To all passport holders from a developing country, you need a Schengen Visa to travel to Europe. A Schengen Visa basically lets you travel to 26 countries* within the Schengen area. It’s very convenient for those of you who are traveling to more than one country in Europe! Your Schengen visa lets you one step closer to your Eurotrip! So, here’s how to apply for Schengen Visa (short-term) at the Czech Embassy in Manila, Philippines.
*The Schengen states include: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Note: You have to apply for a Schengen visa at the embassy of the country that you are going to. If you plan on visiting multiple countries in Europe, then you have to apply at the embassy of the country you will be staying in the longest. In case you’re staying in multiple countries for the same amount of days, then apply at the embassy of the country you are first visiting.
- Duly-accomplished Application Form
- Passport (valid at least 90 days after departure and has at least 2 blank pages)
- 1 recent photo (3.5 x 4.5cm). Your photo should be against a white background and you shouldn’t be smiling with your teeth!
- Visa fee. (It was EUR60 or Php 3,120 back then so it might be different now)
- Official bank certificate. (For students, get one from your parents or whomever will support your finances)
- Purpose of travel. (This could be letter of invitation from school, friend, etc.)
- Confirmation of accommodation. (Screenshot your booked accommodation)
- Roundtrip flight reservation. (DO NOT buy your tickets yet. You can reserve a ticket from a travel agency which usually costs around Php 500).
- Travel insurance.
Other documents for:
- Employees: Certificate of Employment, Leave approval
- Business owners: business papers (SEC/DTI Certification)
- Students: Certificate of Enrollment
- The embassy may request further documents if needed be.
Submit your documents at:
Expect an interview after you submit your documents. Schedule of interview is from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. It’s usually on a first-come first-serve basis so it’s better to come early. The consul will usually ask you questions about your plans to travel to Europe so be honest in answering questions. Never, ever say that you are looking for a job! That’s an automatic rejection. Make sure that what you will say to the interview will be the same thing in the document you submitted. And, that’s it! Wait for the decision and good luck!