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 run an embassy because I hate anything that curtails freedom 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 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.

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. You can reserve accommodation that you can cancel via or Hostelworld.

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. Tiep Pham March 20, 2015 at 10:45 PM #

    Hi DJ Yabis,

    I was wondering about the travel insurance, I am applying for a 3 months visa but only travel 3-4 weeks. I was wondering if my travel insurance need to be 3 months? Or just a fee weeks. Ease advice.

    Thank you

    • DJ Yabis March 23, 2015 at 7:11 AM #

      Get 3 months because you are abroad for 3 months.

  2. rol March 14, 2015 at 9:01 AM #

    Thank you for you blog, it has been quite helpful.
    I am interested in purchasing the flight reservation. I understand this is applicable worldwide. Planning to book flights USA to London sometime for next month April 29 travel. I will be applying for visa soon here in USA for the UK embassy. Once I pay for this flight reservation (20 euros) and I will be approved of my UK visa, how will I confirm/purchase the flight, should I email again? and how will the final payments go about?

    thank you. ( i have read this page, along with the comments. I have not found an answer (or maybe i have gone blind) so I hope you don’t mind answering/helping me with this. THank you.

    • DJ Yabis March 14, 2015 at 9:15 AM #

      Hi Rol, if you want to book the flight after you get the visa you can email the travel agency directly and they will arrange it for you. They will tell you about payment etc. They handle most of it themselves. I just connect people :P Looking forward to help you in April.

      • rol March 15, 2015 at 3:29 AM #

        ok. Thank you for your quick response. I am perusing your blog and I am thankful google lead me to you hahaha. Thank you so much.

  3. Imee March 2, 2015 at 8:45 AM #

    Hi DJ, how are you? hope you can enlightened me with my prob, me and my boyfriend for 2yrs., decided for me to visit him in Germany, but then this refusal came and went. And my bf has a pending case in his previous relationship to a married woman ORMOC, LEYTE. ( nakakahiya talga ibang mga pinay jan,pwe) Which in his words scam him, pretending to be a single mother with 3 sons ( separated) and submit those fake single IDs. When that SWINDLER WOMAN submit her docx to the embassy in Manila, they found out she has an existing marriage license and still valid and those docx she submitted are all fakes.
    Now, when my time come, i get affected. I was refused for all those ever nonsense vague reasons those mongrels gave to the applicants they don’t like.
    Do you think i get rejected because of my bf’s case? please help DJ… and may i have some idea how to write an appeal to the Berlin Court?
    Thank you very much, please DJ, i need your urgent advice.

    • DJ Yabis March 10, 2015 at 5:57 AM #

      Did you submit all the required documents? Her case shouldnt affect yours. Just write a one-page letter explaining your case.

      • Imee March 14, 2015 at 5:51 PM #

        Hi DJ, i submitted those requirements on their checklist. They give me reasons #8-9 for the refusal…i submit my job offer since my contract ends and the agency hadn’t call me for a renewal but i applied a job prior to that so i have a job to return to(San Miguel Co., provincial branch) i submitted my itinerary, but then again, sadly they refuse me. For what reason? they think i go hiding? well my boyfriend will give them a damn, am his responsibility and he will face any consequences if i go invisible! besides, you post it here that job offer will do, well it don’t in my case at least. I have written a cover letter explaining them my intentions to visit my boyfriend and to return here.
        That woman at window 4 is so arrogant, asking things beyond, why you think your bf will pay a trip for you, how sure are you that you will be safe and can return here,bla bla…
        WTF! all those illegal immigrants flocking Germany shore but me the legal applicant got a big NO! not just me, there are lots of us. i dont act like i have to have a special treatment! fair treatment will do,those desk officers act like God, discriminating people.

        • DJ Yabis March 15, 2015 at 6:22 AM #

          Sorry to hear about this. I really hate the embassies too. I suggest you write an appeal letter telling them that you are in fact just visiting and have no plans to be an illegal immigrant etc etc. Again sorry to hear about this.

  4. kristel February 27, 2015 at 11:54 PM #

    for the hotel confirmation, does the booking really need to be paid? coz there are websites like where you can just reserve the room without actually paying for it. You can pay for it on the day that you use the room. Will a reservation be enough?

    for the ticket reservation, i already got one from a travel agency ad early as now although i am planning to schedule for an interview this coming april. Is that too early?

    How recent should my documents be? Since i am planning to go to the embassy on april to schedule for an interview and you mentioned it takes around 4 weeks to get an interview schedule, can i already prepare the documents as early as march or should i wait for the actual date of my interview before preparing the documents? What should be the date for the documents that im going to show? and if the earliest you can apply is 3 months before departure, is that 3 months from the actual interview or 3 months from the time you set an appointment?

  5. kristel February 22, 2015 at 9:32 PM #


    Im planning to apply for the visa at the german embassy since my point if entry is at Germany. If im about to go back to manila, should i go back to germany first before getting a fligt to manila or could i deoart from our last destination which us austria?

    • DJ Yabis February 23, 2015 at 5:31 AM #

      You could depart from Austria.

  6. irene karla February 11, 2015 at 2:12 PM #

    hi DJ Yabis,
    I’ve read your blog and i have to say it is really helpful..I am planning to go to Prague last week of May this year to meet my BF’s mom..Well my BF is Canadian (they moved to Canada from Olomouc Czech Republich when he was 14y/o but the mom and dad divorced and his mom went back to czech republic).I already told him that his mom needs to secure a paper for me, like Formal Obligation. and she is willing to do my question is,i dont have a work and a business because my BF supports me 100% and he asked me not to work for now so i can be available 24/,i mean its hard because of different time zone, so he kinda ask me not to work anymore,plus we already applied for my permanent residency in Canada, with him as a sponsor..but i am currently living here in Ph..can i just present a letter fom my BF, his pay slip and proof of remittance??we’ve been in a relationship for a year and 4 months now, and we already traveled together in singapore, malaysia and india..I dont want to get denied this time because i dont want to break his Mom’s heart who really wants to meet me this year..thank you and i will wait for your insight..

  7. Jojo February 1, 2015 at 1:58 AM #

    Hello! My mom, sister, aunt, and I plan on traveling to Germany this April. I’m hoping you can help us with these:

    1.I’m kind of confused which “purpose of travel” we should tick because we plan on staying with relatives (my mom’s sister and her family) for a while and then go cross-country hopping. Also, they (my mom’s sister and the husband) will be shouldering lodging and accommodation during our stay in Germany. Should we choose “tourism” or “visiting relatives?”

    2.Does having valid US and Japan visas give us a better chance at getting an approval for our application?

    3.Also, if we apply as a group, is it possible for one of us to get denied? Or is it a one-for-all decision process? We have shared documents like the invitation letter.

    -We kind of have a problem with my aunt’s rootedness since she’s unemployed, and only rely on a monthly stipend from her sister and a small carinderia to shoulder her daily expenses. (HUGE GAMBLE)

    4.Would you happen to have an idea what kind of “proof of enrollment” they need for students who are applying? I have an ID and my tuition fee receipt; are these enough? My mom keeps insisting that I talk with the department head at my school and ask for a letter validating my enrollment. I just wanted to clarify.

    Hoping for a reply. :)

    Thank you!

    • DJ Yabis February 3, 2015 at 9:43 AM #

      1. Visiting relatives if you are staying more than 50% with them, tourism if you’re just visiting them for a few days
      2. A lot of people say that. Maybe. Who knows what this monsters at the embassy do?
      3. No idea. Never done group.
      4. I think so. Check the embassy website it’s listed there too so you are sure you have everything.

      • Christine February 16, 2015 at 11:10 PM #

        Hi DJ,

        My question are quite similar to Jojo’s questions. By the way, I already got denied the 1st time at the dutch embassy last November 2014 as I don’t have a job. Luckily i got hired last December 2014 so Ill try my luck again for my plan trip on May 8-18 in The Hague Netherlands..,

        1. Will there be possibilities of getting denied again because im currently under probationary employment with my new employer?

        2. I’ll be staying at my boyfriend and he provided me proof of declaration, however he marked both accommodation and sponsorship but my Schengen visa application form states that I’ll be paying for all my expenses.. Should i have only mark sponsorship and tick “accommodation provided” in my Schengen visa application form?

        3. I’m quite confuse if I should include in my application +1 day in my itinerary. My suppose departure from NL would be May 18 8pm to arrive in Manila the next day May 19, should I still include +1 in my Schengen form? Also, with my travel insurance? My travel insurance coverage is only 11 days May 8-18…

        4.will it be advisable to reapply the next day after receiving refusal letter? With the same travel dates? I am planning to reapply if in case I’ll get refuse on Feb 24 but with the same travel dates May 8-18… Will that still covers at least 3 months application?

        5. My place of birth in my Schengen application form is the province name not the city which is not written in my passport, will i get denied because of it?

        6. My email is different from my reservation airline booking, will that matter for refusal?

        7. My address in my insurance policy was my previous employer, will that matter as well for refusal?

        Please please need your help as I think I’ll get denied again this time because of these mishaps :( i reapplied last Feb 13…


        • DJ Yabis February 19, 2015 at 7:53 AM #

          Already replied via your Facebook msg

  8. Andy January 22, 2015 at 11:28 PM #

    Hi DJ Yabis, your blog is very helpful and informative especially when I was planning my trip to Germany last December. Now that I am planning to go to the UK, may I ask you if you have been there before? Do you have another blog about it? Or maybe you know some blog about going to the UK? (I just hope that it’s as great as your blog!) :) thanks so much!

  9. NNN January 22, 2015 at 2:42 PM #

    Hi DJ, very thankful for your helpful post in getting schengen visa.

    May I know what document/s did you submit to prove your “rootedness in the philippines”? Are you an employee? Because I think this it has the easiest requirements to comply.

    I am wondering how will I comply with “rootedness in the PH” requirement because I am employed by a US-based company, it is not registered here in PH, and thus, not paying any taxes for my compensation. I am simply an outsourced virtual employee. And even if I am able to get employment documents from these company, I am thinking that it is not smart to declare that I am employed by them…What do you think is advisable thing to do as an experienced in getting this visa? I am thinking to prepare an ITR as a self-employed individual, but this has costs, so I want to be careful…

    Also, is it possible to inquire in the embassy (or any embassy) regarding the requirements, initial screening etc…

    Thanks so much in advance! :)

    • DJ Yabis January 22, 2015 at 6:24 PM #

      Yeah you have to show that you are an employee or have a business here. I remember one of my readers who was also a virtual employee declared it and she got the visa so maybe you can do the same thing. Try to dig the comments coz I think she posted about it too.

      Yes you can call the embassy to clarify some of the requirements. But its pretty straight forward.

  10. Jan January 21, 2015 at 6:52 PM #


    This is a very informative blog. I am planning to schedule for an interview again this April for a planned trip this June. I read about the 90/180 rule for Schengen visa. I was in Germany for 30 days from October 3-Nov. 1, 2014. Will I be affected by this rule?

    Also, this time, I won’t be sponsored by my boyfriend because we realized that we are not a match while I was in Germany (too many issues involved). My German friend whom I have known for more than 10 years will be the one who will sponsor me (for Formal obligation and insurance).

    Thank you for the responses!

    • DJ Yabis January 21, 2015 at 11:17 PM #

      You should be fine since you only stayed for 30 days before. You can go for 90 days in June actually.

  11. pam January 12, 2015 at 1:34 AM #

    hi dj i hust goty visa from german last january 8 and im planning to travel end of this month i just want to know if i would be encountering problem in the immigration. i have all the xerox copies of the documents i submitted to bassy and im planning to show it to immigration as well just in case they will ask for it. Have u ever heard someone being offloaded even they have the visa?

    • DJ Yabis January 12, 2015 at 6:58 PM #

      Yes if you are visiting your boyfriend I heard you have to attend a CFO seminar. Check it.

      • NNN January 22, 2015 at 2:50 PM #

        Hi DJ, do you also have to declare if the one you are visiting is a friend or a boyfriend?

        • DJ Yabis January 22, 2015 at 6:22 PM #


          • NNN January 22, 2015 at 10:58 PM #

            ohhh, all through out I thought you just tell them if you are invited by a family or “a friend”. anyway, thanks, I am really clueless as this is really my first time to secure a visa….

            Oh and I have one more question please…I also have a planned travel in Japan before going to germany..Do you think it’s better if I process the Japan visa first before Schengen? Will it give me a better chance if I get approved by japanese embassy?? Thanks….Nakakakaba talaga tong visa thing na to! :D

    • JOY February 4, 2015 at 5:06 PM #

      Can anyone help or share their experience at the immigration (visiting a friend/boyfriend)? How does it goes? Is having a complete documents will suffice or they still require other than that?

  12. ronald December 30, 2014 at 3:51 AM #

    I have just been granted my Schengen visa to visit a family. The visa states the number of days I will be staying in Germany, which is 20 days as per the request on the invitation letter. How can I extend my stay in Germany for another 1 month if I wish to ,since the Schengen visa I have entitles me for a period of 90 days? thanks

    • DJ Yabis January 4, 2015 at 4:55 AM #

      I’ve never done this so I don’t know. Call the embassy and ask.

  13. Mayeth December 28, 2014 at 5:51 PM #

    So, okay here we go again, the ever controversial visa refusals. Folks, take this. Even if you present all those docs you think that bureaucrats will consider, think again. If they don’t feel ok with you, ha you are likely wasting much time and money of course! travelling from your place to manila including your accommodation is not for free! Now, the website tell you this and that, and that is not the case, reality bites! They said Germany is an open country, no. Well, they ACCOMMODATE hundreds of thousands of refugees, asylums and God knows what else behind close doors and black markets. Those refugees and seeking asylums can’t work , so the German people work for them, for food,housing etc etc.Yes. They are sitting around all days in whenever they can.
    While the honest applicants (you, me)with all those hard to get docs presented, attend interviews and get sad (admit it)after getting denied, can’t go in there. They want you to have a properties,titles,excuses they make for applicants they don’t like. Remember that girl whom the airline KLM refused her to go on board for the reasons if she can afford the trip?! that is a clear discriminition, even if you presented those docs you are still questionable, wow, lucky for those illegal people, stay and savor Germany with out any pain in the process.
    Raise eyebrows?! fine.

    • DJ Yabis December 30, 2014 at 3:12 AM #

      EMBASSIES SUCK. Sorry to hear about your refusal.

      • Mayeth January 4, 2015 at 10:09 AM #

        Happy 3 kings DJ are so kind and helpful. Thanks.

  14. Henry December 26, 2014 at 4:52 PM #

    hi, i got one Schengen Visa at French Embassy in Manila way back 2012. now i am planning for a part 2 of my EU travel. Why i am reading blogs now? it’s because the last time i applied, French embassy in Manila told me that the next time i will apply for Schengen should be in the country i’m working (im an OFW in Africa). now, checking back with French Embassy, it is really stated there that OFW should apply in the country of work. i am checking with other embassies like Spain, they have the same rule, for Germany, i am in search of that clause but haven’t gone over it. maybe you can help me with this.

    other thing is, in Italy, they dont have that clause, but my targeted interview dates will be in Feb 2015, unfortunately, earliest available interview appointments will on me on the 3rd week of March, huh, such a pain in the ass with this visas but we need to comply (no choice). can you suggest other embassies?

    • DJ Yabis December 30, 2014 at 3:10 AM #

      Usually you can apply anywhere in the world as long as you have residency papers in the country you’re applying at. You can try the German embassy then if Italy is too full?

  15. Nadine Gomez December 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM #

    Halu po DJ and to all readers, ask lng aq ha, alin ba ang mas madali magproseso, pakasal dito o dun sa Germany?? please po. Nid lng sagot. Thanks, Merry Xmas.

    • DJ Yabis December 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM #

      I think it’s better to get married in Germany.

      • Nadine Gomez December 22, 2014 at 7:41 PM #

        So, if punta ako dun i-apply ko ay fiance visa or what …huhu

  16. misill December 14, 2014 at 11:38 PM #

    Hi DJ Yabis .its my firs time to visit this site. I have read your blog and I found it helpful. I actually has problem about refusal of visa. I should write a remonstration letter but I’m confuse how to do it. Please help me. If anybody knows please write me an email at [email protected]

    I’m really struggling with this problem and o told my boyfriend I want to give up because its too much for me. But he said this are just challenges to make us stronger. I want to seey boyfriend and be with him on Christmas and we have one child already. Please help me. Thank you so much sir


  17. Lenzy December 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM #

    So, is DJ Y, affiliated to the Germany Embassy Manila? he did not post the comments on how RUDE,STRENA ND ARROGANT they desk officers are. hmmm how much bonus you get Sir??

    • DJ Yabis December 16, 2014 at 1:57 AM #


  18. Gemini2014 December 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM #

    Isa pa dyan, eto pag fiancee visa ang applicant , ayaw nila maniwala , daming hihingin , yes my firend was so down when her app fiancee app got a big REFUASAL!
    Pag friend naman mag invite sayo despite all the evidences na friend lang talaga kayo, ayaw pa din nila maniwala kung ano hihingin,

    The IRONY !

  19. Gemini2014 December 12, 2014 at 12:19 PM #

    Well, this Germany application takes the toll on me , yes. I submitted all that damn requirements , formal obligation , invitation letter, correspondence, itinerary, updated insurance, job offers and all they did was mark that big REFUSED!
    what else do they want me to bring in their faces for a good granted sign, any hints intelligent people?!
    It is not so easy to fly to Manila from Mindanao just to get on that interview and get denied.
    I won’t wonder if Yolanda will hit Manila, am sorry but the saying is, kapwa pilpino pinahirapan ng kapwa mayabang na pinoy! do they think i will stay in that place illegally? i submitted my papers, my stay was sponsored and we submitted what they needed , still they just boastfully denied thinking applicants will down on their knees to beg them coz they are superiors!
    God bless.

    • Jan December 16, 2014 at 6:36 AM #

      If there are loopholes in your application, surely the embassy will deny you.

      Have you checked the reason/s why you were denied?

      I think you could start from there when you want to apply again.

      I was also in the same boat as yours last year. My boyfriend wanted to sponsor me for a three-month German course. The embassy wasn’t really sure of my intention. So I was denied.

      Then this year, I applied again, this time for only a month. Asked what was my reason to go to Germany, I told the visa officer confidently that I want to meet my boyfriend’s family and get to know them and German culture. Salamat, na grant ang visa ko.

      The thing is, you should support your intention of going to Germany.

      • Lenzy December 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM #

        The thing is, loopholes …you think I submitted a fake docus? I wont stake my dignity just to get into that Hitler’s premise Miss. Yes I go through , the reason of my stay the intention to leave.. hmmm I had the docus sumitted..I don’t know what else they want. And Germany has illegal immigrants, they took them while this serious applicants with papers, they denied.
        Thanks for the time and money wasted twice. That woman wont believe I am invited and sponsored by a friend, F.R.I.EN.D. she ask me in a very condescending tone if we are just friend 16 times with her eyes almost pooped out to which I meekingly answers like a scared rat but never show it to her.
        They could be nice but firm, not treat applicants like nomads, illegitimate , inferiors, they are also pinoys who happen to inspect documents, duhh
        I read all blogs I can about refusals and wow am not alone to the hilt, this millionaire from India he stated that he travels first class and owns several businesses , but when applying a shengen visa they turn him away, he write in there flat out , He wont waste time dealing with low life immigration officers , my bad ..that is his words not mine. grr peace people …

        • Lenzy December 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM #

          Aray ko, sino ba tong gumamit ng email ko! Di ko lng na log out, eto na agad, agad agad?? yikes! ha ha cool down folks…it is not the end. Happens all the time. Reapply if still denied , don’t waste your time and resources. Vietnam welcomes you with open arms, Cambodia with the majestic stone temples and Macau as little Las Vegas …un na muna , no visa needed ..bsta afford mo lng ,go ! he he di kc yan nadadan sa init ng ulo dai , getz?

          • Lenzy December 17, 2014 at 11:58 AM #

            ganun b tlga ka dami ang rate ng refusals, tingnan mo ang gumamit ng email ko, malalim ang pinanghuhugutan teh ?? ha ha, xmas ngayon, relax muna. Ako man ay na deny din pero move on and look for other alternatives. Wag na muna isipin ang nagastos sa interview, ganun talaga.

  20. Andy December 5, 2014 at 3:47 PM #

    Hi DJ Yabis, it’s me again. My application was denied last October and I submitted my remonstration letter. The Embassy emailed me today telling me that they have a new decision and to inform them my planned date of travel. Do you think that it’s approved? I hope so……

    • DJ Yabis December 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM #

      I hope so!

      • Judy December 10, 2014 at 6:55 PM #

        I received my passport and visa today! Yes! Thanks for this blog and to you DJ Yabis.

        • DJ Yabis December 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM #

          cool. congrats! Enjoy your eurotrip!

  21. mei November 23, 2014 at 3:19 AM #

    Hi DJ Yabis,
    Godbless you more for being very patient and passionate in answering queries about our troubles and for having a very informative blog for everybody who are aspiring to set foot to Germany. I’d like to heed for your advise/recommendation/opinion regarding my case. I applied for a German Language Visa because I need it as a pre-requisite to study pre-med in Germany, last November 4,and unfortunately received DENIED remarks last November 8 due to reasons that my purpose and intended stay wasn’t reliable,intention to leave the territory before the expiry of my visa cant be ascertained,purpose of stay wasn’t substantiated by the docs presented,the documents I presented can’t ensure my willingness to return since i dont hold any responsibilities(minor child,spouse,care resp,(-)declared properties/businesses…..I admit that my documeNts I submitted before aren’t actually enough since I only submitted what was asked and didn’t submit any sub proof like the OR of my paid course, Transfer of credentials, cert of guardianship for my brother(my parents aren’t around to take care of him),application forms for the university where I intend to study pre-med,secondary sponsorship proofs, and recommendation letters.In addition to, I can’t remember myself telling the reason why I intend to study the language since it wasn’t asked….

    I applied for remonstrance,along with the documents to prove to I’m not taking advantage with my travel there and that is for pure study purposes only.My language class will be starting on November 24 already. Do I still have a chance of gaining approval for my plea?Do you think it will really take 4-6 weeks long for it to be processed?I have waited for such a long time for everything to be processed and any delay would just alter the chronology of my plans.I will need to wait again for a year If I still plan to pursue my dream. I gave up everything just to get started with this and I just feel so sad that my parents,sponsors, sacrifices and aspiration for me would just end up this way. This result might change their minds ;((((

    • DJ Yabis November 24, 2014 at 10:41 PM #

      Im so sorry to hear about this. Yes, normally its 4-6 weeks or more for remonstration. I hope you get your visa.

      • mei November 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM #

        would it be possible if I will re apply again…just in case the remonstrance will be rejected again?..probably that would be 1 month since I last applied for visa.

  22. lizz November 17, 2014 at 4:32 PM #

    Hi DJ Yabis,
    I just submitted my documents today to apply for a Schengen visa. my appointment time was 12:00NN but the agent i spoke on the phone when I set my appointment said that i should be at the embassy 30 minutes before the scheduled time. so I arrived at the RCBC lobby exact 11:30am and i logged in., then went up to 25th floor.
    tapos yung officer na nsa Left side once na lalabas ka ng elevator asked me if ano ba gagawin ko , then i said na mag aaply for the visa, then he got my passport and checked if i have an apointment, after that he gave back my passport and application form and priority # ( since i set my aapointment thru the call center ) and he said thaat i should check the details.
    so I went directly to the waiting area, butleft the phone in the locker room and the officer gave me the key.

    I was there for few minutes til my # was called, but before that I checked all the details in the application form, and i signed it. nilabas ko na rin yung my documents na nasa checklist from my envelope, but all the xerox copied dcuments were all inside. was waiting there pero super nervous.
    So the window’s 2 called the # 60. it was my turn. i was soooo nervous but I smiled and said HI. then she asked me my docments and passport, and binigay ko lahat ng documents , tapos naka file tlaga yun the same as what written above here from 1-6..
    the interviewer was OK, didnt seen her smiling tho . but still I smiled while aswering her question.
    she asked me if meron ba ako extra Picture kasi e pe paste daw sa application form, and she asked me to signed the page 4 cos i forgot to signed it :D she was still OK. not angry tho
    she asked me few que:
    what is your purpose, i said going to visit my bf/fiance. when did i meet him,where, if nag visit naba sya dito sa PHIL.
    what’s his work. tapos she asked me if i have all the documents photo copied i said yes. pero yung formal obligation eh yung front page lang napa photo copy ko, so she said na later daw ipapa photo copy ko at bblik sa kanya, she was still nice :D
    tapos she asked me for the payment ba yung nauna or the finger prints, i dont remember anymore if which comes first eh.
    then everythingwas OK, tapos she gave me the receipt for the payment and said the processing time is 5 days. and the result will be sent to my address/

    So I went out para mag pa photo copy, and bumalik din ako kaagad. tapos i directly went to the window\s 2 kasi bakante naman. and after handling her the original formal oblligation at xerox copy sabi nnya ( you can go home now )
    and I said to my self( what ? is it done ? the interview took only like 5 minutes and is it all good?)
    and the last question i asked her was if should i wait for the result this week or next week at sabi nya na expect ko ang result this friday daw.
    ewan Ko ba, nervous ako kasi i noticed dun sa mga nauna na applicants, they took like 10-15 mnutes, but the window’s 6 pinakamatagal but mine ? it was realllllyy fast. so i have doubt and afraid if ano ba kaya resulta .:(

    is there anyone in here who had the same experience na yung interviewer just asked few ques and didnt ask for any additional documents other than what’s in the checklist? tapos yung interview was so fast ?

    my fingers are crossed na sana makakuha ng Visa. :(
    Oh gosh. waiting is killing me tho :(

    I’ll update this week if what’s gonna be the ressult.
    just sharing this experience kasi i always read this blog and check every commments/experience/
    super big help ka DJ yabis such an angel.

  23. Joy November 12, 2014 at 10:58 AM #

    Good day!

    I applied for visa but was refused. Send a remonstration letter and waited for 3 MONTHS before I received an e-mail from the embassy. Good thing the first decision was changed. Now they require me to submit my passport and updated travel health insurance ONLY. My question is do I still need to purchase new insurance? Isn’t the validity of it is 1 year? Second is the round trip ticket which they did not state in the e-mail. Do I still need to book another one? I don’t have specific date of visit yet and the previous ticket was overdue and being cancelled.

    Thanks a lot.

    • DJ Yabis November 12, 2014 at 11:25 AM #

      Congrats for getting it finally! No, you don’t need to buy a new travel insurance. You just need to email your travel insurance provider and ask for a new insurance certificate stating an updated travel insurance coverage dates.

      If they didn’t ask for a flight ticket then you don’t need to. If they asked for it and you’re not sure when you’re going, you can get a flight reservation for now. Here’s how:

      • Joy November 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM #

        Big thanks to you DJ Yabis ^_^

  24. lizz November 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM #

    HI Dj Yabis:)
    I just wanna share this, and will update later on if what’s gonna be the result for my visa process. I am planning to visit my BF in germany, I already called to set an appointment today, and I got a date already to submit my documents/ interview and it would be on Nov.18. i have all the papers prepared but i wasnt able to get the earlier date than nov 18 but i guess its OK.
    this blog is really helpful, nung kumuha akong visa for my sister i always checked this blog, and naka bookmark pa talaga kasi what if there will be comments sharing their experiences about getting a schengen visa at makakatulong sakin, and it really happened.. so this Month it’s my turn to get a Schengen Visa to visit my Boyfriend in Germany. The documents I have here are:
    -original passport and xerox copy
    -2 passport size photo/white background
    – Since i set my apointment thru the call center, so the agent told me na makukuha ko na daw dun sa embassy during the interview date.
    -flight itinerary *rountrip ticket*
    – i am going to visit my BF so i have to submit some proof of relationsip(printed email conversation since 2011,photos,his passport including those pages na may stamp when he visited me here in the philippines.
    -I’ve got also an invitation letter from my BF( its in german and english language kasi di ko alam kung ano pwede dun, so will see.)
    * and i also plan ko mag attend sa kasal ng ate ko sa Norway, so i asked her (xerox copy of her passport, including those pages na may stamp, and the Fiancee visa nya,an invitation letter for the wedding* not a formal invitation yet kasi nag poprocess pa din sila ng papers for the wedding but the plan is mag papakasal sila anytime nag pag andun na ako next month), a photo copy of my sis’s birthcertificate,and her Fiance’s xerox xopy of his passport narin just in case..
    – my BF will shoulder all the expenses and he sent me already the formal obligation.
    – I got mine from ace travel agency
    i have 2 documents and of course i wont stay there illegally, i love to travel, so if i stay in europe illegally i cant come back in PI and enjoy the life, so better follow the right process :)

    nakakatulog talaga ang blog na to, so simple to follow as long as u have all those requirements. And I hope makakakuha ako ng Visa this month or next :)

    good luck talaga…

    • DJ Yabis November 11, 2014 at 11:14 PM #

      Thanks for sharing. Good luck!

  25. lizz November 10, 2014 at 1:28 AM #

    Hi DJ yabis,
    a quick question: kailangan ba tlaga na confirmed round ticket yung dalhin or is it ok ung itinerary lang?

    • DJ Yabis November 10, 2014 at 9:17 AM #

      No. Just flight itinerary. If you need one let me know!

      • lizz November 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM #

        Oh really ? and yes I need one because I am planning to go to Germany next month.. i hope ma Ok ang Visa.
        i dont have the flight reservation yet, and the travel insurance, but tomorrow or on wednesday i’ll get my travel insurance. and btw, i have an informal invitation letter, does it need to be in English and German language ? thanks

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