With a Schengen Visa, you can not only go to 26 member countries + 3 microstates but also more than 30 nations or territories. No more additional applications for visa, you can easily show your valid Schengen Visa, and you can enter. Here’s a guide on how to get a Five Year Multiple Entry Schengen Visa for Philippine Passport Holders.
If you have not heard what a Schengen Visa is, then you can read more information here. It’s also issued by 25 member states (Liechtenstein isn’t here since Switzerland issues for them.) Those granted can spend time in the area for a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period, but mostly it is 15 days for first-timers. But you’ll eventually get the max!
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The Schengen Area
The following are the countries that are member states:
(You can click the country to get a guide on How to Apply for a Schengen Visa there)
- Czech Republic
Additional microstates that are not Members are included because of the de facto Agreement:
- San Marino
Where to Apply for a Schengen Visa?
All of them, except Liechtenstein, can issue Schengen visas. You can apply as early as 6 months before your flight. This will also ensure that you have time for remonstrance if all else fails.
You need to apply at:
- The country where you’re exclusively visiting;
- If you’re visiting several countries in the Schengen Area, apply at the country where you’ll be staying in the longest; or
- If you’re visiting several countries in the Schengen Area in equal duration, apply in the first country you are arriving.
About Schengen Visas
Here are the 3 types of Schengen Visas:
Given to those you will have an Airport Transit in the Schengen Area
Short Stay Visa that can grant the holder a maximum of 90 days in the Schengen Area in a 180 day period. It also has 3 classes:
- Single Entry or shown in the visa as <<1>> – You can only enter a Schengen area once, and if you go out, you can’t come back. Please note that the one doesn’t mean one country, just one entry. As long as it is within the Schengen Zone, you can go to as many countries as you want.
- Double Entry or <<2>> – You can enter the Zone twice during your visa’s validity and the total days granted. For example, you can get out of France and to the UK (provided you have a UK visa) and come back to Germany or France.
- Multiple Entry or <<MULT>> – You can enter and exit the Schengen Area as many times as you want.
A long-Term visa, it’s valid for more than 3 months. It allows the holder to travel in the Schengen Area for 90/180 days, excluding the country which issued the visa.
How to Get a Five Year Multiple Entry Schengen Visa
This is based on the updated Schengen Visa Code dates February 2020. They have defined set specific rules in getting a Multiple Entry Schengen Visa.
STEP 1: Apply for a regular Schengen Visa and use it. You will usually get a Single Entry Visa, which is valid for 15 days or based on the itinerary that you’d submit.
STEP 2: Apply for more Schengen visas within 2 years. You might be able to get a 1 Year Multiple Entry Schengen Visa.
A 1 Year ME Schengen Visa is obtained if you lawfully used 3 Schengen visas within the previous two years. You need to show proof of your visas and trips upon applications.
STEP 3: After using your 1-year visa, you can apply again for a Schengen Visa. You can get a 2 Year Multiple Entry Visa.
A 2 Year ME Schengen Visa is obtained if you lawfully used a one-year ME visa within the last two years. You need to show proof of your visas and trips upon applications.
STEP 4: After using your 2 Year ME Visa, you can get a Five Year Multiple Entry Schengen Visa.
A 5 Year ME Schengen Visa is obtained if you lawfully used a two-year ME visa within the last 3 years. You need to show proof of your visas and trips upon applications.
Schengen Visa Fee
Single, Double, or Multiple Type C Visas have the same costs.
- EURO 80 – for applicants above 12 years old
- EURO 40 – for applicants aged between 6 to 12
It may sometimes vary per country you apply to as they have different exchange rates when converted to Peso. Visa Service Fees or Courier Fees may also vary.
It’s a bit of a long process to get that Five Year Multiple Entry Schengen Visa, but it would be worth it. As long as you abide by the rules and always apply for a Schengen Visa, you will be greatly rewarded. If you want to get help for your first visa application, feel free to get our visa application bundle.
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