How to apply for a Schengen Visa from the Philippines?
Do Filippino passport holders need a Schengen Visa to enter Europe?
Filippino nationals need to apply for a Schengen Visa in order to enter any of the Schengen Area countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Switzerland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
How do I apply for a Philippines Schengen Visa?
Filippino passport holders who want to apply for a Schengen Visa, most often need a standard Schengen Visa, for trips lasting up to 90 days in any 180 days’ period. Multiple-entry visas are also available if you plan on traveling regularly to the Schengen Area.
Schengen Visa applicants from the Philippines should submit their application no more than six months before their trip. It is advised you do so around a month before you leave, however, to allow for any delays in processing - and you must do so at least 15 days before you plan to leave. You need to fill out your application, submit supporting documents, and attend an interview at a consulate, embassy, or visa application center.
How much does Schengen Visa cost if I apply from the Philippines?
A Schengen Visa now costs €80 for adults (PHP4400) and €40 (PHP2200) for minors. Visa fees are waived for children under six years of age, and those traveling to Europe for certain purposes, such as to study or research in certain fields. Those attending certain sporting, charitable or cultural events, may also be able to waive their visa fee.
Additional service fee of €25 when applying at the Visa application centers of VFS Global in Manila Children up to 6 years no fee payable in Philippine Pesos (cash) at the current exchange rate
How do I book my Schengen Visa appointment in Manila?
Philippines Schengen Visa applicants must book an appointment to be interviewed and attend with the correct supporting documents. Appointments will be undertaken at a consulate, embassy or visa application center. For example, the VFSGlobal visa application center in Manila handles applications on behalf of the French or the German governments.
What documents do I need to apply for a Schengen Visa from the Philippines?
You will need:
- two recently taken passport-style photos
- a Filippino passport which must be valid for at least another 3 months upon the conclusion of the travel and must contain two empty pages and one copy of the passport, and further valid / invalid passports
- Your Visa application form: One fully completed application form signed by your own hand and completed by you
- a purpose of travel:
- Details regarding the travel destination and travel route
- Details regarding the means of travel for the outward - and return journey (details regarding the airline) no flight ticket needed
- Hotel-voucher or confirmation of the hotel / guest house that the accommodation has already been paid for
- The financial coverage of the cost of your travel and stay
- Statements of your account(s) for the previous six months, with a confirmation by the bank
- Your travel health insurance:
- Travel health insurance, which is valid for all Schengen-States and the full duration of stay for which the visa is applied for, with a minimum coverage sum of 30,000 Euros.
- proof of professional situation:
- if you are employed:
- Proof of your employment, i.e. most recent income tax return, certificate of employment (including your employer’s full name, complete address and telephone number with area code details regarding your position or professional designation, income, duration of the working relationship);
- letter of approved leave of absence signed by your employer,
- If you are self-employed:
- proof of registration and commercial activity of your company in the Philippines, e.g. income tax returns, bank certificates, documents of the company accounts or other.
- If you study:
- School certificate / University certificate; proof of enrollment (for students),
- if applicable: letter of exemption from studies
- If you own real estate property, e.g. original land title, deed of sale
- if you are employed:
What are additional documents for children below age 18?
- Personal appearance of both parents (if residing in the Philippines) during submission of the visa application with valid ID (passport or driver's license)
- Original Birth Certificate of the child, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA – former NSO) on Security Paper (SECPA)
- If traveling without both parents:
- Declaration of consent by the legal guardian(s), signed in front of a German consular officer
- as well as Passports of the legal guardian(s) (original and Xerox copy of the data page)
- or Proof of legal custody (for minors with parents whose marriage was dissolved/ annulled)
- or Death certificate of the other parent
- Travel Permit, issued by the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); please contact the DSWD for further information. The according proof should be carried along and submitted to the border control.
How long does it take to process my Schengen Visa in the Philippines?
Applications should take around 15 days but can take up to 30 days to process, especially during busy periods. However, in some cases, it may take up to 60 days if the Embassy request for additional documents or if a personal interview is required.
Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?
AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs only €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip, and will meet your visa requirements, while our AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000. Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase our Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
All our products come with an insurance certificate that is instantly available online and can be printed to take to your visa interview in the Philippines. Your payment will be refunded in the event your Schengen Visa application is refused.
How to apply for Schengen visa in other countries ?
Frequently asked questions about Philippines Schengen Visas
You should make your application to the country where you are planning to spend most of your stay in - or if staying an equal amount of days in two countries - the one you plan to enter first.
The sanction will depend on which country you are found to be overstaying in but you will face deportation - a fine and a possible ban from entering the Schengen Area.
In exceptional circumstances you can - but you will need to prove there is a legitimate reason for your extension application. Otherwise you should return to the Philippines and apply for a new visa.