During the Coronavirus Situation: Schengen Visa Updates for Philippine Passport Holders

By Lyza Paloma March 12th, 2022 Posted in Guide for Filipinos, Travel Blog, VISA Application Guides 10 Comments

As of now, Europe, most notably Italy, is the place with the most persons outside of China infected with the coronavirus. Measurements of their government and ours are being implemented. So far, only a few Schengen Countries are stopping issuances of their visa. But in this article, we will give you Schengen Visa Updates for Philippine Passport Holders.

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For those who have lodged their applications or still have an appointment with their respective visa application centers, you may contact them about the status of your application or cancel your appointment. We have provided below also contact details and e-mail addresses of the application centers and the embassies.

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Austria and Lithuania

Austrian Embassy Manila
8th floor, One Orion Building
11th Avenue corner 38th Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Contact Number: +63 2 8817 9191
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: bmeia.gv.at

Visa Application Center
Contact Number:  63 2 528-2500
E-mail: [email protected]

Visa Issuance Update as per website, No application for visas or residence permits will be accepted starting March 16, 2020.”

Visa Issuance Update: “Starting July 1, 2021, Austria Visa Application Center will resume its regular operations and will accept applications for short stay and long stay categories for both Manila and Cebu.”

COVID Announcement as per the Austria Embassy in Manila, “The Embassy will be open to the public as of 2 June 2020 UPON APPOINTMENT ONLY for all consular issues other than VISA. No Visa application will be accepted until further notice.

COVID-19, Entry requirements for Austria according to the Austrian Embassy in Manila, “Entries in Austria are allowed from all countries of the world. As of May 16, 2022, no proof, registration or quarantine for entry into Austria is required anymore. The only exception to this rule is the entry from states and territories with a very high epidemiological risk (the Philippines is currently not one of them.”

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Belgium, Luxembourg, and Slovenia

Belgium in the Philippines
Multinational Bancorporation Center 9th floor
6805 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1226 – NCR
Contact Number: +63 2 8845 18 69 to 73
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Philippines.diplomatie.belgium.be

Visa Application Center
Contact Number:  +632 87904908
E-mail: [email protected]

Visa Issuance Update: “Due to local COVID-19 regulations, the Visa Application Centre in Manila will be closed from 20 July until further notice.”

Visa Issuance Update: “Starting on September 1, 2021, the ban on non-essential travel to Belgium no longer applies to travelers who, prior to arrival on the territory, hold a “vaccination certificate” that meets all the below mentioned criteria.”

COVID Announcement as per the Belgium Embassy in Manila, “You send your questions through our e-mail address.”

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Czech Republic and Slovakia

Czech Embassy in Manila
Rufino Pacific Tower Condominium Corporation
3/F Administration Office, 6784 Ayala Ave
Legazpi Village, Makati, 1229 Metro Manila
Contact Number:  8811-1155 / 8811-1156
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: mzv.cz/manila

Visa Application Center
Contact Number:  +632 8528-2502
E-mail: [email protected]

Visa Announcement as per embassy due to COVID-19: 

  • Visa services remain entirely suspended at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Manila.
  • Visas can be issued only certain purposes of travel and only diplomatic missions in those countries, where the epidemiological situation allows reopening.
  • Those whose applications are not yet decided will be closed and have no visa fee refund.

Visa Update as of April 20, 2022 in accordance with Czech Embassy in Manila:

  • The Embassy of Czech Republic in Manila informs that it has returned to the visa agenda fully on pre-pandemic terms.
  • There are no more Covid-19 bans and restrictions in visa applications (to get the visa to travel to the Czech Republic). No matter the vaccination.
  • To travel the Czech Republic, there is no need to fill in on-line any arrival form, have a negative RT-PCR test etc.
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Denmark

Embassy of Denmark, the Philippines
11th/F 11th Corporate Center
11th Avenue corner Triangle Drive
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 1634
Contact Number: +63 2 8865 8800
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website: filippinerne.um.dk

Visa Application Center
Contact Number:  (+63) 2 8790 4901
E-mail: [email protected]

Visa Issuance Update:Due to local COVID-19 regulations, the Visa Application Centre in Manila will be closed from 20 July until further notice.”

Visa Issuance Update:

  • Starting 3rd of November 2021, VFS Cebu is back to regular business hours every Monday to Friday from 07:00 am to 16:00 pm.
  • Starting 12th of November 2021, VFS Manila is back to regular business hours every Monday to Friday from 07:00 am to 16:00 pm.

Danish Embassy advises people to re-apply after the travel ban. There are no refunds nor re-issuance of visas once the case is closed.

COVID Announcement as per the Embassy of Denmark, “In urgent cases, you can contact the Embassy..”

COVID-19 update as per the Embassy of Denmark, “From 29 March there are no restrictions on entry into Denmark. You can monitor the current updates through the website: en.coronasmitte.dk.”

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France

Embassy of France in Manila
16th Floor Pacific Star Building
Senator Gil Puyat Extension corner Makati Avenue
1200 Makati City, Philippines
Contact Number:  +632 8 857 6900
Website: ph.ambafrance.org

Visa Application Center
Contact Number:  +63 2 8790 4903
E-mail: [email protected]

Visa Issuance Update: “Visa Application Centre in Manila will be closed from 20 July until further notice.”

Visa Issuance Update as of September 22, 2020: The France Visa Application Center in Manila is now opened, on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 AM to 2 PM for the following categories.

  • Seafarers
  • Diplomats
  • Airport transit visa
  • Health professional involved in the fight against the pandemic
  • Family of a French (Spouse and children)
  • Students
  • Professor/scientific
  • Workers in the transport industry (Cabin crews, pilots, train and bus drivers)
  • Workers « passeport Talent » and « salarié détaché ICT »
  • Medical cases
  • Unmarried couple “love is not tourism”

The Visa Application Center will be opened for passport collection from 2 PM to 3:30 PM.

 

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Germany

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
25/F Tower II, RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Ave. 1200
Makati City, Metro Manila.
Contact Number: (0063 2) 8702-3001
Website: manila.diplo.de

Visa Issuance Update as per the embassy: 

Visas can currently only be issued in the specific exceptional cases listed below:

  • Exceptions to the entry restrictions:
    • Healthcare professionals, transporter of goods, airline crew, transit passengers
    • diplomats or humanitarian workers
    • those with imperative family reasons
  • Family Reunification
  • Skilled Workers
  • Urgent Business Trips

Visa Issuance Update as per Embassy:

As of Saturday, June 11, 2022, all COVID-19 entry restrictions to Germany will be provisionally lifted. From this date, entries to Germany will again be permitted for all travel purposes (including tourism and visiting trips). It is no longer necessary to present proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test result for entry to Germany.

Visas required for entry to Germany can be applied for at the German missions abroad for all travel purposes once again. There may be delays in the issuing of visas due to the high demand.

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Greece and Portugal

Greece in the Philippines
Unit 701, SEDCCO 1 Building
120 Rada Str. Legaspi Village
Makati City, Metro Manila
Contact Number:
(+63) (2) 88.17.4444, (2) 88.17.3417
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: mfa.gr

Embassy Update (as per website):

  • Consular Office will be open for the public, pursuant to fixed appointment to be determined either telephonically or via email and in strict compliance with health safety protocols.

Update as per Embassy:

  • Visit travel.gov.gr for the step-by-step guide for travelling to Greece in the framework of preventing the spread of COVID-19
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Hungary

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Hungary
8th Floor, Delrosario Law Centre
21st Drive corner 20th Drive
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
1630 Metro Manila
Contact Number: +63 2 816 7383
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: manila.mfa.gov.hu

Visa Application Center
Contact Number:  +632 87904908
E-mail: [email protected]

Visa Issuance Update:Hungary Visa Application Centers will not be accepting visa applications for processing until further notice.

Visa Issuance Update: “We are happy to inform our clients that travel restrictions to Hungary previously imposed due to the epidemic situation have been lifted. As of 7 March 2022 it is possible to enter the territory of Hungary by public road, railway, water and air traffic – regardless of citizenship and coronavirus protection status –, but other general conditions of entry (e.g. a valid travel document, visa) must be provided.”

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Italy

Embassy of Italy
5th Floor, Tower B One Campus Place
McKinley Hill Taguig City, Metro Manila
Contact Number: 0063 (0)2 8892 4531 / 4532 / 4533 / 4534
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: ambmanila.esteri.it

Visa Application Center
Contact Number:  (02) 88459215
E-mail: [email protected]

Advisory as per Embassy of Italy in Manila:

  • For those whose applications are still in process:
    • Please confirm your intention to travel to Italy or if you choose to postpone your trip or withdraw your application
    • For those who want to postpone in a period within the next 6 months, please send your new flight and hotel booking to the Visa Application Center or send to [email protected]
    • If you want to withdraw the application, visa fee is non-refundable
  • For those who received their visa and can’t use it until June 30, 2020
    • You need to have another visa issued to you; the visa fee will be waived
    • Waiving is subject to the verification of the office that you have not received any reimbursement for the canceled trip from the hotel you have booked

Advisory as per Embassy of Italy:

Starting March 1, previous restrictions on entry to Italy will be lifted. All travelers coming from non-European countries, Philippines included, will be able to enter Italy, for any purpose, by showing

If one of the above certifications is not exhibited, the measure of quarantine will be applied for a period of 5 days at the address indicated in the Passenger Locator Form with the obligation to undergo a molecular or antigenic test at the end of the period.

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Malta

Embassy of Malta in China
1-51 San Li Tun Diplomatic Office Building
Gong Ti Bei Lu, Chaoyang District
100600 Beijing
Contact Number: 0086 10 65323114
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: foreignandeu.gov.mt

Visa Application Center
Contact Number:  (+632) 8789 4909
E-mail: [email protected]

Visa Issuance Update:VISAs will be issued only in extreme cases on humanitarian grounds or in cases of national interest and for the health department. In such cases, VISA applications will only be accepted after the Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives its written approval.

Visa Issuance Update as of June 29, 2021: “Please be informed that Malta Visa Application Center only accept visa application with pre-approval from the Malta Embassy in Beijing. Please send an email to [email protected] to seek assistance and await for the approval email from the Consul of Malta Embassy in Beijing only. Once approved applicant are advised to submit your application to Malta Visa Application Center from Mon – Thurs between 8:00 am – 12:00 pm except public holiday together with your printed email approval from Malta Embassy.”

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Netherlands, Latvia, and (Poland)

Netherlands Embassy in Manila
26th Floor BDO Equitable Tower
8751 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
Contact Number: +63287866666
Website: netherlandsandyou.nl

Visa Application Center
Contact Number:  +632 8528 2503
E-mail: [email protected]

Visa Issuance Update: 

“Netherlands has closed its Visa Application Centres until further notice. All visa application appointments from 18 March 2020 onwards are cancelled.”

Visa Issuance Update as of June 28, 2022: 

“You may experience longer waiting times to get an appointment. And it may take longer than 15 days to process your application. This is because a growing number of applicants wants to travel to the Netherlands after COVID travel restrictions have been eased worldwide. The number of available appointments will be expanded as soon as possible. New appointment slots will be added to the online appointment system regularly. If no dates are available, please try again later. Plan your trip well in advance. And make sure you have all the documents ready for your appointment.”

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Norway, Estonia, Finland, and Iceland

Norwegian Embassy in Manila
12th/F DelRosarioLaw Centre
21st Drive corner 20th Drive
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Contact Number: +63 (0)2 5317 2700
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website: norway.no

Visa Application Center
Contact Number:  +63 2 790 4902
E-mail: [email protected]

Visa Issuance Update: “The Visa Application Centre in Manila will be closed from 20 July until further notice.”

Visa Issuance Update: “Please be informed that the VFS Visa Application Center for Norway in Manila will start accepting applications for residence permit from Tuesday to Thursday starting June 16, 2020. On the other hand, Schengen visa applications are only to be accepted after preapproval from the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok for extraordinary cases. For information about the temporary Regulations for entry into Norway – please see https://www.udi.no/en/about-the-corona-situation/’”

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Spain

Spanish Embassy in Makati City, Philippines
5th Floor, ACT Tower
135 Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenue
Makati City, 1251, Metro Manila
Contact Number: 0917 896 6046
Website: exteriores.gob.es

Visa Application Center
Contact Number:  +632-8816 2177
E-mail: [email protected]

Visa Issuance Update as per BLS,open to accept applications for SEAFARERS ONLY.

Visa Issuance Update as per website: “We would like to inform our valued applicants of the opening of appointment bookings for the following visa categories:

1. Transit visa (For seafarers) starting 04 June 2020
2. Long stay application starting 08 June 2020
3. Legalization starting 08 June 2020
4. Tourist visa application 24 June 2020″

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Sweden

Sweden Embassy in Manila
11th Floor, DelRosarioLaw Centre
21st Drive corner 20th Drive, Bonifacio Global City, 1630 Taguig,
Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact Number: +63 (02) 8 811 7900
E-mail: [email protected]

Website: swedenabroad.se

Visa Application Center
Contact Number: +632 8790 4915
E-mail: [email protected]

Visa Issuance Update: 

VFS for Sweden will be implementing an appointment system every Tuesday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 14:00 hrs. Sweden Visa Application Centre in Cebu will remain close until further notice.

Visa Issuance Update:

  • Starting 3rd of November 2021, VFS Cebu is back to regular business hours every Monday to Friday from 07:00 am to 16:00 pm.
  • Starting 26th of November 2021, VFS Manila is back to regular business hours every Monday to Friday from 08:00 am to 16:00 pm.
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Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Embassy of Switzerland
24/F BDO Equitable Tower
8751 Paseo de Roxas
1226 Makati, Metro Manila
Contact Number: +63 2 8845 45 45
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: eda.admin.ch

Visa Application Center
Contact Number:  +632 790 4914
E-mail: [email protected]

Visa Issuance Update: “Until 15 June 2020, Switzerland will also no longer issue Schengen visas.”

Visa Update as per Embassy of Switzerland: “Effective from May 02, 2022, the Philippines, Palau, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia are no longer considered a high-risk country. The normal entry requirements apply again to any person entering Switzerland.”

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Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I’m aiming to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, photography, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.

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10 thoughts on “During the Coronavirus Situation: Schengen Visa Updates for Philippine Passport Holders

  1. My application for Norway was already approved & I have already a ticket. My flight schedule was March 12,2020 and the day of entry is July 30,2020. Due to travel ban i was not able to go. Can I ask for an extension as to the date of my travel?

  2. Are they VFS IN MANILA is allowing to have an appointment for getting visa stamp of au pair going to norway?

  3. I have France visa issue last March 15 2020 until April 14, I have already a flight ticket, and hotel reservation, suppose to be my travel to france is March 17, the State of france lockdown on that date ,
    it possible to extend my france visa?

    1. My visa is already expired last 14 of April, I didnt use my france visa due to pandemic corana Virus, it possible to consider to extend the visa?

  4. hello, how about for those with approved visa from France Embassy this coming April trip? do we need to cancel it also? Thanks

    1. So far there is no official announcement yet from France on those with approved visas. But there’s a huge probability that they’ll close borders as they have more than 4,500 cases already. You can also check their news or this article as I’ll update from time to time.

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Written by Lyza Paloma

Lyza is a native of Leyte who spent 10 years studying and working in Cebu before working for Two Monkeys Travel. She decided to stop daydreaming and started to pursue her dreams of traveling to the Philippines and the world. She has already been to 4 countries in Asia and 18 provinces in the Philippines. She’s flexible and can travel solo, with friends, or family. Besides traveling, she loves organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends.