Schengen Visa Requirements for Philippine Passport Holders
The Philippines in Southeast Asia is the 13th most populated country in the world. As such, the country named in honor of King Philip II of Spain, gave to the world a large share of tourists. According to 2017 statistics, Filipinos filed 170,695 visa applications to the Schengen Area with an approval rate of over 80%. Applying for a Schengen Visa from the Philippines requires from the applicant to comply with the following requirements.
Please refer also to the "General Schengen Visa Requirements" section of this forum.
How to apply for a Schengen Visa within the Philippines ?
- Check out which particular Schengen visa you need. Depending on the purpose of your visit to the Schengen area, there are a few Schengen visa types for citizen from the Philippines traveling to Europe.
- Figure out first which is the most favourable Schengen state with the least amount of visitor visa rejections. Pay attention to the Embassy | Consulate / Visa Application Center information of this particular country and check if you are in their jurisdiction.
- Find out when is the right and most favourable time to apply for a Schengen visa in the Philippines.
- Print and/or collect the required Schengen visa documents for citizen of the Philippines.
- Once you have all required information on hand, forward them to the embassy of your choice and make an appointment for a personal visa interview which usually takes place in Manila. You can make an appointment online, by phone or in person.
- Be Prepared !!! and attend the interview on the day of your appointment in time. Dont be late !!
- Pay the visa fee. All Schengen states have fixed and synchronized visa fees. For more information, check the Schengen visa fees for citizen of the Philippines.
- Wait for the processing of your visa. You may check the current status of the application online
Which Country Issued the Most Schengen Visas to Philippine Citizen ?
Some horror travel stories start even before one flies out. We’ve all probably heard a similar tale before: a relative or friend buys a discounted flight, only to have their visa application rejected. This is especially true for Filipinas applying for a Schengen visa - that all important passport requirement for entry into most of the countries in Europe. While there are a number of factors that could lead to such an unfortunate incident - from an applicant’s financial standing to their previous travel records - it wouldn’t hurt to increase one’s odds of getting that visa by applying at a relatively "friendlier" embassy.
According to some websites that collects data on Schengen visa application from consulates worldwide from the European Union, the Embassy of the Netherlands in the Philippines issued the highest number of Schengen visas in 2018, approving 99.6 percent of the applications it has received, or 35,831 out of 35,980 applications to be exact.
The French Embassy closely followed as the next consulate to receive the most visa applications at 26,584. However, it also recorded the highest rejection rate at 11.5 percent. The Italian Embassy and the German Embassy had a lower rate at 8.4 percent while the Spanish Embassy recorded a 6.5-percent rejection rate.
Despite the high number of visa applications the Embassy of Finland receives annually, it remains an easy Schengen country to get a visa from. Rejecting only 1.7% of the applications its consulates abroad received, you have high chances to get a Schengen Visa to Finland.
The Embassy of Luxembourg may be another way to Schengen, in particular if you wish to visit its neighboring countries, France, Germany and Belgium. With a rejection rate of only 3.7% Luxembourg, which is also the second country with least applications received, looks like a good deal for Schengen visa applicants.
Additional Online Information
PSA (NSO) Certificates: https://nsohelpline.ph/order-now
How to Apply for a Philippine Passport: https://consular.dfa.gov.ph/passport
DFA Passport Appoitment System: https://www.passport.gov.ph/
Links to Visa Application Documents for Germany
Make Appointments: https://www.vfsglobal.com/Germany/Phili ... tment.html
Sumit Data: https://www.vfsglobal.com/Germany/Phili ... ction.html
Embassy Visa Information:https://manila.diplo.de/ph-en/service/visa/-/1788388
Regarding the matter of “acquaintances via the internet” the German Embassy in Manila informs of the following:
Acquaintances - PinaLove, ThaiFriendly etc.. - through the internet are a popular and interesting way, to make new contacts, which may range from friendship to love. Please consider, however, that there are also con people, who look for their victims in the internet and find them there.
A popular scam is to suggest a visit to Germany after a few contacts via internet and telephone. The Embassy receives messages by disappointed "sponsors" in Germany, that they had transferred money to their guest several times but the Embassy would constantly reject the visa, or demand new documents again and again, so that their guest would have to travel back and forth from his/her home to Manila in order to submit the visa application.
The Embassy points out that a repeated travel to and from the Embassy is not required for the visa application, if the application was carefully prepared. The documents required for this result from the information leaflets of the Embassy, which are available on the website or the from the Visa Section. The Visa fee for a Schengen Visa is 60.00 Euros, payable in Philippine Pesos at the current exchange rate. In addition to this thereare further expenses, as the applicant must appear for the interview in the Embassy (overnight stay, travel by train/bus/air plane, etc.). Whoever requests money several times for travels and documents, probably does this for other reasons.
The Embassy encourages you to meet your Philippine acquaintance in the Philippines first, especially if you know each other only a relatively short time. As a German national you can enter the Philippines without a visa and at the same time see some of the beautiful sights of the country. It is, of course, generally up to you to decide when and where to meet your acquaintance. The basic principle is valid for the issue of internet acquaintances, too: “If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.”