I just came back from Europe. I can’t believe I just typed that. See, Europe was never part of the plan. For 2016 at least. But boyyyy, isn’t life full of surprises? (Kinda love life sometimes)
Ok back story. This whole trip was unplanned. We were supposed to go to Greece as a team (Melewi) but something came up so we had to cancel everything. But the embassy was kind enough to grant us a visa so we said whatever, let’s go and booked our tickets literally two weeks before the day we’re supposed to leave. SPONTANEOUS TRIP TO EUROPE??? COUNT ME IN. (We were just really trying to find out if we can pull this whole thing off. AND BOOOY DAAAMN YES WE DID)
Anyway, the point of this post is to help you with the Schengen visa application at the Embassy of Greece. This is from our experience and for a tourist visa only, okaaay! If you have questions, you should check their website out, lots of info. PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THEIR SITE.
We applied at the Embassy of Greece since we’re going to stay there the longest. We did our own application – I don’t think travel agencies can help you with this one (aside from pencil bookings and all that) since you’ll need to show yourselves during the appointment date.
OKAY. Let’s start.
Request an Appointment.
Before anything else, REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT through email. No phone calls, no walk-ins. Here’s how to do it (templates and all that). Wait for them to reply. We received a reply/confirmation for our appointment after four working days. You would also need to reconfirm your schedule two working days before your appointment otherwise your appointment will be forfeited.
Q: What if something came up and I won’t be able to make it to my scheduled date?
A: RESCHEDULE. Email them again – tell them something came up and ask them if you could have your appointment at this date instead. (You can do this. How do I know? This happened to us)
Gather all the requirements.
The embassy is kind of strict so be sure to follow their checklist. Here are the things you would need:
- Duly filled and typed application form. TYPED. Printed. NOT HANDWRITTEN.
- One recent passport-sized photo pasted on the form
- Your passport
- Previous passports (PORTFOLIO OF TRAVELS YAY)
- Proof of financial means
- Bank certificate with your bank account remaining balance and ADB for the past six months accompanied by past six months account statement and original bank book
- Latest income tax return form (ITR), and
- Property titles, if applicable
ALL DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED. Well except for the titles, those are optional
- Employment Status
- If you are employed, certificate of employment stating salary level and your leave of absence for the duration of the travel.
- If you’re self-employed, latest business permit, company’s registration and incorporation document, and company ITR, and
- If you’re a uni student, recent certificate of enrolment, and formal letter authorising the student’s absence outside regular holidays.
- Detailed travel itinerary (Basically your schedule while in Europe – places you’ll visit + dates)
- All your flight reservations during the trip
- Confirmed hotel reservations
- Travel health insurance during the entire duration of your stay in the Schengen area. Minimum coverage of 30000 euros.
- One set of photocopies of EVERYTHING. For passports, only pages with your id and affixed visas or stamps.
Compile everything in a long brown envelope with your name and contact number written on the upper-left hand corner. Please, for the love of Harry Styles, be sure to have a complete set of documents cause you will not be able to push through with your application if something is missing. THEY WILL ASK YOU FOR IT.
1. You’ll be asked to login and pass your long brown envelope.
2. After that, you’ll pay for your visa fee (Php 3120) at the BDO in front of the building.
3. Once done, you’ll pass the receipt to them and you’ll wait for your name to be called.
4. Once called, they’ll take your biometrics.
5. WAIT AGAIN (endless waiting heh)
6. INTERVIEW TIME!!! FUN TIMES AHEAD!!!
7. After your interview, they’ll give you your official receipt and will ask you to come back after two weeks. Logout.
Our appointment was at 8:30AM. We were done with everything except for the interview by 9:30AM. I was interviewed at around 11:45AM. It was just a quick interview for me – 5mins top. They asked me basic questions about my family, my work, my trip to the Netherlands, and my salary and what do I do with my money lol.
After two weeks.
You will visit the embassy again after two weeks to know if you’ve been given a visa. Releasing is at 13:30-14:30 (Mon-Fri). DON’T FORGET THE OFFICIAL RECEIPT. You can also ask other people to get the passport for you. I think they will just need to have the receipt, an authorisation letter from you, a copy of your ID, and their ID too.
Visa applications are always nerve-wracking especially if they have interviews. Protip – dress nicely and properly and be confident. When they ask you questions, keep your answers short and don’t babble. Prove them that you can afford your stay in Greece and that you are returning to the motherland. MOST OF ALL, BE PREPARED LIKE YOU’RE GONNA FIGHT IN HUNGER GAMES. Just kidding. Just be prepared. Do your research. The internet is your friend.
AND AS I’VE SAID BEFORE, VISIT THEIR WEBSITE. EVERYTHING IS THERE. LEARN HOW TO READ. IT’S NOT THAT HARD.
Here’s our Schengen visa application timeline:
June 16: Emailed the Embassy for an appointment
June 22: Embassy replied confirming our schedule
July 4: Emailed them again for a reschedule
July 5: Embassy replied confirming our new schedule
July 16: Reconfirmed our appointment
July 19: Embassy appointment
Aug 3: Got our passports with Schengen visa!
Here’s our LET’S SEE IF WE COULD PULL THIS EUROTRIP OFF 2016 schedule:
Aug 30 – Sep 1: Paris, France
Sep 1 – Sep 3: Frankfurt, Germany
Sep 3 – Sept 8: Athens and Santorini, Greece
Embassy of Greece
ADDRESS: 7F Unit 701 SEDCCO I Building, Corner Rada & Legaspi Str, Legaspi Villg. Makati City 1229, Metro Manila, Philippines
Hope this helps ya!!! Good luck with your application.
Here’s the very cute me at the Acropolis.
I’ll post about my trip this weekend (if I’m not too lazy hahaha)