Germany is a beautiful country, and it’s known for its historical landmarks, financial security, and high-quality products. The Schengen Agreement allows citizens from select countries to travel freely throughout the European Union without showing their passports at every border checkpoint. If you are planning to reenter Germany after a short-term stay i.e. vacation, study, or internship in the Philippines you need to register at the Immigration Office in Manila and obtain an exit confirmation on your passport. You will then be able to reenter Germany upon showing your passport with the exit confirmation, plus your visa and all other documents required by Philippine Immigration Authorities.
A German visa is required for Filipinos traveling to Germany for business or leisure purposes. Here’s how you can apply for one.
Note that This Guide is based on my Personal Experience
Please note that this guide is based on my personal experience and may not apply to all travelers. Your experience may vary and this guide is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice. It is also not intended as a substitute for medical advice given by your doctor or another professional healthcare provider.
Requirements for Applying for a German Schengen Visa
A visa application can be submitted via the German diplomatic mission in Manila, Philippines. To apply for this visa, you will need to have the following documents:
- Passport with w/validity of at least 6 months.
- Passport-sized photo (both sides).
- Application form (downloadable from the embassy website).
- Proof of travel insurance that covers your whole stay in Germany (if applicable) and emergency medical evacuation as well as repatriation costs; insurance coverage must be valid for 30 days longer than your intended stay in Germany; proof of health insurance is also required if you do not have international coverage. It’s possible to purchase travel medical insurance online through our partner Allianz Global Assistance check out their very comprehensive options here!
- Proof that you will be able to finance all expenses during your trip (e.g., job letter or bank statement). This requirement is waived if you’re under 25 years old, unemployed, and traveling with a spouse/partner who’s employed or retired in Germany or who has access to financial resources such as savings accounts or investments that are worth more than €70K. If this applies to you then please refer to page 5a on this PDF document where it says “Requirements waived” so they don’t ask any more questions about financial means when applying at their office location near Roxas Blvd.; however, just know beforehand what kind of documentation needs proving before going there so everything goes smoothly without any problems later down the road like extra charges due missing documents, etc.
Book an Appointment Online
When you book an appointment online, the process is simple:
- You create a username and password.
- You schedule an appointment.
- You pay for your visa fee (valid credit card required).
Go to the German Embassy and Get a Queue Number
- Go to the German Embassy and get a Queue Number.
The queue number is given to you when you arrive at the embassy. The staff will give you a receipt with your queue number and the time of the next appointment. You may not leave the building until your appointment time arrives, so it’s best to go early or on a weekday when it is less busy than on weekends.
- Fill out Application Forms for Schengen Visa in Manila.
You must fill out forms for every person who will be traveling on this visa application (e.g., parents, children, etc.). Fill out all details accurately as they will be verified by German immigration officers when they review your applications later on in their evaluation process before issuing visas or rejecting them outright!
Submit Your Application Requirements
It is important to submit the required documents to ensure that you will be granted a Schengen visa.
- Passport with at least 6 months of validity beyond your stay in Germany.
- 2 recent, passport-sized photos.
- Application form duly filled out and signed by applicant/s (can be downloaded from the VFS website).
- Proof of travel insurance (can be purchased online).
- Proof of accommodation in Germany (hotel reservations or proof of booking a room with a hostel or apartments).
- Proof of financial means (bank statement showing sufficient funds for the duration of your stay).
Return on Your Assigned Date for the Release of Your Passports
You can get your passport stamped at:
- The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Manila.
- The airport of your departure from Germany. There are usually designated counters for this purpose.
- A German consulate or embassy outside the Philippines. Do note that some countries have strict regulations when it comes to stamping visas on passports, so you should check with them first before making plans to visit them.
You can get a short-term visa for visiting Germany within 90 days.
- You can apply for a short-term visa for visiting Germany within 90 days.
- If you want to stay longer than 90 days, then you will have to apply for a long-stay visa instead.
- If you want to stay fewer days, then your application will be considered a short-stay application and costs more than the regular fee.
It’s important to know that you cannot apply for a German visa at the airport. If your application isn’t approved by the Embassy, then you will have to pay for another flight ticket and travel back to Manila.
We’ve also outlined several common problems that people have faced when applying for their Schengen visas, so be sure to check out these sections too! This guide is based on my personal experience and may not apply to all travelers. Your experience may vary, and this guide is not intended to be a substitute for legal or medical advice. It is also not intended as a substitute for professional legal or medical advice given by your doctor or another professional healthcare provider.