Obtaining Schengen Visa in UAE

Getting a Schengen visa can be a pain in the ass.A lot of Filipinos can relate to the agony that i felt while waiting for my visa.It took me 4 weeks to receive my visa due to the EID Holidays in the UAE. Here’s how to process your visa and the preparation that you need.

There are 28 countries that are under the European Union. You can check the countries below.

Member states of the EU (year of entry)

You can travel to all these countries with only one valid visa.

WHEN TO APPLY?

I suggest that you apply 3 months before your departure date to avoid the hassles and worries.I processed my own visa a month before my departure. I had to hire an agent to do the processing for me because i ran out of appointment slots ( schedule date that you need to book for you to submit your documents and your biometrics/fingerprints ). Make sure to check the website of the country where you will process your visa.

VISA REQUIREMENT

  • Fully accomplished and signed application form.Here’s the link for the form http://www.immihelp.com/visas/schengenvisa/application_form_english.pdf
  • Valid passport (valid at least 6 months from the date of travel)
  • Passport-sized photos in white background (tell the personnel of your favorite photoshop that it’s for the Schengen Visa)
  • Passport photocopy
  • Emirates ID photocopy
  • NOC ( No Objection Certificate)
  • Salary Certificate
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bank Statement with bank stamp (3 months)
  • Round trip ticket reservation
  • Hotel reservation with contact details i.e telephone number and email address and complete address

Don’t worry too much about your bank statement if you don’t have that much money in your account. When i applied for my visa, the amount that was on my bank account was only 800aed (Php 8,000).The money that i deposited two days before i requested my bank statement did not reflect on the printed statement.However, you need to make sure that the salary stated in your certificate should reflect in your bank statement for 3 months, it should be an active account (with incoming and outgoing transaction).Maybe i was just lucky enough that they did not t look into mybank statement that much.

HOW MUCH IS THE COST FOR VISA AND WHERE TO APPLY?

The visa will cost you 60 euros but I spent almost 200 euros or 1000aed (Php10,000 more or less) because as i mentioned above that i ran out of an appointment slot thinking that i can have the appointment at any time. You can apply for your visa at the Embassy of your point of entry or to the country where you will be staying the longest.Note that there are some embassies that may require an interview. You will only need to bring all the complete requirements and  do the biometrics at the Embassy.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE SCHENGEN VISA TO BE RELEASE AND WHAT IF I’LL GET DENIED?

Some visas will only take 7 workings days, some will take up to 15 working days.Don’t count weekends and Holiday’s.If you’re denied, you can file for an appeal within 30 days. There’s no guaranteed that you will get the visa.

Here’s how the visa looks like.

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Good luck on chasing your dream

Prague, Czech Republic

Travelling to Prague is like going back to the Medieval time. I can still remember stepping outside the airport with our driver and newly met friends which happened to have the same itinerary as mine since we booked on the same travel company. I was not immediately impressed with the view till we reached our hotel. The location of our hotel was quite far from the old town and there was not much to offer. I took a little rest, put my bags and headed to the train station to catch a train going to old town. In old town, you will find the Astronomical clock ,the photographic Charles bridge and Vlatava river. The place was packed with resto bars and street foods.You can just relax as their were a lot of entertainment around area. Just 30 minutes away by  bus you will see the St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague castle where you can get a birds eye view of Prague.

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Old town square

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Old Town square and the Astronomical clock

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going to Charles bridge

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You can find a lot of musical concerts around the area for a cheap price


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View from Charles bridge

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beer and hot wine are so delicious

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the famous chimney cake in Prague is a must try.Thank me later.

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Statue of the boy with the golden penis