This is Part 1 of How to Plan a Euro Trip series which covers the essential details on how to apply for the seemingly elusive and dreaded Schengen visa and get it in 7 days. This article answers the following questions:

What is a Schengen visa?
What are the types of Schengen visa?
When can I apply?
Which embassy is easy on the visa?
Where can I apply?
How can I apply for a Schengen visa at the German Embassy?
What are the requirements for a Schengen visa?
How much is the Schengen visa processing fee?
What should I wear to the interview?
How is the interview like?
Are the interviewers really scary?
How long does it take for the Schengen visa to be released?
What if I get denied? What can I do next?

Please note that this is based from my own experience applying for a 3-month Schengen visa in the German Embassy in Manila. Schengen visa application is pretty standard so you can learn a thing or two here if you’re applying for one soon.

Are you applying for a Schengen visa in another embassy? Check these other articles:

How to apply for a Schengen visa at the French Embassy and get it in 5 days

How to apply for a Schengen visa at the Dutch Embassy and get it in 2 weeks

Have you been dreaming of going to Europe? Have you saved for it, started planning your itinerary and can’t wait to fly to your dream European city and experience the trip of a lifetime? You’re about to make your dream a reality (that’s very exciting!) but first, you have to nail that Schengen visa application.

What is a Schengen Visa?

The Schengen visa is a 90-day tourist visa for Schengen zone countries that include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

For citizens of unfortunate countries, like the Philippines, we are required to apply for a Schengen visa for short stays in the Schengen zone. But even after you’ve fulfilled all the requirements, you might still not be granted a visa.

With a Schengen visa, we are allowed entry into the zone up to 90 days within a 180 day period. These days don’t need to be consecutive. This means that you can leave the zone to go to other neighboring countries and then come back again and the counting continues. The total is cumulative. Once Day 181 hits, the count resets itself.

If you’re from another country, you can find the specific rules regarding your country at this European Commission website.

If you’re going to study or work in Europe or getting married to a European, you can’t apply for a Schengen visa. Let me repeat it: It’s just for short stays up to 90 days. Please check the relevant embassy for more information on the type of visa and requirements.

What are the types of Schengen visa?

There is only one type of Schengen visa which is – tada! – Schengen visa but there are different reasons for applying for one which determines the requirements you need to submit. Some of the common reasons for applying for a Schengen visa are: tourism, business, visiting family and/or friends, attending a fair or participation in a language course lasting no longer than 3 months.

When can I apply?

You can apply as early as 3 months before your expected departure date. For example: if you want to fly to Europe on June 30, you can apply as early as March 30. If you are super sure that you are going, I suggest you apply the earliest possible time because (1) there are many people who are applying for visas and you might not get your desired interview appointment date and (2) you can then book a cheaper roundtrip flight once your visa is approved versus applying last minute and, consequently, booking your flight last minute which makes it astronomically expensive.

Which embassy is easy on the visa?

According to this statistics published in The Economist, 1 in 17 applications to visit the Schengen area is rejected. But not all destinations are equal. In 2010 Belgium turned away almost one-fifth of applications for transit and short-stay visas, whereas Finland rejected only 1.3%. In 2010 Poland issued 7% of all Schengen visas, but as many as one-fifth of long-stay ones. France gave out 2.2 million visas, the most of any Schengen country, but many had only limited territorial validity. So I guess the answer to the question is French embassy.

Where can I apply?

You can apply to the embassies of any of the 26 countries listed above. If you’re visiting more than one country, you need to apply to the country where you will spend your time most. Or you can also apply to the country that you’re entering first. Some people apply to embassies which they have heard were more lenient. However, the requirements for the visa application remain almost the same, regardless of the embassy you choose. The application process might be slightly different but the requirements are pretty standard across all embassies.

I filed my visa application in the German Embassy in Manila because I will be mostly in Germany and I am visiting my friends there.

How do I apply for a Schengen visa at the German Embassy?

For application at the German Embassy in Manila, you must follow their Visa Appointment System. You have two options. Option 1 is to call their call center and set an appointment. Option 2 is by going to the embassy directly and set an appointment for free. Both requires money, the call center charges at least Php 32 per minute while the other option, even though it’s free, requires you to spend money for transportation to the embassy.

Option 1 is more convenient because you can set an appointment from Monday to Saturday by phone from 8am-6pm. While in Option 2, you can only set an appointment on Wednesday and Thursday from 2-3pm. And even then, there are limited slots. I tried doing this the first time and the next available schedule was almost 2 months away. Que horror! So if I were you, save your sanity and call their call center!

How to set an appointment though their call center:

1. Keep at hand all required documents for the visa application (more info in the next subsection).

2. Call their Call Center (numbers and other details are here) available from Monday to Saturday (8am to 6pm).

3. Answer all the questions. You’re basically giving out all info for your application form which makes processing time and setting of appointments more efficient. In my case, it took around 15 minutes so better load up that mobile phone.

Important note from the German Embassy: The period of time from the setting of the interview appointment via the Call Center to the interview appointment in the Visa Section of the Embassy can take up to 4 (four) weeks. In addition, the processing time of the Visa application is 1 (one) week from date of interview (as a rule). You should therefore plan at least 6 (six) weeks from the setting of the interview appointment to the possible issuance of the visa.

You don’t want to call? Bring your passport and another I.D. (for the security guards) and head over to the German Embassy to set an appointment:

25/F Tower 2 RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue, 1200 Makati City
Metro Manila, Philippines

Pause. Picture yourself here:

What are the requirements for a Schengen visa?

1. Your Identity

a. Passport, which must be valid for at least another 3 months upon the conclusion of the travel it must contain two empty pages, and one Xerox copy of the passport, and  further valid/invalid passports.

b. Two current biometric passport pictures, face recorded frontally, light background, to be submitted during the interview. Check this for the photograph specifications.

2. Application Form

a. One fully completed application form signed by your own hand.

b. One Security Questionnaire declaration signed by your own hand.

If you set your appointment through the Call Center, you don’t need to fill out the application form because you already did this through the phone. When you go to the embassy at your appointment time, the receptionist will give you your printed application form with all your info and you just have to check if all the info are correct and sign it. You then get a copy of the Security Questionnaire to fill out and sign. It’s free. You can also download it in advance here.

3. Purpose of travel

a. For those visiting for tourism, you need to submit your itinerary and reservation of a roundtrip ticket and confirmation of hotel/guest house that the accommodation has already been paid for.

Note that the round trip ticket should just be a reservation and not confirmed tickets! You can get this flight itinerary from any travel agency. Some charge money for it. Others are free. I usually get mine from the Happy Travel and Tours travel agency in Malate because they don’t charge me anything. They do live up to their brand!

As for the hotel confirmation, you’ll have to prebook them. Save your sanity and money by choosing those that you can cancel and those that only charge you once you’ve checked-in. Remember you still don’t have the visa.

b. For those visiting family and/or friends (which is what I applied for), you need to submit proof of relationship, reservation of a roundtrip ticket and informal invitation by the host (if no Formal Obligation is submitted – see next requirement).

For the proof of relationship, you can use birth or marriage certificates, written correspondence between you and your sponsor, proof of telephone connections and other evidence of relationship between you and your sponsor.

I submitted an invitation letter even though I have a Formal Obligation. I printed email conversations and our flight bookings when we traveled together in Europe which shows that I really know this person.I also submitted a copy of my friend’s passport and Philippine stamps when he visited me in the Philippines. The interviewer even asked for photos but I thought you can’t show photos as evidence but apparently you can. So bring those photo albums!

The informal invitation is just a letter written and signed by your host/sponsor. There’s no specific format for this but I think it should state that he/she is inviting you, how you know each other, how long you are visiting and where you will be staying (their address).

4. Financial Capability

Regardless if you’re visiting for tourism or visiting family/friends, you can prove your financial capability by submitting any of the three:

a. submit xerox copies of your credit cards (no debit cards) and account statements for the previous six months or

b. statements of your bank account(s) for the previous six months, with a confirmation by the bank or

c. if you know a friend or have a family in Europe, then you can ask them to get you a Formal Obligation (or Verpflichtungserklärung in German). You have to know the person as they have to go to the city hall to get this paper for you and then they have to send the original copy to you which you will submit in the embassy. I did this for my application. Effort right? Are you still with me?

Do I still need proof of income if the one who invites me will shoulder all my expenses during my stay in their country?

No. The Formal Obligation covers this.

How much money should I have in my bank?

You must have at least 45 euros per day for your trip if you’re applying through the German Embassy. Other embassies have different monetary requirement.

Check the updated requirements here and here.

5. Travel Insurance

Valid travel health insurance for the full duration of stay for which the visa is applied for, with a minimum coverage sum of 30,000 Euros valid for all Schengen countries. There’s a list of accredited travel insurance companies in each embassy so check their website. But you can also buy insurance online.

I have been using Care Concept insurance for the last 2 years. It’s an affordable German travel insurance you can easily buy online within 5 minutes and you will receive your insurance documents via email. A 30-day Care Economy travel insurance would cost you only 46 euros. It fits the requirements of the embassies perfectly. The best part? You can get REFUNDED FULLY if your visa get denied. Most travel insurance companies don’t do this. Choose Care Economy or Care Visa Protect. Don’t forget to include the liability and accident insurance when filling up the form.

6. Proof that you will not run away and stay illegally in Europe

a. if you are employed: income tax return, certificate of employment (including name, complete address and telephone number of your employer with area code, details regarding your position or professional designation, income, duration of the working relationship, approved leave of absence signed by the employer)  OR

b. if you run your own company: proof of registration and commercial activity of the company in the Philippines (if self-employed: e.g. income tax returns, bank certificates, documents of the company accounts or other,  OR

c. if you are a student: School certificate (for pupils), University certificate: proof of enrollment (for students), if applicable a written exemption from studies by school or university,

d. if applicable, proof of real estate property.

If you are unemployed and would go back to work right after your trip, you can also show your Job Offer if you have one. Save your sanity and make sure you submit any of these documents that prove that you will come back to the Philippines. The people working in embassies are paranoid androids and they would deny you outright if you don’t submit a complete application. Heck, they wouldn’t even accept your application if its incomplete in the German embassy. Just please make sure you have all these documents before applying. Don’t even try if you are missing one. Don’t give them any chance to shatter your dreams!

God knows I die a little every time I hear of someone who just truly wants to travel to Europe or anywhere gets denied a visa.

And if you have intentions to stay illegally anywhere, please don’t! You’re killing yourself and the dreams of many people by doing this. Do you know what it’s like to be an illegal immigrant? It’s not fun that’s for sure. And you get jobs like cleaning toilets and mopping floors. Like in the dark. When no one can see you. Coz you don’t exist. So don’t. OK?

Lots of stuff to prepare right? Don’t get frustrated, imagine being here:

How much is the Schengen visa processing fee?

The visa processing fee is 60 euros and you pay in pesos depending on the day’s exchange rate. I paid Php 3,350. The Call Center normally advises you how much to prepare. Please try to bring the exact amount because the interviewer will eat you alive if you don’t.

What should I wear to the interview?

Most people probably don’t think of this but you should consider how you look when you go to the embassy for your interview. Please wear decent clothes and look respectable. Wear shoes and not slippers! For sure the interviewer is already judging you by how you look. So don’t give him/her the chance to think you’re someone who will stay illegally in Europe to clean toilets for a living. Look your best. Look your most fabulous.

How is the interview like?

The interviewer can ask you any question about your trip and your documents so be ready to answer him/her. Just relax and smile and say “Good morning!” when you get to the window. Don’t show her you’re nervous because you shouldn’t be. You’re great. You’re amazing and you want to go to Europe for an epic vacation. You’re not planning to stay illegally in Europe to mop floors – in the dark! – for a living, right? Right. So relax.

After the interview, they will ask for the visa application fee and your passport and give you a receipt.

Are the interviewers really scary?

Not really. They’re just humans who have a boring, repetitive job of interviewing people to check if you’re planning to stay illegally in Europe. So if you will talk to one who looks bored and can’t be bothered, just smile and be polite and answer the questions confidently. I find the Filipinos who are stationed by the interview windows in German Embassy a bit unfriendly and clueless (?). They don’t smile and they look mean and bored. And when I ask them valid questions which I couldn’t find in their website, they answer with a shrug and told me to check the website. BUT I CAN’T FIND IT IN THE WEBSITE that’s why I’m asking! Ugh. Never mind. Obviously I’m not a fan of front desk employees who give you the look like you owe them your life for being there.

How long does it take for the Schengen visa to be released?

It’s pretty fast these days. In the German Embassy, you will receive your Schengen visa in 7 days. They will send it through courier to your address. I paid the courier 160 pesos. I think you can pick it up at the embassy after 7 days too but you’ll have to talk to them how to do this. If you’re denied, they will send you passport back through courier too.

What if I get denied? What can I do next?

If you’re denied, you can file an appeal. The embassy is required by law to give you a valid reason for denying you and they are also required by law to give you an advice regarding the legal remedy on what you should do to get approved. But there’s no guarantee that you will get approved. They will check your application again including your appeal papers and this can take at least one month.

The deadline for filing an appeal is only 1 (one) month after receipt of the rejection. Example: On June 8th you received your passport and the letter of rejection of your visa application. On the letter of rejection the date of submission (June 8th 2012) is stamped. Your remonstration/appeal must therefore have been received by the German Embassy before or on July 7th 2012 at the latest.

More information about Schengen visa rejection and how to appeal here.

For those getting this rejection reason: your intention to leave the territory of member states before expiry of the visa could not be ascertained, you should send more proof that you are going back to the Philippines like a job or a job offer or proof of your own business.

P.S. I am not making fun of people who clean toilets and mop floors for a living. I respect them. I disapprove of illegal immigration. Just saying. OK. Go chase your dreams!

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  1. Juliet August 18, 2014 at 9:29 AM #

    Hi DJ hola! am sure you are enjoying the Alps .,.whoa! your article is damn great! Thanks a lot, you did post what i really wanted to know …hats off, you are a super! wish me luck this coming Aug.22…

    God bless.

    Truly, Juliet

    • Jes August 18, 2014 at 4:26 PM #

      hi Juliet, what travel insurance did you have?

      • DJ Yabis August 18, 2014 at 5:40 PM #

        I use Care Concept. It’s cheap, you can buy it online easily and you can get refunded fully if youre visa is denied. Choose Care Economy or Care Visa Protect.

        • Jes August 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM #

          thanks for the suggestion DJ Yabis! :)

      • Juliet August 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM #

        @ Jes: from Germany xa eh , pinadala lang sa akin …any idea? Thanks …

        • Jes August 20, 2014 at 1:14 PM #

          thanks for the response Juliet :)

          don’t have any idea about travel insurance, but DJ Yabis suggested one :)

          goodluck and God bless to your submission of documents and interview on Aug 22 Juliet.

          looking forward to hear some feedback from you then after Aug 22. hope you wont mind sharing your experience.

          when is your trip to Germany if visa will be granted?

    • DJ Yabis August 18, 2014 at 5:41 PM #

      You’re welcome and good luck!

  2. Jan August 16, 2014 at 9:53 PM #

    I would like to thank DJ for this blog! It has helped me in the process of getting my Schengen Visa from the German embassy.

    I have one question: the embassy got my original documents like approved leave of absence, Coe, and insurance. Is that normal?


    What documents do I need at the Philippine immigration and Schengen area?


    • DJ Yabis August 18, 2014 at 5:43 PM #

      Youre welcome. Yeah they do take original copies too. As for immigration and schengen area, you’ll just need your passport and visa. And just bring your hotel reservations etc just in case they ask.

  3. cabal August 14, 2014 at 7:42 PM #

    Hi. Good day DJ Yabis.

    I need some advice how to make informal letter of when is your planned departure and arrival time to germany.. I need this letter on Monday.. Have a nice day..

    • DJ Yabis August 15, 2014 at 6:03 AM #

      It’s an informal letter so just write one about your departure dates and arrival. There is no format.

  4. Jicel August 13, 2014 at 2:33 PM #

    Hello Dj Yabis,

    Is it okay that i will goin to change my appointment because i had follow.up my formal obligation in the post office but it wasnt there and i really need it!

    • DJ Yabis August 15, 2014 at 6:38 AM #

      Yep. Just call the call center to make a new appointment. I think!

    • juliet August 16, 2014 at 1:47 PM #

      Hi Jicel, tapos na ung interview mo? ok lang ba? meettau doon if ok lang sayo hehe , sa Munich ang punta ko , gosh

  5. Jan August 12, 2014 at 6:04 PM #


    Today I got my visa from the German embassy. :-))) it took 18 days!

  6. RIZALIANA D. SANTOS August 10, 2014 at 10:43 AM #

    My friend is working in UK and she’s the one that advice me to try to apply for the schengen tourist visa although I am working here is it possible if i will stay in her work rather than in hotel?

    • DJ Yabis August 11, 2014 at 8:48 AM #

      Yep. I think so. You cna tell the embassy you are visiting a friend.

  7. Jicel August 9, 2014 at 8:14 PM #

    Good day DJ Yabis,

    i have some concern on my formal obligation this coming week will be the appointment, it was stated there that my date of entry is Sept.01 but on my travel insurance and my reserved ticket will be on Sept.19 is this okay?

    and how about my reference 14D14 does it means that i had applied for the D visa?

    Please help me.

    • DJ Yabis August 9, 2014 at 8:17 PM #

      That’s fine I guess. It’s effective as soon as you enter the Schengen zone. I think D stands for Deustchland but I’m not sure.

      • Juliet August 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM #

        Hi DJ, Juliet here …thanks ha i got my appointment interview this August 22 …yohoooo!!!

  8. Cj August 8, 2014 at 6:17 PM #

    Hello Dj Yabis , thank you sa mga info about applying schengen visa ,. i apply visa sa Netherlands embassy Manila to visit my boyfriend and my sister in Germany pero since yung boyfriend ko ung mag-sponsor sa Netherlands embassy ako nag-apply , i think basta kompleto ung papers mo grant naman nila ung visa mo , ung interview sakin i think mga 10 minutes lang , tanong ng interviewer kung nagkita na kami, kung kailan ung date na nagkita kami at kailan umuwe yung boyfriend ko, di naman sila nag-ask ng pictures or proof pero siyempre if ever ready naman ako , may pictures kami magkasama at mga message na pinrint ko pa , tap0s about sa work ko , i am working as freelancer online pero nagprint ako ng sample ng work ko at paypal transaction para if ever magtanong e may mapakita ko na proof na nagwowork talaga ako , ang tanong lang naman nila e kung how much yung sinasahod every month and ano yung work ko online , tap0s kung nagtravel na ba ako sa ibang bansa , pagkatapos nun , pinag-thumb print ako at kinuha ung ibang papers. Monday ako interview , the next monday ,dumating na yung passport ko with the visa ,.yeys.. :)

    • DJ Yabis August 9, 2014 at 8:19 PM #

      Congrats! Enjoy your trip!

  9. CJ August 8, 2014 at 6:16 PM #

    Hello Dj Yabis , thank you sa mga info about applying schengen visa ,. i apply visa sa Netherlands embassy Manila to visit my boyfriend and my sister in Germany pero since yung boyfriend ko ung mag-sponsor sa Netherlands embassy ako nag-apply , i think basta kompleto ung papers mo grant naman nila ung visa mo , ung interview sakin i think mga 10 minutes lang , tanong ng interviewer kung nagkita na kami, kung kailan ung date na nagkita kami at kailan umuwe yung boyfriend ko, di naman sila nag-ask ng pictures or proof pero siyempre if ever ready naman ako , may pictures kami magkasama at mga message na pinrint ko pa , tap0s about sa work ko , i am working as freelancer online pero nagprint ako ng sample ng work ko at paypal transaction para if ever magtanong e may mapakita ko na proof na nagwowork talaga ako , ang tanong lang naman nila e kung how much yung sinasahod every month and ano yung work ko online , tap0s kung nagtravel na ba ako sa ibang bansa , pagkatapos nun , pinag-thumb print ako at kinuha ung ibang papers. Monday ako interview , the next monday ,dumating na yung passport ko with the visa 3. months,.yeys.. :)

  10. JOHNNA August 8, 2014 at 4:24 PM #

    hi good day i just wanted to ask i did aply for tourist visa to germany and as far they get my passport and my all documents but, the qIM MARrIED of german husband..the question is why they not let me pay the tourist it normal to a married person must not pay in a tourist visa?

    • DJ Yabis August 9, 2014 at 8:22 PM #

      You should pay for the visa

  11. Jan August 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM #


    May I ask what is the official courier of the German embassy is?

    I have a hard time getting a response from the visa section of the German embassy thru email.

    I have lodged my application last July 25 and they asked for more documents which I have sent already and it will be already two weeks tomorrow and up to now, I haven’t got the result of my application yet.

    • Joy August 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM #


      Same problem here. Send an additional documents through LBC and tried to e-mail them for any updates but to no avail. :(

      • Jan August 9, 2014 at 10:34 AM #

        The visa section German embassy replied to my email. Maybe they were compelled to reply because I put my German bf’s email in the cc (carbon copy). They just replied with the attachment of the numbers for their call enters. The thing is the call center numbers they gave me are only for visa appointment. Susmaryosep!

        When did you send your additional documents?

  12. raff August 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM #

    Hello DJ Yabis,

    Here’s my story. I am planning to visit my girlfriend in December and she’s currently studying at Germany (she’s a Filipina). She’s staying at a dormitory. My question is do I need to have a formal/informal invitation from her or a proof of relationship? I’m going to stay on her dorm but I’ll cover all of my expenses. I’ll stay there for about three weeks.Thank you so much :)

    • DJ Yabis August 5, 2014 at 10:10 AM #

      Don’t know if she can get a formal invitation from the city hall though. I think she needs to have a job to do that. prood of relationship should work fine.

  13. cabal July 31, 2014 at 1:55 AM #

    Hi DJ Yabis

    Good day. I need some advice what does mean DC stamp in passport. Have a nice day..

  14. Joy July 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM #

    I have sent a remonstration a week ago and until now I have not yet receive any result. Any suggestion on what to do? Or should I just wait for the embassy to contact me? Thanks.

    • DJ Yabis July 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM #

      Remonstration takes 4 weeks or so I think. You can’t do anything but wait.

    • Juliet August 20, 2014 at 8:35 AM #

      Hi, what is the reason written to you and they denied your app?? is it ok to know ? thanks

  15. cabal July 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM #

    Hello DJ Yabis. Good day. I have already finished my Interview german embassy Manila for marriage visa. The counter 3 is terror. I dont know if i pass in Interview 1- 3 months waiting for approval. What does mean DC in my passport. Have a nice day.

  16. Jen July 29, 2014 at 9:36 AM #

    My father and I are joining a tour in europe. He will pay for all the expenses.
    What if I can’t provide any papers (from a to d) for the 6th requirement? I’m currently unemployed and had no plans of applying a job. I’ll be helping in my parent’s business.


    • DJ Yabis July 29, 2014 at 9:20 PM #

      Not sure. Maybe it’s possible to lodge an application together so you can explain your situation during the interview.

  17. Jan July 29, 2014 at 8:24 AM #

    The German embassy called today to ask me to submit a copy of my boyfriend’s marriage certificate. Is this a good sign?

    Timeline of my application

    June 2014 – scheduled an interview at the German Embassy via phone
    July 25, 2014 – had my interview.

    Some documents were taken by the visa officer: formal obligation, passport, birth certificate, photocopies of my boyfriend’s identity card and passport, insurance.

    It feels like I have good vibes with this! :-)))))

    • DJ Yabis July 29, 2014 at 9:26 PM #

      Hope so. Good luck!

      • Jan July 30, 2014 at 7:40 PM #

        The embassy called again for the second time. They wanted me to send them a scanned copy of my boyfriend’s Familienbuch and document of ongoing divorce. Naloloka ma kami,

        Is this a good sign that they’re really digging into my application?

  18. Jan July 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM #

    Hi, i just wanna ask. Is there a chance for me to be granted a visa even i am unemployed?, without business or property also? what other proofs i can show them that i will be back here in the Philippines after 3mos. My bf will cover everything for me…Your reply is appreciated…Please help!

    • DJ Yabis July 28, 2014 at 6:13 PM #

      Try a job offer for a company that you will return to after your trip

  19. ai July 22, 2014 at 5:52 PM #

    Thank you so much for this blog. Very thorough and very helpful. I’ve read this more than 10x (really!!!) when i was applying for my Schengen visa.

    I just got back from my 21-day Europe Trip and now I’m addicted to reading your other entries for more travel ideas. Keep blogging. I’m now a fan! :)

    • DJ Yabis July 22, 2014 at 6:06 PM #

      Awww good to hear. Hope you enjoyed your trip. Thanks for following :D

  20. cabal July 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM #

    Hello Dj Yabis.

    I need some advice. May travel insurance na ako August 12. 2014. At may verpflichtungseklärung na ako pinadala ng Bf ko, kaya lang ang appointment ko sa july 30. Pwede pa kaya yung travel insurance ko sa September 24 intedeed of arrival in germany. O kaya magpakuha ako ng bago travel insurance at verpflichtungseklärung.. Naguguluhan po.. Have a nice day..

    • DJ Yabis July 22, 2014 at 5:51 AM #

      Yes the travel insurance can be used at a later date.

      • cabal July 22, 2014 at 5:06 PM #

        Hello. Dj Yabis.

        Good day thanks sa advice. Yes po yung answer at dapat include noong nagtravel ako sa switzerland… At yung travel insurance ko valid pa. Hindi na ako magpakuha ng bago sa bf ko ng travel insurance at verpflictungseklärung.. Have a nice day..

  21. cabal July 20, 2014 at 7:51 AM #

    Hello DJ Jabis,

    1. Have you been to the Federal Republic of Germany or another European Union country within the past two years? airport transits need not to be mentioned) If yes , please state where you have been , giving the dates and purposes of your visits. What is my answer yes or no. June-September 2010. I was been in Switzerland 3 months for visit visa. I need some advice.. Last year i applied visit visa in germany i got denied. 8. The information submitted regarding the justification for the purpose and conditions of the intendeed stay was not reliable. 9. Your intention to leave the territory of the member states before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained..

    I have a doubt again seither denied or got visa.. Have a nice day..

    • DJ Yabis July 22, 2014 at 5:52 AM #

      Yes you should include it. Make sure you have all required documents.

      • cabal July 28, 2014 at 6:14 AM #

        Hello DJ Yabis.

        Good day po, my bf said that the answer is no because im am not was been in germany before. In switzerland i was been since 2013. I dont know the right answer. I need some advice, have a nice day.

      • cabal July 28, 2014 at 6:17 AM #

        Hello DJ Yabis,

        I was been in Switzerland since 2010 not 2013.. Have a nice day..

  22. Jicel July 19, 2014 at 4:32 PM #

    Hello DJ Yabis!

    is it okay to set an appointment in German Embassy this coming week eventhough i dont have my passport yet?coz i’ll be getting it this July 24 also?

    • DJ Yabis July 22, 2014 at 5:53 AM #

      I think you need your passport number for the call. If not go for it.

  23. Jicel July 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM #

    Hello DJ Yabis!

    I just want to ask since my boyfriend want me to visit him in Germany,for now i’ll be getting my passport this 24th of july,if ever i want to set an appointment in the German embassy this coming week does it really takes 4 weeks before they are goin’ to call for the interview in the Visa Section?

    • DJ Yabis July 22, 2014 at 5:53 AM #

      No it depends on the availability.

      • Jicel July 23, 2014 at 7:26 AM #

        hello good day dj yabis!
        I do have now my passport,is it okay to set an appointment eventhough i’m not complete with my documents yet?, coz im still waiting for the invitation letter that has been sent trough post office by my bf.And he was still processing for the formal obligation and travel insurance.

        and one thing,i am just afraid for my rootedness in the phil.i’m unemployed for about 1 since the company doesn’t want me to have this 3 mos.leave what i’m goin’ to do?

        thanks a lot!

        • DJ Yabis July 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM #

          Yes I think you can. You don’t need the invitation letter for the appointment. You need to show rootedness!

  24. Ruth July 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM #

    hello Dj yabis,
    i just wanna ask f what will happen na if i havent receive anything yet from the embassy about my visa then my flight supposedly is tomorrow? shud i call tthem ? or just i will rebook the ticket? or are they gonna call me to rebook?
    or paano na yun? denied na ba yun automatically?

    i hope there will be someone who gonna help me out about this.. thanks

  25. Jethro July 15, 2014 at 12:27 AM #

    Okay this Thursday, I’m gonna have an interview for “Visit a Friend” Visa. My boyfriend has already sent me his formal obligation, stating he’ll shoulder every expense. What I’m just worrying about is my rootedness to the Philippines. In his formal obligation, he also stated he’ll make sure I’ll be back in the Philippines.

    Okay the main problem is that I’m a freelancer and I’ve been doing online freelance for two years now. As you may know, online freelance doesn’t offer any certificate of employment. I just wanna know if that would affect my chances of getting a visa.


    • DJ Yabis July 15, 2014 at 5:04 AM #

      It does. You need to prove you will go back and the embassy requires you to show a job or business papers for that.

      • Jethro July 19, 2014 at 11:10 AM #

        The interview (I think) went well. I really had a fun interview last Thursday. I’m still nervous whether I’ll get a visa or not.

        Back to the interview, the consulate asked me a little about my job and how does it work, but that’s only it. Interview also took around 10 minutes. She said I’ll get my visa within 10 days.


  26. Juliet Michelr July 11, 2014 at 8:35 AM #

    Hi Dj, i emailed you last march before my Bali trip, now i am waiting for my formal obligation letter from the post office, can i call the call center for an appointment? and i am confused of this flight reservation, i am in the north of Mindanao and going to manila is damn expensive but i will do it hehe and this nail mail is tickling me grrrrr
    Any ideas ? thanks a lot.


    [email protected]

    • DJ Yabis July 14, 2014 at 8:58 PM #

      Call them already and just go to a travel agency for the flight reservation.

    • Jicel July 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM #

      hello juliet!
      we do have the same situation for i haven’t set an appointment yet,since i was confused if it is okay to call the embassy but i don’t have the documents here that my bf had been sent through mail.
      i do just have my passport,i had printed also our conversation in e.mail and skype thats all..don’t know what to do next..

  27. Jan July 7, 2014 at 7:59 PM #

    Hello there,

    I will be applying for schengen visa to visit my boyfriend in Germany. I have a question regarding the proof of my ties with my bf. Do I need to photocopy the letters I received from him? Or the original would suffice?

    Thank you!

    • DJ Yabis July 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM #

      Just make a photocopy. They always ask for photocopies.

      • Jan July 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM #


        Do you think I need to photocopy the pictures as proof that my bf and I met in the Philippines?

        What I did is I printed the pictures on photopaper, cut ang glued them on paper so that they will be organized. My mom suggested this idea which she did when she had her interview in the US embassy.

        • DJ Yabis July 17, 2014 at 6:29 AM #

          Probably not. I think they only need to see it anyway.

  28. sai July 2, 2014 at 1:07 PM #

    Hello Good Day DJ Yabis.

    I just want to thank you since your blog is really helpful. I have been reading your blog as I was preparing my application for the schengen visa.

    I just want to share my experience in my application for the Schengen visa in the German Embassy in Manila. I prepared as early as February since most of my requirements will be sent by my cousin from Germany. My application date is June 26, 2014. My travel date is August 12- September 20, 2014.

    I have all the requirements with me as written in the checklist. My purpose is to visit my cousin in Germany.

    The requirements I have are:

    *Passport with one photocopy.
    *2 passport size photos
    *My Birth Certificate(original and photocopy), My father’s birth certificate(since her mom and my dad are siblings), My cousin’s and her mom’s birth certificates which were sent to me via email.
    *Airline Reservation ticket which my cousin sent me through email
    *Letter of Invitation
    *Formal Obligation with one Photocopy
    *Certificate of Employment and Letter of Approved Leave of Absence from my Employer.
    *Travel Insurance(original and photocopy)
    (also the payment which by that time costs Php 3,530.00)

    I arrived at about 6:00 am in Makati. I was 2 hours early for my appointment which is 8:00 so I just went to a fast food chain near the area and had my breakfast. I wanted my application to be early so that I can go back to work afterwards.

    I went up to the embassy at 7:25. I got the Green Card Number 5. I was really nervous at that time and there were only a few people at the embassy by that time. When my number was called I passed all the requirements in order. Then the interview began. It only took about 10-15 minutes. Then the interviewer asked for the payment. She then said that the processing would take three weeks and I was really surprised when she said that. She told me not to worry because I completed all the requirements they need.(She’s really nice to say that). So indeed I waited and today I received my visa. It’s only 40 days since I have to go back to work because I’m badly needed here. Still it made me happy.

    Notes from me: They only need photocopies but you still have to bring the original. If you follow the checklist properly, your chances of being approved is high. In my case, I have only 10k as my monthly salary but then since I have the proof to return back here I got my visa approved. (Also, pray to be called at Window 4 because the interviewer is really kind, for me. LOL)

    If you have questions, I will be much obliged to answer.

    • DJ Yabis July 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM #

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Sai. AGREE: You need to have all the required documents. Not submitting one of them is 99% a denial.

      P.S. Is the results out in 3 weeks now not 1 week?

      • sai July 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM #

        I got it in one week. Don’t know why the interviewer said that the processing will take in three weeks.?

    • Jan July 2, 2014 at 8:27 PM #

      Thank you for sharing this. I am so happy for you. I will have my interview is coming July 25. It will be my second time.

      • sai July 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM #

        Goodluck. I will pray that your application will get approved.

        • Jan July 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM #

          Just had my interview. The visa officer on window 4 was very kind. My fingerprints were taken and my formal obligation from my bf too plus my other documents.

          Plus tip: always bring a copy and original birth certificate with you. They might ask for it. The officer asked me to submit it. Fortunately I had a copy and original.

    • juliet August 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM #

      Hello ms Sai , ano po ginamit nyo pang attach ng photo sa passport? ok ba ang clip ? wew ! tnx ha

  29. florimel June 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM #

    Hello dj i had an Italian boyfriend,we never meet yet ,
    .he wants me to visit i get a tourist visa in italy?he going to shoulder all the expenses and stay

    • DJ Yabis June 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM #

      Read above!

      • trish June 30, 2014 at 7:50 PM #

        Hello Dj Yabis!

        I just want to say thank you so much for your blog, without your blog I wouldn’t be guided on what documents I need to prepare. Superb! I followed all your advices and Thank God I already receive my visa together with Verpflichtungserklärung. They also returned the pictures I submitted. See you Germany soon.

        • DJ Yabis July 1, 2014 at 3:29 AM #

          SO happy to hear this. Enjoy Germany!

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