking to apply for tourist visa. Kaso i have no work yet and no savings to show. Any advice for me?

          • Ching 02/22/2016 at 11:23 pm #

            Ibig po savhn hnd ko na kelangan ng requirements na COE at leave of absence, itr, kapag meron aku enrollment certificate po? Thanks.. problema ku pu tlga COE..

        • Sheila 08/17/2015 at 7:25 pm #

          No probs :)..

          Hi Mia, after 3mos ka makaapply ulit bali 90days after expiration of your visa.

          • joy berboso 08/24/2015 at 10:57 pm #

            hi ms shiela? tanong ko lang sana kung kailangan ko pa ba ng visa for europe? sabhn na nating 1month or less than a month? pero wala akong work yung boyfriend ko lang ang magging sponsored ko for visa na nagwowork sa saudi. thankyou

          • Sheila 08/27/2015 at 5:46 pm #

            Hello regarding sa pgtour sa sweden klngan ng bank accnts,pay slip,hotel bookings,round trip ticket,employmnt cert.. others info http://www.norway.ph.. and no need nbi clearance and medical in processing visa.. cathy gerona you can enroll to a training school like baking and request for enrollment cert..

      • Nat 08/26/2015 at 12:56 pm #

        Hi! I’m going to Santorini on October bec my sister picked this place as their wedding destination. I have the same problem po I’m not currently working, no income, no properties. I enrolled early in a review school that will start on November so I have proof that I will be back here in the Philippines but when I got interviewed yesterday in Greek Embassy I didn’t got the chance to present my certificate of enrollment. I felt like I’ve been attacked on questions regarding my financial means also, they didn’t accept the bank certificate of my sister which is my sponsor and told me that my requirements were incomplete. In the process I got so nervous, emotional and very hungry at the same time. I came from the province, travelled 5hours and arrived there at 7am got interviewed at 1:30pm wheeeew!(Note: magbaon ng snack!)Now I’m trying to be positive about the results but if anychance i get denied I will apply again and I will be ready for their questions next time. Hope my experience will help others who wants to get schengen visa.

        • Ghie 09/05/2015 at 1:33 am #

          hi,mind to share the result, please :) Greek Embassy is one those embassies that are strict on giving visa.

        • Sskyla 09/28/2015 at 10:49 am #

          Hi Nat!

          May I ask why they didn’t accept your sister’s bank certificate? Aside from the bank certificate did you present any Affidavit of support from your sister? If not, probably that’s why they didn’t accept your sister’s bank account.

      • Kinberly 08/26/2015 at 5:49 pm #

        Hi shiela! Ask ko lang if student ka na mg vivisit sa tita mo kailangan mo pa ba dapat ng bank account? Dba ng apply k din as students. Need answer please. Thank you.

        • ylai87 09/20/2015 at 10:07 pm #

          If yun sponsor mo is yun tita mo no need na…:)

        • ylai87 09/20/2015 at 10:19 pm #

          Ms. Joy need tlga ng visa if ppnta ka europe need yan kahit weeks o ano pa.. if lalabas k ng country need ng visa tlaga for immigration check..

    • ROsie 09/21/2015 at 9:59 pm #

      We almost have the same problem, but mine is worse. I have a Hungarian boyfriend, we have not meet yet. He can’t find a long vacation to go to Philippines because of his busy work. So he decided to take me in Hungary for vacatiion this year. WE HAVE NOT MEET YET for sure if I apply for visit visa, I will just waste my money. What is the best way to have a visa ? I have no work too. Pleeaasseee help me… we really want to be together. :(

    • mis 09/24/2015 at 2:21 am #

      Hi, dont get so worried. Relax!.. I had done my interview and applications smoothly. I can barely support my life in Philippines. in short wala akong big amount of money for BS(Bank Statement),, i just submit my payroll statement (3months) with a balance of Php1000.00,,, Ang point lang naman ng interview is kung totoo ba talaga na may relationship kayo, 2: kung kaya nya financially suportahan ka during duration of stay, 3. na established na ang relationship nyo na kahit magkalabuan kayu sa abroad, hindi ka mag-nganga dahil he will stop supporting you… so, Relax lang kung alam mo naman na wala kang hidden agenda.
      EU is very strict at ang taas ng standard nila, so, if you can afford you are welcome,, dahil kapag walang pera dito, mahirap talaga. And lastly, kung c bf naman ang mag shoulder, malalaman naman nila ang capacity ni bf, centralized lahat dito sa Sweden. so, tanggalin mo worries mo, kc si BF naman ang fallback kung anu man ang outcome ng interview mo. Lycka till!

      • AbbyA 10/16/2015 at 11:05 pm #

        Hi mis! Of all the comments here, i find yours very relevant to my dilemma. haha! hope you can help me.

        I have a Swiss boyfriend. We met in HK and have known each other since 2005. We have exchange of emails. It was only this year that we finally decided to take a a chance of being together since 2005. I told him that it is my ultimate dream to see Paris and Rome. He said he can make my dreams come true and asked me to check out the process of how I can tour in France, Switzerland, and Italy and he will shoulder all the expenses.

        Here is my situation:

        I am single with 2 kids.
        They are both enrolled in a nice school.
        I am currently employed in an American bank.
        I can produce leave of absence, return letter notice. Proof of my current position and responsibilities I hold.
        I only have a savings account thru my company. My bf is willing to transfer funds I would need for the trip.
        I don’t have credit cards.
        I have a valid passport.
        I have traveled to BALI (July) and HK (March) this year and have traveled several places in the Philippines: Corregidor (Feb), Bohol (Aug), Cebu (Sept), and Bicol (Oct).

        My BF has a stable job
        He can finance my trip: ticket, hotel, tour, insurance.
        He will accompany me thru out my trip.

        I plan to visit him on Feb 2016 for 2weeks only and must return to work to meet my deadlines.
        We will be staying mostly in Paris.
        He will plan my itinerary since he works.

        1. Are these sufficient for me to get approved for a Schengen Visa?
        2. Should I apply thru Swiss Embassy? or French Embassy?

        Hope you and Ms. wanderlass can help me. I will follow your advise.

        Thank you and Godbless to eveyrone!

  69. rizza 07/11/2015 at 9:40 am #

    Hi Rob,
    I just wanna ask how can i set an appointment to apply a schengen visa to switzerland?

    • JK 08/04/2015 at 6:05 am #

      Sorry but Switzerland is not in Schengen Area

    • Siz 08/06/2015 at 7:50 am #

      Switzerland is a part of schengen area, you just have to check if they have swiz Embassy in manila and bring necessary documents… But have your appointment book before going there..

  70. Yang 07/10/2015 at 12:08 pm #

    Good day Sir / Madam!
    I would like to ask question about getting Schengen visa..i had a record of denied schengen visa for Norway last June 2012,i re appeal it but still refused,then my ex boyfriend decided to left me because he said its very hard to get a Filipino from here in the Philippines so he just want to find a Filipino woman who already in there in Norway and now they are married,it was so bad because the embassy so strict in issuing the tourist visa thats why my ex boyfriend find a girl there..and now i have a new boyfriend from Germany i think i am hopeless in getting tourist visa now because of my experienced,.is my refused schengen visa in Norway will affect when i apply shengen visa for Germany?.about the requirements i completely submitted to Norway embassy before but still denied..the reason of the the norwegian embassy that i am single dont have any kid to come here in the Philippines,and they said that i might settle the relationship there in Norway..so i am hopeless now even i have small property here in the Philippines..my question is ,do i still have a chance to have a schengen visa for Germany even i have a refused visa record in Norway before?,can you give me advice how to have a posssible schengen visa in germany?,,thank you and more power!
    God bless!

  71. jubidoo 07/08/2015 at 3:10 pm #

    hi there i applied may 19, 2015 and they send me this yesterday on my email

    “Your passport is now ready for collection. You may now pick up your passport at the Visa Application Centre where you lodged your application. Our pick up time is from 2pm-4pm (Monday-Friday).”

    theres no assurance if my visa grant or denied wew! is anyone here experience this and whats the result?

    • Keilah 07/21/2015 at 5:20 pm #

      Hi, just got my schengen visa 2 weeks ago. And yes, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s approved. You have to go there and pick it up. It’s enclosed in a white embassy envelope. Just open it and turn your passports page. You’ll find it there.

    • Cathy 07/28/2015 at 1:05 pm #

      I received thesame email too today, i am nervous, hows your visa is it approved?

    • Cassin 08/17/2015 at 5:40 pm #


    • Anna 09/26/2015 at 11:18 am #

      I am applying schengen visa for Austria and I received the same email yesterday! How was your visa? Share Please! Thank you :)

      • krystn 09/26/2015 at 5:59 pm #

        anna. how was ur application? did u have a sponsor? if the sponsor will be going with us to austria (austrian national),

        • Anna 01/14/2016 at 5:35 am #

          Hi Krystn,
          It was good. I got my approved visa for almost 1 month. Well, I am thinking that was takes too long because I am applying for 3 month vacation. And yes, I have my sponsor which is my boyfriend.

          (How you mean if the sponsor will be going with us? Sorry, I dont get it hehe)
          Hope to hear you soon! Thanks :)

      • Kristine 12/15/2015 at 11:31 am #

        Hi Anna,
        How long did you have to wait til you received an email from Austrian Embassy? Did they require you to personally pick it up? Please be so kind to respond.
        Many thanks!

        • Anna 01/14/2016 at 5:42 am #

          Hello Kristine,
          Sorry for my late response. For almost 1 month before I got an email from the embassy. It takes too long because I am applying for 90 days vacation. Maybe if you are applying visa and staying for weeks or a month in austria, it would be more faster than 3 month vacation.

          Thanks! :)

  72. K 07/03/2015 at 5:25 pm #

    Hi, my friend recently applied for a Schengen Visa (France) and was asked to come back after 5 days to collect her passport. I have checked the French Embassy Website and it was stated that the decision has been made and if my friend was not contacted– my question is, does the embassy call you to inform you that your visa’s been approved or do you just go to the embassy on your scheduled passport collection date and find out there?

    • Keilah 07/21/2015 at 5:25 pm #

      They will not call you. You will know the decision once you come there for pick up, open the white embassy envelope with your passport in it. It’s sealed and is confidential so there’s no way the people at the office will know the decision.

    • Cassin 08/17/2015 at 5:43 pm #

      No,you will not be informed, you have to see for yourself, its a kind of surprise

      • roxy 08/24/2015 at 8:57 pm #

        how long is the processing? they asked me to go back after two days– i think its too soon? is like a screening then for further inquiries?

    • NJ2015 08/28/2015 at 9:11 pm #

      Was the application lodged at the French Embassy in Manila? I’m not sure if they changed their process between last year and in July 2015 but I just finished my application process and I did not receive any email nor was the result announced at their website. My passport was also not in a white envelop when I retrieved it from the embassy. My friend who applied last year had the same experience as mine.

  73. marge 07/02/2015 at 10:48 am #

    Hi wanderlass,need some advice pls.. My application for a visit visa in UK is refused..Do I have right to apply Schengen visa after im refused to uk visa?..Tnx for help.

  74. cecil 06/24/2015 at 8:13 am #

    Good morning,

    I need some advise regarding my situation..I am working as a nurse and I have a German boyfriend for almost 9 years. He wants me to apply for schenegen visa but I’m confused which visa should I apply for? I mean which better? A tourist visa or visiting a friend? (He’s going to shoulder all my expenses). I once applied for schenegen visa when I was in college but I was denied. I will try again this time and hopefully, it will be successful. I traveled to Japan last year.
    Thank you for reading and I hope to hear your advises..God Bless!

    • jhie 07/20/2015 at 11:26 am #

      if someone will pay ur travel and other expenses… submit the financial statements of the person or the sponsor .. instead

      • cecil 08/13/2015 at 10:21 pm #

        Hello Jhie, Thank you for the reply..and thank you for sharing information. Appreciated it a lot..;)

    • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:49 am #

      You will be staying with him no?In that case you apply for meeting friends visa. Tourist categeory is meant for people who arrange their own accomodation (hotel) etc.

      • Stars 07/27/2015 at 10:09 am #

        Hi rob. Hi. Me and my mom just applied last friday (july 24,2015)for 61 days of visa. Her long time friend for 35 years invited us for her and her partner 50th birthday. I am just worried because they might rufuse to give us visa because the processing time would be not enough. Our departure date would be on august 6, 2015. Possible pa kaya na mabigyan kami ng visa?

      • cecil 08/13/2015 at 10:16 pm #

        Hi Rob, Thank you for the reply..
        I will be staying with him. Thank you for giving me idea. Appreciated it a lot.

      • Zel 08/26/2015 at 12:28 pm #

        Hi Rob, I got visa last April from Netherlands Embassy, I was given for 30 days but stayed for 25 days. My fiancee wants me to spend christmas and new year vacation there again but since next month we will apply and doesnt have the documents from him like invitation and bank slip etc what if I submit a scanned documents from him. Will that be accepted if ever? Thank you!!!

      • helenelimguangco 09/10/2015 at 11:31 am #

        hi Rob,
        Im Helene, been backpacking around Asia for year and blogger. Unemployed. Got denied with Aus visa recently. Reason: visit to australia is not genuine. Now, me and my backpacker boyfriend who will be finishing his work holiday visa in Aus decided to try traveling in EU together. We’re both doing Couchsurfing, volunteer stuff and other cheap means to travel. Is there any chance I could get one? Bank certs, no problem. Properties–none at all. Business permits-zero. Is it easier to get it in Norway embassy since he’s Finnish. Or would you recommend Netherlands. Or totally skip EU hahahaha! Although I can use my dad’s business papers.

        Thanks for taking time reading my post!

        Best regards and good luck to everyone!

  75. jjnes 06/20/2015 at 12:44 am #

    ps. sorry about my english on my post comment before .. :) godbless ..

  76. jjnes 06/20/2015 at 12:43 am #

    hi, i just apply for schengen visa in france embassy last june 11 and i was refuse to get a visa coz the reason is about that my intention to leave the member state before my visa expire is not ascertained.. my husband was australian .. our plan was to meet in france coz he have a business trip in france but he doesnt hold a business visa just tourist entry .. i was thinking of to make a complain or appeal .. but it will take two months .. is it possible for me to reapply again without making any appeal .. my husband next trip to france he will be working in france we will fly this end of the month of july in australia for him to get a visa .. what else documents do you think i can use to make sure to them that i will be back here in phil. i have three kids and which is still small i wont be able to bring if i travel ..

    • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:41 am #

      You can re-apply, appeal or do both. If you re-apply be sure to show good reasons to return (job, family ,property you own ,positive travel history to other countries, letter and passport copy of your partner expaining your plans etc. etc.).

      • jamie 07/22/2015 at 8:36 pm #

        hi, i was denied for the same reason.. though i have job here in the phil, i do not have property under my name.. the land property that belong to my familty is still under the name of my great grand father.. i wonder if this said land title will do to present to the embassy for my reapplication? is my status as single and working as a nurse affected my previous application? thank you :)

      • Xyza 08/09/2015 at 10:03 am #

        Hi, Rob! I am about to apply for my tourist visa on September at the French embassy and I have some questions to ask. The purpose of my trip is to visit my family and spend Xmas with them. My mother is married to a French national and they got married and lived here with us for almost a year. They recently left the Philippines to reside in Bretagne. Her husband will be the one sponsoring for my whole trip, he will be sending me the invitation letter/attestation as well as his bank statements and ITR. With these documents, do I still need to provide my own bank statements? I have a savings account but it does not contain a very large amount. How about the certificate of employment? Because I work online from home thus a COE would be unavailable. Also, I have copies of their family book and marriage certificates as proof of relationship with the host. I am a little stressed about these because they might cause a visa denial.

  77. Jana 06/19/2015 at 10:03 pm #

    Hi. I’m going to Czech Republic in October for a conference. My questions are
    1.) do i need to do “show money” even if the chairman of our department who will go with me will give a letter indicating that she will shoulder my expenses?
    2.) do i need to show a birth certificate of my son?

    Thanks and more power

    • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:35 am #

      If your host shows that they pay all expenses (usually the host needs to supply some sort of form confirming this), then technically you should not need to show any proof of financial solvability but it does not hurt if you can show some cash (in the bank, credit or debet card) and travel with some cash in your wallet for unforseen costs etc. You can indicated that you host will take care of the expenses but that you have some cash yourself aswell. Just tick the box on the left (you) and right (sponsor) side where the form asks about who takes care of travelcosts , accomodation etc.

      • Yham 07/21/2015 at 8:47 pm #

        Hi Rob.I do all the papers I need now for the visa in France..but my problem is.. I am not sure if my boss will allow me to have a 90 days leave in my work..is the copy of leave of absence in my work is really need for this visa?I have ITR and COE..thank you very much..

  78. Reema 06/19/2015 at 3:39 pm #

    Hi! I have a visa appointment this coming week. This will be first out of the country trip. Will this be unfavorable to me? I mean, will this affect my application (i.e. not being granted visa)? Thanks!

  79. belle 06/18/2015 at 3:09 pm #

    Hi! Im a Filipina, who’s planning to visit a friend in Norway. Is there anyone here who’s been in Norway already and have Schengen Visa. What are the requirements in applying? Thank you

  80. Gerome 06/16/2015 at 8:25 pm #

    Hi Rob!

    I have a girlfriend (filipino, we’ve been together for 7 yrs) who is currently taking her MBA program and will be graduating in Switzerland in August. I am planning to attend her graduation together with her parents. I can provide all the requirements. Our roundtrip tickets are already paid, we already have an itinerary, hotel bookings, eurail pass, even a letter from the school certifying that she is enrolled there and inviting us to attend her graduation. My only problem is that i dont have an ITR since i am working in my father’s company (single prop.) for almost two years. Her parents dont have a problem since they are frequent travelers. They have visas from the US, Japan, Korea. Her mom has been to Europe twice or thrice already. Most likely they will be issued one. How about me, what are the chances of me getting a visa? Do i still need to file for an ITR? Hoping for your response. Thanks a lot.

    • marie 07/28/2015 at 10:05 pm #

      Your girlfriend’s school is Gates Professional School?

  81. Allan 06/14/2015 at 9:52 pm #

    Paano ang proof of employment kapag network marketing ang source of income?

    • jhie 07/20/2015 at 11:12 am #

      ask your gen mgr or accounting dept to do that for you. and request a letter that u are a distributor of the comp.

  82. Mitch 06/11/2015 at 5:13 pm #

    Hi everyone.. just want to share one thing that I think will help a lot in having a schengen visa approved. I have been denied once and this is the paper that i missed, I re-applied with this paper included in my documents and I got approved. I just got back last January from France and wll be travelling back this ciming July 8. What paper am I talking about? It is a letter of invitation from your sponsor and not just a letter, it must be notarized by a solicitor/lawyer.. I also had my on cover letter notarized. And I am confident that this really was a great help… Invitation and cover letters are listed in the requirements though it didn’t indicate there that you can have it notarized. I applied once with the letters un-notarized and got denied, I re’applied same set of documents, only difference is that letters were notarized and i got approved. Hope that helps… Good luck everyone!

    • rose b. 06/12/2015 at 5:01 am #

      hi mitch i would like to ask. you notarized them (letter of invitiation and cover letter ) here in ph right? or letter of invitation needs to be notarized from the sponsor’s place?

      • Mitch 06/13/2015 at 6:45 pm #

        It’s both.. I got my cover letter notarized here in the Philippines and he got the invitation letter notarized from a solicitor/lawyer in France

        • maemae28 06/20/2015 at 2:30 pm #

          hi mitch,
          i would just like to ask what kind of cover letter you did? and how can i have that?

        • Cebu 07/05/2015 at 9:49 pm #

          hello Mitch…i would like to ask, the invitation letter u have is an original copy or just scanned ? if he send it to u the original copy by how? and how many days u received it ? u apply it by urself or u used a travel agency to help u process ur papers ?
          MY BF is inviting me to come in France and i really don’t know where to start, i really need help.

          • jhie 07/20/2015 at 11:24 am #

            inquire at blue horizons travel And tours cebu branch pls google it. they will help u when it comes to travel

    • Jiona 06/22/2015 at 11:55 am #


      Ask ko lang po what if wedding yung pupuntahan sa Greece pero ung ikakasal hindi rin nakatira dun pano po ung gagawin sa invitation letter?

    • Brenda 06/22/2015 at 12:41 pm #

      Hello Mitch..schengen visa is your first visa application or not?
      Because at the moment I am preparing all my documents for schengen visa(Greece)..But we travelled together for the couple months ..I have UK visa and turkey e visa’s(2)..Do you think they gonna give me a hard time for this?
      Thanks and hope to hear soon ..

      • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:39 am #

        A positive travel history to other countries, especialy western countries, is big bonus to indicate that you are a reliable person/traveller with no intentions to settle illegally. Be sure to point those foreign visas out to the embassy.

    • Sharina 06/23/2015 at 6:26 pm #

      Hi mitch
      I have a good friend in prague,czech republic shes a doktor and shes inviting me to come to her place maybe next month and she will support me everything what else i need to prepare for the requirment (i only have a passport i dont have money in my bank can u give me a help how could i get a visa to visit her….

      Thanks ahead

      • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:37 am #

        Most important would be showing reasons to return:a job, study, taking care of family, property that you own etc.toshow that you have too much in PH to leave behind and won’t become an illegal immigrant. For the rest, check the website of the embassy carefully and the general info given here on this page.

    • marisa 06/24/2015 at 11:25 pm #

      hi mitch Im just new here. Can I ask ?? What is the cover letter???

      • Ruth 10/10/2015 at 12:12 pm #

        HI guys.. I’m planning to visit Belgium on Dec. It’s my first time to travel I dunno what’s the first step I have to do.. Any suggestions please.. Thanks..

    • dimpz0629 07/02/2015 at 11:42 am #

      Hi I had interview June 29 at austrian embassy I think the most important factor is your strong ties in Philippines. I am waiting for my visa and I hope it will be approved.

      • Pergie 07/22/2015 at 3:18 pm #

        Hey, did they contact you for pick up? How long did it take?

    • Jm 07/03/2015 at 7:13 pm #

      Can you help me about the requirements needed for spouse visa in france. My husband is working in france now as military but he is a british national he wants me to join him in france. We are just newly wed. Hope u can help me. Thnx

      • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:56 am #

        If your husband is from the UK (or other EU/EEA country) and you are going to join him to any other EU/EEA country except the country that he is a citizen of, the application for a visa will be FREE of any costs, handled ASAP and with minimum hassle and paperwork.More info should be on the embassy website “visiting/joining EU spouse/family member” or check hte website of the European Union “Travel documents for non-EU family members” : europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/entry-exit/non-eu-family/index_en.htm

        • Stan 09/03/2015 at 7:42 pm #

          hi this sounds interesting, … im a brit/uk passport holder.. but live work in sweden..have done for many years but Always kept my British Passport.

          Im my case just to confirm.. would the g/f apply at the Swedish ( norway as sweden dont have an embassy in phils) and its free of charge ?

          Sounds strange..that no Money will be paid to any embassy .

          Have friends here who have thai g/f .. and they all came on Tourist visa and married had kids here..seems its easier this way than apply for permenant visas in phils—

    • Rowena 07/08/2015 at 4:49 pm #

      Hello mitch,

      My friend is inviting me to go to visit denmark,he will send me an invitation letter and i am applying next week,he did the invitation letter ONLINE,he fill out something. Do i still need to have a notarized personalized invitation letter coming from him? Is it better than the online invitation letter? THANK YOU

    • hanna 07/09/2015 at 6:25 am #

      Hey Rob :)
      I read most of your visa application advice on your Web. But case is a bit complicated, I have been dating a guy from Hungary for a year and some months now but we have never met in person. So we planing to meet this coming August , he has a very good job and I too have a good job.but my biggest worry is will I be granted visa if I say we have never met? How do we go about this? Help…

    • Aimmie 07/18/2015 at 7:15 am #

      Hello Mitch..good day..I am starting to collect all the documents I need for applying tourist visa in France.I have my 11 years working here in Phillipines and it’s easy for me to have the COE and ITR.but the problem is I am not sure if my boss will allow the 3 months leave and the reason is to visit France.Thank you for the big help..God bless..

      • Cassin 07/22/2015 at 10:23 pm #

        Hi aimmie, its your convincing power you should work out on,,i can’t help you out about your boss,your years of working would make him give you his yes,probably, i hope and pray to God that you will make it on your way to france,see you there!

      • Mitch 09/24/2015 at 10:44 pm #

        Hi aimmie,

        That is something you have to talk out with your boss. If your boss won’t allow you to go on leave for 3 months maybe you can meet half way and ask him what’s the maximum days that he can allow you to go on leave. And just settle to that I guess, since we don’t have much choice.

    • cathy gerona 08/20/2015 at 1:16 am #

      hi mitch tanong kulang sana pano pag unemployed ako kailangan ko ba talaga ng prove para bumalik ng pinas,,i dont own any properties ?ano ba dapat kung gawin?kasi mag aapply na ako next month pag dating ng papers ko?

    • Deborah 09/02/2015 at 8:28 pm #

      Hi! Your blog is so helpful but there’s just one thing that I want to ask. If I’m applying for a visa and my boyfriend is gonna be the one to shoulder everything, do I still need to present a medical insurance or can I just use his medical insurance? I would really appreciate your help. Thank you :)

      • zel 09/25/2015 at 1:46 am #

        Hi Deborah, which country were you going to? I dont think medical insurance is needed when applying schengen visa, im not sure though if that is a requirement in the country you will apply to. But, travel insurance is one thing you really need even if you have your sponsor, you only need his bank cert or pay slip and copy of his contract to prove that he has a 12-months job per year.

    • Sid 09/11/2015 at 12:03 am #

      Hi Mitch. Thank you for this. I’m planning to apply for a visa too/ Did you apply for a Private visit visa in that case of tourist pa din? What are the complete requirements that you submitted to them? Have you submitted a certificate of employment,bank accounts or your sponsor will be the one to provide those? Thank you! Your help would be much appreciated.

  83. Josie Mempin 06/10/2015 at 11:00 pm #

    Peace and joy to you!

    I’m Josie from the Philippines. My sister who lives in California, U.S., invited me to join her in her trip to Italy next year. She will be spending for my airplane tickets and accommodation for my entire trip from Philippines to Italy and back.

    I’m 54 years old and I have a disability. I’m wearing external knee braces on both knees. I’m also using a cane to help me specially in going up stairs. I can walk but until certain distance only. I need to rest for awhile then can walk again.

    Since my sister will be coming from US and I’m coming here from the Philippines, I suppose we will just meet somewhere in Italy.

    It’s my first time also to get visa to Europe. I really don’t know where to start.

    I will appreciate it very much if you can help me with few suggestions on how to go about this so I can join my sister travel to Italy. It’s been my prayer to visit Italy.

    Thank you for your accommodation. God bless!


    • Rob 06/11/2015 at 7:04 pm #

      Hello Josie, it’s best to first read the information on the Italian embassies website. Include all they ask for, mos imoprtantly evidence that shows ties to PH (reasons to return back home) and include a letter explaining that your sister will go to Italy and that you will join her. Include evidence of yuor sister going there (travel reservation and bookings by your sister? letter frmo your sister etc.).

      • Gerome 06/16/2015 at 8:13 pm #

        Hi Rob!

        I have a girlfriend (filipino, we’ve been together for 7 yrs) who is currently taking her MBA program and will be graduating in Switzerland in August. I am planning to attend her graduation together with her parents. I can provide all the requirements. Our roundtrip tickets are already paid, we already have an itinerary, hotel bookings, eurail pass, even a letter from the school certifying that she is enrolled there and inviting us to attend her graduation. My only problem is that i dont have an ITR since i am working in my father’s company (single prop.) for almost two years. Her parents dont have a problem since they are frequent travelers. They have visas from the US, Japan, Korea. Her mom has been to Europe twice or thrice already. Most likely they will be issued one. How about me, what are the chances of me getting a visa? Do i still need to file for an ITR? Hoping for your response. Thanks a lot.

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:26 am #

          Try to show as much evidence as you can that shows you have a reasonable income and a job to return to. Ofcourse any other evidence aswel that shows reliability and positive travel history etc. Do not buy tickets untill the visa has been approved (that’s not an obligation of the EU Schengen rules and many embassies explitly warn you not to buy tickets utillyou get the visa), a reservation/option is sufficient and this minimized the financial loss incase of a refusal.

      • Sharina 06/23/2015 at 6:29 pm #

        Hi Rob

        I have a good friend in prague,czech republic shes a doktor and shes inviting me to come to her place maybe next month and she will support me everything what else i need to prepare for the requirment (i only have a passport i dont have money in my bank can u give me a help how could i get a visa to visit her….

        Thanks ahead

        • Sharina 06/23/2015 at 7:29 pm #

          Any info about my question help pls

      • hanna 07/09/2015 at 6:34 am #

        Hey Rob :)
        I read most of your visa application advice on your Web. But case is a bit complicated, I have been dating a guy from Hungary for a year and some months now but we have never met in person. So we planing to meet this coming August , he has a very good job and I too have a good job.but my biggest worry is will I be granted visa if I say we have never met? How do we go about th

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 5:01 am #

          It really depends on the embassy, some countries will find it a big no-no if you never met and they find it odd or dangerous (for them!) that a PH (or any other nationality that generally has less money then EU citizens) to come to EUrope first. They much rather see the European go to PH first. But other embassies don’t really care aslong as your relation, travel intentions etc. are genuine. I don’t think the Hungarians are very difficult but I would not know for sure.Just be honest and read the requirements carefully. If you do not get the visa, try to gethim to come to PH first to meet you and try again later.Best of luck with the visa and your relationship!

          • hanna 07/21/2015 at 5:19 am #

            Aww thank you sooo much for replying the reply and advice! Actually that’s how we are gonna do it, he has to come meet me 1st. I don’t wanna have bad records in any of the schengen countries :)
            Thank u so much and God bless

          • alex 08/19/2015 at 12:33 pm #

            hi rob,

            im alex from philippines my friend in scotland direct hire me, with the job offer to by the company. by then all papers required by the company was complyied already. and the company process my work visa at the imbassy how long it will be go out the result.

      • Lay 07/13/2015 at 4:54 pm #

        Hi Rob, do you think its okay if my plane reservation has expired? I plan to email for reservation in july 22 to finalize my travel itinerary detail, my appointment is on aug 3. I think two days lang ang reservation. I just don’t want to risk being hassled by hurrying doing my papers a week before my appointment.
        Also if anybody can answer this.

        Thank you all.

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 5:07 am #

          It depends on the embassy, some really don’t care a lot as a reservation is easily cancelled or changed anyway.Other embassies are real bureaucratic monsters who do care too much.If you want to be 100% save then get a new reservation or ask the embassy.In the future people will not need an airplane reservation anymore, the European Union and most EU countries want tomake the rules a bit easier and removing the reservation requirement is one of those plans. May take untull 2016-2018 before the new rules are accepted and come into force.Just an indication that some pieces of evidence (ties to home country, sufficient money etc.) are more important then others but try to be complete with your application if you can.

  84. Jhovan Santos 06/05/2015 at 11:08 pm #

    Hi Rob and Wanderlass,

    I applied for schengen visa last week and i already received my visa yeaterday. The information on this blog is really helpful. I have a problem though. I was only approved for 1 month with 15 days duration and not 6 months with 3 months stay. I don’t have issues with that but unfortunately i need to undergo operation to remove my tonsils. I would really want to do it before my flight and with that i wish to move my flight to Sept instead of August and extend for 10 more days. Since i already have my visa what else can i do to move the validity and duration of stay? I am really hoping you could give me an advise on what to do next. Thank you.

    • Rob 06/11/2015 at 6:58 pm #

      It’s best to contact the embassy and explain your situation. If you are not satisfied with their response you could appeal (usually within 4 weeks or one month after the visa has been issued).

    • AmazingGrace 08/06/2015 at 12:42 pm #

      Hi jhovan, you said that you just applied for your visa last week and received your visa after that application, does it mean that you didn’t had the interview? Please correct me if I’m wrong. Thank you

  85. ppbbaa 06/05/2015 at 11:16 am #

    Hi Rob! I am still a (graduating) student and planning to go to Germany to visit my boyfriend. They are currently processing the formal obligation/invitation as I do not have sufficient amount in my bank account. His family, specifically his parents, since he is still a student as well, will shoulder the trip and the accommodation. Do you think this will be a sufficient proof as an alternative for the bank statement that the embassy is asking?

    • Rob 06/08/2015 at 1:36 pm #

      It should be enough if his parents sponsor the trip, though I don’t know the exact paperwork required. Commonly memberstates will ask for employement papers, salary slips and some form or letter in which the sponsor indicates that they will sponsor the foreign visitor. But surely you’re boyfriend and his parents have read the German requirements properly and supply you with all the neccesary documents. Don’t forget that you must still make your timely return evident though by showing as many ties to PH as possible (work, study, owning property etc.).

      • ppbbaa 06/09/2015 at 2:05 pm #

        Thank you for this! Also, do you have any suggestions where I can get reservations for a roundtrip ticket? And how much does it usually cost?

        • migs 06/20/2015 at 3:17 pm #

          Hi ppbbaa,
          You can get it to any travel agency. i get mine for p500

      • jhoydaren 06/14/2015 at 12:10 pm #

        Hi Rob can have some question? Hope u can help me, I’m just first timer as tourist do u think I am possible to approve my schengen visa? Want to go to Belgium, and how much do u need money in ur bank for travel, and do I need to get travel insurance first before my appointment? Or when I approve my visa, is it refundable? And I’m just self employed, I have small grocery store and direct selling of cosmetics, if I can get all the requirements do u think I have a chance? Pls, need ur advice, kipsafe and godbless

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:20 am #

          How much money you need is different for every Schengen state and your situation (staying with friends/family or staying in hotels). For Belgium if staying in hotels you need 95 euro’s per day. For the Netherlands 34 is enough, so there is a big difference between memberstates ranging from around 20 to nearly 100 euro’s per day. You will need travel insurance in advance (unless explicitly instructred otherwise by the embassy) and all accepted insurance companies should have a “no visa, insurance fee back minus administration costs”.

          If you show that you have a nice income and more importantly that this and other things are good reasons/obligations to return back home, then you should have a very good chanche on getting the visa. Showing ties (reasons for return, thus no illegal immigration plans) are very important. Owning property, taking care of family etc. are all things that count. As ofcourse positive travel history to other countries.

          • cris k 07/27/2015 at 3:27 pm #

            Hello Rob,

            Do you think the inflow and outflow of money in the bank statements affects the visa application? I have more CASH ON HAND than CASH IN BANK.. and if i needed to show money thru bank account, i am very willing to deposit my cash on hand to the bank.. do you think 150,000 will be enough for a 10 days trip? flight tickets and hotel reservation not included in the 150,000 pesos. How much do u think i need to show as “show money”? and how should be the inflow and outflows of money look like in the bank statement? Thanks!

          • maria 01/22/2016 at 6:22 am #

            Hello Rob..
            my friend and i applied for visa on Jan 20, 2016 at vfs in wafi (french consulate) here in dubai.. my friend received a call from french embassy the next day and she was asked about our itinerary for 15days (France, Belgium, Netherlands) and does she have a relative in europe.. of course she said no.. its her first time to travel and she got 8k aed (around 90,000pesos) on her account.. im just wondering why i didnt receive a call.. i have already some travel history from other countries like India, Singapore and Japan.. i hope this will help.. waiting for visa approval makes me really nervous.. I also checked on visa status tracker online and it says INTERVIEW SCHEDULED when in fact we weren’t asked for interview at all to appear at the French Embassy. I hope someone can enlighten me on this..

      • jhoydaren 06/14/2015 at 12:59 pm #

        And one more thing pls, if I attact a poof that I’m coming back to Phil is it wrriten in hand or type print like that, pls help me sir rob

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:22 am #

          It should not matter, though a computer written text is ofcourse easier to read. You may need or wish to sign it with your name and signature to indicate that it was you that wrote the letter.

      • cathy gerona 08/20/2015 at 1:49 am #

        hi rob ask kulang ano po bang dapat kung ipa kita na prove na babalik ako ng pinas..kasi wala nman akung work,i dont study too..sana ma tulungan mo ako ma apply ako next month sana…sa visa nga applyan ko ay visiting boyfriend////?

  86. ANNA 06/01/2015 at 4:27 pm #

    HI Im planning to pass all my requirements end of June this year,,can i state on my leave of absence the date will be oct- nov?really it should be 3 months you can travel UK before your application?

  87. vianne 05/30/2015 at 7:43 am #

    Hi. Im a doctor and a first time traveler to the schengen area. I have a convention to attand in madrid but im planning to make a trip to paris first before going to madrid. I have an invitation letter from madrid convention. Im also a government employed pediatrician. Should i declare that imconnected to the government?some advised against it. Will going on a sidetrip before a convention be good or bad for my application? Im going on a sidetrip first because i have to come home early for my daughters birthday.
    P.s. Travel history only SG and HK.
    Thanks in advance

    • Rob 06/05/2015 at 1:21 am #

      Including evidence of employement would be very important, so they can see that you have a job to return to and that you have an income to finance the trip. If it is a private or public job should not matter. So ofcourse you include evidence of your employement as a government employed pediatrician. I’d also include evidence of the convention (a brochure? a print out of the webpage of the convention or company behind the convention), the invitation, and a letter briefly explaining what you are planning to do (why are you attending?) and that you will return by date X to continue your work back home.

      • vianne 06/05/2015 at 6:05 am #

        Thanks. Wish me luck :)

      • ppbbaa 06/05/2015 at 11:15 am #

        Hi Rob! I am still a (graduating) student and planning to go to Germany to visit my boyfriend. They are currently processing the formal obligation/invitation as I do not have sufficient amount in my bank account. His family, specifically his parents, since he is still a student as well, will shoulder the trip and the accommodation. Do you think this will be a sufficient proof as an alternative for the bank statement that the embassy is asking?

      • marg lim 06/07/2015 at 10:23 pm #

        hi rob…i am planning to apply for a schengen visa at the netherlands embassy this july. i am no longer working for over a year to be my mothers full time companion and private nurse. my last travel to the netherlands was in 2010 have been there 4x for a 3 month stay each visit. i will be travelling this time with my mother who is an american citizen. my mom’s sister is our sponsor. i am a 40 yr old single woman and i do have some investments here in the Philippines. ..what are the chances of me getting a visa this time? thanks a lot-marg

        • Rob 06/11/2015 at 7:01 pm #

          Your positive travel history to the Schengen area and other (western) nations wil be of great benefit to show that you are a genuine and bonafite traveller. Briefly explain your situation and plans (just as you did here) and you should be alright. Ofcoruse include any evidence of things that do show ties to PH. The Dutch are quite relaxed so you should be alright.

          • Marg lim 06/12/2015 at 9:38 pm #

            Thank you for your immediate reply. I’m a bit anxious this time as this would be my first time to submit my application in person at the dutch embassy in Manila since the consulate here in cebu was closed last year. I d like to know if it would be the same processing time and procedure? I have already paid at the unionbank. Pls advise. Thanks a lot

          • Rob 06/12/2015 at 10:56 pm #

            Hey Marg Lim, processing should be pretty much the same:
            1- you make an appointment either via VFS for a service fee or directly via the embassy without service fee. Appointments need to be granted within 2 weeks of the applicants request unless ofcourse the applicant prefers an other date anywhere between 2 weeks and 3 months in advance of the intended departure date.
            2- You show up at the embassy (previously also at the consulate)
            3- They accept your paperwork, ask a few questions (often called an “interview” even though this should usually just take a few minutes), you pay the visa fee (equivalent of 60 euro’s).
            4- Since 2013 or so the Dutch embassies in Asia sent all applications to Kuala Lumpur. The embassy is just a front office that takes in the paperwork and hands it back out (or has it shipped to the applicant via mail/courier). The back office in Kuala Lumpur has people who actually deal with the application. The whole process takes about 3-5 working days on average but could take as long as 2 weeks during high season. Applications that require closer inspection or are incomplete will take longer then this (30 days or 60 days max.).
            5- You receive your passport back (hopefully with the visa, or else atleast with a form explaining why the visa has been refused to which you can appeal within 4 weeks).

            I’m sure you’ll do just fine, overall your experience shouldn’t be much different from your previous applications, so you’ll do just fine and I’d expect you get your visa swiftly and without hassle. Save and happy travels! :)

          • Marg 07/08/2015 at 5:50 pm #

            Hi Rob…thanks a lot for all the informations. It really was a great help during the processing of my visa at the Dutch embassy..just got hold of my schengen visa a week after I applied, a 3 month multiple entry visa…best regards, marg

          • Rob 07/21/2015 at 5:02 am #

            Congratulations and have fun! :)

          • Marg 06/15/2015 at 10:26 pm #

            Thanks a lot rob. Hopefully I will be able to submit my application in two weeks.

          • ning 07/05/2015 at 4:47 pm #

            hi rob, my family is planning to come and visit germany next year. sa hotel kami mag stay duon kelangan paba namin kumuha ng sponsorship letter or invitation letter? how about ung insurance saan namin kukuninun?? i Hope you can help me.. salamat…. -Ning-

          • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:52 am #

            If you stay in a hotel you should not need a paper about providing accomodation, buy you may need a letter to show that the trip is alsopaid for by the sponsor(s). I do not know what the German forms on sponsorship look like though. Ofcourse insurance is always required.

        • Wina 07/10/2015 at 3:39 pm #

          hi marg. i have the same situation as yours. i am no longer working for more than two years now to be my parents’ full time companion. my friend invited me to join her when she goes to europe in sept. my aunt will be sponsoring my trip. did you also provide proof of your investments here in the Phils. aside from the financial documents of your sponsor? how did your application go? was your visa application approved? thanks in advance for your reply. -wina

          • Marg 07/20/2015 at 1:25 pm #

            Hi wina, got my schengen visa good for 3 months a week after my application. The interview went so well..they just ask for my aunts invitation letter from the Netherlands and my aunt finances. Also provided proof of relationship to the sponsor which is my mom and aunts birth certificate and mine as well. Towards the end of the interview the in charge ask for my bank certificates and passbook and investments but after a while return my copy of investment. I think they are particular with finances. I hope everything goes well with your application.-marg

          • Wina 07/21/2015 at 12:24 pm #

            Thanks for your very helpful reply, marg. took note of bringing my aunt’s and mom’s birth certificates as additional docs to support my visa application. :) crossing my fingers for everything to go well during my interview.

      • maemae28 06/20/2015 at 10:23 am #

        hi rob!
        im a filipina from cebu i have a swiss boyfriend who lives in geneva switzerland, im going to apply for fiancee visa for switzerland, do they require medical too for both of us like the other country required? do you have any idea whats the other requirements should i need to have? i really need help for this please…

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:31 am #

          Only the non-EU foreigner needs travel insurance. It sounds like you are applying for a settlement/immigration visa instead of a short stay visa. For settlement you may not even be legally required to get travel insurance (I know that NL and BE do not requireit for immigration visas) but ofcourse that is a risk incase something happens on your way to Europe or shortly after arrival. I do not anything about immigration rules for Switserland, each country can set it’s own rules for partner immigration etc.So the embassy or your partner can tell you more. I assume the Swiss government has a website on immigration which your partner can read, there may also be dedicated forums for Swiss people with a foreign/PH partner which help eachother out. Sorry that I cannot be of more help I’m just an enthousiast who knows a bit about short stay visas.

      • Wivina 09/17/2015 at 3:02 am #

        Hi. Finally got my visa from the french embassy. Tips of making it easier and hassle free, i went thru an agency with a visa consultant. So what does a visa consultant do? Shes the one holding all the requirements. Going from one window to the next. The only time i stood up was when i was called for biometrics and interview. True its a bit expensive but worth it if u dont want the hassle and stress.not an assurance of getting a visa, but more or less has an idea what to expect during q&a.
        Anyways, the only req i got thats NOT on the list in this blog is an affidavit of travelling without spouse. Im married and ill be going alone to france so they need that requirement.notarized too.
        Anyways best of luck and thanks for all the tips.reading this blog made it easier to understand esp for first timers like me. Goodluck everyone.hope your application would also have a positive response. Cheers!

      • Wivina 09/23/2015 at 4:38 pm #

        Goodnews. I got my visa. Multiple entry too. Anyways, just an additional tip, if youre married and trabelling without your spouse, a consent, notarized too, is needed in applying. Thanks for the help.

  88. curiouslad0002 04/17/2015 at 3:36 pm #

    Hi Rob!

    I am planning to visit Greece on July this year but I am not sure about the requirements since what’s written in this website: https://sites.google.com/site/grembman/ does not require proof of financial capacity of the person inviting me and other documents such as birth certificate. Since it is my first time to apply for Schengen visa i just want to make sure that I’m submitting complete documents to feel at ease. I would also like to ask about your opinion about my chance to most likely get a Schengen Visa with my status. I can provide them the ITR, the bank certification within 6 months with 150k for 14 days stay. I can also provide an approved leave of absence and some proof that I have work in the Philippines. I also have an invitation from my greek national friend with the government’s validation addressed to the consul. It is written there that he will provide food, place to stay and he will be responsible for my departure from Greece back to Philippines after the duration of my trip. I am mostly worrying if my show money is enough for this to be approved.

    Thanks and hope you can help! :)

    • Serena 05/22/2015 at 9:19 am #

      Hi! i am also applying for a visa to greek embassy for september travel. I will be attending a conference thus I have with me an official invitation from the organizer. I just got a job and my parents will finance my travel. Does the invitation guarantee that my application will be accepted?

      • Kai 05/25/2015 at 11:55 pm #

        Hi Serena,

        I also went to Greece for a conference last 2013. From my experience, as long as you follow the procedure and the requirements needed, a VISA will be granted to you. There are additional requirements though such as copy of passport / residence ID / school ID of the one who invited us (or the one who wrote the letter of invitation, I’m not sure). Better yet, ask the Embassy regarding the requirements – explain your situation that you are not going as a tourist but rather as a delegate of a conference. They are all accommodating naman :) Good luck!

        • Serena 05/27/2015 at 11:42 am #

          Hi Kai,

          The organization had gave me an official invitation. Nothing more. It’s Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA). Actually, aside from the conference, my friend and I planned a trip after the conference. Anyway, thank you for answering!

          P.S. Do I need to authenticate all my [original] documents here (refer to the link)? https://sites.google.com/site/grembman/home/new-authentication-procedure

      • Rob 05/26/2015 at 12:29 am #

        There never is any guarantee, you can only increase the odds of getting a visa by providing good and more evidence. An official invitation would be of help. Try including evidence of this conferance aswell (a flyer, print out of a website etc.) so they can see it’s all genuine and serious. As always, main thing is to show why you want to travel and why they can be sure you will return (a job, house, property etc. to return to) . Good luck

        • Serena 05/26/2015 at 8:35 am #

          One more thing, at the time of my visa application, I am only 2 months in my job. They needed an ITR. Do I need to provide one? Btw, this is my first job.

          • Rob 05/26/2015 at 1:46 pm #

            Always include evidence about your job, and most importantly that you will return to your job after your return. I assume you are sent by your company, they can provide a letter confirming you are going to the conference. If you are on leave, show that your job has given you permission for some time off and that you are expected to return by a certain date. A job is a good indicator to show that will be likely to return to PH.

          • Serena 05/26/2015 at 2:35 pm #

            Actually, it is an academic conference. Well, anyway thank you for patiently answering my/our questions. I am still waiting for my visa appointment.

        • Gerald 05/30/2015 at 11:28 am #

          Hi! I have a girlfriend (filipino, we’ve been together for 7 yrs) who is currently taking her MBA program and will be graduating in Switzerland in August. I am planning to attend her graduation together with her parents. I can provide all the requirements. Our roundtrip tickets are already paid, we already have an itinerary, hotel bookings, eurail pass, even a letter from the school certifying that she is enrolled there and inviting us to attend her graduation. My only problem is that i dont have an ITR since i am working in my father’s company (single prop.) for almost two years. Her parents dont have a problem since they are frequent travelers. They have visas from the US, Japan, Korea. Her mom has been to Europe twice or thrice already. Most likely they will be issued one. How about me, what are the chance of me getting a visa? Is there a big chance of approval since i am travelling with her parents who both have a great travel history? Hoping for your response. Thanks a lot.

        • Gerald 05/30/2015 at 11:29 am #

          Hi Rob!

          I have a girlfriend (filipino, we’ve been together for 7 yrs) who is currently taking her MBA program and will be graduating in Switzerland in August. I am planning to attend her graduation together with her parents. I can provide all the requirements. Our roundtrip tickets are already paid, we already have an itinerary, hotel bookings, eurail pass, even a letter from the school certifying that she is enrolled there and inviting us to attend her graduation. My only problem is that i dont have an ITR since i am working in my father’s company (single prop.) for almost two years. Her parents dont have a problem since they are frequent travelers. They have visas from the US, Japan, Korea. Her mom has been to Europe twice or thrice already. Most likely they will be issued one. How about me, what are the chance of me getting a visa? Is there a big chance of approval since i am travelling with her parents who both have a great travel history? Hoping for your response. Thanks a lot.

        • Riaslips 05/30/2015 at 12:47 pm #

          Hi Rob! My boyfriend appied for a Schengen Visa because he wanted to join the French Foreign Legion. He was denied though, and according to the letter, we werent able to state clearly as to when he’ll be leaving France. He’s planning on applying again or making an appeal. but what do you think is the right thing to do? Should we also buy a round trip ticket to show them that he’s really coming back to the Ph should he not able to pass the training ? please help.

          • Rob 06/04/2015 at 7:12 pm #

            I do not know how long the French take to deal with appeals or how often this is effective. These figurs can differ a lot between memberstates, some process appeals within 1-2 months others take up to a year. some nations have a good chanche of wining the appeal (with or without lawyer) and others have a succes rate close to zero. How long the French take the French should be able to tell you, and chanches of succes are probably known by French immigration/visa lawyers.

            If you aply again: never buy tickets untill the visa has been granted. It’s not a requirement so it adds little to your application and you might be stuck with useless tickets incase of a visa denial. It’s better to try and include more evidence for reasons to return: owning land, house, car, taking care of family members, any other commitments that make it likely that you will return. A return ticket reservation is already one official piece of evidence that contributes to showing willingness to return.

          • storm 06/25/2015 at 6:17 pm #

            I’m also planning to joining the french foreign legion..do not use it as a reason..make a new cover story

    • Tin 05/23/2015 at 7:07 am #

      Hi rob! I am a fresh graduate and my aunt’s grad gift for me is a trip to europe. What are the chances that i could get a visa. If ever, it will be my first out of the country trip. I am a bit nervous because i’ve been reading a lot of visa denials. Thank you!

      • Rob 05/26/2015 at 12:25 am #

        Hello Tin, that would depend on many things. Most importantly would be showing that you will return to PH and not settle illegally. For this you need to show as many ties and commitments with PH as possible. Such as a job to return to, family to take care off, owning land, owning a house, owning a car etc. A positive travel history to other (western) countries would also help. A return flight reservation is already one official piece of evidence (don’t buy a ticket untill the visa has been approved!). And include a short, clear letter explaining your intentions and that you will be sure to return as not to violate the rules and make future trips impossible/difficult. The officers simply need to judge from the paper that you meet all the requirements (so be sure you meet all requirements the embassy lists on their website) and that you are a genuine traveller with no bad intentions. Some embassies may be a bit more difficult then others. The Belgians and Norwegians for example refuse more then the Dutch and Czech’s. You should apply at the embassy that is going to be your main goal but if you are unsure yet you may wish to alter your plans so that you can apply at an embassy that is not known for being very difficult. .

        Visa refusal 2014 (source: EU Home Affairs website)
        Netherlands 0,9%
        Czech Republic 3,0%
        Greece 4,1%
        France 4,6%
        Austria 5,3%
        Spain 6,0%
        Italy 6,2%
        Switzerland 7,1%
        Germany 7,4%
        Belgium 8,7%
        Norway 9,7%

        Incase of a visa refusual you can appeal for free and sent more evidence, you could use a lawyer to help. Depending on the country in questions the appeal could take weeks or months and in some memberstates there is a good chanche of succesful appeal and in other’s pretty much zero. Or you could ofcourse apply again (at an other embassy?), but your visa refusal will be vissible for all Schengen embassies as it’s logged in the common VIS (visa information system) database. Best of luck!

        One thing I am not sure about: a package tour with a group might give you a better chanche then backpacking all by yourself but this would also depend on the embassy and how much evidence you can provide as a lone traveller (so show you won’t go work illegally in the EU or anything silly like that).

        • ESPT 05/28/2015 at 11:58 am #

          Hi! I just apply in Norway embassy manila recently may 19 then i just received a text on the 26th of may stating that I am rejected for my tourist visa application in sweden, Im wondering why they dont interview me on the day of my application they just collect the papers and other documents they need. They said that i have no proof that i will be returned after my visa’s deadline and we plan for appeal. any suggestions that you can give to help me. Is there any big possibilities to turn the decision into granted? Thank you so much. God Bless. More Powers.

          • Rob 06/05/2015 at 1:17 am #

            Interviews are usually quite rare.Commonly when an applicant shows up at the application desk the staff will ask a few questions, depending on the applicants history and purpose it could be as little as 2-3 questions or a few more if they need to know more. Questions such as “why are you going to…? What will you do there? What do you do here in ..?”. A more indepth interview could be done seperatly, in which case you’d be asked to come back for this interview.

            As for the appeal, this could be done by yoursel or by a lawyer. I don’t know about Norwegian law but in many European nations,people with a low income (for European standards) can receive compentsation/subsidy incase they need legal aid.A lawyer couldwork pro-deo (free) or at a low wagedue to the applicant (you) having a low wage (for EU standards). Sadly I don’t know how this works in Norway. I only know that the Dutch and Belgians have this sort of thing, and that applicants can appeal with a lawyer at a cost of 80-150 euro’s or so.

            Assuming you do the appeal yourself all that you can do is to try and counter the reasons they refused on. A return reservation is already one piece of officially accepted evidence, evidence of employment would be an other, owning a house, land, car, taking care of family etc. All this sort of evidence would show ties and commitment to return. As would a letter explaining your travel purpose and why you will return. These would be several points to indicate that you are a genuine travel with no ill intentions. The embassy would have nothing but unfounded speculation that you might stay. If worded well it would be several pieces of evidence from you versus zero evidence and pure speculation by the embassy which could mean that the refusal is overturned by the appeal department. For specific details you’d need to ask somebody who knows more about Norwegian policies, laws etc. You could write something along those lines in a polite manner in your appeal letter. There are bound to be some examples on the internet (?). If you can provide more evidence, then ofcourse do include this in the appeal to show that you are a genuine and bonafite traveller! Good luckand I hope you can get your visa afterall.

          • belle 06/18/2015 at 1:39 pm #

            Hi ESPT, im planning to visit a friend in Norway soon. What are the requirements they asked you once you apply? Thank you

          • Mon 10/01/2015 at 10:39 pm #

            H! Ahm, May I know if what proof of documents had you submitted, that you are returning to Philippines?

        • ning 07/16/2015 at 3:17 pm #

          Hi rob, which country in europe gives a shemgem visa easily? Thank you

          • Rob 07/21/2015 at 5:11 am #

            In theory it should be the same difficult for all embassies.In practise it seemsl like the Belgians are one of the more difficult and Germany and Netherlands are not extremely difficult.Infact the Dutch approved 99% of all visas from the Phillipines in 2014. Obviously that country needs to be your main goal so looking into which country to apply for is really only an option if you are still unsure of where you want to spent your holiday. And if one embassy would get many fake applicants who only go there because they think its easy, soon it will not be ‘easy’ for anyone anymore. So just be honest and prepare well.

        • Theena 07/20/2015 at 12:42 am #

          Hi .. im applying for spouse visa in belgium im really nervous my husband bring all the documents i needed
          he put me on his health insurance
          Documents on place to stay
          And latest payslip
          Since its visa d family reunitification

          Do i need sponsor letter from my husband or not…
          Thank u

          • Rob 07/21/2015 at 5:14 am #

            I do not know if the Belgians require it but it cannot hurt if you include it.Your husband should be able to find out if he checks the requirements carefully. There are also websites/forums for Belgians etc with foreign/PH partners which should have advice and experience about spouse visas.I’m not Belgian so I don’t have first hand experience.However the Belgian authorities are not really known for their flexibility or easy-going approach…

    • Rob 05/26/2015 at 12:40 am #

      Hello curiouslad0002, sorry for the late reply, I did not get any e-mail update. I’m not familiar with the details of a “visiting friends” visa for Greece. Often the Greek inviting party (friend, boyfriend, …) needs to get a letter confirming shelter and taking care of the guest, get this sent to you and include it in the application. Ontop of that would be the usual requirements, most importantly showing that you have a genuine travel goal and will return home to PH because of commitments here (a job, house, taking care of family,anything else that you wouldn’t want or could not leave behind you but make you return home, a letter fro you and your sponsor explainning your plans and that you pledge to return home and abide all the rules). You seem to be aware of all of this so you can only make sure you meet all the requirementst that the Greek ask, gather any evidence that show you won’t stay illegally and hope for the best. As for money: a sudden large amount of money in a bankaccount may raise questions (where did it come from?? could it be a loan which you would wish to pay off by working illegallyin Greece??) but if it’s clear that it’s your money and that you will use this (and your sponsors) funds to pay for the costs during your holiday you should be fine. How much money is needed is different from country to country, between 20-60 euro’s. I think Greece wants 20 euro’s per person per day? Good lcuk!

      • curiouslad0002 05/26/2015 at 2:44 pm #

        Hello Rob!

        I appreciate your reply. I was already interviewed last week and weirdly, after my interview, they asked me to sign a paper to include a date in which I would return back to the Greek Embassy personally within 5 days after my trip back to the Philippines. From what I understood, the Consul made me sign that since it is my first time applying for a Schengen Visa. I have no issue about returning in the Embassy since I have a very clear intention of only staying in Greece for vacation and certainly I will go back to the Philippines after it but I am just wondering, is that some kind of an assurance that more likely my visa has been approved already? I just want to get your insight about this.

        Thank you!!

        • Serena 05/26/2015 at 3:07 pm #

          To curiouslad002, how was the interview? Can you give me tips? My appointment to Greek embassy is on June 29.

          • curiouslad0002 05/26/2015 at 7:49 pm #

            Hello Serena!

            The interview was fine, she just asked basic questions about my trip, where i’ll go, why Greece, what do i do for a living and mostly things about my job. she also asked if i know anyone from Greece and if i am gonna travel alone or with a group. :D Then she just checked if i have all my documents and that’s all. i was interviewed faster than the others, i dunno if that is a good sign or not tho. But I am hoping I’ll get my visa soon. Good luck on your interview!

        • Rob 05/26/2015 at 6:50 pm #

          Asking people to report back at the embassy is common for some Schengen countries for the first (few) visas. It’s no guarantee that the visa will be issued though, that will really depent on if the embassy thinks you are a reliable/genuine traveler with no bad intentions. You seem to have prepared well so now all you can do is wait it out. Obviously when you do visit Greece, you will want to report back to the embassy. Future visas shouldn’t be an issue anymore then.

          • curiouslad0002 05/26/2015 at 8:04 pm #

            Alright, thanks Rob! I hope they’ll grant me the Visa i really want to see Greece. :)

          • Serena 05/27/2015 at 9:11 am #

            Thank you curiouslad0002 for answering! Good luck! I’m sure you’ll be granted a visa. Btw, when is your trip to Greece?

          • curiouslad0002 05/27/2015 at 9:30 am #

            Hi Serena, If they’ll grant me the visa, I’ll be in Greece on July 7th :D I am still worrying up to now. I just hope they see that I have clear intentions.

          • Serena 05/27/2015 at 9:34 am #

            Hi curiouslad0002!

            Don’t worry, you’ll surely be granted a visa. Update me on your trip! Hopefully we can exchange tips or whatnot regarding our travel to Greece! Thank you!

          • janelle 06/05/2015 at 6:56 pm #

            curiouslad0002..did u get your visa already? my scheduled interview in greece embassy is on June 9…i hope everything will be fine..

    • Surfboi 05/30/2015 at 1:55 am #

      Thanks for this blog again!!! I got my visa from the french embassy in 2012 and last week i applied at the spanish embassy and i got my passport with visa after 3 business days of my interview!!

      • chen 06/07/2015 at 8:11 am #

        Hi! Congrats for getting your schengen visa! I read you applied recently through the spanish embassy. Can you share your experience since i will also be applying my visa there. Do you have a host there in Spain? How was the interview?

    • Gerald 05/30/2015 at 11:26 am #

      Hi! I have a girlfriend (filipino, we’ve been together for 7 yrs) who is currently taking her MBA program and will be graduating in Switzerland in August. I am planning to attend her graduation together with her parents. I can provide all the requirements. Our roundtrip tickets are already paid, we already have an itinerary, hotel bookings, eurail pass, even a letter from the school certifying that she is enrolled there and inviting us to attend her graduation. My only problem is that i dont have an ITR since i am working in my father’s company (single prop.) for almost two years. Her parents dont have a problem since they are frequent travelers. They have visas from the US, Japan, Korea. Her mom has been to Europe twice or thrice already. Most likely they will be issued one. How about me, what are the chance of me getting a visa? Is there a big chance of approval since i am travelling with her parents who both have a great travel history? Hoping for your response. Thanks a lot.

      • migs 06/20/2015 at 3:45 pm #

        Hi Gerald

        Since you dont have itr try to send coe certificate of employment,payslip,business permit of your father’s company and a sponsorship invitation letter from your girlfriend with a notarized.
        Hope this help

  89. razzleberry 04/08/2015 at 4:32 pm #

    Hi, wondering why I can’t get through 1-900-1012200 and 1-909-1012200. I’m calling from the Visayas area. Has anyone experienced the same problem?

  90. Kristelleclarae 03/31/2015 at 3:32 pm #

    Hi good day rob! I would like to ask, what if i dont have previous (ITR) as indicated that you need your previous and current ITR to apply schengen visa is there any chance to approved my visa, but i have (business permit,bank statement,current itr,passbook) to show. Lastly, im planning to apply schengen visa by november 2015, is it possible to apply in advance if my trip will be this coming april 28,2016. Thankyou. :)

    • ACT 04/14/2015 at 3:55 pm #

      not earlier than 3months prior to your departure date.. so if april 28 is your intended departure you should count backward starting from your inteded departure.. :)

  91. lme 03/24/2015 at 5:42 pm #

    hello good afternoon,
    Just wondering why I got denied again? It’s my 2 times application to Belgium. I have been completed all the documents that they need but still they don’t consider it. My purpose of travel is to visit my boyfriend in Belgium and stay there for 90 days.
    what exactly am I suppose to do? Pls, I need your advice.Thank you in advance

    • Rob 03/27/2015 at 4:45 am #

      The reason for denial is given in writing, the Belgians give 3 reasons (usually one main one and 2 additional ones that are much less convincing). Common reasons are “no sufficient evidence of returning back home in time” , backuped up with “lack of concrete travel plan” and “unsure if this is a serious/genuine, relationship”. I am not sure but it might be that the Belgians want to see evidence of partners having known eacother for 2 years. Ofcourse you’d also need to show any and all evidence of reasons to return such as land, car, house ownership, a job or study to return to and other such things.

      Perhaps you and your boyfriend could try and get a visa for a holiday to an other Schengen country (but those will see the previous Belgian denials!) or, if they are most concerned about your return to PH, see of you can strenghten your ties to PH as a bonafide traveler by visiting other countries (a trip to Japan or Singapore for instance, thus showing that you won’t settle illlegally in countries that attract illegal workers).

      The Belgians are sadly one of the more difficult countries when it comes to visa for visiting friends/family. :( But you should be able to get a visa eventually so don’t give up hope.

  92. soaring leopard 03/22/2015 at 3:58 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass! I want to know how much possibility do I have in applying for a Schengen Visa? My husband is an American and I’m a Filipino, he wants us to travel to Europe for 3 weeks(France would be our first stop) while we are waiting for my U.S. Immigrant Interview in Manila. He will be paying everything incl. flights to more than 5 EU countries, hotels and activities. I have no job due to our pending US Immigrant Petition for now but I’ve worked in other countries and traveled to 16 countries (just in case both will help). In a scale of 1-10, 10 is the highest & 1 is the lowest, how much chance do I have here? I would like to know what can you say about my concern. Thanks in advance.

  93. Sarah Bautista 03/14/2015 at 3:00 pm #

    hi good afternoon,
    ask ko lang po by july 1st week pinapupunta akp ng bf ko sa Paris. but my problem is wala akong ITR dahil wala pa ako work, din balak ko na magwork before isubmit ang mga requirements ko, maaaccept kaya COE ko if ever bago pa lang ako sa work. Much appreciated po ang reply niyo. Thanks in advance.

    • ACT 04/14/2015 at 4:20 pm #

      better try it.. :)

  94. artee1100 03/11/2015 at 9:11 pm #

    Hi wanderlass. My wife and I were able to secure Schengen visas from the Embassy of Netherlands here in Manila last year. However, we only went to Paris due to a change in plans. Is it possible to apply for visas again from the Embassy of Netherlands? Will they hold it against us for not traveling to Amsterdam as originally planned? Will they be able to check that we didn’t go to Amsterdam at all? Sorry for posting 2x. Thanks for your reply.

    • Rob 03/18/2015 at 7:48 pm #

      You should be fine, because plans can genuinly change and that’s just fine. There is also no way for the Dutch to check if you didn’t arrive in France, stayed there a while, then visited the Netherlands for a while and departed again via France (because you changed your plans, found cheaper tickets etc.) . If asked, just be honest.

      • trulyzel 03/20/2015 at 1:00 pm #

        Hi Rob, what if we apply this week in netherlands embassy and we are expecting the documents to arrive this week like my hot’s invitation 3 months salary slip and other docus needed at the embassy. And what if the documents didn’t arrive on time, can we submit a scanned documents from him? Please reply! Thanks

  95. shella 03/09/2015 at 3:08 pm #

    hi magkano po kaya ang required na pondo ang ilalagay ko sa bank for possible approval ng visa?

  96. Katrina 03/08/2015 at 11:57 pm #

    Hi! Your entries are really helpful. I have some inquiries after getting denied for schengen visa last week via Netherlands Embassy. Main reason was due to weak socio economic ties in the country and that i dont have regular/substantial income despite providing COE from a reputable company. Given this what can you advise to re-apply via same embassy or is it possible to apply in another embassy? Im quite pressed for time as well since i purchased my ticket already :( Hope you can help. Thanks!

    • Rob 03/11/2015 at 5:33 pm #

      Sorry to hear that. But you most cetainly will need more evidence of ties to PH (work, house, car, care for family members, return flight ticket resevation, an accompayin g letter explaing your trip and vouching to return realizing the consequences of illegal stay are not fun to risk, etc. etc….). You need to apply at the country that is your main destination. All Schengen embassies have access to the same databse so all will be able to see yuor visa history (Dutch visa denial) so applying to an other embassy would most likely be a waste of time and raise questions (fear of visa hopping). Apply again (quikest) or appeal (can take 12-15 weeks).

      !! Never buy a ticket in advance or any other non-refundable costs!! Reservations are just fine, embassies don’t want you wasting money and thus advice against purchasing tickets etc. in advance!! I hope you can get the visa before your flight.

      • anrevachir 03/13/2015 at 9:11 am #

        Hi Sir Rob! I just read all your advise and I guess you can help me. I’m planning to apply a Schengen visa to Italy. Actually, I once applied last 2013 to accompany my younger brother and sister but unfortunately, the embassy denied me a visa. For now, I’m planning to apply as a tourist since my parents will provide me an invitation. I’m currently working at a resort and I’m wandering if I can use my employment status in applying a visa. I can also provide a land and car title as supporting documents. DO you think they’ll grant me a visa? TIA :)

        • Rob 03/18/2015 at 7:45 pm #

          If you provide evidence that you are employed and a job to return to (contract, perhaps a written and signed letter from your employer aswell?) and other evidence of things that bind youy you PH I’d think they Italians should have no reason to worry that you’d stay in Europa rather then returning to PH. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so you’ll have to wait and see but I’d say you’d stand a good chanche. All the best and save journeys. :)

      • Fleet 05/24/2015 at 8:40 am #

        Hi Rob,
        I m German and want to get my Flilipina GF here for Vacation. She was tryin that before, but the german Embassy denite all, because they think she will not come back to Philippines. We have made, official Inviting, from here, Insurance for 3 Month, Round Trip Ticket and money in her Bankaccount. It was absolutley not possible to get this done. We have gotten our City Office as Help and they help us to makle a Remonstration. We promise with a big Amount of Money that she will leave again, so or so, she don´t get it and is 5 Month sad about that. Can you help us with this? I want that she can come here to see something else. Can you help us with that. Thank you and best Regards

        • Rob 05/26/2015 at 12:07 am #

          Sorry to hear about the visa denial, by the sound of it you did not provide sufficient evidence of “reasons to return” (such as a job/study to return to, property she owns (money is too easily transfered and a large unexplained sum of money in her account wil only raise questions and make things more difficult, now if she had a job and saved a lot of money all be herself things would be different but owning property -land/house/car/… would still be better evidence).

          Appeal time must have passed by now or you coudl have tried that (it’s free) and submitted more evidence and see if you could get the denial overturned.. Now the only option is to try again but with more evidence that shows reasons to return (a job to return to, owning property, taking care of family, any other commitments that she may have or would not want to leave behind), a letter explaining why she comes and why she willl return and that you promise that you will see to her timely return also help.

          And finally a general tip: Never buy a ticket untill the visa has been approved, a return reservation is sufficient evidence according the the Schengen visa rules (Visacode), many embassies advice not to buy a ticket so that you won’t lose money incase of a visa refusal. Such a return reservation is already 1 piece of evidence that works to making return to PH evident, together with other evidence you provide it becomes harder for the embassy to deny the visa as in almost all cases the embassy has zero evidence to assume illegal settelement so it would be several evidences in favour of return to 0 evidence and speculation from the embassy. Even if the visa is refused, an appeal (best with am immigration lawyer from Germany?) could very well work.

          Also consider applying for a shorter time frame and using the time between now and the next applicantions to get more evidence (visit her again, let her travel abroad to an other -western- nation for a short holiday such as to Japan to show a positive track record in her passport) etc. Best of luck!

        • ellah 05/26/2015 at 12:30 am #

          Hi there, we have the same situation.I am also a Filipina,and have a Norwegian BF. I have apply a schengen visa last March and fortunately “granted” after 1 day of waiting ;) I can give you and your girlfriend a lot of tips and advice for applying a schengen visa.You can mail me at shiella_rosendal@yahoo.com
          Im very much willing to help ;)

    • nzl 03/11/2015 at 5:40 pm #

      Hi Katrina, magaapply din ako ng visiting visa sa dutch embassy by this month. Intended depart is on May 28 , I am quiet nervous as I cant provide anything like certificate of registration from school as it is not yet open for enrollee 2015-16 although I am student really, all we are just going to do is to show them my bank account and to put enough money for the whole trip although i will have my fiancee as my host for the whole trip. Do you have host ba? Niezel_00@yahoo.com email ko, hoping to get in touch with you :)

  97. Bei 03/05/2015 at 6:46 am #

    Hi, I am now here in UK for a business trip. I am planning to go to Paris. Would you know how can i apply for schengen visa? are there any agency that i can contact to help me with this? thank you!

    • Rob 03/05/2015 at 2:58 pm #

      You can apply from the country one is either a national of or has long term residency. In exceptional cases (emergencies etc.) one can also apply from an embassy were one is only a tourist. If you are in the UK right now it’s rather unlikely that you will be able to apply for a Schengen visa, though you could try your luck and contact (phone, mail) the French embassy or (optionally) it’s service provider (which is less knowledgeable about all the rules though). I am going to assume that they will not accept an application though, which is most unfortunate for you, sorry. Wish they did visa applications at the UK-Schengen border (both ways)…

      • loi 03/09/2015 at 12:00 pm #

        Good day to all, advice nman po, About pag schengen visa going to Finland. In I invite ako ng boyfriend ko ngayung may to June sa manila.. Pwede na po ba ako mag apply ng schengen visa kht on process plng passport ko? march 23 palang po release nia..Boyfriend ko po ang mag shoulder ng expenses, anu po mga lapel kailangan ko kunin sa boyfriend ko? Sa side ko naman, anu mga lapel ang dapat kung ihanda? Wala po akung work. Mag iisang taon na kmi ng boyfriend ko pero sa camera lang po kmi nagkikita..May change ba na maapprove ang visa ko?..please I need your advice, first time ko po apply ng visa.. Thanks in advance..

        • ellah 03/11/2015 at 6:12 pm #

          Hi loi,mejo parehas tau ng case sis.
          i can help you.Na grant ang visa ko at paalis na aq ngayung march.Pwede kita bigyan ng mga tips :)
          Send me a mail at shiella_rosendal@yahoo.com

        • Rob 03/11/2015 at 9:19 pm #

          I speak a few languages but Tagolog is not one of them, sorry. ;) Guessing what you wrote I think you write that your bf is from Finland? In that case you can apply with the Norwegian embassy (Norway represents Finland for visa, as Finland has no embassy only a consulate), applying for a ” visit friends/boyfriend/family. Detailed instructions should be on the embassy website. Most important being you convincing the embassy that you will return (ties to PH: home, study, work, taking care of family , anything that binds you to PH) while your BF offers accomodation and financial guarantee. You can apply 3 months -or less- in advance.

          • blesselda armada 03/18/2015 at 11:52 am #

            hi sir rob im planning to go to spain this coming august,my interview at the spanish embassy is in april 28,i will use my husband’s bank statement and their family business permit since thats where we get our income,hes managing their business but the business permit is not named after him.and is 150k pesos would be enough as a bank statement?its my first time also to travel abroad.my husband will shoulder my trip in spain and i will stay there for 90days..is it ok if you email me sir blesseldaarmada@yahoo.com

          • Rob 03/27/2015 at 4:36 am #

            Hi Blesselda, I would gather as much evidence as you can that shows that 1) you have access to the money (bankaccount) and b) anything that can show the money is indeed your hubands and not for example some sort of donation or questionable background. Even more important would be ofcourse you providing any and all evidence of ties to PH (reasons for return), such as ownership of a house, land, work etc. that gives you good reason to return home. You would also need to show that you can indeed go on a 90 day trip (for instance: if you would be employed, who would have an employer granting a 90 day holiday??), or consider a shorter trip.

            I believe the Spanish authorities request nearly 60 euro’s (57) per person per day. So for a 90 day visit you alone would need 5130 euro’s, not a small amount! But if you wish to confirm I’d double check and e-mail the embassy.

          • Rob 03/27/2015 at 4:37 am #

            It’s best to apply with all documents or they may refuse to accept the application or seriously delay processing it. If you can, try to give a copy and explain that the original are onroute.

        • Sonia 03/13/2015 at 2:17 pm #

          Hi Loi,

          First, you will need to submit your passport when you apply for a Schengen visa at the Norwegian embassy (they handle the visa application for Finland), so wait until you receive your passport. Meanwhile, you can gather all the necessary documents as outlined on the Norwegian Embassy website. Here’s the link: http://www.norway.ph/studywork/visaandresidence/Visa-and-Res-permits/Schengen-Visa-Finland-Type-C/#.VQJ3t47LclV

          Second, since you haven’t met your boyfriend in person yet, it would be a little complicated. It’s required that you have already met him in person, either in the Philippines or outside the country and had spent time together, not just on skype or other similar platform. I think it’s better to use the checklist “visit other relatives/friends” and just tell them that you have never met him in person yet. Your “friend” may write in his invitation letter that he is inviting you to Finland so you could spend time together and get to know more each other etc.

          Third, being unemployed would suggest your lack of economic ties in the Philippines. I assume you don’t have children either?

          Honestly, your chances of being refused a visa is greater than being approved, but you may still try. Asked for your boyfriend’s invitation letter (although better write in the letter that you are friends getting to know more about each other), detailing how long have you known each other, how you keep in touch, and that he will shoulder all of your travel expenses. Ask for proof of funds e.g. bank statements. Be honest about your application.


    • elmaxxxenia 03/06/2015 at 11:05 pm #


      I now reside in Gibraltar (just this January 2015). Most of the Filipinos I know here travel from here to the UK. They also have a Schengen visa. I was told that when you apply in the UK, you’ll get your visa in just one hour. I think you need only to visit an embassy of one of the Schengen countries. Good luck!

      • tess 07/24/2015 at 12:55 am #

        hi elmaxxxenia,

        im planning to visit spain too. currently im here in canada working. my appoinmnt date will be on oct 2, 2015.

    • amy 03/09/2015 at 12:16 pm #

      Hello po

      Please can some help me?

      I’m a married from austria and we live for 3 years in Lithuania and also 4x I’m travel going there and back. When my husband pass away last January 2014 here in philippines. I never go back to Europe the problem is I lost my ID schengen visa.

      Can someone help me if I have a chance to going back there. What should I do? I start again in beginning ?

      Please help


      • Rob 03/11/2015 at 9:54 pm #

        You most likely don’t have valid residence in Lithuania anymore and therefor cannot go back but each country has it’s own rules so it would be best to check with the Lithuanians (embassy).

  98. annie 03/02/2015 at 4:50 pm #

    Hi, ask KO lng SNA kc po magppasa n aq ng application KO this week and I’m thinking kung ilagay q pa po b yung name ng friend q n manggaling Canada at magmmeet kminandbhe can shoulder the expenses. Or wag n po? Magssubmit nlng aq ng srili KO itinerary. At kung sakali n iiinclude KO sy Ano ponb requirements needed n ipasa? Thanks po.

  99. kim 02/28/2015 at 4:32 pm #

    ho i had my interview last feb 22, 2014 at royal Norwegian embassy(tourist visa to Denmark) and they said 3-5 days processing but 27th they emailed me that my application was sent to Danish Immigration for decision and will take up to 30 to 60 days. my cousin just had her interview last feb 24 and on 27th she got the result that she passed on new embassy of denmark. 1month have passed and its really scary waiting what would be result,,pls help me out to those have experience like me. Thanks

    • Eliza Alota 03/08/2015 at 5:53 pm #

      Hello, everyone! Would like to thank you to this site because it is a resourceful site. I asked here many times but no one respond me. What I did is just reading all the posts here. Thanks God. Schengen visa to Denmark is granted. Good luck to all applicants! All you need is just bring all the required documents in the checklists.

      • L 08/12/2015 at 9:13 pm #

        Hello Ms. Eliza,

        I just had my interview at the Danish Embassy last Monday (Aug. 10) for my Schengen visa application for Denmark with the purpose of tourism only. I am a university student & was able to provide all those certificates mentioned for student applicants, I also submitted a copy of my bank certificates & statements, my car’s OR-CR, and some other requirements mentioned (except for the employment cert). Last Tuesday, they texted me that my application has been forwarded to the Embassy for processing. I am worried what will be the result, this is my 2nd time applying for a Schengen Visa, the first was for Germany and unfortunately got denied. I also have all my documents (photocopy and original) notarized by a lawyer. I hope something good will come out.

    • Sonia 03/13/2015 at 1:26 pm #

      It will indeed take 30 days or more when an application is sent to Copenhagen for processing and decision. You just have to wait until the Danish Embassy inform you about the result of your visa application. If you had a sponsor, there is a greater chance of your application being approved.

  100. Jhoy F. 02/26/2015 at 9:01 pm #


    Applying po for Schengen Visa. Planning po kasi to go to France to visit my cousin. Aattend po kasi ako ng wedding nya dun. Nag plan po kasi ako for a month lang po ako mag stay dun. Nag process na po yung fiance ng cousin ko na yung nga for a month lang. Question ko po is okay lang po ba na mag stay dun longer atleast 2-3mos. kahit po hindi naman ganun yung sinbe sa paper and also sobrang kinakaban po ako eh. For everything po like papers, mga kailangan gawin and everything hahahaha.

    • Jhoy F. 02/26/2015 at 9:03 pm #

      If pwede dun ko nalang process na mag extend ako ng stay.

  101. Cassandra Björk 02/23/2015 at 8:40 am #

    Me and my boyfriend are planning to go to Dubai and we’re wondering if he should apply a visa? He has a philippine passport but he has been living here in Iceland and has a Schengen visa.

    • Rob 03/05/2015 at 2:48 pm #

      The nationality of a person decides if one needs a visa or not. Residence permits do not count. So if his nationality requires him to get a visa, he will need a visa.

  102. Elvie 02/14/2015 at 11:26 pm #

    Anybody here could give me insight,or some info, how to obtain student visa for Lithu ania, I had been doing my research and i recon lithuania has the cheapest fees compare to other EU countries.

  103. frncoma 02/12/2015 at 2:14 pm #

    Hi there! thank you for this!
    My questions is, if you call today for scheduling your interview, how long will it take until the interview itself? :)

    • Rob 02/12/2015 at 7:54 pm #

      You make an appointment (by phone, mail or online, which you may do either directly via the embassy or external party -entirely up to you-). The embassy MUST give an appointment within 2 weeks of the request. During the application the embassy will ask a few questions, depending on your travel purpose, history etc. it may be 1-2 or a few more questions to establish your purpose of travel.

      The visa will then be processed, this takes up to 15 calendar days, if further info is needed (such as being called over for an actual interview or more documents) it can be extended up to 30 days, and in extraordinary cases when further review is needed, up to 60 days.

      • frncoma 02/16/2015 at 7:56 pm #

        Thanks so much!

  104. Jon 02/06/2015 at 2:43 pm #

    good day I am planning to go to Luxembourg to visit my special someone this spring or summer (May or June 2015) which embassy should i apply for a Schengen Visa. the easiest and who can issue visa immediately. Many Thanks for the help and recommendation.

    • Rob 02/12/2015 at 8:00 pm #

      Luxembourg is generally represented by the Belgians, though in some places the Dutch or French do so instead. Best to check with the Belgian embassy first if they represent Luxembourg.

    • mrs.kieffer 02/18/2015 at 7:35 pm #

      Hi. Iuxembourg is under belgian embassy. I applied tourist visa last january 15 until now no email or update from embassy. They said docs will be sent to lux and they are the one who will approve the visa. Still waiting :(

      • mrs.kieffer 02/19/2015 at 10:07 am #

        Can i follow up on the embassy the status of my application? Its just taking forever and the waiting part is stressful. Can u guys tell me if i can call for updates? Thanks

      • wanderlass 02/19/2015 at 9:46 pm #

        i would call to followup

        • mrs.kieffer 02/24/2015 at 4:46 pm #

          Hi. I got an email yesterday and even a call to tell me that my visa is approved! Yeeeyy! Its long term so they asked me for one way ticket and travel and medical insurace valid for 90 days. What’s the cheapest one i can get? Thank you again.