Learn how to apply for a Schengen visa at the Netherlands (Dutch) 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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Last updated: July 23, 2016

There are many ways to get a Schengen visa and there are definitely different offices where you can apply for one. I have previously written how to apply for a tourist Schengen visa at the German Embassy and French Embassy.

To continue this Visa Series, I interviewed one of my good friends, Angel, who is now based in the Netherlands to help us out on the intricacies of applying for a tourist Schengen visa at the Netherlands Embassy in Manila (or Dutch Embassy in Manila) for Philippine passport holders. If you’re not a Filipino, no worries, the process is pretty much almost the same wherever you apply so read on.

NOTE: This article will focus only on tourist Schengen visa application. If you’re going to the Netherlands to study or marry, you need to prepare a set of other documents. Please check the Dutch embassy website for more info.



When can I apply for a Schengen visa at the Dutch embassy?

You can apply as early as 3 months before your planned entry.


How do I apply for a Schengen visa in the Dutch Embassy?

You need to make an appointment through a call centre before applying for a visa at the Embassy in Manila. An appointment can be arranged not earlier than 3 months before your planned date of departure. Make sure to allot some time for gathering and preparing the required documents, this requires some planning in advance.

Phone numbers:

For PFF or PLDT/digitel/smart subscribers 1-909-101-3456

For Globe/Innove/Touchmobile subcribers 1-900-101-3456

For Bayantel subscribers 1-903-101-3456

You can contact the call centre between 8:00 am to 6:00 pm from Monday thru Saturday. See the Dutch Embassy website for all important information.



What are the requirements for a Schengen visa?


1. documents showing your ability to pay your travel and accommodation expenses;

2. hotel reservations, an invitation from private individuals or business connections, a legalised letter of invitation, or a guarantor’s declaration; (more details below)

3. documents showing that you intend to return to your country of origin (such as an employer’s declaration or the deeds to your home);

4. a medical travel insurance policy that will cover any costs of repatriation on medical grounds, urgent medical care, or emergency hospital treatment. The insurance policy must be valid for the entire Schengen Area and the entire duration of your stay, and it must provide minimum cover of €30,000.


In detail, you need to submit the following:

1. Schengen visa application form, downloadable online at the Dutch Embassy website

2. Valid Passport

3. All previous passports (if applicable)

4. Two recent passport-size (3.5 by 4.5 cm) photograph, against light background (e.g. White)

5. A roundtrip flight reservation upon submission of your application. Do not purchase your ticket before your visa application has been approved! Here’s how you can book a flight reservation for visa application without paying the actual flight ticket

6. Medical travel insurance, you can get it at any travel agency or online (DJ’s tips: 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.)

7. Supporting Documents

For Employees: Proof of employment: a recent employer’s statement that should mention salary, date of entry and duration of absence,

For private businessmen:a photocopy of SEC or DTI business registration of your company, Mayor’s business permit + tax-paying certificate “ITR” and a photo copy of bank statements of the last three months.

For students: registration from a school or university and if travelling during study period, certificate from school or university with permission of absence.

For minors travelling without both parents: DSWD Travel Clearance.

For unemployed or retired citizens:, a photo copy of bank statements of the last three months.

8. If traveling as a tourist:

Proof of hotel reservations. If you need help with hotel reservation, a travel agency can prepare this for you easily for a fee. Email for more info below.

confirmed hotel reservation for visa application


*Income of applicant: As available means an applicant should have €34 per day to spent when he or she will provide own expenses for the trip

If travelling to visit family/friends in the Netherlands:

a. An invitation letter, in Dutch language, from the referent (host/sponsor) in the Netherlands, mentioning the duration and period of your intended stay.

b. An original legalised guarantee statement from the referent/host in the Netherlands (obtainable from the Town Hall of the place where the referent resides). Please make sure the name of the invitee is mentioned in the letter.

9. For the referent/host:

For employees: proof of employment, salary slips of the last three months**, which indicate date of entry, a contract of employment

For private businessmen: a extract of the company from the Chamber of Commerce, bank statements of private bank and your company’s account of the last three months.

A photo copy of the (Dutch) passport or residence permit for the Netherlands of the host



How much is the Schengen visa processing fee?

60 Euros converted to Philippine Pesos, depends on the current exchange rate. Bring the exact amount.


What should I wear to the interview?

Be yourself but the best, “most respectable” version of you. Perhaps think of the visa interview as a job interview, but skip the stiff tie and the formal blazer! Wear something that makes you feel confident about yourself. You should be relaxed on that day. Usually, wearing something that you particularly like (your favorite dress or your lucky shirt) makes you feel more confident. 🙂


How is the interview like?

First, the security guard will ask for your details and lead you to the waiting room (which is super cold, so bring a jacket!) Be prepared to wait long, one time I waited for more than 2 hours for my turn. I recommend bringing a book or some magazines (you’re not allowed to use your phone in the waiting room). During the interview, be prepared to answer questions regarding your application. They usually double check if the answers you gave on the form/supporting documents are true (for example, how much your salary is, where will you be staying in Holland, how did you meet your host, where you work, etc.) Know your facts!


Are the interviewers really scary?

Depends on the person who is interviewing you. Some of them can be a bit intimidating, but it’s all just part of their jobs. As long as you have your facts straight, and you’re not planning on not coming back, then you have nothing to be afraid of. Breathe in, smile and answer their questions as best as you can!


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

15 calendar days but some exceptional cases may take up to 30 or 60 days. You will receive a letter anyway to inform you about this.


My Schengen visa application is denied. What can I do next?

“If the visa-granting authority refuses your application, it will send you a copy of the decision explaining why. You may object to this decision in writing (not email) within four weeks of its issue (details of where to send your objection are enclosed with the decision). You may also authorise a person to object to the decision on your behalf or to represent you in any hearing. This person must have written authorisation (in Dutch, French, German or English) to do so, signed by you.

The visa-granting authority will then decide on your objection. If it decides in your favour, it will authorise the mission to issue you with a visa. If it decides against you, it will send you a copy of its decision, explaining why your objection has been denied. The objection procedure usually takes some months.”

For more info, check the Dutch Embassy website.


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About Angel Trinidad

Angel has traveled and lived in several European countries. She has completed her MA in Euroculture while living in Germany, Spain and Sweden. Now she is working and living in the Netherlands as editor for Arts Holland in Amsterdam, an organization which promotes Dutch arts and culture abroad. She also DJs regularly and curates “Ice Hotel” – a music night dedicated to Scandinavian pop music. You can follow her blog at www.angeltrinidad.me

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232 Responses to “How to Apply for a Schengen Visa at the Netherlands Embassy Manila and get it in 2 weeks” Subscribe

  1. grejay April 22, 2017 at 7:56 AM #

    hi i need your advice po. i applied schengen visa in vfs netherlands last april 18, 2017 and i booked a flight april 28,2017. is it possible that i will recieve my visa before my flight?thanks po

    • DJ Yabis April 24, 2017 at 4:27 PM #

      i am not the embassy so i don’t know when they will release your visa

  2. Pril March 22, 2017 at 10:42 PM #

    Hi DJ! Trying to get a insurance via Care Concept. For the Liability and Accident Insurance, what type should I choose (S,M,XL)? Will Type S suffice? Thanks 🙂

  3. michelle December 1, 2016 at 3:24 PM #

    hi D.J., do you know how long it takes for the legalised town hall in netherlands?

  4. Jeff Llorente June 21, 2016 at 6:49 PM #

    Hello po DJ Yabis,

    Ask ko lang po about my visa application, may schedule na po kasi ako ng appointment sa June 30, nasa akin na po ang plane ticket reservation, travel insurance with 30k euro coverage, original of sponsorship letter approved by dutch municipality, ang tanong ko po ay okay lang po ba na ung employment certificate nya at payslips at bank statement ay scanned copy only.? will it affect my visa to be granted? Sana po ay matulungan nyo kami masagot ang katanungan na ito

    • DJ Yabis July 1, 2016 at 3:17 AM #

      just saw this. hope it worked out for you

  5. Shiela Nherizza Viray Saja May 13, 2016 at 1:07 PM #

    Any help po.

  6. pamela jean cabrera April 22, 2016 at 10:18 PM #

    Hi Dj,

    Just wanted to check that Care Concept is still cool to use. Checked policies and so far CC is the cheapest. But can’t find this on the list of recommended insurers…

    Thanks mate!

    • DJ Yabis April 26, 2016 at 4:23 AM #

      Totally. My parents just used it last week for their visa interview. It’s not on their recommended list but its 1 of 2 insurance I ONLY RECOMMEND 😀

  7. Jam March 14, 2016 at 11:47 AM #

    HI dj,
    I already applied for schengen visa at Netherland embassy. And just today I received an email stating “processed visa application — is ready for collection at VFS Netherlands vac Manila.”
    Does this mean it’s approved?

    Thank you

    • DJ Yabis March 17, 2016 at 1:41 AM #

      I don’t know. Just go get it and check.

  8. Schatje February 28, 2016 at 5:17 AM #

    Hi 😊 it will be my first time to travel this coming July if ever ma-grant visa. Gagraduate plang po ako this April so im unemployed. And my boyfriend will be my sponsor pero he’s still living with his parents. Any tips po pra mkaiwas n mdeny? He want me to stay there for 90 days

    • DJ Yabis February 29, 2016 at 12:38 AM #

      Get a job offer you can show at the embassy. Unemployed/no business etc is high chance of denial

      • Sheela October 3, 2016 at 5:10 PM #

        Is it possible to get a visa even if im unemployed? This is my second time applying for it. Maybe it will matter? Besides been travelling alot in other countries. It will help right?

        • DJ Yabis October 11, 2016 at 2:29 AM #

          99% chance you will get denied. A job is a requirement for visa application.

    • Lexie March 18, 2016 at 12:09 PM #

      Wow! July din ako pinapapunta ng bf ko. Where ka in Netherlands?

      • Schatje June 1, 2016 at 1:25 AM #

        I got denied. And mag.aappeal palang kami. Hows your visa application Lexie? DJ Yabis how long does it take to have the result sa pag appeal?

        • leah June 3, 2016 at 5:37 PM #

          Hi paano po malaman na denied ang visa mo? may email ka ba na matatanggap?

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

            when you receive your passport you will know.

            • Schatje29 September 7, 2016 at 7:51 AM #

              I have a single entry.. its possible for us to travel to Italy,right? And it will just expire or void if ever we go out of schengen are.

          • Schatje July 7, 2016 at 8:41 AM #

            When i got my passport it comes with a letter.

            • Sheela October 3, 2016 at 5:12 PM #

              Did you apply again after the refusal? Or you just apeal and eventually get approved? What documents you submit when you appeal or re apply? Please reply thank you

  9. OperaRARAWOOOOH February 22, 2016 at 10:36 PM #

    Hi. Im planning to go to Amsterdam but I’m coming from London. I will be travelling from Philippines to London then to Amsterdam and will be accompanied by British Nationals. So I need to apply at the VFA then it will take 15 working days? But I need to leave within 12 days to London and I still have not applied for a Schengen Visa. Will my efforts, should I apply now be wasted? Thank you!

    • DJ Yabis February 22, 2016 at 10:59 PM #

      Looks like you don’t have enough time to process your visas.

  10. Vicky January 27, 2016 at 12:24 PM #

    Hello dj my boyfriend invite me to vesit holland this coming March ,, sxa po magbabayad lahat , today he already send invatation using my email and some document nag send narin po sxa copy of his passport and bank account record bukod doon anu pang recquirment na Dapat Nya e process
    Is the embassy need my bank account too???

  11. Clara January 25, 2016 at 4:08 PM #

    Hello DJ.

    My boyfriend plans to invite me to NL to spend summer with him this April. I have several questions such as:

    1. As my boyfriend will be the host and sponsor, I understand that he should file and legalized a form in the Town Hall. Should that original document be mailed in the Philippines through snail mail or a printed pdf file will suffice to be presented in the embassy?

    2. In line with the document of my first question, he was issued of that document last September. Can I still use that document for my application this April?

    3. Will the sponsor/host’s income be evaluated by the embassy as well? How much should a sponsor/host earn or save?

    4. Do the embassy still require the applicant for a bank statement even if the stay is covered by the sponsor/host?

    5. Since I will be applying for a tourist visa under “visiting a friend”, should my documents reflect that I will be visiting a friend or boyfriend? Is the embassy particular with the difference between these two (2) terms?

    Also, may I suggest that the portion concerning the documents to be submitted by the sponsor/host should be updated? I observed it is quite incomplete.

    Looking forward for your response. Thank you!

    I hope you won’t take my suggestion negatively :D. More power to you, DJ.

    • DJ Yabis January 26, 2016 at 1:13 AM #

      Hi Clara, ang haba! Thanks haha. See my answers below:
      1. Send it via FexEx so its faster. They need the original.
      2. I don’t know. I think it has a certail validity date. Check it on the document. Aks him to call the city hall to confirm.
      3. Nope. It was already evaluated by the city hall that’s why he got the document 😀
      4. As far as I know, nope. Double check the embassy requirements its usually stated there
      5. Just be truthful and tell them he’s your boyfriend since they will probably ask you things about him

      Thanks for your comments. What else is not listed? As far as the embassy requirements is concerned, only the Formal Invitation document from the city hall is needed from the sponsor/host. DO tell us if there are more!

    • Pril March 3, 2017 at 12:48 AM #

      Hi Clara! Just wanted to check how it went for you. I am visiting a friend in NL. I only have the pdf copy of the form from the town hall. Did you had to pass the original copy? Also, it was legalized last Feb. Would you think it’s still valid even if my interview will be on June? Thanks!

  12. gel December 7, 2015 at 12:25 PM #

    Hi DJ! I’m planning to go to Netherlands. I’d like to know if a scanned copy of the official invitation letter from my friend would suffice. Or does he need to send me the original copy by courier? Thanks!

    • DJ Yabis December 12, 2015 at 1:17 PM #

      I think they need the original

  13. nel November 23, 2015 at 2:07 AM #

    hi, where to pay visa?is there any website for this?

    • DJ Yabis November 25, 2015 at 2:17 AM #

      you pay it at the embassy

  14. jip November 2, 2015 at 6:49 AM #

    Hello, is it possible to plan a visa interview during the weekend?


  15. Miña October 31, 2015 at 7:06 PM #

    Hi gusto ko po mag apply nang visit visa my austrian hubby will cover all the expenses po , ngayon ang tanong ano po ba ang dapat kung e proof na babalik po ako nang pinas wala po akong job no business either as in sa bahay lang . I hop you can aswer my question ! Tha ks in advance

  16. renelyn October 31, 2015 at 11:12 AM #

    Hi po.gusto ko po mag apply ng visa for visiting my boyfriend in Holland.5months pa lang po kami at same Facebook kami nagkakilala.ala po along work and ala rin po akong properties.yong boyfriend ko po ang magsusuport ng lahat ng gastos at don po ako sa kanya magstay.,maaapprove po kaya ang visa ko?.thanks po

    • DJ Yabis October 31, 2015 at 1:43 PM #

      i dont know. im not an embassy.

  17. elaine October 31, 2015 at 2:06 AM #

    Hi I would like to know if it is possible to make a complaint about the NL embassy in Ghana and if so where to?

    • DJ Yabis October 31, 2015 at 1:43 PM #

      Complain about what? I have no idea.

      • Vicky January 27, 2016 at 12:06 PM #

        Hi may tanung po , May bf invite me go vesit holland this coming March
        He already send me invatation letter today using. My email ,send na rin po Nya copy ng passport and at record ng bank account Nya dahil sxa po magbabayad. Gusto kulang po malaman Kung anu Nga ricquirment na dapat Kung kunin at San po Pwdi Maghanap ng Tao na Pwdi tumulong sa pag process ko ng Visa

        • DJ Yabis January 27, 2016 at 5:25 PM #

          nasa taas lahat. magbasa po tayo.

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