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Planning to travel to Europe? How to Apply for Schengen Visa

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor February 28th, 2022 Posted in Europe Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides, VISA Application Guides 89 Comments

One of the best ways to travel to Europe is through a Schengen Visa. Even though you don’t have a powerful passport, a Schengen Visa allows you to enter 26 European Countries + 3 de facto nations within the zone. If you want to learn more about how to apply for a Schengen Visa, read more of our guide here.

How to Apply for Schengen Visa
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Schengen Visa is one of the most challenging visas people apply for. There are usually no interviews; just plain documents, checking your financial capacity, and a strong need for deep rootedness in case you are applying for a short-term visa. Learn more about Schengen Visa and the Zone through this article.

Types of Schengen Visas

Type A – for Airport Transits, in case you pass by a Schengen Country to your final destination (e.g., Qatar to France to Brazil)

Type C – Short Stay Visa, the most common type of visa applied for, if you want a Tourist Visa to the Schengen Zone then you can apply for this. The maximum given is 90 days for a 180-day period, first-timers are usually approved for 15 days.

Type D – Long-term Visa, if you want to live in the Schengen Zone for more than 3 months, then you can apply for this. Usually, this is for those who plan to work or be reunited with a loved one.

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Types of Entries for your Schengen C Visas

Single Entry – you can only enter the Schengen Zone once, so if you leave it; it’s going to be hard to come back. Single entry doesn’t mean one country, btw, but you can even enter all countries in the Schengen Zone as long as you don’t exit from it.

For example, with your Single Entry, you can cross Slovenia to Hungary more than once as they are part of the Schengen Zone. However, if from Slovenia (Schengen Zone) you go to Croatia, you can’t go back to Slovenia or go to Hungary again.

Double Entry – you can enter the Schengen Zone twice. So as in our example above you can go from Slovenia to Croatia (non-Schengen) to Hungary. After your second entry, you can exit the zone but not enter it for the third time.

Multiple-Entry – you can enter the Schengen Zone as many times as long as the visa is valid. Plus, you can also enter other countries with your Schengen Visa.

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Countries You Can Enter With Your Schengen Visa

How to apply for Schengen Visa

Additional countries who are not members, but you can enter even with a Single-Entry as there is not much border control

  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Vatican City

Please also take note of the restrictions; you will need to have it as “The Schengen States” rather than a few letters. You can only enter the countries stated in your visa.

How to Apply for a Schengen Visa

STEP 1: Find which your main country is and apply from there.

You need to consider the following:

  • It is the only country you are visiting in the Schengen Zone
  • If you have many countries on your list, it is the country where you stay the longest
  • If you’re visiting many countries for an equal duration, then apply to where you are arriving first

So if you are visiting only Spain, apply to the Spain Embassy or the Visa Application Center which represents them. In case you are visiting Spain and Portugal, for a week and you will be staying in Portugal longer, apply in Portugal (Embassy or VAC). If you are going to France, Spain, and Portugal for 4 days each and enter through France and Exit in Portugal, apply in France (Embassy or VAC).

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STEP 2: Gather your requirements.

Find a list of documents that are needed for your application. There are checklists on the visa application center’s website or through the Embassy’s Website. It’s better to check them as they may differ slightly. For example, Poland and Italy, have a system where you need to type your application. For some countries, you can print the form and answer it by hand.

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Standard Requirements for a Schengen Visa

  • Visa Application Form
  • Passport-Sized Photos – one or two is asked depending on the country, it must be recently taken with white background
  • Valid Passport – valid for at least 3 months after your departure in the Schengen Zone
  • Proof of Sufficient Funds and Proof of Activity/Occupation – e.g., Bank Statement, Bank Certificate, Certificate of Employment, No Objection Letter, Business Registration
  • Travel Insurance – usually for short-term visas, at least EURO 30,000 covering your entire stay in the Schengen Zone
  • For Short Term Visas – Proof of Ties, Airline Ticket Reservation, Proof of Employment
  • If for tourism Purposes – Proof of Accommodation, detailed Itinerary
  • For VisitsInvitation Letter

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Please take note that there may be additional documents asked, for example, Germany has a questionnaire while other countries don’t. Bank Statements may also be asked for either 3 months or good for 6. Check the embassy’s websites so that you won’t have a mistake on this. Not having complete documents may get you rejected.

STEP 3: Book an Appointment at the correct Embassy or Visa Application Center.

During your appointment day, your biometrics will be taken (Fingerprints and Photographs). Some Embassies let you pay ahead, sometimes at the center. The costs for Short Term Visas are about EURO 80, but there may be additional service fees. You will also need to budget for that.

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STEP 4: Wait for the decision of the Embassy.

Short-term visa processing will be about 15 days but can extend to another 45 in case there are missing documents. Long-term visas may be longer. You can apply as early as 6 months just in case there are any problems or you get denied. There will be time to have an appeal which will take about 1-2 months.

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STEP 5: Claim your visa.

You will be informed that you can get your visa at the application center or the Embassy. You can claim your passport with your Schengen Visa. Congratulations!


Frequently Asked Questions for a Schengen Visa

1. Can I apply for a Schengen Visa anywhere?

Usually, you can apply in your home country or the country you are currently residing in. In case you are a nomad, then you can contact the Embassy before your application if they can accept you.

2. Will I be immediately approved for a Multiple Entry Schengen Visa even though it’s my first time?

As per the rules, you will need to have obtained 3 Schengen Visas within 2 years before getting a 1-year Multiple-Entry. So, you have to settle with Single-Entry first. Here’s an article about How to Get a Multiple Entry Schengen Visa for Filipinos.

3. Can I work with my Short Term Visa?

No, you absolutely cannot.

4. How much money do I need for my application?

You can read our guide on Show Money.

5. Is there an interview?

Usually, there are no interviews, especially for Short Term Schengen Visas. However, you may be called at the Embassy in case there’s something wrong, or they need clarification on some points.

6. Do I need to buy a ticket before going there?

No, the Embassy advises you to buy a ticket after your visa is approved. However, a confirmed flight booking might be asked. If you need one, you can check out our Flight Rental Reservation Services.

7. What travel insurance is good for the Schengen Zone?

AXA Schengen is highly recommended. They will even refund you in case you get denied.

AXA Schengen Insurance

8. What if I get denied, what should I do?

You can appeal to the Embassy and send your remonstrance letter or apply to another country.

9. Do you have any Specific Articles for Filipinos for Visa Applications?

Here’s our directory on How To Apply for a Schengen Visa for each country:

Other Visa Application Articles:

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I hope you now know how to apply for a Schengen Visa. It’s very straightforward; however, there are certain tricky documents you might need to provide (Proof of Ties, for example.) In case you need assistance with your application, we offer a Visa Application Bundle where we can support you in getting a Schengen Visa. I wish you luck!

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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 to 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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89 thoughts on “Planning to travel to Europe? How to Apply for Schengen Visa

  1. hello,
    Regarding an ITR for a freelancer, I just registered by business as freelancer just this May 2019 and im planning to apply this October, are we allowed to get an ITR at this early? I mean,the business is still less than a year on a run. I have DTI and Business Permit though.
    Can I ask for your professional opinion?

  2. Hello poh.
    Thanks po sa information nyu.
    Ask lng din poh ako if may idea poh or advise kau to me, I applied for a visit visa for germany and got rejected because of the reason nah Intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained. Isubmitted COE as well as my approved leave of absence -working po aq as JOb Order sa isang Phil Ntl gvt agency. Meron pah po ba ibang posibleng doc nah mgproof na babalik aq nh pinas.? Thank you po

  3. Hi, i have been granted with a schengen visa from August 11, 2019 to September 19, 2019 (40 days). If ever, i apply for a new one after it expires, let’s say a week after and my travel date will start in October, am i allowed to apply for 90 days? If not, how many days im only allowed to apply? Is it the remaining 50 only?
    Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  4. Hi! I’ve had the same experience as Dessy. I applied for visa in Austrian Embassy in Abu dabhi. I submitted my docs via VFS global Dubai on Feb10. I got a mail and SMS saying that my processed VISA was already dispatched via Aramex on Feb13. I was really anxious coz I’ve never travelled to Europe, I was thinking it is rejected and there’s no way that they will approve it within 2 days, BUT I was wrong! When I opened the envelope there’s no letter so I opened my passport immidiately and I saw the Visa.I just wanna share this coz I know how it feels to wait for the visa application. And to let people know out there that even youre a first time traveller, it is possible to get Schengen Visa. I strongly recommend the Austrian Embassy ^_^

  5. Hi, I’m working here Malaysia and my friend invited me to visit him in France. He will provide my accommodation, insurance, my tickets (come and return) and other documents needed. My concern is I still to submit my bank statements?

  6. Good day , I need help please .
    If somebody wants to come in SERBIA from PH needs to have visa right ?
    In Manila I couldnt find Serbia consul so please help me what to do ?
    Touristic visa.

    Thank you

  7. may I ask if im not employed neither a student (I stop) which and what documents should I submit, my uncle in sweden will be the sponsor of our trip with my grandma im escorting her.

  8. Hi Kach,

    I am currently based in Dubai, And planning to apply a tourist visa for my parents trip to europe, I will be paying all of their expenses. However, they are based in Philippines, would you please advise the requirements. Thanks a lot! ❤️

    1. Seems you’r on the same situation like mine. Im currently in Riyadh, i applied my unemployed mother Schengen France visa in Manila. I completed all the documents to support her application. Documents required are almost the same as Kach’s written on this blog (completed application form, flight booking, hotel booking, travel insurance, daily itinerary, funds), you have to complete visa application online and print it including the checklist. But the “FUNDS” part of the checklist came from me. The most important document is the Guarantee of Support letter signed by me stating that i fully guarantee that I will pay all my mom’s expenses during our trip since this trip is my birthday gift for her. I have attached the following documents on my guarantee of support letter: My Cert of Employment signed by my Saudi employer showing my employment details and approved leave + copy of my company ID + 6 months payslip + 6 months personal bank statement from my Saudi bank + copy of my credit cards + my Saudi Residence ID translated in English + Saudi Exit/reEntry visa + my valid Schengen visa + my passport & other valuable visas to prove Im a frequent traveler to western countries + my yearly travel insurance + my roundtrip ticket RUH-MNL. From my mom side, she provided her photo + Marriage/Birth cert from PSA + my Birth cert from PSA + receipts of my monthly remittance + other billing statements under my mom’s name. For Socio-professional situation part, I prepared her cover letter which she just signed stating her personal background and why she needs to return to PH. I sent her all documents including the application form + cash for visa fees (php5690 total), I scheduled her appointment on 18Dec. She submitted her application at VFS France in Makati, they took her biometrics and finish everything in 20mins. They released the result on 26Dec.

  9. Hi Mam,

    Would like to ask, were can I book an appointment for schengen visa, I’m planning to go in Spain.
    I’m already registered in VFS Global, whta’s next for this? Am I going to book an appointment in embassy of spain?

    Please help.


  10. Hi I would like to ask assistance ..I am currently completing the requirements for visa application for my travel in Iceland .. I am really confused as to what would be the coverage period of the travel insurance .. it is asking start date and end date ,,, I was thinking if the start date is the departure here in the Philippines until the departure in Iceland? , start date is the arrival date in Iceland until departure from Iceland? or Start date is the departure date here in Philippines until arrival back in Philippines? I want to make sure the details i will be putting in is correct , also I don’t have ITR as we have a tax benefit on which our tax is not being deducted on our account and is being deducted on our organization’s account is that going to be a problem? .. Please help 🙁

  11. hello good day i got 2x denied in italian embassy .. one is from here philippines and the other one is in thailand when i was staying there for one one year only and now i am applying again in philippines. I have no job at this moment no bank satement all support by my italian bf inviting me in to their place ITALY.. would any chance i can have a grant visa ? would you help me what to do.. To proceed my grant visa application….thank you very much..

  12. Im working here in Saudi Arabia and my husband is here with visit visa.. Is it possible to process his visa application for schengen here together with my application?

  13. Just curious, have you known anyone who got denied of schengen visa application because his passport has no stamp yet, in other words, it would be his first time to travel abroad?

  14. hello,is it possible to apply spanish visa fro the other country while you are traveling for a long time?

  15. hi. i would like to ask if i can apply shengen visa in behalf of my boss and her family?

    can i apply shengen visa in croatian embassy because most of their stay will be in croatia.

    hope to hear from you. thanks

  16. hi. i would like to ask if i can apply shengen visa in behalf of my boss and her family?

    can i apply shengen visa in croatian embassy because most of their stay will be in croatia.

    hope to hear from you. thanks

  17. hi I want to intersted Italy schengen visa or France visa I have pakistani passport butt I serve a job in Bahrain navy two years and residence same in Bahrain plZ tell me know how to apply and what required my some relative live France and some friends live in Italy plZ help me to apply visa schengen visa itally or France just for outing

  18. is it possible to process tourist visa here in Taiwan to Netherlands pero sa pinas ako mg exit? kc bawal d2 sa Taiwan mg exit ang foreign workers need umuwi ng pinas…

    thank you..

  19. Hii,

    I want to apply for Schengen tourist for myself and my spouse.

    currently i am in Doha , QATAR, i am having INDIAN passport and have residence permit of QATAR also my wife have INDIAN passport and residency permit of QATAR.

    My wife is currently in INDIA , i want to know is her physical presence and original passport is required for applying Schengen visa from QATAR??
    Can i apply for visa for myself and my spouse together and submit my spouse passport photocopy and Residency permit photocopy

    can you please let me know the details and process.

    Thank you



  20. Hello! Just wanna share my great experience in applying schengen visa, July 5, 2017 i went to vfs to submit my Austria visa application the staff their were good and friendly, after the submission of all my documents i always remind my self what the staff said “the processing will take 5-10 days”(i dont know if weekends is included), and unexpectedly the Austria embassy emailed me July 10, 2017 saying that my passport is now ready for colletion and so i did pick up immediately and to my surprise they approved me for a Schengen visa,, i thanked God so so much and to the people in embassy for giving me my first travel outside the Philippines!

      1. Hello Dessy! Can we get some tips on how you prepared your documents and how your interview went that made you visa approval? As you mentioned, it was your first time to go out of the country. Did you travel in group or alone? Thank you!

  21. Valuable discussion . I was fascinated by the info – Does anyone know if my business would be able to grab a blank cerfa N 14076 01 Application for Schengen Visa example to use ?

  22. I needed to fill out Italy Schengen Visa Application earlier today and learned about a website that has a searchable forms database . If people are wanting Italy Schengen Visa Application too , here’s a https://goo.gl/G7HECW

  23. Hi, I am an expat living in Dubai. Im planning to visit Prague, Vienna and Budapest this spring break, but the Czech Republic Embassy requires a detailed travel itinerary for multiple visa entry. Can you suggest a site where I can book a train ticket with free reservation from one Schengen country to another? Thank you.

  24. do we have an Embassy of Montenegro here in Philippines? or may you please tell me where can i process this Shengen Visa or may you recommend Agencies that assist for this Visa? i have received a JO from Montenegro. hope for your response.

    Best Regards,

  25. Hello, I resign last July 2016 from my work and I am currently a graduate student. My friends and I want to travel Europe next year. I am not employed as of the moment but I have sufficient money to in my savings account to travel to Europe. I also have a scholarship that gives me monthly allowance and basically that is my monthly income. I also have credit cards and properties that are on my name. I want to ask what documents should I give to the embassy to have a higher chance of being approved? Should I also provide documents to show that I am still a student?

  26. Hello. I have a boyfriend in germany, and he invited me to go to german, i would like to apply for a schengen visa not a fiancee visa.. anyway i dont have a work here in philippines but he supported my financially. We met 4x here in phililippines as well as in Singapore. I would like to know if is it possible to get schengen tourist visa.

  27. This article is very helpful and I agree that you really need to check everything and make sure your application is complete and you’ve read all the documents too in case you will be interview by the consule. I’ve had 4 denied entry two in UK and two in spain, I was really stressed it’s a pain. Base on my experienced once you got denied entry you already have a record and sometimes do they don’t even read your application properly. Twice I appealed for my denied entry and luckily they grant me my visa. But the appeal is more stressful as well but never give up guys appeal is free of charge so why not give it a go. But I know in the UK if you apply for tourist visa you can’t appeal except if it’s for study or family reunification. Let me know if you want to more about my experience.

  28. This is very thorough and helpful! Thanks so much for this. My friends and I have tinkered with the idea of visiting another friend in Austria, and even if it doesn’t happen in the next year as planned, I’m absolutely certain that I’ll visit Europe one day.

  29. HI,
    I like how detailed this article is. I haven’t acquired any visa yet. but sure I’ll get in the future.


  30. Helloi applied on september 20 up to now october 4 visa is not released what do i do when can i expect to receive it

  31. Hi,

    Thank you very much for this blog. May I ask if the embassy will approve the Schengen visa application if the applicant’s (Filipino) first travel is in the Schengen zone regardless of complete documents?


  32. hi good evening. nagapply ako tourist visa sad to say kulang documents next monday ko pa ma iffollow up..binigayn lang ako resibo then kinuha nang lahat yung documents ko. kelan mo mllaman result ng visa? after ko ba ma ifollow up yung document.

  33. hi ! if they email you to claim your visa does it mean youre approved or denied? thank in advance

  34. hi ,i applied for short stay schengen visa for france and my dad did my sponsor .i provided all the documents as required by the embassy of france in pakistan .i am currently dental student so i provided the certificate from my dental college along with other documents .But they refused visa stating that your intention to leave the member’s state terriotry before the expiry of visa isnt approved .so what should i do now??how can i show them that i will come back !! i need to come back to complete the dentistry !!i would b grateful if u will help me out!!

  35. Hi! Your blog entry is really informative. I would really appreciate it if you could answer my questions. I will apply for my schengen visa probably next year but I have so many apprehensions. I live in Mindanao, but since it is really a requirement to apply personally, I would take some time off from work to apply for my Visa. However, I couldn’t take a long leave of absence, so I’m worried that they may require additional requirements and I couldn’t submit them right away, or might not be able to. What do you suggest me to do?

  36. Hi,

    This is katherine. Im sorry for the disturbance, I just have some quick questions. Im actually here in the USA I got a single entry luckily b1 visa. It sucks a bit since my boyfriend wanted to go to Mexico and also around europe would it be possible to get a Schegen Visa while I’m in Usa? Or do i have to get back to Ph since im holding a ph passport and I got my visa 05/29/2016 which is until 10/30/2016. I really can’t find any answers to my questions, I hope you can answer my questions. Thanks

    1. You can apply for a visa to anywhere from anywhere in the world. just go to the consulate of your destination. My brother was in Norway when he applied for a US visa and he got it. Also with a PH passport. However, since your visa is only single (1) entry, once you go out of the USA to go to Mexico, since Mexico is another country, you can’t use that visa anymore and would have to apply for a new one if you want to come back to the USA. Next time, apply for multiple-entry if you intend to go in and out of the US. If you go to Mexico, then Europe and then go back to the Ph, then no problem.

    2. hi katherine, did you manage to obtain a schengen visa in the US? I tried to apply in Canada, but they told me i have to apply from Philippines, since i am not a resident in Canada. They say, it is against the law to apply for a Schengen Visa outside of your resident country. With US visa we can apply outside our country but they say not for schengen. but if you had luck in the US let me know…so i can try there. thanks a lot.

  37. Hi! I need help re Schengen tourist visa application. I’m a home-based virtual employee based in Cebu PH, the company I’m currently employed with is based in Australia. Do you think I should declare this in my visa application? If so, what if they’ll ask for an ITR which I don’t have. My employer though is willing to give me an Employment Certificate but I don’t have a company ID. Should I also ask for it? My husband and I are going to submit our requirements to Denmark Embassy before end of this month. Please advise.

    1. Hi Michelle, I’m also a fulltime home-based virtual worker from Cebu, I just would like to know if you got your visa approved and if how you managed to comply with the requirements. Or if nag file jud ka sa BIR para makakuha ug Tax Certificates? Just wanted to know, although layo2 pa akong plano to travel.
      Thanks in advance!

  38. HI! My mom and I are planning to go to Paris and UK this June. I understand that we need to apply for two visas, the Schengen and the UK visa. Our plan is to enter in Paris and exit in London. Since we will be entering Paris first we are applying for the Schengen visa next week. Will it be a problem since we don’t have the UK visa yet? What are your suggestions in going about this?

    1. Hi were you able to get your visa already and how did you do it? Im interested because I plan to visit uk n paris as well but the difference is that, I will enter n exit uk but will go to paris by train only during my stay in uk.

  39. Hi i had my interview last april 20 2016 the visa officer said come back on may 5 2016 it is posible im denied or grant?

  40. Hi i had my interview last april 20 2016 the visa officer said come back at may 5 2016 for follow up im so nervious its mean im denied or grant?

    1. yeah, it takes about 15 days for some embassies to process applications. Just pray in the meantime.

  41. Hi,

    I was wondering, the intent letter/description of trip letter, should it be the exact itinerary that you have to follow or not necessarily as long as you will be staying the longest in the country wherein you applied visa for?


  42. Hi Evan,

    Its is so frustrating, its been 20 days since I submitted my visa application here in Italy VFS Abu Dhabi but I still did not get any feedback from them. My sister got her visa in just 2 days, well she applied in Dubai Consulate and I applied here in Itally Embassy in Abu Dhabi. I even emailed them but I did not get any reply. It makes me sad ‘coz we cannot make plans for our Europe trip for my bday…

  43. when you going to apply the visa for netherland during in your interview in the embassy are they going to tell you right away that you didnt qualified to get a visa?

  44. Our visa got denied today. We planned to go Hungary in Europe for celebrating Holi and to see good places in Europe. But, it was so frustrating for us to know that our visa got denied. We are very hopeless right now. We have already booked our tickets. Please someone guide us what to do?? Will we get refunded totally? How to get our tickets refunded? Please somebody help. We are in a dilemma that if we caste a Remonstration letter, we have to again pay for re-booking?We have very less time as our confirmed flight is on 20th march, 2016. The reasons 3 and 9 were behind our refusal.

  45. Does the embassy tells you if they are refusing your visa? I had my interview yesterday at Washington DC and they didn’t tell me anything and said you’ll get to know once you get the envelope back. I don’t know what does that mean.

    All I’ve heard is that in case of a US visa, if your application gets denied, they hand over the passport back to you immediately.

  46. I like how detailed this article is. I haven’t acquired any visa yet. but sure I’ll get in the future. This is very helpful to those who are planning to get a Schengen visa. I’m sure there are a lot out there!

    1. Getting a visa might be stressful but it will all be worth it if you got one. Hope you will get your schengen visa soon, Karol! 🙂

  47. Havent acquired any visa yet but i plan to in the future. this kind of article is really helpful for people like me who usually browse the net to check for tips and how tos

  48. Wow,,, this is great! Thanks for all of this,,, im in dubai right now and working here for almost 4 years but I’ve been longing to visit uk or any part of Europe,,, i hope i can visit that listed countries one of these days,,

  49. Hi i’m in New Zealand right now, is it possible to apply my schengen visa here instead rather than the hassle of going back to the philippines?

  50. Hi! I found this post very helpful. But i just have to ask. Because I’ve been working for 2 years, is there anyway that I can just use my current ITR? Also, for the bank statement, how much is like the surest thing that would really make it easy for me to get the visa? I’m visiting a friend in Sweden, but i won’t be staying in their home. It’s more like a surprise visit to him. Please help. I really want to go to Sweden during my birthday week as a gift for myself.

    1. Hello Fatima. The most recent ITR is what the Embassy needs. For the amount of your bank account, just make sure it fits to the travel dates you requested to. Each schengen country has an ideal daily allowance. Some I know it’s 45euros per day.

  51. Thank you very much for this blog. May I ask if the embassy will approve the Schengen visa application if the applicant’s (Filipino) first travel is in the Schengen zone regardless of complete documents?

  52. I’ve got a phone call from italian embassy, i just dont expect that.Why they interviewed me over the phone?

    1. Hi Rebecca! Have you tried to call them again and ask about this unsual procedure? Are you based in Philippines or elsewhere?

  53. This is very thorough and helpful! Thanks so much for this. My friends and I have tinkered with the idea of visiting another friend in Austria, and even if it doesn’t happen in the next year as planned, I’m absolutely certain that I’ll visit Europe one day. Bookmarking this page for future reference. 🙂

      1. Hi, it’s been 7 working days already since I passed my tourist visa application in French embassy via VFS. Is this duration normal through French embassy? The person from VFS who collected my documents said it takes 2-5 working days to process everything. Can you share your thoughts on this? Thanks in advance.

          1. Okay Kach! Thanks! What you said gave me hope. Curious though if you applied in the same embassy as mine? Thanks so much.

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