I applied for a Schengen Tourist visa at the German embassy this time since it will be my first entry and also the most days I will spend on this trip. It is my first time to apply at the German embassy so I was both anxious and nervous. I have previously applied Schengen Tourist visas at the Italian Embassy, French Embassy and Greek Embassy in Manila. German embassy was the fastest by far with results. I received my visa after 3 days from the date of interview and application, talk about German efficiency at it’s finest. I was really impressed. So, I’m writing this post on How to apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa at the German Embassy in the Philippines in hopes that it can assist or help others as well.
The list of requirements can be found on their website, as well as the application. But here are the forms listed for your convenience and the links:
- Visa Procedures and Forms
- Appointment System (As of August 1, 2015, they are trying this new web form for setting up appointments online. It’s on a trial basis as of the moment so they can discontinue this at any time so please check if it’s still current. I applied before August 1, 2015 so my experience was calling the hotline for appointments)
- Application requirements for a visa for the purpose of tourism in Germany
- List of Schengen accredited health insurance companies in the Philippines
- Security Questionnaire
- Visa Photo
- Information regarding the remonstration procedure
Step 1: gather all the required documents. I had the original and copies for each as well. These are the documents that I submitted:
- Original Passport which should be valid at least 3 months upon the conclusion of the travel and must contain two empty pages
- Two current passport pictures
- One fully completed application form signed by your own hand completed by you
- Declaration according to the SS 54 and 55 AufenthaltsG, fully completed and signed by your own hand
- Details regarding travel and route – I submitted a day to day itinerary
- Plane tickets – reservations only. I never book tickets until I get a visa.
- Hotel Bookings
- Visa Fee – always check the rate at the embassy since you will be paying in peso. I always try to bring the exact amount since some embassies require that.
- Financial statements: Bank certificates, bank books, and credit card statements.
- Travel Health Insurance
- Rootedness in the Philippines: Since I am self-employed, I submitted the documents of my business.
Step 2: Set an appointment. Now that they are trying the online application, it should be easier. As of August 1, 2015, they are trying this new web form for setting up appointments online. It’s on a trial basis as of the moment so they can discontinue this at any time so please check if it’s still current. I applied before August 1, 2015 so my experience was calling the hotline for appointments which also costs a bit. I called on May 11 and my appointment was on the first week of June.
Step 3: appear personally at the embassy for your set appointment. They will give you the hour you’re supposed to go in. I am always at least an hour early. So, I go into the RCBC Plaza and they will ask for your ID, then they give you the badge. You go up to the 25th floor. It seems like they occupy the whole floor. On the right, you will see the guard, you will have to go through those security metal things. Then, at the window, they will check your name and your passport for your appointment. They tell you to proceed across the other side. Since I was early, I made a bathroom detour first because I thought I had to wait for my time.
When I got in the room, I had to deposit my phone on one of the boxes with clear glasses and you get a key. Then I go into the room and get a number. I had to fill out the remonstration form. By the time I was finished, it was already my turn. There was hardly anyone there, maybe 10 people at most. I submitted my documents. It was a Filipina lady that interviewed me. I didn’t see any German nationals at the windows, mostly Filipinos. She asked for my documents. She had a problem with my itinerary not indicating how many nights I was staying in each place, it was a good thing that I had that printed out as back up just in case so I gave her that. So, always be ready. 🙂 She asked me a few questions and then asked for the payment. I think it took maybe 10 minutes. By the time I was done, I saw a lot of people behind me. Maybe I got lucky with the wait.
Address: 25/F Tower 2 RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue, 1200 Makati City Metro Manila, Philippines Application Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-1:30pm Friday: 8:00am-11:30am
Step 4: Waiting for the result. It took me 3 days to get my passport back. Their website says processing takes about 7 business days so I was pleasantly surprised. I was actually worried a bit since I got my passport so early, what if they denied my application?!? But I’m really glad that wasn’t the case. 🙂