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?

Basically:

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 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.)

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.You can reserve accommodation via Booking.com or Hostelworld.

*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.

 

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

  1. Stars July 28, 2015 at 11:20 AM #

    Hi. Is it still possible na mabigyan kami ng visa ng mom ko since we just had our interview last July 24, 2015 (friday) and our supposetedly departure date will be on August 6, 2015. 15 days processing time daw kasi sa Norwegian Embassy and possible naman daw na receive early ang result. Nakaka worry lang talaga. Thanks.

    • DJ Yabis July 29, 2015 at 9:02 PM #

      Very tight. Just wait for it.

  2. Keeshia J July 21, 2015 at 8:48 PM #

    Hi DJ
    I’m planning to visit my boyfriend in Netherlands.
    Is it true that I have to be single for me to be able to visit him?
    Coz right now I’m “technically married”
    Thank you in advance for your response
    Keshia

    • DJ Yabis July 23, 2015 at 7:15 AM #

      No idea.

    • Faye Cayabyab July 29, 2015 at 11:02 AM #

      Hi Keshia,

      I too am ” tecnically married ” so to say but I have been to the Netherlands for 3 times now.. If you need advise you can contact me I would like to help.

      BTW, DJ’s site was a big help to me before so I want to extend mine to others too.

      Faye

  3. Gessa June 29, 2015 at 3:02 PM #

    Hi, just wanna ask What if I dont have work but I have bank account that i can support my expenses, is it still possible that they will denied my visa?

    • DJ Yabis June 30, 2015 at 7:42 PM #

      Yes coz you don’t have all the required documents

  4. Ashley June 12, 2015 at 3:09 PM #

    Hi Dj,
    How are you?I really enjoy your blog and your honest reponse in trying to assist person attaining their visa. I’m hoping to apply for my visa to Germany in July for travels in August to see my bf however we met online and have known each other for about 10 months…he visited me in April…Do you think it will be a problem since we have known each other for such a short period? If they should ask where we met and how long I have known him?
    Thanks in advance….

    • DJ Yabis June 21, 2015 at 8:31 AM #

      not really. as long as you have proof you know him and you met.

  5. Mica Lacondez May 6, 2015 at 5:22 PM #

    Hi DJ. I am really glad to see your blog. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience. It really gives a lot of help.
    Me and my Dutch fiancé is planning to visit his father in Netherlands this coming June and I find it confusing for applying my Schengen visa until I found your site.
    Just would like to clarify more in regards of the following:
    1.Proof of my employment: certificate of employment should indicate :To: the Netherlands and/or Attention to the embassy?
    2.My Partner should provide any or both of the 1.Invitation letter 2.Original legalized guarantee statement (from the town hall of Netherlands)
    3.What is deeds to my home? (sorry not really sure what it is)
    4.After the appointment/interview should I need to leave my original passport? (because I am planning to go to shanghai a month before The Netherlands)

    Please help. Really appreciate your advice. Thank you very much. God bless you more!

    • DJ Yabis May 10, 2015 at 7:30 AM #

      1. It comes from your HR. It just basically says you’re employed there for so and so as this and that.
      2. yep
      3. not sure too
      4. yes usually they get your passport unless they changed procedures now

      • Mica Lacondez May 13, 2015 at 11:42 AM #

        Hi DJ,

        Thank you for your reply. One more question please..

        My fiancé is currently in Norway and he wanted to just drop by to town hall in Netherlands (before he come to visit me next week) to personally ask for a guaranteed letter , but this is only for one day stay in Netherlands and we are not sure yet if he can manage to get it the same day.

        This week I wanted to call for an appointment in Embassy, would it be right that I inform them first that my purpose of visit is “visiting friends” and just in case my fiancé could not manage to get the said letter of guarantee, do I need to call embassy again that it will be change to “tourism” purpose?

        Please advise. Thank you so much again.

  6. Manny April 17, 2015 at 10:53 PM #

    Hi DJ Yabis,

    I will have a formal invitation from my friend in the Netherlands who will be a sponsor/host to get me there . He will shoulder all the expenses while im there. He will apply for a tourist visa.
    My question is , does the embassy in Manila still need Income Tax Return & Bank Statement as supporting documents ? because i don’t have the ITR, i only work as freelance and only have small amount in my bank account. Please advise me what to do. Thank you.

    Manny

  7. jip April 8, 2015 at 7:11 PM #

    Hello DJ Yabis, I have a question: I am inviting my girlfriend in The Philippines to me in the Netherlands for a vacation. I have gathered all the needed forms like proof of sponsorship, payroll slips, my job contract etc. Can I scan these in and send them via e-mail to my girlfriend for her visa application or do I need to send the forms via normal post? E-mail would be a cheaper and quicker option ofcourse. Thanks

    • DJ Yabis April 8, 2015 at 7:13 PM #

      I think you need the original documents for proof of sponsorship etc. It’s a pain in the ass but you could probably just FedEx it to her.

      • jip May 20, 2015 at 4:21 PM #

        Ok, Thank you!

  8. Ann March 30, 2015 at 12:36 PM #

    Hi DJ,

    Do I have to keep my ticket reservation active until I got the result of my visa application? Hoping for your response. Thank you.

    • DJ Yabis March 30, 2015 at 8:01 PM #

      Not really. You don’t have to do anything. As long as you submit a flight reservation it should be fine.

  9. Devina March 27, 2015 at 12:44 AM #

    Hi! I have been following you website since last year for a dear friend of mine in Manila. This year she would like to try again to apply her Schengen Visa in The Netherlands Embassy. I have volunteered to pay all her expenses and such and I’m from Malaysia as she is unemployed. Although I have spoken briefly to the staff guy in the embassy, what do you think would boost the approval of the visa? I would really love to bring her to Europe and explore with me as well. As I’m the sponsor, that asked me to show my invitation letter to travel, bank statements, credit card statements, flight reservations and hotel reservations. Anything I should show more? And I’ll definitely use your Flight Reservation services soon! Thank you!

  10. Meyn March 4, 2015 at 6:58 PM #

    Hi DJ! I sent an appointment thru VFS Global this coming Friday, March 6, and my travel date will be on the 14th of May, but I just read on your page that I should set an appointment not earlier than 3 months before my intended flight. So technically, I only have 2 months and 11 days. It is not indicated from VFS Global website that it has to be atleast 3 months for the application.

    I have completed all the requirements and attached some additional / supporting documents, though.

    You think they won’t be questioning it?

    Anyways, I am applying for Visiting Visa (schengen) going to Poland. Dutch Embassy caters travellers going to Poland and Latvia.

    • DJ Yabis March 10, 2015 at 5:53 AM #

      That’s still fine. It only means you can apply as early as 3 months before your intended flight.

      • Meyn March 12, 2015 at 8:24 PM #

        Thanks DJ Yabis! I will let you know my application result once i get it.

        • DJ Yabis March 12, 2015 at 9:33 PM #

          You’re welcome! Good luck!

          • Meyn March 16, 2015 at 1:08 PM #

            DJ Yabis! I got my approved Visa today. I am so grateful. Thank you so much and to others who share and give help here. Exactly one week. YAY!

            • Faye Cayabyab March 16, 2015 at 9:37 PM #

              Congratulations Meyn..

            • DJ Yabis March 18, 2015 at 4:42 AM #

              Cool. Always happy to help. Enjoy your trip!

    • Faye Cayabyab March 10, 2015 at 6:37 AM #

      Hi Meyn, do not worry so much,, if your documents are okay you will have your visa in 5 days,,, I had mine in only 5 days, I was expecting maybe 15 days but it was delivered in 5 days,,,
      My appointment was 26 Feb, and my visa came out in only 5 days,, and my flight is on April 3 yet,,
      Good luck.

      • Meyn March 12, 2015 at 8:21 PM #

        Hi Faye!

        I already submitted all papers needed last March 9. And they actually returned other supporting documents to me.
        I hope everything will be good and would be able to get my approved visa. This is my first time to use my passport. *crossed fingers*

      • Garfield March 15, 2015 at 11:05 PM #

        Hi Faye, Nice! I had my appointment last Thursday. You’ve mentioned it was delivered to you after 5 days. Does it includes weekend in 5 days? Feb 26 is Thursday as well.

        • Faye Cayabyab March 16, 2015 at 9:36 PM #

          Hi Garfield,
          yes,, weekends are included as well… good luck,

          If you will follow all insturctions from DJ here, everything will be alright. I had a one year multiple entry visa,,,

          • Garfield March 17, 2015 at 7:29 PM #

            Hi Faye,

            Thanks I got the status that my Visa was already couriered, yeah it’s within 5 days :)

            I called VFS today that will just pick-up my passport but I was late its past 4pm when I arrived in VFS office. I will just pick it up tmrw. Hoping for a Visa.

    • Precious June 22, 2015 at 2:23 PM #

      Pwede po magtanong ano po kailangan gawin kung mag-aaply ng tourist visa sa poland? I am now unemployed but sponsored ako ng partner ko.. baka pwede po pa-advice?

      • DJ Yabis June 30, 2015 at 7:48 PM #

        Check the Polish embassy website. I haven’t applied.

  11. Jackie February 13, 2015 at 11:54 PM #

    Hi,
    Dj Yabis,
    I just want to ask if learning dutch and to speak dutch to embassy can get more hint to be approved in my visa application?
    i have my appoinment this coming march 3rd week,
    thank you

    • DJ Yabis February 14, 2015 at 12:55 AM #

      I don’t think so. The paper requirements is what they will assess not your language abilities.

  12. Laurie January 5, 2015 at 2:09 PM #

    Hi, DJ!

    You say, “Choose Care Economy or Care Visa Protect. (Don’t forget to include the liability and accident insurance when filling up the form.)

    My question is, Do I need to?
    Thanks!

    • DJ Yabis January 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM #

      No but it’s just extra 4 euros or something so you should. It’s for accidents and shit which is what a travel insurance really is for 😀

      • Laurie February 16, 2015 at 8:47 PM #

        Hi again!
        Sorry I did not check back soon after I posted my question. Anyway, we took the accident and liability package too on top of the travel insurance because, as you said, it was just an additional 10 euros. Total was €28+ for each member of the family. We had our interview at the Dutch embassy last Jan 12. I felt that my family and I breezed through the process with only minor questions asked of each of us. The key I believe is to have ALL the requirements. Also, as a tip to fellow applicants, if you lodged your application through VFS global and you paid via Union bank, don’t forget to bring the bank receipt. The embassy will ask for it and attach it to all your documents. After the interview, the lady told us to track our application (she took our passports along with all the documents) though VFS website. Jan 16, i saw that our passports have been couriered to 2go express for delivery, Since that was the time Pope Francis was in the country and there was a long holiday, we didn’t get our passports back until Jan 21. We have our Schengen visa :) Many, many thanks, DJ Yabis for your help. This article is an invaluable source of information and tips :)

  13. sheila December 11, 2014 at 6:05 PM #

    i got all requirements ready..btw my fiance and i lived in together here in phils for 1 year,and we are in stable long dist relationship now for like 1 year and few weeks. he is inviting me and i already got the invitation letter just that it will expire next month.so i need to use it this month… departure is 22dec.2014 and my application wil be 15thDEC15. THAt is why my ticket reserv only gives me 1 week to confirm. please say something abt my situation.. and you guys commenting here that have something to suggest or advice pls feel free to comment.. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!

  14. sheila December 11, 2014 at 5:20 PM #

    Hi DJ Yabis.. i hope u can response this asap… i already have appointment in the embassy this coming monday..but my ticket reservation company only allow me to confirm or decline my reservation in a full 1 week.. would this give me problem getting the visa approve? since it takes 15 days right to process the said visa..

  15. Ali October 24, 2014 at 1:57 AM #

    I got a schengen visa and it contains “bnl2″ under remarks. Anyone has any idea what these remarks are?

    • DJ Yabis October 24, 2014 at 4:56 AM #

      It’s probably just some inside code for something. You have the visa. It’s all that matters! 😀

  16. Margie October 23, 2014 at 1:37 PM #

    hi everyone. i have few questions. my appointment will be in november28 . do i need to show to embassy my pic together with my bf or chatlogs ? i have all my documents ready.

    • DJ Yabis October 23, 2014 at 7:51 PM #

      just bring some specially if you haven’t met in real life

  17. Andrei Lacson July 27, 2014 at 3:54 AM #

    Hi Anu po VFS global dun naba dapat e lodge yung application di na mismo sa embassy direct? Kasi dun din ako nag lodge ng application ko for Canada I’m planning kasi to apply my schengen visa next year pag uwi ko galing dito sa U.S.A. Thanks

  18. mitch July 25, 2014 at 7:52 PM #

    hi po ask ko lang po need paba ng mother ko ang cfo sticker? she comming in the nederland for tourist visa. thanks and have a good day!

    • DJ Yabis July 26, 2014 at 7:43 PM #

      If she’s not visiting a man then no. If she is, they will probably ask her for one.

  19. Jane July 5, 2014 at 5:16 AM #

    Hello DJ!

    My boyfriend and I are planning to visit Netherlands this Nov 2014. I had a Schengen visa approved last year when we went to France. My concern is, we will change bank this August. So if I’ll ask for a bank statement, they will see that its just a newly opened account. Will I still need that though even my boyfriend will support me? Btw, he is Canadian and not residence in Netherlands, he will also be there as a tourist. Thanks in advance for your reply

    • DJ Yabis July 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM #

      You could probably get a bank statement from your current bank before moving to a new one just so you cna show your financial history. Good luck.

  20. Cherry June 10, 2014 at 11:24 AM #

    Hi i would like to ask, i have businesses here but the prob is it is not under my name so hindi ko sya maippresent. I have my bank accounts, properties under my name but yung business lang ang hindi.. Panu ko ippresent ang proof of income ko? Im goin to visit my fiance in holland this dec. also if sya ang magsusuport lahat ng gastos fr my tickets to accomodation and everything, need parin ba ng financial capacity?? Please help.. Thanks

    • DJ Yabis June 16, 2014 at 1:14 AM #

      No need for bank account if you have formal invitation. Just not sure about the business situation.

  21. Ann May 9, 2014 at 3:51 AM #

    Hi DJ Yabis. First of all thank you for taking time reading all the comments here, your such kind to attend for all of this question. I just want to share my experience. I had my interview last Wednesday in the Netherlands embassy however after my interview the interviewer just gave me a paper with the missing documents that I need to submit, And I sent it already on the email address that is on that paper. What I am confuse is, they did not give me any claim stub they just said that I need to send the documents within 5 days after my interview. Do I need to call the embassy and ask them why? Or are they gonna send it to my address that is written on the application form. Your reply is much appreciated. Thank you.

    • DJ Yabis May 15, 2014 at 6:09 AM #

      Not sure. Did you receive anything yet?

  22. Joy April 16, 2014 at 4:56 PM #

    Good afternoon, Ask ko lang po yun mga requirements for Schengen visa? Plan l ko pl kasing bisitahin bf ko sa Nederland, Maraming Salamat.

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