How to Apply for a Schengen Visa at the Embassy of Greece in the Philippines

Posted September 16th, 2016 Filed under travels

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:

 
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.

 

Appointment Day.

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.


Final Thoughts.

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.

Athens, Greece
Here’s the very cute me at the Acropolis.

I’ll post about my trip this weekend (if I’m not too lazy hahaha)

  • Ok I’m surefire bookmarking the hell out of this. I want to go to Greece before I turn 30! I want to know visa fees also or maybe I missed it?? Loooooved all the pics I’ve seen so far!

    • Yes, do visit Greece! It’s really nice there! For the visa fee, it’s 3120 pesos for a tourist visa!

  • Glenn

    Hi Mary. Thank you for your blog. I guess this is the most up to date from the web. What concerns me is that after submitting all my documents and after waiting, the embassy said that it is not anymore necessary for an interview and that I should just come back for my passport after 14 calendar days. The rest of the applicants were interviewed. I have a very extensive travel history. I had visited the Schengen area only once and it was only in Prague last 2015. Not interviewed and then comes the waiting…makes me really anxious.

    • Hi Glenn! Their website said that if interview is no longer necessary, you will be informed naman! So I guess everything is good w your application? Good luck!

      • Glenn

        Hi Mary. Thank you for your updated blog. I was able to obtain my passport with visa.

        • Congratulations!!!! Have fun in Greece!

  • Mark Vincent Uy

    Hello Mary… I am just wondering… do they base the duration of stay on your given itenerary lets say ur itenerary says you are staying there for 10 days.. so do they give you exactly 10-days? Also, do I need to submit a cover letter or not? also do I need to put the email address of the hotels in my application or is it okay if I only put the telephone number? thanks!

    • Hi Mark! I guess they do it like that. In our case, we applied for 10 days, they gave us 10. For cover letters, I don’t think you’ll need one. For the hotels, we just included the printed hotel voucher in our application. I don’t think they’ll need an email or telephone number.

      Good luck with your application!

      • Mark Vincent Uy

        Thank you so much!

        • Mark Vincent Uy

          Mary I have one more question… can I bring my mobile phone inside the embassy or not? thanks!

  • Paula Anntoneth O

    Hi Mary! I know it’s a bit personal. But how much did you have in your bank when you applied? Was it in the 6 digit range? :) My friend and I are mulling to visit Europe and it seems Greece is really a good starting point.

    Thank you!

    • Emailed you! :)

      • Anna Termulo

        Hi Mary! Thank you so much for sharing this! I’ll follow your tips for my application. I’m planning to go to Santorini next year, September 2018. But as early as now, I want to prepare. Haha.

        Can you also please send the same information to me? Thank you so much! <3

        • Hi Anna, emailed you!

          • Anna Termulo

            Thank you so much, Mary! I’ve bookmarked your blog. <3

          • Hey, thanks!!! <3

    • charmaine cervancia

      Hi Mary, may I have the same information (send via email pls). Appreciate help :)

      • Hi Charmaine, I emailed you!

    • nina reyes

      Hi Mary! Would you mind sharing this with me too? This is always a worry, though Ive already booked my flights. Thank you!

      • Hey Nina! Emailed you!!!

  • TonG

    Very nice and informative blog. Thanks Mary.
    May I ask, from what Travel Insurance Company did you purchased your Travel Health Insurance? Thank you.

      • TonG

        Thanks Mary! Do you have any idea on what is the best thing to do if the embassy replied that the earliest date available for appointment is actually after your target travel period (2months from the date you requested for appointment).? Appreciate your reply. :)

        • Shocks, sorry, I dont! Probably if you know someone from an embassy – they could put in a good word and help? I remember when we applied, we were with a priest and he showed a letter from I think a person w authority. Good luck w your application!

          • TonG

            Thanks Mary. Do you have any idea on how long should I expect a
            confirmation reply from the Embassy with regards to the appointment
            schedule that I accepted. I accepted the appointment date they gave to
            me on the same day when I received their email but it has been 3 days and I haven’t receive their confirmation. Can I consider it as final
            even though they did not confirmed it through email?

          • I’m not sure about your case, sorry! It was 4 working days for us. I guess it’s considered final? You can follow up or ask them just to make sure. :)

  • MARIE CHAY

    HI I would like to know when is the EARLIEST I can email Greece Embassy for my interview and submission of documents appointment. Can I email the embassy 3 months, 2 months or 1 month ahead for my December 18, 2017 appointment. My trip will be on March 13, 2018

    • Hi, I’m not really sure. I’ve checked the website and they didn’t say anything either. Maybe you could email now cause based on the comments of other people, a lot are setting up an appointment w them.

  • adrian alea

    Hi Ma’am Mary, iniwan niyo po ba sa embassy yung passport niyo after ng interview? Thanks for the reply.

    • Hi Adrian, yup we did!

  • Abigail Kristine Bukis

    Hi! Would like to ask how early can we apply for a Schengen Visa? And also, this may be too personal but can you give me an idea how much is in your bank account when you applied? Thank you so much :)

    • Hi Abigail, I emailed you!

      • Abigail Kristine Bukis

        Thank you so much!! :D