Last updated: July 24, 2016

Learn how to apply for a Schengen visa at the German embassy successfully. It includes a very detailed post about Schengen visa requirements and everything you need to do to get the visa.

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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

IMPORTANT REMINDER: As much as I want to help all of you, please remember that I am NOT an embassy. Please don’t comment, email or message me on Facebook asking if your visa application will be approved. I DON’T KNOW. I would approve all visa applications if I work at an embassy because I want all of you to travel!

So let’s talk.

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 new online Visa Appointment System. Just click continue under the Visa section and then click Schengen Visa so you can get the link for the online application form. Here is the link for the online application form.

Important tips:
1. A printout of the form is only possible if all the required mandatory fields have been completed. So make sure you fill out the form as much as possible.
2. Make sure you print it and bring it for your visa interview. This is a very important document. The most important part for the data processing is definitely the last page with the barcode.
3. Book early special during peak season between March and August! Schengen visa applications may be submitted three months before departure date. For example, if you’re planning to fly to Europe on July 1 , you can already apply for a Schengen visa as early as April 1. And since it’s peak season, you should already fill out the online application form so you can set a date for your visa interview as early as January or February to make sure you get the schedule you wanted.
4. Each applicant – including children – needs their own appointment.

You don’t want to do it online? Bring your passport and another I.D. (for the security guards) and head over to the German Embassy to set an appointment. But usually they have limited slots and the dates available are usually super late already. So it is better to do it online. Their address is:

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.

Flight reservation: Note that the round trip ticket should just be a reservation and not confirmed tickets! You can get this flight itinerary from some travel agencies. Here’s how you can get a flight reservation asap without leaving your house.

Hotel confirmation/reservation: You don’t need to pay for the full price of the hotel/hostel but you need to reserve them. A travel agency can easily prepare your flight reservation for a fee. Email below if you need help.

confirmed hotel reservation for visa application


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. Your other option is buying your travel insurance online easily via World Nomads, trusted by Lonely Planet and Hostelworld.

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. Anna July 22, 2016 at 7:29 AM #

    Hi, DJ! Thanks for this informative post!

    Here’s my experience. So I just finished my interview today for a Schengen Visa through the Greek Embassy here. The consul told me that since it’s my first time to go to Europe, I would need to come back to their Embassy and have it stamped upon my arrival. I have no issues with that whatsoever.

    The thing is, when I asked the receptionist if I can already purchase the ticket, she mentioned that there was still no guarantee that I was going to be issued a visa. A little bit confused here.

    It’s just that my flights supposedly is on the 12th of Aug. And the ticket prices are going up pretty fast =/ Have you had any encounter like this?

    Thanks so much again!

    • DJ Yabis July 25, 2016 at 2:15 AM #

      Yep my sister got her visa a week before her trip. It’s shit but that’s how it is!

  2. Janice July 20, 2016 at 12:40 AM #

    Hi Dj Yabis,
    My interview was on the last 30th of June 2016.. until now hindi ko pa po nagtatanggap ang passport kasi sabi ipapadala na lang daw. Gaano ho ba katagal at anong gagawin ko?

    Salamat po…

  3. Aisah July 14, 2016 at 6:10 PM #

    Hi! is it fine if mag apply ako August and ung visit ko sa December pa?

    • DJ Yabis July 17, 2016 at 1:30 AM #

      You can only apply 3 months before your trip so around September

      • Alaa July 17, 2016 at 3:08 AM #

        Hi dj ,
        My interview was on the 11th of july and my ticket is on the 23 of july , would i receive before that and take in consideration that i am from egypt
        Please your reply thanks

  4. Nicole July 9, 2016 at 6:34 PM #

    Hi, DJ Yabis!

    My appointment is on July 18. On the online application I filled out online, I mentioned that I will be using cash and credit card during my stay in Germany. However, the bank is still processing my credit card, and won’t have it by July 18. Should I still mention that I’ll use a credit card?

    Also, do hotel reservations made via suffice?

    Thanks so much for your help! :)

    • DJ Yabis July 11, 2016 at 12:26 AM #

      Then just mention cash and possibly credit card but it is still in progress. They normally don’t ask about this anyway. Yes should be fine.

  5. Juan Marco July 5, 2016 at 6:22 AM #

    Good day, DJ Yabis. I applied my Schengen Visa Short Term C in Sweden last June 29,2016 and my Godmother will support me financially, economically for a short period of time. Sadly, My Visa got refused yesterday (July 4) and I dont know why? My documents still not on my hand, I’m waiting to be deliver here. Mr.DJ Yabis, could you please help me on how to make an appeal, I really wanted to go to Europe especially to visit my Ninang in Sweden. I am employed here for almost 3yrs as a Medical Staff and my immediate Supervisor granted me on my leave of absence. And also I have no planning to be a TNT there, I need to come back in my country where my employer trust me the most. Please, how to make an appeal letter? I’m only 26. Hope to get a response on you. Sorry for disturbing you Sir. Thank you and Have a nice day. 😊

    • DJ Yabis July 11, 2016 at 12:31 AM #

      Write an appeal letter explaining why you wanna go and why they should grant you a visa. I will be posting about sample appeal letters next week. Watch out for it!

  6. Rose July 3, 2016 at 6:42 PM #

    Hi DJ. Thanks for your helpful blog. I am planning to apply a schengen visa to Switzerland embassy. Just quite confuse, how to obtain multiple entry? I am working here in Abu Dhabi. I have two itinerary and in between those dates I have to go back here in Abu dhabi. First tour is a family tour (July 25 to 31) then aug 1-3 wil lbe back here in UAE second tour will be on Aug 4 to 11 in switzerland. Ideally, how much money should be in your bank statement? Please advise as I have an appointment on 10th July! Thank you.

    • DJ Yabis July 5, 2016 at 3:50 AM #

      Just tick off multiple entry on your visa application. I don;t know the minimum amount needed for swiss sorry

  7. glocil June 29, 2016 at 9:28 AM #

    hi Dj I have something to ask it possible that my travel insurance came from Germany and not here in the Philippines?thanks

  8. Dav June 27, 2016 at 6:15 PM #

    Hi dj yabis! Confirm ko lang yung sa formal obligation.. applicable yun even sa italy? And once i have a formal obligation from my sponsor do i still need to present my bank statements and records? Thanks

    • DJ Yabis July 1, 2016 at 3:10 AM #

      I think so. Sorry I have no experience with Italy

  9. yol June 23, 2016 at 11:18 AM #

    Hi DJ! Done my interview today, hoping for a good result next week. Eto lng ata katangahan or na mentally black s mga first timer, nde q nabayaran ung courier fee. Hehe! Buti nlng ung police officer dun (ay one of our patient) Sbi nia pwd nmn un babayaran upon delivery. Pero ewan lng. Let’s see nlng next week.. good luck everyone.. and thank you DJ for your tips. God bless us all

  10. Luvluv Antolin June 20, 2016 at 5:25 AM #

    Hello Dj… just wanna ask… june 23 kasi sana schedule ko for interview… but sad to say hindi pa nag dating ang documents ko from Germany w/c includes my formal obligation and insurance w/c covers from july1-july30 only .. nakasaad din doon na yung flight to Germany ko sana is July 10.. ok lang ba? kasi if ever na di matuloy ang interview ko sa embassy this 23 , by july na po ako makakuha nang appoinment again…So posible po na hindi na ako makaalis nang july 10.. and sa service nyu po ako magpa gawa nang flight reservation for this, do i still need to pay another if ma resched ang appointment ko? Hoping to hear from you Sir.. Thank you

    • DJ Yabis July 1, 2016 at 3:19 AM #

      sorry just read this. what happened? did you get it on time?

  11. Anastasiia June 15, 2016 at 5:56 PM #

    Hey! I was wondering if you can help me out.
    I already have an appointment at Czech Republic Consulate for Short stay visa C. My appointment date is July 14th, and, according to their website, in most cases, visa applications are processed within 15 days . I have a flight to Ecuador on July 28th so I have to get my passport back by July 27th, which makes it 13 days from my appointment date.
    Is there anything I can do to get my visa ready in a shorter period?
    Thank you,

    • DJ Yabis June 16, 2016 at 12:27 AM #

      You can tell the embassy about your flight to Ecuador, maybe they will release your passport faster.

  12. Cate June 13, 2016 at 11:48 AM #

    Hi DJ How are you? Need some help coz my bf his a German he want me to visit him in Germany my only concern if the visa take so long and I work abroad might be my time not enough or will be diny ?he will send an invitation letter to Germans embassy Phil.Is make me stress.or should I process here in hk?but need to visit phil too.

    • DJ Yabis June 14, 2016 at 11:28 PM #

      If you have residency in HK you can apply there

  13. Khalid tanji June 7, 2016 at 3:59 PM #

    Hi, need your help. Do i really need to buy plane tickets for Schengen Visa application?

      • Von June 12, 2016 at 4:29 PM #

        Hi dj my interview in German embassy is last june 6, 2016 i have formal obligations and complete documents from my mom which is german citizens and this is my second visit to Germany if they approve me but until now i have no updates from them regarding my visa they said to me after my interview they will deliver my passport 3 to 5 days via courier and they gave me tracking number that i don’t know how to track because I have no idea what courier service they’ve been using…thanks for any reply

        • DJ Yabis June 12, 2016 at 6:47 PM #

          No idea. Just wait for it.

          • Von June 16, 2016 at 3:53 AM #

            I’ve got my passport and they gave me multi entry for 3 months hehe…thanks bro

  14. Faith June 4, 2016 at 12:35 PM #

    Hi DJ, this is Faith from Abu Dhabi. You’re blog is really helpful. I would like to share with you my experience and want to know if you can help me. I applied through VFS global in Abu dhabi for a schengen visa to Switzerland. I am invited by my ex-colleague who is a Swiss Citizen. I declared on my application theat he is my sponsor for this trip that I will stay in his accommodation and so on. I submitted all the required documents, my approved leave from my copmany signed and stamped by our CEO, my flight ticket, invitation letter of my sponsor etc. But then last 18th May I received my l passport with attached refusal letter. your intention to leave the territory of member states before expiry of the visa could not be ascertained. My frined in Switzerland, submitted my remonstration letter along with his letter in Swiss/german language together with the copy of all my docuements during my application to Swiss embassy in Bern last 22nd May. He call them afte one week, they said they received by no feedback up to now. My friend told them he wll call back again buy they told him no need as they will not give him any information over the phone. Im just worried as my flight will be on 17th June. I know that I can reschedule my flight but do you think it will take time for them to approve my application or do i ave to reapply again?

    Please let me know.

    Thank you.

    • DJ Yabis June 8, 2016 at 9:13 PM #

      Sorry to hear this. It usually takes 4-6 weeks to appeal from my experience.

  15. Jonas June 3, 2016 at 7:43 PM #

    Hi DJ may tanong lang ako para mas maliwanagan ako regarding dun sa requirements if halimbawa wala akong work for 2 years na, hindi din ako student and wala din akong business or land title. Based sa nabasa ko, ” 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” ano pang ibang option ang maari Kong ma present para dito.

    • DJ Yabis June 8, 2016 at 9:13 PM #

      If you have a job offer after you come back from your trip you can show that

    • Yen June 9, 2016 at 1:02 AM #

      Hi. I know what the other option :) just message me in my facebook. It’s Kha Ren. Cause I applied also for schengen visa and no work and not student either :) i got my visa after 3days :)

      • DJ Yabis June 9, 2016 at 2:03 AM #

        oh wow how did you do it?

      • Sheng June 21, 2016 at 10:16 AM #

        Hi ask ko lng po kung ano ang other option? Kasi nadeny ako. Netherlands embassy ako nag apply. Thank you

      • Sheng June 21, 2016 at 12:54 PM #

        Ano yung sa fb nyo po? Kasi nung tinignan ko sa fb madami lumabas po. Nadeny kasi ako sa first application ko so mag reapply ako ulit. Thank you

      • Anna July 4, 2016 at 4:04 AM #

        HI miss kha ren, what is ur name in Facebook ? There r a lot of kha ren..I really want to ask u about having approved ur visa..

        • n23 July 10, 2016 at 9:08 PM #

          visit a friendorfamilly khit no work ka possible pa rin maaprove visa mo

  16. Rohit May 29, 2016 at 5:41 PM #

    My short term visa for Hungary got refused because they sai my intention to leave the territory before the expiry of visa cannot be ascertained. So I appealed again and gave the embassy some handwritten letter describing them I would be back because my college would be starting. And gave flight tickets with the return tickets .. is it fine ???

    • DJ Yabis June 8, 2016 at 9:14 PM #

      Hopefully! good luck and just wait

  17. atm May 25, 2016 at 5:22 PM #

    Hi DJ, gusto ko sanang mag aplay for Schengen visa in Germany at wala akong Sponsor pero may kaibigan ako duon…magkano talaga kailangan kong pera for Show in the bank_?

    • DJ Yabis May 25, 2016 at 6:05 PM #

      Read above and multiply by number of days you plan to stay in Germany.

  18. Sarah May 25, 2016 at 2:53 PM #

    Dear D.J. It seems you have got a pretty good knowledge of the Schengen Visa application process, but what I think in the midst of writing your instructions to those you care about, you forgot actually to have a more inclusive outlook of the world and you drifted away to mention menial jobs and start a whole propaganda on the importance of not staying in Eu regions and making sure that everyone go back to their own destination.

    Having gone through the draconian measure that you have mentioned (they are draconian at least for me), you should not discourage people not to try and discover the world if they are not planning to go back just becoz your business is going to be affected.

    Have a broader outlook and get rid of the hate speech and bigotry.

    • DJ Yabis May 25, 2016 at 3:47 PM #

      UM EXCUSE ME?!?

      I am NOT discouraging people to travel the world. I am discouraging people to get a visa and planning to stay as an illegal immigrant because this is one of the reasons embassies are so draconian to people like you and me who have no ill intentions. Two very different things.

      Learn how to read before you accuse me of hate speech and bigotry.

      • Sarah May 25, 2016 at 5:43 PM #

        Learn how to connect things, and don’t be another visa officer for others. If ppl decide to stay through this route, there is nothing wrong with it.

        The whole world should be opened to everybody, and now one should tell others what to do and what not to do.

        The last thing ppl want is someone telling them not to go there and stay as illegal immigrant.

        Illigal immigrant is a term invented by ppl who can convince you that there is such a thing in existence.

        Thats what I meant.

        Hope conneciton is obvious now

        • DJ Yabis May 25, 2016 at 6:05 PM #

          LOL have you ever tried being an illegal immigrant? Do you know what it is like? Try it first then let me know!

          Feel free to start your own travel blog for illegal immigrants.

          As for me —> Dear readers, travel the world but please don’t dream of being an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT like this one here.

        • Jacklynne Lambino May 25, 2016 at 6:13 PM #

          Sorry to butt in but you are one of the reasons why some Filipinos with good intention gets denied. Consuls are being paranoid because of people like you! You want DJ to condone and promote illegal immigrants in his blog? Are you crazy?

          “If ppl decide to stay through this route, there is nothing wrong with it.”

          There is definitely something wrong with this because it is AGAINST THE LAW!

          If there are people who can go abroad and work there legally, THERE IS NO REASON WHY SOMEONE WOULD DO IT ILLEGALLY unless you’re lazy or dumb which is still not an excuse.

          Good luck to you and your dreams of being a TNT. May you succeed!

  19. Dee K May 24, 2016 at 3:59 AM #

    Hi DJ,

    I just lodged in my application to Visit my BF in Norway. I already visited norway last year and had the same process of filing the Schengen Visa. Last year though, my mom went along which I think made the application smooth, even though I just graduated and unemployed.

    I was just wondering, would you recommend submitting in additional documents beyond the mandatory and supporting documents that the embassy asked for?

    I submitted complete documents. I had a guarantee form from my BF, so I opted not to add my bank accounts to the application (I felt like my money wasn’t enough). I was also hesitant to submit my employment documents because I’m resigning in the end of the month. I’m growing an anxiety because I feel like I should’ve proved my intentions of coming back, but then again, if I submitted complete documents I should be fine right?

    • DJ Yabis May 25, 2016 at 3:51 PM #

      Best to submit all documents. And submit your employment status as well.

      • Dee K May 26, 2016 at 4:30 AM #

        Thanks for the suggestion. Too late for me though, I posted the comment after I’ve submitted the requirement… but guess what! Got the visa in 2 days!

        I wrote a blog entry of my experience on the website linked to this comment! To anyone with European S/Os especially in Norway, I hope my blog entry would give a detailed insight on how the application process would go.

        Thanks to your blog, as always!

        • DJ Yabis June 8, 2016 at 9:17 PM #

          That’s awesome! Good to hear you got your visa!

          • Yen June 9, 2016 at 1:08 AM #

            Hi are you here in norway

  20. Louise May 24, 2016 at 1:09 AM #

    Hi DJ! If I’m applying for a multiple entry visa, do I need to justify it?
    Thanks :)

    • DJ Yabis May 25, 2016 at 3:52 PM #

      Yes. Just show that you are visiting multiple countries.

  21. Ana May 23, 2016 at 5:20 PM #

    Hi.If ever i apply schengen visa to Germany, it is need a show money? How much? Thanks

  22. Ressa May 23, 2016 at 4:09 PM #

    Hi Dj!

    I hope you can help me with my concern. Well, this is my concern my visa validity starts on june 19 but i booked my tickey june 18 which has Dubai layover that arrives there june 19. Is there a possibilty our immigration here will not allow me to leave the country? Anywy i talked to the consul secretary in cebu about that but she said its okay. But since your a frequent traveller in Europe i hope you can enlighten me DJ. Thank you! Hope to hear from you soon

    • DJ Yabis May 25, 2016 at 3:54 PM #

      Should be fine. What matters most is your arrival date 😀

  23. chryl May 13, 2016 at 3:05 PM #

    Hi DJ!

    Just got back from EU. And I really plan to go back in the next few months. Fell in love so bad with the place and still a lot more to visit. Planning also to finally see the German Christmas markets this year. 😍

    Anyway, just wanna ask… i am planning to get the 1 yr visa this time. What are the differences on the requirements between the 1 year validity and the 90-days validity visa? Are they more or less the same or any special papers they want?

    Danke! 😙

    • DJ Yabis May 14, 2016 at 9:19 PM #

      I don’t know anything about a 1 year schengen visa. All schengen visas are max 90 days. Let me know if you find out more!

      • chryl May 22, 2016 at 8:36 AM #

        We heard it from a friend. It’s like a “non-genuine 1 year visa”.. you stay up to 90 days for a period of 6 months over a course of a year. And it’s multiple entry. You have to go out from the Schengen area after 3 months, wait another 3 mos. Minimum and then u can go back again. Uffff… this is what we understood from a Russian guy who invited his family over germany. But i may be mistaken though.

        Here’s a link:

  24. Imnotloosinghope May 8, 2016 at 4:02 PM #

    Hi Dj,
    Do you have idea how to file a remontrance? My Visa got rejected yesterday. I am a student. I just gave them the proof of rootedness here in the Philippines ” CERTIFICATE OF ENROLLMENT AND REGISTRATION FORM with receipt that I paid for the whole semester.

    9. YOur intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained

    Regarding 9:
    The embassy must make a prognosis regarding the applicant’s return to the Philippines. Th documentation and other personal details you submitted were not enough for the embassy to arrive at a position estimation of your willingness to return to the Philippines.

    I hope you can help me.

    • DJ Yabis May 9, 2016 at 10:26 AM #

      Do you have other proof that you are a student? Like your student ID etc etc. Write an appeal letter an attach proof that you are a student and you are going back next semester.

  25. Anna Mishell April 8, 2016 at 8:45 AM #

    HellI Dj..ako po si Mishell taga Cebu po..mag apply sana ako ng visitors visa kaya lang po..unemployed ako ,ano po ba dapat kung gawin?

    • DJ Yabis April 10, 2016 at 3:58 AM #

      Read above

    • Red May 12, 2016 at 11:25 AM #

      hi meshell. Did you apply for application visa already? :) just wanna cause im gonna apply for a schengen visa also.

  26. Jacklynne April 5, 2016 at 11:32 AM #

    I want to thank DJ Yabis and his brainchild, Dream Euro Trip for guiding me from researching, applying, until receiving my Schengen visa. Without this blog, I’m sure I would still be lost. Today is my 5th day in Germany and I owe this to THE DJ Yabis and his patience to write this post and answer questions from first timers like me. Thank you so much! I wouldn’t be here enjoying the spring of Europe if it wasn’t for you. I swear guys! This blog is the bomb. I ordered my insurance and flight reservation from DJ and it’s 100% hassle free! The German Embassy gave me multiple-entry and added a few days on what I initially requested. I’m just gonna settle for a while here and let it sink in that I’m in Europe then I might ask DJ to plan an Epic EuroTrip for me.

    Thank you so much!

    DJ, you inspired me to help people who want to visit Europe, as well. I made a blog post on

    “How to Get A Schengen Visa to Travel Europe”


    “Schengen Visa at German Embassy Manila Experience” (

    Again, thank you DJ!!! If you guys want to ask anything, I’d be happy to help, too!

    Believe in yourself because you will get that visa! I promise! <3

  27. Ann April 4, 2016 at 5:03 PM #

    Hi everyone, i would like to share my story if paano po ako na deny and paano din po ako na approved for 90 days tourist visa. November 26, 2015 nag apply po ako sa vfs global for 90 days tourist visa… since wala po embassy ang sweden sa pilipinas sa norwegian embassy po ako. Of course all my documents are complete and well prepared EXCEPT that i have NO WORK kasi nag stop po ako ng work and I DON’T MEET MY SPONSOR in person… yes! Hindi pa po kami nagkita but we talk and chat everyday and that’s the reasons why na deny po ako but…. after nka recieve po ako ng message from vfs global na refused po ako.. automatically nag appeal po ako… i attached a letter which explains kung bakit hindi po makapunta ang sponsor ko dito sa pinas and i also explain na i was granted a schengen visa before at wala akong violation for over stay. I think big help tlga if may travel history na wala kang violation for over stay… After 5 months of waiting…. finally… i recieve a text message and email from vfs global to inform that my appeal is granted… my 90 days tourist visa is granted!!! Its unbelievable but its true… thank God🙏 Attached in the email they note that i need to passed a new travel insurance, my new flight ticket and my passport for my visa. Base on my experience… maging ready po tayo sa pwedeng mangyari… if ma grant ng visa that would be great if ma deny mag isip at kumilos agad kung anu ang dapat gawin para ma change po ang decision. Keep on reading and searching para makakuha ng idea at kaalaman…. And also be honest and be patient lg po. Sa May 4 na po ang alis ko and next week po ako punta ng manila para e hand in ko po ung additional papers na hinahanap nila ( new flight ticket, new trave insurance and passport) . Thanks and God Bless po sa lahat.

    • Red May 12, 2016 at 11:58 AM #

      Hi ann. May i know your email or facebook i just wanna get a tips from you :) cause im gonna apply a visa application on monday hopefully. Thanks

  28. Me April 1, 2016 at 11:29 PM #

    Hi Dj Yabis,
    I trust you are fine?What else do i need to show as proof that i will return back to my country Kenya?Currently am not in employment,i have no business and am niether a student and my boyfriend has already sent me all the necessary documentations needed but there is a problem on my side in proofing that i will return back to KE.

    • Me April 1, 2016 at 11:31 PM #

      Country of destination is Netherlands only for 2weeks.

    • DJ Yabis April 4, 2016 at 10:37 AM #

      Try a job offer when you come back

  29. Axl March 30, 2016 at 9:32 AM #

    Hello DJ Yabis. I dont know where else to seek more suggestions. I hope you can help me with anything about my case. I applied for a study visa, a german language course which is good for a year. 2 months later, I got a letter from them telling I got denied. It was all written in Deutsch so I had to ask my friend living in Germany to translate it for me. And according to him I am black listed by the embassy. When he translated the reasons why, I realized I got some mistakes I failed to see during my application. My trouble is, can I still do an appeal and try to explain and correct the mistakes I did? It’s something about my language school certificate (instead of applying for 1-yr, the school only enrolled me for 6 months course, which I thought at that time was allowable and I can just extend it when I get there), the other was I failed to bring a proof of my rootedness here and last was my indirect relationship to my sponsors (which I want to correct by cancelling it and showing my bank details as proof I can sustain myself there). Do you think I’d still have a chance?

    • DJ Yabis March 30, 2016 at 8:52 PM #

      I have no idea about getting blacklisted. You should talk to the embassy directly about this.

  30. ahmed March 15, 2016 at 4:56 PM #

    Dj plz tell me any possiblites to extend the passport.. find below comments

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