Many readers have been asking me about Schengen visa application so I decided to do a series of posts about getting one from the different European embassies.

I previously wrote a piece on how to apply for a Schengen visa at the German Embassy and Schengen visa at the Dutch Embassy which includes a brief intro about Schengen visa and the different types of Schengen visa.

This time I interviewed a fellow Pinoy travel blogger, Shawi, to enlighten us about how to apply for a tourist Schengen visa at the French Embassy in Manila for Philippine passport holders. Note that Schengen visa application is pretty standard so you can learn a thing or two here if you’re applying for one soon regardless of where the French Embassy is.

 

 

A recent study published in The Economists shows that France is one of the easiest countries when it comes to Schengen visa application approval. So you might want to apply at the French embassy when you’re planning a major eurotrip to have higher chances of bagging that seemingly elusive Schengen visa.

Shawi wants to add quickly though that applying for a Schengen visa at the Austrian Embassy was more relaxing, and the staff friendlier.

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

 

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

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

 

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

*All applicants are required to set an appointment before coming to the French embassy in Manila.*

Since April 2012, the Embassy of France will be accepting bookings for appointment for visa applications solely via its call center.

To book your appointment, check the numbers to call here and follow the instructions.

You may call from Mondays thru Saturdays, 8am to 6pm except public holidays.

After booking your appointment, make sure you appear on time on your scheduled interview, complete with all the requirements in the chronological sequence that they set.

 

 

What are the requirements for a Schengen visa application at the French Embassy?

WARNING: Applicants submitting incomplete files are at a high risk of denial.

 

1. Application Form

Signed Schengen visa application form with photo (35mm x 45mm, white background)

 

2. Your Identity

Valid passport which should be valid 3 months from the end of your intended stay (so at least 6 months if you’re getting a 3-month Schengen visa) and photocopy of valid and former visas.

 

3. Purpose of Travel

Write a cover letter explaining the purpose of your trip and proposed day-to-day itinerary. Interestingly, meticulous as they are, they did not actually look for my cover letter, which I did not have in hand should’ve they asked. (DJ’s tip: Always have it! Just in case they ask.)

 

4. Details Of Your Trip

− Proof of accommodations

For tourists: hotel vouchers (for your entire stay in the  Schengen area). I had a friend (who’s working in a travel agency) book me a hotel stay (which they call “dummy booking”) for two weeks. We agreed to have it canceled once I got my visa. My hotel booking was in France only. (DJ’s tips: You can also reserve a hotel online without paying anything and cancel it as soon as you have your visa. Note that reservation is different from paying the full price of the hotel. DO NOT pay full price for visa purposes.)

If visiting or staying with a French resident: “Attestation d’accueil” (delivered by the City hall where the host is residing – the original must be presented) + copy of that host’s national ID or residence permit (if citizen of a country outside the EU).

− Round trip flight booking (DJ’s tips: Please DO NOT purchase your flight ticket unless your visa is granted; you can get a flight itinerary from most travel agencies for visa purposes)

− For family visit, proof of relationship with the host (birth certificate, marriage certificate…)

 

5. Proof of Employment

− Certificate of employment with monthly salary and leave of absence approved by employer

− If self employed: official business registration for current and previous year

− For priests, nuns and missionaries: certificate from the Apostolic Nunciature and guarantee letter from French and Filipino congregation

 

6. Proof of Income

− Income tax return from previous year, if applicable

− Recent bank certification

− Photocopy of the last three months statement of account of the same bank account

 

7. Identity / Marital Status

− If married: photocopy of your marriage contract and birth certificate

− If single: photocopy of your birth certificate

− For minors not travelling with either parent, a copy of the DSWD permit

 

8. Travel Insurance

An international travel insurance (medical expenses and repatriation) covering the entire period of the  person’s intended stay  and valid for all Schengen states. Minimum coverage should be EUR 30,000.

(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.)

 

How much is the Schengen visa processing fee?

The visa fee processing fee is 60 euros (prevailing peso equivalent), payable in cash. Please ask the exact amount to bring when you book your appointment via their call center.

 

What should I wear to the interview?

Anything presentable. I only wore a pair of jeans with a nice blouse. The other applicants dressed to the nines. (Editor’s note: Agree. Look very presentable. Bawal ang mukhang yagit!)

 

How is the interview like?

The embassy has 3 windows. First, they will ask for your passport, flight and hotel bookings. Secondly, they will take your biometrics, fingerprint and a digital photo.

The third window is where the actual interview takes place. The interviewer is a Filipino who takes a look at your documents, makes sure they are in order, and asks the questions.

During my interview, he only asked about my previous international trips, where I’ve been the past few months. He also asked how long I intended to stay in France, to which I replied 2 weeks (which concurred with my flight and hotel bookings).

 

Are the interviewers really scary?

In fairness to the interviewers, theirs is a tough job. With the voluminous applications they receive each day, I think it takes quite a skill to foresee whether an applicant will overstay or not.

If you do not really intend to overstay, then the interview should just be a breeze. Just be your natural self and they’ll see right through your sincerity. Once you clam up, you might be giving away hints that you have other motives.

 

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

From the day of the interview (May 2), mine took 7 working days before my visa was released. UPDATE: The French Embassy website states that processing time can be as fast as 5 working days unless further verification is needed. (Download the document here.)

 

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

I am grateful that I have never been denied visas.

Like most embassies I guess, you have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you intend to come back to your homeland, and not overstay in their country. It wouldn’t hurt to follow the old proverb, “Try and try until you succeed.” :)

 

Check out Shawi’s experience applying for a Schengen visa at the French embassy to learn more. Super duper thank you to Shawi for sharing her experience to us all.

If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comments section below.

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226 Responses to “How to Apply for a Schengen Visa at the French Embassy and get it in 5 days” Subscribe

  1. Zai September 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM #

    Hi! I’ll be visiting my cousin in who works in UK (He’ll be sponsoring my entire trip). Can I apply for a Schengen visa in UK if I am a Philippine passport holder/tourist? I want to visit Paris

    • DJ Yabis September 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM #

      No you can only apply for a visa in the Philippines, not in the UK unless you have residency there as well.

  2. love August 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM #

    Hi ask ko lmg po kc i just got bisa refused even i sent complete documents, my invitation letter from host, attestqtion d accuel etc, they didnt even gibe reason why my visa refused i do not know if i will lodge appeal or just wait two months and re apply again but our plan trip is next month . My host bday.

    • DJ Yabis August 18, 2014 at 5:44 PM #

      they should give you reason. did you submit your documents from your work?

  3. Dhee August 9, 2014 at 11:11 PM #

    Hi i have bf indian national and he will study in France this august and he wanted me to accompany him there mag kasama kame dito sa pinas nung first sem then sa shanghai 2nd sem then gusto sana namen mag kasama din kame sa France
    Most of the requirements sya mag provide kasi ganun din un ginawa ko nung nag apply ako ng chinese visa
    Do i need to pay ba ung visa fee agad what if ma deny di daw refubdable

    • DJ Yabis August 10, 2014 at 8:20 AM #

      Yes everyone pays for the visa fee.

  4. Yani Marie June 26, 2014 at 12:18 PM #

    Hi, your blog is very helpful :)…Could there be a higher chance of Visa approval if I am travelling with an aged mother or travelling with 4-5 persons, like group of friends?..

    Thank you very much :)

  5. Jhay June 16, 2014 at 12:21 AM #

    Hi sir.ask ko lng kung pwede ba kmi ng anak ko magtour sa paris khit wala ako work.my husband will shoulder all the expenses.kc sya lan may work at mataas position nya s airport.possible kya mabigyan kmi ng visa..tnx

    • DJ Yabis June 16, 2014 at 1:07 AM #

      Not sure. Maybe there is a family trip visa. Just check in the website na lang or call the embassy.

  6. Jane June 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM #

    Hi dj yabis, i have my appointment this June 18, but my attestation from France ay hindi pa dumating, tatanggapin po ba nila pag copy lang ang ibibigay ko muna? I will wait your answer dj, thank you

    • DJ Yabis June 15, 2014 at 1:29 AM #

      not sure about this. call the embassy and ask.

  7. Jaja June 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM #

    Hi i just got my passport back today from french embassy and got refused for the reason : Your intention to leave the country before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained. I am thinking maybe because I didnt write the cover letter well. Do you thibk I should try again? If yes, is there any other supporting documents I can add? Thanks

    • DJ Yabis June 16, 2014 at 1:15 AM #

      Did you show enough proof you have a job or business in the Philippines?

  8. Ruth May 28, 2014 at 12:17 PM #

    i DJ ,
    I have plan to apply for Schengen visa this coming June to visit Germany ( I’ll have my formal obligation next week * I had 2 old formal obligation already maybe magagmit ko pa rin yun as proof na kilala ko talaga yung nag iinvite sakin and I have other supporting documents na.
    I am just worried if baka ma deny pa rin because currently I dont have a job. And I wanna know if what are those possible documents na pwede e present na magpapatunay na babalik ako dito sa pinas after my visa will expire. Hope u can help me. Thanks

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

      It’s either a job or a business

  9. Evita May 25, 2014 at 2:16 PM #

    we had applied for schengen visa to visit family in france, but were refused the same. We had not submitted the itienary of our travel. Can we apply but as tourist as we do not want to trouble our old uncle for attestation d’acculeil. We lost money on our flight, hotel, rail bookings. pls advise. Thank you.

    • DJ Yabis May 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM #

      sure. i guess you can try that

  10. Han May 21, 2014 at 2:22 AM #

    Hi,

    I am working in UK and my sister is in the Philippines. I want to fund her trip to france. What are the requirements that i must provide for her schengen visa application.

    Thanks.

    • DJ Yabis May 21, 2014 at 7:19 AM #

      Official document from the city hall? Don’t know if that applies since she will be applying for a French visa.

  11. Tala farran May 18, 2014 at 7:36 PM #

    Hi,
    I am applying for a visa at the French embassy this coming Tuesday I have prepared all documents the only thing that is still pending is the itinerary.travel agents are willing to provide a detailed one but I have been advised that the consulate will no longer accept them.they now request a fully paid return ticket.what if my visa is not approved? Do you know any travel agent that would be willing to make a fully refundable ticket for visa purposes? Your feedback is highly appreciated

    • DJ Yabis May 18, 2014 at 11:28 PM #

      Eh really? Since when? You only need a flight confirmation, not a fully paid one. Check the French embassy website for proper reference. Don’t listen to travel agencies who only wants your money.

  12. Richelle Borja May 7, 2014 at 6:33 PM #

    Hi DJ Yabis,
    We r planning to visit france soon. I have a partner working in Dubai and his a french national. We have a daughter who’s holding a french passport. I’am still married and not yet annulled. His father will be the one to send me invite since my partner is not staying in france. Now I’m wondering and got question. Is it true that i dnt need to show my bank statement coz i uave sponsor? Do i need to bring flight details together with insurance? Dummy of it?
    Pls. Kindly email me. Thank you

    • DJ Yabis May 15, 2014 at 6:10 AM #

      Yes no need to show bank account if you have a sponsor.

  13. Marlon Sangalang April 9, 2014 at 5:13 PM #

    My salary is only 20.000pesos or 2k saudi riyal evry month i dont have a bank statement? What should i do . Pwd ba kong makapag apply kahit wla ako bank statement .
    ?pwd bang ma approve ung application ko? Kung 2k sr lng ang sahod ko kada buwan?

    Please help

    i need your answer imidiatly .thank

    on

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

      You can show your salary slip instead? Do you have a bank? get the bank statement from them.

  14. matt April 8, 2014 at 2:58 PM #

    Hi, I have a French visa which is valid until May 21 but the thing is I wasn’t able to leave for France for some reason and I actually decided to go on June, my question is can I ask for my visa’s validity to be extended or do I have to apply for a new one?

    • DJ Yabis April 8, 2014 at 7:34 PM #

      Actually I am not sure about that. Just call the French embassy and confirm what you need to do.

  15. annalee ferrer April 7, 2014 at 11:12 PM #

    Hello Good evening Dj.
    I just want to ask if it’s possible to apply visa for france here in India for filipino? I am living together with my french bf here.What are the requirements I need to bring if we will apply together? Thanks and please advice me.wait for your reply.have a good night!:-)

    • DJ Yabis April 8, 2014 at 7:32 AM #

      if you have residency in india then yes. just follow the above requirements. check their website if they have more.

  16. albert marqueses March 25, 2014 at 9:01 PM #

    hi sobrang daming nag pop up question habang binabasa ko lahat ng nag message dito.

    ito yung mga questions ko:
    1 my parent are retiree of gov. of monaco nag work sila sa monaco for almost 35 years,pareho silang may quarterly pention na pinadadala via mail.kailangan pa ba namin ng bank statement?

    2 may dalang business ako nakapangalan sa akin, kailangan ko pa din ba ng bank statement or bank cert? ITR kailangan pa rin ba? wla pa kasi ako IRT ngayon ko palang iapply. pwede na ba ang majors permit dti at ung bir certificate ko?

    3 ang purpose naman ng pagpunta namin sa monaco is health concern. gusto lang kasi mag pa check up ng tatay ko sa nag bypass sa kanya. na bypass sya 2012. we are only applying for 2 to 3 weeks of visa.

    4 kailangan pa rin ba namin mag secure ng travel insurance?

    5 ang meron lang sa requirements ng parents ko for french embassy ay visa form picture bank certificate peso and euro account papers nya sa retairee at ung papers ng tatay ko noong na bypass.
    IN MY CASE visa application form picture business permits bir certificate at letter sa consul purpose ng pag punta namin sa frnace

    6. kelan ba nila hinihingi ang travel or health insurance? kasabay na ba yun ng mga forms na ipapasa during interview or ipapasa lang kapag na grant na ang visa?

    • DJ Yabis March 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM #

      Hi Albert, please see my answers below:

      1. probably? or if not, then your pention payments?

      2. proof of your business so all documentation would help prove you own and operate it

      3 & 4. yes travel insurance is a requirement

      5 & 6. yes kasabay sa application during interview

      • vivian March 30, 2014 at 6:41 PM #

        Hi,i have a french boyfriend and he invite me to come to france.i just wanna know what documents required for applying visa?

  17. jon March 14, 2014 at 9:51 PM #

    hello, nais kulang sanang magtanong…if in case ang visa application specially to go to france ay madeny or refuse. Are they going to stamp something in the passport or are they the applicants a response letter explaining the reasons of refusal? curious lang ako. Salamat

    • DJ Yabis March 15, 2014 at 6:31 AM #

      usually they give you a letter that says why you were refused.

  18. jane March 7, 2014 at 7:38 PM #

    Kailangan pa rin ba ang bank statement kahit may invitation na ng bf ko?

    • DJ Yabis March 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM #

      your question is answered in the post above.

  19. jane March 7, 2014 at 6:18 PM #

    Hello DJ Yabis..meron po akong french na bf, gusto niya ako papuntahin sa france, kukuha po ako ng tourist visa, wala po akong work sa ngayon,baka po pwede mo ako matulungan sa mga requirements po…

  20. raquel March 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM #

    hi sir, i just want to know regarding to the documents required, if they needed an authentication from DFA also? or from NSO only is enough? saka aside po sa marriage contract and birth certificate at family book, kylangan ko prin po ba ipakita ang proof of residency or lease ng husband ko ?

    • DJ Yabis March 4, 2014 at 7:52 AM #

      For tourist visa? No need for DFA authentication. You need to show proof of your job or business. Not anyone else’s.

  21. Ann February 28, 2014 at 8:20 PM #

    Hi :) Good day! I will just ask if its possible to apply tourist visa in France while I’m waiting for my Reunification Visa in Belgium? And if its okay that I’ll just present my bank statement because I dont have work.. I’m planning to apply for 2-3 weeks vacation. Thank you

  22. jen February 17, 2014 at 3:11 PM #

    hello,
    dj yabis,,

    i have french bf or better yet to say live in partner….since 2008 of august 28 we stay together here in philippines and he let me stop working he stay here to know me better .until he decided to go back to france to work again and still he support us ..we never get married..because i was married with my first relationship but left me .since then i used my surname to my decuments such us passport and also to my drivers license…we do not have any plan to stay in france we prefer to live here in philippines thats why for 6 years of being into relationship i never think to visit france but not until this year he asked me to apply for a tourist visa coz his mother is getting old and whanted to see me,and for mommy lili to travel specially to philippines is to difficult due to her age,,,what iam a bit scared is my marital status should i say single coz my passport is my surname when i was single..but how about my its been a long time i never had job my last job was when i was in factory that was 2004…and for the ‘attestation d accueil ‘ is my surname when i was single…we have all the pure intention just to see and meet his mother spend somettimes with her but i am worried to be denied because of my marital status,hope you can tell me the best way since my patner dont have yet the attestation d accueil.
    pls pm me asap..
    jen

    • DJ Yabis February 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM #

      I am not really sure. I guess you’ll have to stick to your name in your passport. The thing is you still need to prove you have a job or a business and that’s tricky that you don’t have any. Sorry I can’t help much.

  23. richie February 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM #

    hi po nakapag apply na ako per na denied ako kumpleto naman ang aking documents ang sabi sa aking refuse form ay wala daw akong balak na na bumalik eh bkasyon lng naman ako dahil ako ay teacher dito na invite lang ako ng bf ko dun

    • DJ Yabis February 16, 2014 at 10:53 PM #

      did you submit proof of your employment? ITR? approved leave etc?

      • richie February 26, 2014 at 5:37 PM #

        yap kumpleto naman po lahat ng documents ko my attestation de accueil may bank statement,my certificate of employment my travel insurance ako at ung itenerary lahat po completo ako san po kya ako nagkaproblema.sa interview po kaya suggest naman po kc mag aaply ulit ako ngaun. dahil nka 2months na ulit pwede pa rin naman ako mag apply db kahit ang alis ko ay march 14, 2014

        • DJ Yabis February 27, 2014 at 6:30 AM #

          just do remonstration na lang and state your case clearly. see a few comments back. someone had remonstration and they were given the visa for 90 days.

  24. Koreen February 3, 2014 at 11:57 AM #

    Hi DJ,

    Thank you very much for your informative blog! I am also applying for Schengen Visa in Sweden to visit my cousin who will shoulder all of my expenses, my main problem is that, It’s impossible for me to get a 90-day leave from my current employer. Thus, is it okay if I just submit, lets say, 30-day approved leave but my itinerary and schengen visa is for 90-day? Does the Consul really strict about the approved leave thing?

    • DJ Yabis February 3, 2014 at 6:53 PM #

      Please see my answer to your previous comment. Thanks

  25. Jenna January 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM #

    Hi. I do not have enough money on my bank statements. Could I just show my ITR from last year and only the “Attestation d’accueil” and copy of that host’s national ID since i have a sponsor? Thanks in advance for your kind reply

    • DJ Yabis January 28, 2014 at 8:27 PM #

      You don’t need bank statements if you have an official invitation.

      • Jenna February 12, 2014 at 3:21 PM #

        Thanks so much for your reply Mr.DJ. I feel relieved. The ‘attestation d’accueil’ is enough. I will have my interview this coming Monday. Thanks again. :)

  26. Paula January 22, 2014 at 2:41 AM #

    Hi DJ Yabis,

    I would like to know if there’s a specific amount of money that should be showin in your bank statement? if so how much should it be?

    • DJ Yabis January 22, 2014 at 7:48 AM #

      I’m only familiar with the one in Germany. Please check the updated info in the French embassy website if there are any specifics.

  27. cordis69 January 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM #

    Hi,

    Any info on how to get a 5 year multiple entry Schengen visa? Thanks

    • DJ Yabis January 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM #

      I don’t think such thing exists. I do know though that if you’re a business traveller who always goes to EU you can get a longer, multiple-entry visa. Not if youre a tourist though.

  28. K January 16, 2014 at 9:06 PM #

    Hi, what if ITR is not available?

    • DJ Yabis January 21, 2014 at 5:58 AM #

      I think you need it. Or show your monthly pay slips from HR instead?

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