Since our two-month Euro tour, we have received tons of questions about getting a Schengen Visa. It’s quite expected. Europe is a dream destination for many, and the Schengen Visa is probably the most complicated visa there is. In this article, we’ll try to answer the questions we have been asked the most as adequately as we can.

However, bear in mind that we are writing based only on our own experiences and some contributions from our readers. The goal is to help other applicants have a better picture of the process. But we encourage you to still contact the embassies for more updated info.

Anyway, it’s gonna be a lengthy post, so let’s begin.

What is a Schengen Visa?

The Schengen Visa is a travel document that allows the holder to enter any of the 26 states that are part of the Schengen agreement. Think of it as an almost all-access pass to many countries in Europe, eliminating the immigration borders within the Schengen zone and the hassle of having to apply for a visa for each individual country.


What are the Schengen countries?

Here they are, all 26 of ’em.

Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

Which embassy should I lodge my visa application?

It will depend on the purpose of your trip or your overall European itinerary. The rule is:

  • If you’re visiting just ONE country, apply at the embassy of that country.
  • If you’re visiting multiple countries, apply at the embassy of the main destination or the country where you will be staying the longest. If you will spend 3 days in the Netherlands, 3 days in Italy, and 5 days in France, apply at the French Embassy.

However, some countries have additional rules. It is best to double check with the Embassy to be absolutely sure.


What if I’m spending equal number of days in different countries?

I honestly can’t answer this based on experience, so I’ll just copy-paste what the Dutch Embassy has to say about this:

“If you will be staying an equal length of time in more than one Schengen country and cannot designate one of these countries as the country of your main destination, you must apply for your visa at the mission of the first Schengen country you intend to enter.”

This means if you’re spending 3 days in Germany first, then 3 days in Italy and 3 days in France, you should apply at the German Embassy. According to the Dutch Embassy website, that is.


What are the requirements?

List of requirements is right here: Schengen Visa Requirements.

I noticed that embassies are asking for almost the same requirements. There are little variations, though, so make sure you check with the embassy that will process your application.


What is the application process? What are the steps?

It varies from mission to mission. Some embassies, like the French and the Italian, employ a third party unit to handle most visa applications (VFS Global). Others, like the German Embassy, take care of ’em in-house.

Here are the embassies I have personally tried:

I’ll be updating this part of the post to include a link to the processes per country. (Please check back later.)


Do we need to book flights before applying for a visa?

NO. Don’t book your flights yet. They only require flight reservations, not flight booking. Don’t pay for your flights yet. (Unless you grabbed promo fares at a seat sale.) Some travel agencies can reserve flights (often for a fee).

   

We recommend Gazelle Travel and Tours, a DTI-registered DOT-accredited travel agency. You can get flight reservations, hotel reservations, and travel insurance from them online!

For the rates and more info, read:

Flight and Hotel Reservations


Is travel insurance really necessary?

The short answer is YES.

The long answer is still YEEEEEEESSSSS.

Some embassies, like the Italian Embassy, requires an additional 15-day coverage on top of the travel period. Make sure you know these little rules when purchasing travel insurance.


Where to get travel insurance?

You can simply purchase travel insurance online. I have tried Pacific Cross and had no problems with it. Their Executive Peso and Prestige Euro plans are both Schengen-Approved.

You can book Pacific Cross travel insurance with Gazelle Travel and Tours too! You can use the same form we made for Flight Reservations. Just tick TRAVEL INSURANCE in the checklist on the form.

MORE INFO HERE: TRAVEL INSURANCE


Can I book hotels on my own?

Yep. You can book via third-party websites, but book hotels with FREE Cancellation policy so you won’t be wasting money in case your visa gets denied.


What does a detailed itinerary look like?

Like this

schengen-visa-france-itinerary

Can I visit countries that are not in the itinerary I submitted?

Yes, as long as it is within the Schengen Zone.


If my application is approved, do I have to stick to the itinerary I submitted?

Ideally, but not really. But because there are no checkpoints between countries within the Schengen Zone, there’s no way for them to check. You can deviate from your original itinerary if you want. We made a number of changes to our itineraries on the two occasions we visited Europe. But my only guidance is this: At your point of entry, know that you might be asked questions about your itinerary. At the very least, stay the longest in the country where you got your visa so you won’t run into trouble. They have the right to refuse entry even if you already have a visa.


Is a cover letter required?

No. But I highly encourage you to provide one especially if there will be no interview. You can explain the purpose of your trip further. Here’s a sample.

schengen-visa-france-letter

Are embassies really strict?

Yes, but some are more strict than others. For example, in my travel circles, the Italian and Spanish Embassies are notorious for being extremely meticulous, while the French, German, Dutch and Austrian Embassies are known for being more forgiving and considerate.

That’s just according to my travel friends. Might not be true in some cases.


Is there an interview?

Some embassies conduct a short interview, some don’t. Usually, when a third party company (like VFS) is involved, there will no longer be an interview.

Here’s what I know so far: Do the following embassies usually conduct an interview?

  • Austrian Embassy – NO
  • Czech Embassy – YES
  • Danish Embassy – NO
  • French Embassy – NO
  • German Embassy – YES
  • Greek Embassy (for Greece and Portugal) – YES
  • Italian Embassy – NO
  • Norwegian Embassy – NO
  • Spanish Embassy – YES

Again, usually. Some applicants will be called for an interview at the embassy when they need further clarifications. It really depends on many factors but mostly how strong your case is.

In many cases, even when there is no interview involved, personal appearance is sometimes required. It’s best to check with the embassy to be sure.

If the your embassy requires an interview or you are called for one, just answer their questions truthfully and confidently. Don’t lie. Most of the time, they will know.


What are the usual questions they ask at the interview?

I asked my friends what were the questions thrown at them during the interview and here are the most common. True enough, when I applied for a Schengen Visa on two separate occasions, these were asked too.

  • What is the purpose of your trip?
  • How long is your trip?
  • How long will you stay in (country)?
  • What is your first stop?
  • What countries are you going to visit?
  • When will you leave?
  • When will you be back?
  • Will this be your first time in Europe?
  • What countries did you visit on your first trip to Europe and for what purpose?
  • Do you know anyone in (country)?
  • Do you know anyone in any other Schengen country?
  • Do you know anyone in the UK (United Kingdom)?
  • How are you related to them?
  • How did you meet?
  • With whom are you traveling?
  • How are you related to your companion?
  • What do you do for a living? (Expect a lot of follow up questions about your job.)
  • How long have you been with your company?
  • Does your company know you’re taking this trip?
  • Do you own properties in the Philippines (home country)?

Based on experience, most of the questions were about three things:

  • the details of the trip, which means you must know your itinerary by heart
  • my connections to anyone in Europe. In my case, I had none. I have no relatives or close friends there.
  • my job and my rootedness in my home country. In both cases, they gravitated towards finding reasons for me to return to the Philippines.

Again, answer truthfully and confidently.

Note that these are just the common questions. They might still ask a lot of other questions relevant to your background and application.


How early should I apply for a Schengen visa?

You can apply up to 90 days (3 months) in advance. While most embassies process applications relatively fast, it is wise to give some time allowance just in case something doesn’t go as planned (e.g. they ask for additional documents). I consider “a month before” too tight. Two months should give you enough time to secure a copy of all required documents and fix a problem should it arise.


How soon do they release the visa after receiving my application?

Depends on the embassy. The French Embassy releases visas after 5-7 days, the German Embassy 7-14 days. Most of the time, the wait is shorter. Sometimes, when they have doubts, it can take longer.

For example, when I applied for a visa for my second Euro trip, the German Embassy took only 6 days. My partner Vins, who was applying for the first time and didn’t submit an ITR, was asked to send more documents to prove his rootedness in the Philippines. He did submit the requested additional papers and finally got his visa after 3 weeks.

On the other hand, I have a friend who applied via the Austrian Embassy and got her visa after only 3 days.

So it really depends on the embassy AND your case.


How much money should I have in the bank to be approved?

No one really knows for sure what the minimum amount is. But remember this: You will be asked to submit flight and hotel reservations and a detailed day-to-day itinerary. So here’s the rule of thumb. Add the cost of the flights you reserved and the cost of the accommodations and EUR 60 per day of your stay.

What’s the EUR 60 per stay? Think of it as your pocket money. Embassies need to be assured that you can afford the trip. Some embassies require EUR 45 per day, some EUR50, some E55. To be on the safe side, use EUR60 per day.

Let’s use this as example. Let’s assume that your roundtrip flight costs EUR1000 and your total hotel stay costs EUR1200 and you’re staying in Europe for 10 days. That’s EUR60 X 10 days = EUR 600.

1000 (flights)
1200 (hotel)
600 (allowance)
EUR 2800 – TOTAL

Of course, that can’t be the only amount in your account. You should have more than that. But my point is, don’t apply for a 10-day visit with only EUR 2000 in your bank account (using the example above).


How long is the validity of the visa?

Depends on the itinerary you will submit and the embassy.

When I applied at and submitted a 5-day itinerary to the French Embassy, I was issued a visa that was valid for 15 days.

When I applied the second time and submitted a 53-day itinerary to the German Embassy, I was given a visa valid for 60 days.

When I applied at the Greek Embassy with an 11-day itinerary, I was given exactly that, 11 days.


I’m traveling to multiple cities. Do I need to submit train transfer and flight reservation within the Schengen area?

It’s not in the checklist when you fill the form online. I submitted transfer tickets when I applied, so I don’t know if it’s okay to not provide them.

But according to some of our readers who recently applied, if you don’t print out the checklist, they will use the old list of requirements (which has more items) because they will attach a different set of checklist. In the old list, they will require a cover letter, birth certificate & photocopy of your passport. So make sure you print out both the checklist and the completed application form.


I’m traveling to multiple cities. Do I need to provide hotel reservation for all the countries I’m visiting or for the embassy’s country only?

If you’re staying at hotels, you must provide hotel reservation covering the entire duration of your stay. If you’re staying in multiple countries, you must submit hotel reservation for all the countries where you will be staying, not just that one country.


Help us improve this post! If you have experienced applying for a Schengen Visa and you have more to add to this list, feel free to contribute information via the Comments Section below!



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Comments

  1. Milet Miranda says:

    Very useful post Yoshke! So glad to know that there are no interviews for Norwegian Embassy :) Hopefully, I get to travel to Norway and Iceland early next year!

  2. Joeybelles says:

    Have you heard of anyone being asked to report to the French embassy after the trip?

  3. Irene says:

    Hi,
    I am supposed to go to France with my family (husband and daughter) on the 1st of December for a 10-day tour. When is the best time to set an appointment for visa application?

    Thank you!

  4. Mae says:

    The Italian Embassy requires a travel insurance coverage of 15 additional days over and above your desired length of stay. FYI.

  5. Maverick Villalon says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    What are the different documents your partner submitted in lieu of his ITR? Thanks for your reply in advance.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Maverick! He submitted invoices and certification from his clients. :)

      • Maverick Villalon says:

        I’m sorry. I’m clogging up this thread. Does he work online? If so, is it okay to declare that I am working virtually from home with paying taxes? :)

        • Maverick Villalon says:

          If this is not too much to ask. May I ask for the template of the certificate and invoice from his clients? :)

          • Maverick Villalon says:

            Thank you so much for your help. It’s really my first time and I can’t help but be nervous.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Yes to both questions. But don’t mention the online bit unless you’re asked about it. What do you do exactly? If you’re an online writer, just say writer. If you’re a digital marketing manager, just say marketing manager, so as not to invite more questions. :)

          • Maverick Villalon says:

            Thank you, Yoshke. I’m a Marketing Manager. By the way, is it easier to get a visa if you have a proof of accommodation from a citizen? This is greatly appreciated.

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            Saang embassy ka mag-aapply? Anong country?

            If you’re declaring you’re going to Europe to visit a friend, yes, it will help. If you’re going there as a tourist, I recommend that you just reserve a hotel.

            Embassies are often stricter sa applicants who have connections or kakilala in Europe than those na walang kakilala.

  6. Maverick Villalon says:

    By the way, I am a student so I just get a certification from my school regarding my status.

    • Maverick Villalon says:

      Thank you so much. Sa French Embassy, Yoshke. They have declared full accommodation.

  7. Bambam says:

    Regarding the visa validity in this post, will you know immediately upon visa approval how long you are allowed to stay in the schengen territories?

    What if upon application i submitted a 10days itinerary, if ever approved, will they indicate there in my visa or passport- just 10days or a bit more days only? There will be no way for me to change it to 30days anymore if ever there will be changes in my trip?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yes, the number of days will be indicated in the visa. :)

      Not sure if it’s possible to extend or the process required for it.

  8. Maverick Villalon says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    I checked the link in step number 1 to fill out the application form and I believe we need to check the link because the link to the website is no longer there. Thanks. :)

  9. Vans says:

    Hi guys! Im applying for a Schengen Visa over at the French Embassy. Is Agoda’s free cancellation policy really FREE (provided that I cancel on their specified “cancel for free before ____”)? Or would there be a surprise cancellation fee or other unprecedented fees? Dont know who better else to ask but you two. Thanks!!

  10. TF says:

    They required me to go back to their embassy in 2001 after I returned from my tour of France. When I got to their office, they got my passport, took it to their back office, then handed it back to me after stamping ‘Expired Visa’ on my visa.

  11. Josephine says:

    Hi! I am an OFW. my concern is about the ITR. I don’t have one. What should I do? But I had a TIN when I was still working in the Philippines.

  12. Wilma says:

    Thank you for your blog. I read all of it including the comments. I was planning to apply for a Spain visa together with my mom and encountered this “Shengen visa”. But after reading this blog, I realized that I don’t need to apply Schengen (maybe someday). I got relevant information I need. Your blog really helps (thou different destinations to take). I just worry that that my mom is a senior citizen and she do not have proof of ITR or COE.Please give good advice on what relevant documents should I present in support for her application. Hoping for your advice. Thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Wilma, if you’re going to Spain, you will still need a Schengen Visa.

      As for the reqs for senior citizens, I really have no idea. :( But I’m guessing you can submit a copy of Senior ID and bank accounts. Perhaps the COE/ITR may no longer be required for seniors. Again, these are all a hunch. Best to coordinate directly with the embassy.

  13. Emalyn says:

    Hi! I’m planning to visit my boyfriend in Belgium this year, may I ask if do I need to make my itinerary trip there for my visa application? Since I don’t have any plans once I get there. Also I will stay at his house so no need for hotel bookings. I just wanted to know thanks.

  14. iza says:

    What if we are four person is the interview for schengen visa is individually or a group?
    We are applying to go in Switzerland

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Iza, we have no personal experience applying via Swiss embassy/consulate, so we don’t know. :(

  15. Ren says:

    Hi. If you’re traveling alone, will it be stricter? Considering I have all the requirements, which part should I be careful at? Is it better if I will be sponsored by someone from the country I will be visiting or just don’t mention anything at all? Thank you in advance.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Based on experiences of friends and our readers, they are stricter if you know someone in Europe. Traveling alone isn’t an issue for as long as you meet all the requirements satisfactorily.

      • Ren says:

        Hi. Thank you for responding to my queries. Is it better if I join a certain tour package or I can do my DIY itinerary? Thanks again in advance.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          DIY is fine. What we usually recommend is booking the flights and hotels on your own and then join group tours when you’re there.

          But I think booking a tour package will give you better chances of approval sa visa.

  16. Jane says:

    Hi yoshke. Plan ko magapply ng visa next year since my mom wants to go to Turkey, baka magGreece and France na rin kami. Diba sa pagkuha ng visa may means of subsistence per Schengen country? Sa Greece nasa 60 euros and then sa France is 130 euros. Okay lang ba na pag kukuha ng visa ang sundin namin is yung sa Greece na 60 euros? Since dun din naman yung first point of entry namin and mas magstay longer. Or pag nilagay namin sa itinerary na pupunta kami France, kelangan din namin ipakita sa bank statement na may 130 euros per day kami for France? Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yung rule ng embassy kung saan ka mag-aapply yung masusunod. So rule ng Greece if sa Greek Embassy ka mag-apply.

    • PattyV says:

      Hi Jane. Were you able to email the Greek Embassy for interview? My email is not getting through. I wonder kung may ganoong experience din and iba.

      Thanks

  17. Donna Lyn says:

    Hi! i just want to ask, we’ll be going to Paris (4days)-Rome (3Days) – BArcelona (3 Days). we’ll be coming from london then going to Paris. Our flight is Manila-London-Manila. Do I have to submit the flight details (London to Paris), (Paris to Rome) (Rome to Spain) and (Spain to London)? I’m hesistant pa kasi to buy the tickets. maybe flight reservations muna for europe?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Donna, flight reservations lang muna. Aside from Manila-London tickets mo, pinaka-important yung Schengen entry and exit flights (London-Paris, Spain-London) kasi they need to see how you’re going to enter and leave the Schengen area.

      But yep, wag ka muna bili tickets. Flight reservation muna.

  18. Hill says:

    Hello Yoshke – Sana matulungan mo ako. I can’t decide if I’ll stick to my plan A or plan B. Ganito kasi iyong Mom ko ay nakapasa na ng visa for Schengen. Aside from naipresent niya lahat, ininvite din siya ng Tita ko. Ngayon, my father wants me to join her as this will be her first time leaving the country alone. Nag-ayos na ako ng requirements kaso nahihirapan ako pagdating sa itinerary. My Plan A is – Sundin iyong itinerary na napresent mo sa taas w/o mentioning na I applied because of my Mom. Itinerary will be Belgium-Amsterdam-Paris-Belgium. My plan B is – I’ll mention that I’m applying to accompany my Mom. My itinerary will be a month in Belgium (which might sound crazy?)

    Ano sa tingin mo mas okay?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Hill. It depends on a lot of factors. What’s your current employment and personal financial status? If you don’t declare that bit about your mom, will you be applying as a tourist or as someone still invited by your tita? If you apply as a tourist, can your docs prove you can support a trip that long?

      My top-of-mind advice is to just be honest and transparent. Just say you’re accompanying your mom. It sounds like a valid reason, to begin with.

  19. yoda says:

    Hi! Regarding “details of the trip” did the embassy asked you where exactly are you going in each country and when? did they asked you randomly or in order?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Sa German Embassy, yep, they asked about specific activities pero hindi sa lahat ng countries, konti lang. And yep, randomly.

      Sa Greek Embassy, they asked about each activity in the itinerary, per day, in order.

  20. Vassilis says:

    When I tried to bring my Filipina girlfriend to Greece, back in 2011 I think, I asked the Greek embassy about the requirements for the visa. They were vague, not specific, they just said that the girl needs to have a high-salary stable job like a doctor or lawyer, and much money in bank, and a credit card, etc,,, even if I officially invite her and host her and pay her food etc. I guess that the embassy is afraid of illegal immigration and makes the visa impossible for most Filipinos.
    Eventually, I married the girl, and then she applied for spouse visa and now we live happily in Greece.

  21. Kaye says:

    Hello! Thanks for posting these very useful and detailed info.
    May I ask what if we are booked via Airbnb? Do we declare it sa itinerary?
    I saw in the checklist there’s an attestation or something needed pa? Thanks in advance!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yep, you can declare AirBnB. We did before, wala naman naging problem. Just submit the reservation confirmation.

      Saang embassy ka nag-aapply pala?

  22. Gelo says:

    Hi, Yoshke! Just a question. For the bank statement, diba its 60 Euros per day + budget for flight + budget for accommodation. Yung sa accommodation ba, is it ok if yung budget is half na of the total expenses for the accommodation given that hati kami ng partner ko with the accommodation expenses? :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Gelo, I’m afraid they don’t see it that way especially if hindi family member kasi applications are often assessed individually.

      Also, yung 60 euro per day, that’s the minimum but having that doesn’t guarantee anything. I’m pretty sure they’re looking for much more than that (kasi hindi believable or ideal for them if yun lang ang fund ng account). If French Embassy ka pala apply, their standard now is 120 euro per day.

  23. Ayesha says:

    Hello, everyone! I just want to ask if there will be an issue if I didn’t fly to Schengen country; though, I got my Schengen visa? Then, I want to re-apply new visa and fly this time? Please, any advice. Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Ayesha, I don’t know the answer to this, but I’m publishing your comment pa rin just in case other readers have an idea. :)

  24. Kem says:

    Hi good evening.. i find this very useful. And please Allow me to ask if i need an ITR since my visit is funded by my friend?
    Shall i need this for proof of rootedness here in Philippines?
    Thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yes and yes. Even if your trip is sponsored by someone else, you will need to prove rootedness.

      • Chinitakee says:

        hi, im travelling to Mexico and may lay over sya sa Paris. didnt know na need ko ng Transit Visa and in 5days aalis na ako. i scheduled an appointment sa French embassy on bukas for that. Madali lang ba marelease ang transit visa and hindi sila strict?, huhuhu pls advise

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Chinitakee, naku, I have no idea kapag transit visa.

  25. J. says:

    hello,
    do you have any idea if what to do or what does it mean kung over 15days na yong processing? i mean i applied last month June 11 (considered holiday nung June 12 and June 15) they said it will start ng June 13 na counted as 1st day. i don’t think kulang mga docs ko since we checked it sa Via.ph na completed naman. im worried kasi my flight is on July 16:-/ 1 almost a month na processing grabe.
    thank you so much.

    -J

  26. J says:

    hi i just got my Visa today and this is what they said,

    1)The information submitted regarding the justification for the purpose and the conditions of the intended stay was not reliable.

    2)your intention to leave the territory of the Member Stated before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained

    what is this means? im thinking sa french embassy nlng magapply, :(

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Saang embassy ka nag-apply? Italian? The Italian Embassy is known for being super strict.

      I think medyo clear naman yung reasons na sinabi nila sa pag-deny. Hindi nila sure if babalik ka ng Pilipinas before mag-expire ang visa. Usually, kapag ganyan, it’s a matter of proving rootedness (stable employment, properties in PH, etc). Madalas din na denied kapag may kakilala ka dun sa Europe tapos hindi clear ung connection mo sa kanya, hindi clear ang purpose ng trip, and hindi strong yung ties sa PH.

      Hindi enough na complete yung docs. They have to find it satisfactory.

  27. Poy says:

    Good Evening!
    Tanong ko lang kung family ba mag apply ng schengen visa (italian embassy) d pa rin guarantee na ma approve? Family kc sabay na aalis ksama fiancee ko at fiancee ng kapatid ko. They can present ITR, bank statements, coe, etc. Pero problem ko lang sa parents ko kc senior citizen na cla, at wala sila itr or coe. Ako nalang nag sponsor sa kanila kase OFW ako. May 100k naman sa bank accounts nila para ma present namin sa embassy. May alam ka na ba ngayon kung ano pa kelangan documents na i.submit ng mga senior citizens? Gagawa pa kasi ako ng letter of support, lagay ko don na ako ang nagbayad ng lahat ng tickets namin at ako magbabayad ng hotel accommodations namin. Lahat kami may experience na travelling around asia. ako at mama ko may experience na din sa europe. Sa italian embassy kami mag apply kc don ung entry namin, at sa itinerary namin for 15 days nasa loob lang kami ng italy at lilibutin namin lahat ng tourist spot cities. Pero baka d namin i.follow ung itinerary.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Poy, an affidavit of support would be great. Submit also a copy of their senior ID.

      I haven’t tried applying via Italian embassy so there’s not much advice I can give. All I know is, based on experiences of my friends, they’re very thorough and strict.

  28. lorna says:

    hello po sau…ako po ay ofw sa hk..i met a guy from ..he ask me to visit him…sb nya he will sponsor me…10 days tour….hanapan papo kaya ako ng bank statement..

  29. Jen says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    Great infos. :)
    By the way I have a question, I have a stable job naman here in Ph. And I have visited 10 countries already mostly Asia and I still have a valid visa sa Australia. My recent trip was Japan. I am planning to apply Schengen Visa Pero this time medyo “urgent” kasi. Now my problem is in my bank nasagad yung amount meaning around 10k nalang ang natitira. Pero May makukuha akong enough money para sa mga pautang ko na Pwede ko na magamit for my Europe trip. Pwede kayang bank certificate nalang ang I present instead of bank statement? Baka kasi magdoubt yung embassy if May biglaang malaking amount na idedeposit.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jen, usually ni-rerequire nila both. Sa French, German, and Greek embassies, kelangan talaga. Di ko lang alam sa ibang embassies. :(

  30. Mhai Guinto says:

    Hi, Yoshke!

    I’m planning a trip to Portugal in January 2019. If possible na mas maaga ko makuha yung visa ko if nag-start ako mag-apply by October (since hinihintay ko pa yung release ng passport ko). Possible kayang pwede kong mas agahan ang alis ko? Thank you! :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mhai. Visa for Portugal visit is processed by the Greek Embassy and they’ve been pretty swamped lately. Try to email them first and check for their earliest available appointment.

  31. Mhay says:

    Hi Yoshke!
    Im planning to appy for a schengen visa via french embassy, but will travel to multiple cities, ask ko lng re: don sa “number of days of travel”, kailangan ba yong buong travel sa Europe ang ilalagay don or ung no. of days lang namin sa France? we’ll be staying for a total number of 21 days (multiple cities) pero we’ll be staying for 4 days lang sa France.. Thank you for your answer. Your blog really helps me a lot.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mhay, ang alam ko, yung buong stay mo sa Europe (within the Schengen zone).

  32. Elie says:

    Hi Yoshke,
    My boyfriend invited me for a vacation in his place. NORWAY. So we are planning to process the application for visa. He will shouldered all my expenses for that vacation thus will send invitation, sponsorship and guarantee letter. My question is do i need to submit any proof of my financial status. Coz at present im unemployed, no bank cert or record and No credit card. Your reply would be much appreciated. Thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Elie. Yes, you will still need to submit proof of your own financial status kahit na sponsored yung trip.

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