I hope that this guide that I wrote has everything that you need in order to start your application on How to apply for a Schengen tourist visa in the Philippines at the Greek embassy. This post is specific to Applying for a short term Schengen Tourist Visa at the Embassy of Greece. For more details and links, you can read further. 🙂
MY EXPERIENCE ON APPLYING FOR A SCHENGEN VISA AT THE GREEK EMBASSY IN THE PHILIPPINES
For any Schengen Tourist visa application, you have to determine where to apply. You have to check your itinerary on which country or territory are you staying the longest. If you are staying in places with equal amount of days, you apply to the destination of your entry or which ever one you are going first. If Greece is your main destination, continue reading on.
The next step is determining eligibility.
Holders of Philippine passports with permanent residence in the Philippines (If you have a Philippine passport and working elsewhere, that means you reside there and not in the Philippines so you have to apply in that country).
– Holders of non Philippine passports registered as Alien immigrants in the Philippines
– To Determine if you require a visa to travel to Greece, please click here.
- COMPLETED SELF CHECK LIST
- APPLICATION FORM (One duly filled typewritten application, you can click here for the link)
- PHOTO (One recent size passport sized photo with white background pasted on the application form – sample sizes are shown here)
- PASSPORT (with a remaining validity of 6 months after the starting date of the travel, at least 2 adjacent free pages and no existing valid Schengen visas)
- PREVIOUS PASSPORTS (all previous passports, affidavit of loss for any previous passports lost, stolen or destroyed)
- FOR APPLICANTS WITH NON FILIPINO PASSPORTS (valid ACR, ICR, and re-entry permit)
- FINANCIAL MEANS (Formal bank certificate addressed to the Consular section, indicating the applicant’s bank account remaining balance, average daily balance for the past 3 months accompanied by past 3 months account statement and original bank book, latest income tax return form ITR, property titles if applicable)
- EMPLOYMENT STATUS (FOR EMPLOYEES: formal certificate of employment addressed to the Consular section stating salary level and authorizing leave of absence for the duration of travel, FOR SELF-EMPLOYED: latest business permit, company’s registration and incorporation document and company ITR)
- IF INVITED (Duly signed original invitation letter from the inviting person or company addressed to the Consular section guaranteeing repatriation and coverage of travel, accommodation and any medical expenses, accompanied by the signatory’s ID/Passport. When you are invited by a Greek, solemn declaration with authenticated signature and same content as above. If invited by Portuguese, “Termo de Responsibillidade”)
- FOR MINORS (Joint notarized affidavit of both parents/legal guardians giving their consent of the travel, recent birth certificate, DSWD clearance is required if the applicant is not traveling with any of his/her parents or legal guardians
- DETAILED TRAVEL ITINERARY
- FLIGHT RESERVATIONS – PURCHASED TICKETS ARE NOT REQUIRED (including flights withing Schengen countries, your departure date from the Philippines should at least be 15 days after application submission date)
- CONFIRMED HOTEL RESERVATIONS (For the entire duration of your stay in the Schengen area)
- TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE (From a recognized insurance company for the entire duration of your stay in the Schengen area, valid in all member states and with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros)
- ONE SET OF PHOTOCOPIES FOR ALL DOCUMENTS (For passports, only pages with the holder’s ID and affixed visas or stamps)
- Send your request through this email address: firstname.lastname@example.orgThis email address is strictly for appointment only, other inquiries shall not be accommodated.
- Once the Embassy receives your email, you shall receive an acknowledgment and a reply/confirmation within 24 working hours.
- Should there be any changes, you shall be contacted through email at least 24 working hours before the date of appointment.
- For cancellations and/or reschedule, send an email at least two working days before the date of appointment.
- Refer to the templates on this website for your guide. It is important that you follow the format that they have set. Below is the sample for tourist visa applications.
AT THE APPOINTMENT
1. APPEAR PERSONALLY. The applicant must come personally on the appointment date. Log in upon arrival inside the Embassy. Submit your complete documents inside a long brown envelope at the Embassy counter for screening. Fill out two copies of bank deposit slip. Refer to the Embassy’s account details and exact fee which they have posted near the table where you can fill it out. You can also ask at the window.
2. PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS. You will be instructed to pay the exact visa fee in cash at any Banco De Oro branch (BDO). IMPORTANT REMINDER: DO NOT PAY THE FEE UNLESS INSTRUCTED TO DO SO. The closest one is right across the building. This means you have to go out and pay the actual fee. Make sure to bring back the receipt.
3. WAIT PATIENTLY until they call your name. When I was there, there were probably 3 individual applicants before me and 4 seafarers. It was not crowded at all but it still takes time.
4. BIOMETRIC CAPTURE. They take your picture and fingerprints. Then you are asked to be seated again until they call you.
5. INTERVIEW. If interview is no longer necessary, you will be informed. – I wish this was the case. Haha. Anyway, they call you in the interview room and an actual Greek representative conducts the interview. At least it’s private unlike other embassies where you can hear everyone. I was asked several questions. It took a little bit longer than the usual.
6. OFFICIAL RECEIPT will be issued. Log out. End of application procedure. Just make sure that you check your name and information before you leave. They had my name wrong and I informed them. They told me they will correct it.
7. RELEASING Releasing of the result of application starts at 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm (Mon. through Fri.). You may get the result personally or may send a representative with authorization letter. Kindly present the official receipt issued by the Embassy. Attach a photocopy of any of your valid IDs and a photocopy of the representative’s valid ID in the authorization. Together with the authorization letter, the representative is required to present his/her original ID at the Embassy counter upon the issuance of the result. Again, check your visa if all the information is correct before leaving.
- My comments are Italicized. 🙂
Visa Fee for the Month of SEPTEMBER ’15 – ( 1 Euro = 53 Pesos ). This changes of course so check every so often.
SHORT-TERM TOURISM OR BUSINESS – 3,180 PESOS
SEAMAN – 3,180 PESOS
WORK/ RESIDENCE – 9,540 PESOS
CHILDREN UNDER 12 YRS OLD – FREE
SPOUSE/ CHILD OF AN EU CITIZEN – FREE
DIPLOMATIC / OFFICIAL PASSPORT – FREE
NOTE: Prepayment of visa fee is a requirement of Schengen procedures regardless of the outcome of the visa application. Visa fee is non-refundable.
I hope this has been helpful to you. In case you have any other question, feel free to leave a comment below. I will try to answer them the best I can. Good Luck! 🙂